Year after year, Duncan Byrnes High is one of the best football programs in South Carolina, which is great if you want trophies and college scholarships and all that stuff. But how about making the Shrine Bowl Team?
No more than two players from any school can make the squad, and Byrnes usually has more than that with the ability to play capably against North Carolina in the annual charity game.
But this year is ridiculous.
Start with Marcus Lattimore, the top RB prospect in the country. Add in DLs Brandon Willis and Corey Miller, and you have three of the top ten prospects in the state (you can see where they rank in our Observer preseason SC and NC Top 25 lists, which will run in Sunday’s paper).
But it doesn’t end there. In our spring Top 25, six Byrnes players were listed. Coach Chris Miller’s biggest problem might be finding playing time for everyone.
“They have eight players that could play in that game,” said S.C. Shrine head coach Lewis Lineberger this week. “Heck, they probably have more than eight; I don’t want to make anybody mad.”
Lineberger gets to pick 44 players for a roster that will be finalized Oct. 25. Be assured that Byrnes will have two of those spots. And that a whole bunch of talented kids from the school won’t be invited.