Thursday, August 6, 2009

Pity Duncan Byrnes High...or not

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.

--Stan Olson

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

are they recruiting or something?

does this happen in high school sports?

Stan Olson said...

It's not a matter of recruiting, although I'm sure a number of kids move into the school zone to play for Byrnes. They traditionally have a lot of athletes in their area, but this is a bigger than usual haul...

Anonymous said...

In the last three years Byrnes sent two players to Florida State and four to Clemson. Of those six at least four were not attending Byrnes feeder schools in eighth grade and three did not attend Byrnes all four years of high school.

Anonymous said...

Brandon Willis mentioned above is a transfer. He played at Hillcrest High in Simpsonville, SC his freshman year then transferred to Byrnes.

He went from a team that struggles to win two or three games a year to a perennial national power. I'm sure he did it for better exposure for colleges.

Anonymous said...

Please get it correct. It is not "Duncan" Byrnes, it is James F. Byrnes High School in Duncan, SC.

Stephen said...

The post below is wrong. Of the six former Rebels at FSU and Clemson, four attended Byrnes "feeder" schools and the other two transferred in during high school.

Anonymous said...

Two of the college players that played at Brynes that did not begin there high school career there were Justin Bright and Xavier Dye. Do not know about the others.

The other players are Chad Diehl, Willy Korn, and Stanly Hunter (medical hardship) at Clemson. The other FSU player is Everette Dawkins.

No idea who went where in middle school.

Jinx52 said...

It is so tough when you have dominant programs like Byrnes where you know players deserve accolades, but their are also rules to adhere by. I think the best should play on All-Star games regardless of team or coach. Pick the best thats what it is all about. Nobody says anything when the Cowboys have 7 Pro Bowlers.

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