Boiling Springs has come on strong in recent years and they will be one of the better teams in the Upstate again this season. With loads of talent on the roster another one of their players has already landed an early scholarship offer in 2015 linebacker Cameron Baxley. We spoke to Baxley recently to find out the latest regarding his recruitment, off season, and plans for his upcoming senior season.
Baxley as we said has already earned a scholarship offer and he's got a handful of other schools showing interest early on.
"Campbell is my only offer right now. Charleston Southern, Citadel, and Newberry are showing interest too."
So what was Baxley's reaction when he found out he'd landed his first offer?
"A huge weight was lifted off of my shoulders, its like everything I've been working for and working towards has finally paid off, I don't have to play for offers now, I can now play for the state title we're going to get!"
The 2015 linebacker talked about what Campbell's coaches have said where they envision him on the field for them and about the visit he's set up to check the school out.
"They'd want me as a strong safety/outside linebacker combo, and yes I'm absolutely ready to see how well I would fit in there and see how I would connect with the coaches."
Over the summer Baxley camped with Citadel and Wofford. He talked about how things went at both camps.
"At The Citadel me and coach Weaver (LB coach) connected as soon as I first talked to him, their program seems well put together and tight knit. I did real well at the camp, especially this one handed grab I had over a defender when I went to running back for a few reps."
"The coach at Wofford seems like someone who would push me to be the best I can be, there was very good competition at their camp from here in South Carolina, Alabama, Texas, and all across the United States. I liked that a lot too."
Uncertain of his exact stats from his junior season Baxley says he had 80+ tackles, 7 sacks, 1 interception, 1 touchdown, 4 forced fumbles, and 2 fumble recoveries.
We asked him if other schools have mentioned what position they want to recruit him at?
"I'm not quite sure about anything else, I haven't been told anything, but I'm fairly fast and can lower my shoulder well, I used to play running back, I don't know if I could go back or not."
At linebacker Baxley talked with us about one aspect of his game that he brings to the table for his team and he'll build off of that to try and entice more schools to offer him as well.
"My coach, coach Ski, always tells me, that with me playing with as much emotion and as much leadership as I do, it's like having 12 people on defense. I'd have to say that if I get hyped, my defense gets hyped."
To get better this off season he told us he's been working hard on improving his "reaction time and reaction to certain things the quarterback does, and as a leader, I'm learning everyone's position jobs, not just mine."
With his senior season almost here he shared what his goals are this year.
"My goal is to shock the state, if you haven't seen it, our state ranking is 18th, and teams like Gaffney, Dorman, Hillcrest, and Spartanburg are ahead of us. Those are teams we've beaten, and teams like Summerville, that we can beat. So our team is going to prove everyone against us wrong. Just want to help my team win state and get region defensive player of the year for me."
Baxley says he's open to hearing from all schools and that, "I've got big dreams, anything division one would be amazing!"
The 2015 prospect reports a weighted 3.9 GPA, and a unweighted 3.2 GPA. He says he's scored a 22 on the ACT and has not taken the SAT as of yet.
We'll have more updates with Cameron Baxley as he presents a diverse game and options for college coaches possibly lining up at linebacker, safety, or running back on the next level. Check out his testing measurables below and find out how to follow SCPrepNation.com on Twitter below...
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...CAMERON BAXLEY
Bench press: 295 pounds
Squat: 405 pounds
Power clean: 265 pounds
Fastest 40: 4.7 seconds (laser) 4.55 seconds (Shrine Bowl combine)
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