Rodney, Rudolph and Seargent headed to 77th annual Shrine Bowl on S.C. squad

bmccormick@heraldonline.comOctober 10, 2013 

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    77th annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas rosters

    Name;Pos.;School

    South Carolina

    Joe Blue;RB;Dillon

    Blake Bone;WR;Woodruff

    Solomon Brown;LB;Daniel

    Daquan Casey;DL;Hemingway

    Ben Clark;OL;Byrnes

    Zack Cooper;OL;Dorman

    Kevin Crosby;TE;Bamberg-Ehrhardt

    Cam Darley;ATH;Manning

    Shaq Davidson;WR;Gaffney

    Damu Ford;LB;Dillon

    Keith Ford;DL;Bluffton

    Poona Ford;DL;Hilton Head

    Kendall Joseph;LB;Belton Honea Path

    Nolan Kelleher;OL;Wando

    Caleb Kinlaw;RB;Goose Creek

    Issac Lewis;DB;Hillcrest

    Chris Mackey;OL;Belton Honea Path

    Tyrell Maxwell;DB;Edisto

    Shaedon Meadors;WR;Byrnes

    Christian Miller;LB;Spring Valley

    Octavious Morgan;DB;Greenwood

    Jae’lon Oglesby;RB;Daniel

    Jacob Park;QB;Stratford

    Shykasheali Phillips;DB;Hartsville

    Naquez Pringle;DL;Carvers Bay

    Dequan Reddick;DL;Hartsville

    Hunter Renfrow;ATH;Socastee

    Messiah Rice;OL;Orangeburg-Wilkinson

    Kalen Ritchie;TE;Goose Creek

    Zeek Rodney;DL;South Pointe

    Mason Rudolph;QB;Northwestern

    Tyshun Samuel;WR;Chapman

    Corey Seargent;DB;Northwestern

    Alex Spence;K/P;West Florence

    Donnell Stanley;OL;Latta

    Zeke Walker;DB;Brookland-Cayce

    Raheem Ward;DB;Marlboro County

    Jake Whitley;OL;North Augusta

    Dexter Wideman;DL;Saluda

    Malik Young;OL;Woodmont

    North Carolina

    Stephen Askew;LB;Mallard Creek

    Braxton Berrios;WR;Leesville Road

    Shaun Best;OL;New Bern

    Tyler Bray;RB;South Point

    Curtis Burston;WR;Middle Creek

    Cameron Burton;OL;A.C. Reynolds

    Josh Cabrera;WR;Northside

    Tobias Edge Campbell;DL;Hoke County

    Cayson Collins;LB;Berry Academy

    Nathan Dalton;OL;East Henderson

    Robert Dinkins;DL;Olympic

    Lorenzo Featherston;LB;Page

    Lamont Gaillard;DL;Pine Forest

    Dominique Heath;WR;Hopewell

    Elijah Hood;RB;Charlotte Catholic

    Freeman Jones;P/K;Bunn

    Hasaan Klugh;QB;Central Cabarrus

    Isaac Martin;RB;Cleveland

    Cameron Mattison;DB;Mallard Creek

    Jalen McClendon;QB;West Meck

    Nathan McConnell;OL;Jacksonville

    Jacob McCreary;OL;Hough

    Trip McNeil;OL;Davie County

    Trejon Monley;DB;Scotland

    Emmanuel Moseley;DB;Dudley

    Germaine Pratt;DB;High Point Central

    Cody Purdie;LB;New Bern

    Chris Register;LB;Dudley

    Will Richardson;OL;Bunn

    Jabril Robinson;DL;North Brunswick

    Derrell Scott;RB;Havelock

    Bentley Spain;OL;Providence

    Isaac Stewart;LB;Butler

    MyQuon Stout;DL;Carson

    Kentavious Street;DL;Rose

    Jon Sugg;OL;Northwest Guilford

    Travion Thompson;WR;Hillside

    Maurice Trowell;WR;Southern Durham

    Shaun Wilson;DB;West Meck

    Tre’Shun Wynn;DB;Monroe

South Pointe’s Zeek Rodney and Northwestern’s Mason Rudolph and Corey Seargent were selected to the South Carolina squad for the 77th annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas all-star football game.

The oldest prep all-star game in the country will again be played at Gibbs Stadium in Spartanburg on Dec. 21 at 1 p.m.

Following in the footsteps of predecessor Justin Worley, Rudolph was one of two quarterbacks taken, along with Stratford’s Jacob Park, a Georgia commitment.

“In our system the quarterback needs to be a little athletic because we’re gonna run the quarterback,” South Carolina coach Tommy Brown, from Orangeburg-Wilkinson, said during Thursday’s video announcement. “Both these quarterbacks demonstrated the ability to do that. That was probably the easiest selection, the quarterback, because of seeing these two and what they could do.”

The coaches of the two teams, North Carolina’s Burton Cates, from Lee County, and Brown, selected the 40-man teams on Monday in Fort Mill. The all-star teams were revealed Thursday via a live online videocast at Shrine-Bowl.com.

The three selections from the Herald’s coverage area was the fewest since just two were picked for the 2007 game. Squad sizes were decreased from 44 players to 40 this season in an effort to give kids more time on the field.

“People will say it’s only four players but it makes a difference,” Brown said. “We tried to pick players of good character - that was very important in our selection process - and then we had to look at what their status was as far as how they played. We also had to find players that possibly played two positions because of that.”

Gaffney’s Shaq Davidson, who can play multiple positions including receiver and quarterback, and West Florence’s Alex Spence, a Clemson commitment who can kick and punt, were even more valuable additions because they allowed Brown’s staff to keep position specialists, like Rudolph and Park for example.

Up front defensively, Rodney will team with a talented group to try and harass the Tar Heel quarterbacks.

“The defensive end position these days, you have to have athletes that can cover the whole field, so that’s what we tried to do,” Brown said.

• Zeek Rodney

Rodney has been hampered by a nagging hamstring injury for much of this fall, but his junior season more than cemented his reputation as one of the most feared defensive linemen in the state. At 6-foot-1, 260 pounds, Rodney doesn’t always have the size to overwhelm blockers, but his incessant engine and his drive and quickness can make him nearly unstoppable. Rodney racked up 27 sacks and 26 tackles-for-loss last season, en route to earning Defensive Player of the Year honors from the High School Sports Report. He has scholarship offers from Boston College, Toledo, Marshall, Louisiana-Lafayette, Charlotte and South Carolina State.

• Corey Seargent

Senior safety has extensive Division I recruiting interest (Nebraska, Kansas, Ball State, Charlotte, Appalachian State, East Carolina) because of his playmaking ability in the secondary and on special teams as a kick returner and aggressive tackler. Seargent’s ball skills were always apparent but he showed his toughness and a willingness to support run defense in an excellent display against Charlotte Catholic’s ground-based offensive attack earlier this season. The 6-foot, 175-pound senior has three interceptions so far this season and leads the Trojans with 87 tackles.

• Mason Rudolph

Despite having played quarterback for just three years, the 6-foot-4, 200-pound Rudolph is one of the slickest passers in the state. He has good mobility and the mental acumen to play quarterback at a high level in college, which he’ll do at Oklahoma State in 2014 after graduating high school this December. Rudolph led Northwestern to the Class AAAA-DII state final state final last year, throwing for 41 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. He’s off to another good start this year with 20 TDs and just two interceptions in the Trojans’ undefeated first six games.

Bret McCormick •  329-4032. Twitter: @BretJust1T

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