The Glaring Omissions

In what can only be described as unusual and mind boggling decsions, the 2002 Shrine Bowl minus these players who are clearly deserving and were robbed in their Senior Season by a horrible selection process.

A look at the Top Players that were mysteriously left off the Shrine Bowl rosters despite more than glowing credentials.

 

Demetrius Summers

The Lexington All American has done everything and then some. He is all time leading rusher in the 100 year history of high school football in South Carolina. He has put a Blue and Gold 6 on the board over 118 times. This season he has rushed for 1600 yards. Here are his totals the last 4 years.

 

2002    1600 yards   15 touchdowns

2001    2339 yards   39 touchdowns

2000    2708 yards   44 touchdowns

1999    1665 yards   22 touchdowns

Total    8302 yards   110 touchdowns rushing

Another 1134 yards and 13 touchdowns receiving and passing

Offense 9436 yards and 123 touchdowns

 

National Honors

Border Wars: The #1 High School Player in the County

ESPN          : #1 RB and #4 players in the country

Parade        : All American Nominees.

USA TODAY: # 5 in the country, # 1 running back, Top Player in USA

Wendy's National Heisman Candidate

Nominee for Mr. Football in South Carolina

Listed as top RB in the USA by Rivals, Border, Insiders and most recruiting services

 

Demetrius has received over 100 college scholarship offers including Bobby Bowden at Florida St., Phil Fulmer Tennessee, Lou Holtz South Carolina, and Larry Coker from Miami. All these coaches know talent and have won Championships, something that Coach Ringer and not a single member of his 2002 Shrine Bowl staff have ever done.

 

SC Pigskin Prep Rank: #2

National Rank: #1

USC, Clemson, Florida St.

 

 

Syvelle Newton

As one coach said recently, Give me Newton with his heart and talent and I will guarantee that I win you a championship. Amazingly he has done it all and continues to get better each week. A true champion and the Number # 1 player in the state

 

Last season, SC Varsity awarded him the Bacot Award given to the best player in the state. He won this as a junior. He is an outstanding 47 wins and 6 losses as a starter and member of the Bulldogs. A leader on the field, in the classroom, in the locker room and in the community

 

Border Wars: The #21 High School Player in the County

ESPN          : #8 QB and #44 players in the country

Parade        : All American Nominees.

USA TODAY: # 27 in the country, # 11 Quarter Back

Wendy's National Heisman Candidate

Nominee for Mr. Football in South Carolina

 

SC Pigskin Prep Rank: #1

National Rank: #44

USC, Clemson, Nebraska, UT, UCLA and over 100 others.

 

Maurice Nelson

Maurice is still the No. 1 DB in the state and is looking at some big time offers from schools around the southeast. He is one of the top recruits by the Clemson Tigers and has been mentioned in the Top 10 in the country. Over 250 career tackles, 20 interceptions and 30 sacks.

SC Pigskin Prep Rank: 6

National Rank: 13th in the entire country

Clemson, USC and a host of Southeastern schools involved.

 

Demetrius Morant

One of the top fullbacks in the country. Insiders.com ranks him as the Number 29 in the USA. Morant has rushed for 1330 yards and 10 touchdowns and has 38 touchdowns for his career. Clemson, USC, Georgia and Alabama have all offered him scholarships.

 

SC Pigskin Prep Rank: 7

National Rank : 29th

USC, Clemson, Alabama, Georgia and NC State

 

Marcus Howard.

Listed as clearly the No 1 linebacker going into his senior year. He has ranked nationally as a linebacker and is listed among the top 50 in the country at his position. He has been offered by Clemson, USC, Tennessee, Florida and Georgia. A dominating player with 104 tackles this season and over 400 for his career.

 

SC Pigskin Prep Rank: 9

National Rank : 67th

Clemson lean with many others pursuing hard

 

Tremaine Billie

Another outstanding player that the National Championship winning coach Lou Holtz though highly enough to offer as a junior Billie will wear the garnet and black next season as freshmen for the Gamecocks. 7 yards a carry, 10 touchdowns in only 7 games for the Dreher product.

 

SC Pigskin Prep Rank: 11

National Rank: 64th

USC SIGNEE

 

David Smith

Smith was the leading receiver in the state last year as a Junior catching more balls than even Kelvin Grant, Moe Thompson and Troy Williamson, all of who are playing at USC and Clemson.  This season he has another 43 catches for 722 yards and 8 more touchdowns. Lou Holtz like Smith so much that he made Him the first commit  for USC before the season even started. Ringer thought he was not worthy.

 

SC Pigskin Prep Rank: 14

National Rank :67th

USC SIGNEE

 

Rashad Hunter

What more can be said about one of the greatest stories and kids of the entire 2002 season, coming out of almost nowhere; this outstanding running back has bulled his way for 2187 yards and 17 touchdowns this season. This young man has made himself better and his team as South Aiken will make the playoffs for the first time in many years. THE STATES LEADING RUSHER and most exciting player

 

SC Pigskin Prep Rank: 15

National Rank

 

Mitch Doolittle (compliments of Roy Philpott CUTigers.com)

QB Mitch Doolittle, a do-it-all wonder out of Ninety Six High school has been dominating Class A football in South Carolina for the last two seasons. Last year, operating primarily as an option quarterback, he passed for over 1,500 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also rushed for 1091 yards and 12 more scores and was a big reason why Ninety Six High School won their second consecutive Class A Title. For his efforts, he was named as an All-State Quarterback by the South Carolina High School Sports Report and was voted the Offensive Player of the Year by the coaches of Class A football in South Carolina.

As the son of the coach at
Ninety Six High School, (Mike Doolittle) and has been most noted for having a strong football background. He's also an excellent option quarterback, and he's one of the top returning punters next year in South Carolina high school football, averaging close to 37 yards/punt. The bottom line on this kid is that he's mister do-everything for one of the top Class A football programs in South Carolina over the past 3 years.

 

SC Pigskin Prep Rank: 31

National Rank: unranked

 

Jamar Kelly

In a season where there is not many great DL or TE in the state, Jamar was mysteriously left off the team. Jamar is dominating player who had a fantastic senior season. He is a 6 foot 4 inch 265 pound monster on the field. He is being recruited by USC and Clemson.

 

SC Pigskin Prep Rank: 33

National Rank

USC and Clemson

 

Ty Erving

Was good enough for the National Championship winning coach Lou Holtz and for defensive mastermind Charles Strong and he will be 1 of 25 players from the entire USA that will be a freshman on USC team next season. Mysteriously he also is not among the top 46 players while USC finds him to be among the top 25 in the country. He is a Defensive back prospect with a lot of speed. He was timed as low as 4.45 at one camp this summer. Has the athletic ability to play several positions, but will get his first shot in the secondary on the next level.

 

SC Pigskin Prep Rank: 35

National Rank: unranked

USC SIGNEE

 

Bradley Robinson

If a players performance and not his reputation is supposed to be the deciding factor then the wrong WR was selected from Byrnes, Bradley has caught 52 balls for 892 and 10 touchdowns. He has been the key receiver and go to guy for the top rater Rebels.

 

SC Pigskin Prep Rank 42

National Rank : 59th WR in the USA


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