Week 1 has passed and Week 2 is upon us here in the Palmetto State. The excitement of high school football is back on Friday night's in towns all across the state. Duncan, SC and its surrounding communities are abuzz with the fact that the hometown Byrnes Rebels are ranked among the top teams in the nation. Some polls have the Rebels #1 in the country.
With that buzz comes some pressure obviously but most of the Rebels we've spoken to are taking it week by week, team by team, and game by game. Trying to stay level headed is tough especially when many prospects are anywhere from 15 to 18 years old.
2010 WR Jazz King has burst onto the scene with his steady play and outstanding potential. King's stock has gone up a great deal in the recent months along with the Rebels' ranking. If the Rebels can maintain and stay as focused as King is then we like their chances of running the table and being successful in their quest for national championship talk come season's end if they seal the deal in Clemson come December.
For King the numbers of letters has increased dramatically since the end of last season. A playmaker with solid hands and great speed King has opened the eyes of quite a few Scout.com analysts. Playing for the Rebels in a wide open offense helps his cause but the talent is obviously there. King checks in currently at 5'11 175 pounds and has the jets to go along with it running a 4.44 time in the 40 yard dash.
With the game against North Gwinnett (GA) last week it was a bit of relief for King to get things underway. "I am glad we have started playing other people finally last week. I'm just looking forward to having a great year and helping my team win. I have been having back spasms but that's minor no pain no gain they would have to drag me off the field I LOVE FOOTBALL!!! It's in my blood!!!"
"We passed one test last Friday against North Gwinnett despite a slow start and we will play Ridge View today because of the hurricane."
"As far as recruiting goes I have been hearing from Clemson lately. I met Devonte Holloman and Stephen Gilmore at one of Clemson's scrimmages. I also talked with Willy Korn, Buster (Stanley) Hunter, and Xavier Dye. I am also receiving interest from North Carolina State here lately too. Georgia, Vanderbilt, Oklahoma, and Notre Dame also have been expressing interest with frequent mail."
Just starting out in his junior year King is also preparing himself academically so that college coaches will see his penchant for excelling there as well. "I am currently taking SAT/ACT prep class so I can take the college entrance test late fall/early spring." Waiting too long to take those necessary tests is a mistake we see far too many prospects make and King is making sure he's not in the same boat as those we've encountered during the last few seasons who've done so. Sporting a 3.895 GPA in the classroom it's obvious he studies just as hard as he practices on the field.
SCPrepNation.com will keep a close eye on Jazz King as he hits the field each week in hopes of bringing a national championship back to Byrnes but also to the state of South Carolina as a whole showcasing the great amount of gridiron talent here in the Palmetto State. Stay tuned!
Byrnes WR Jazz King