Being in this business there's always phone calls, emails, texts, and etc. about guys "you need to check out." Two years ago we heard about a young prospect in the Boiling Springs program named Tyrecous Garrett. Well we've been keeping close tabs on the talented prospect and now this young man has taken the reins under center for coach Bruce Clark's team and appears set to emerge as one of 2013's best prospects here in South Carolina. Because of that Tyrecous Garrett is the latest player to be featured in our "UP NEXT" series.
Last year Garrett emerged and became a regular fixture on Friday night news stations' coverage of high school football. It was a good season for him but the hungry prospect is looking forward to stepping up his level of play even more.
"Last year I had 17 touchdowns I think. I have over 950 yards rushing yards and 650 yards passing," Garrett said.
Garrett's numbers are deceiving though. The 2013 prospect is blessed with tremendous speed and whenever a play broke down and that's often what provided video cameramen and the audience a ton of oohs and ahhs as he'd break down defenses with his legs.
During this off season and early on in his junior season Garrett is hoping to impress some college coaches.
"Right now I'm not hearing from any colleges yet. I'm open to hearing from anybody who wants to recruit me. I really like South Carolina a lot."
Good friend, mentor, former Bulldog and current USC Gamecock QB Dylan Thompson have helped to prepare Garrett for the trials and tribulations he'll face as the quarterback for Boiling Springs. Their bond has helped to show Garrett what could possibly happen if he continues to improve each opportunity he's given.
The lack of attention from colleges though has provided motivation for Garrett to push his skills to another level in order to change that though.
"I'm working on improving my passing skills. I've been doing more drills with coach Clark. They want me to throw for at least 1,000 or more yards this year and just continue to get better in all phases of the game."
Looking back at his sophomore season Garrett says he had a trio of games that could have been labeled as his best performances of the season.
"Well I had three games with four touchdowns each. The Wren, Riverside, and Clinton games. Against Wren I had 3 rushing touchdowns and had 1 passing. Against Riverside I had 2 rushing and 2 passing. Then against Clinton I had 4 touchdowns too, I think I ended that game with 194 rushing yards and 94 passing yards."
While the coaching staff is looking for him to improve upon his numbers through the air this coming season. There's also another area Garrett is looking to improve upon.
"I just want to step up and be more of a vocal leader because I'm the quiet type."
Garrett and the Bulldogs faced a tough schedule but despite the tough competition he says no matter how the opposition came at him he wouldn't let his mental fortitude break down.
"If someone was tough I would just come right back at them the next play and succeed."
Expect more success from Tyrecous Garrett and the Bulldogs once the season rolls around come August.
SCPrepNation.com will continue to keep you updated with the very latest regarding Garrett and other top prospects here in South Carolina so stay tuned for sophomore video footage of Garrett soon as well!
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...TYRECOUS GARRETT
Bench press: 220 pounds
Squat: 350 pounds
Power clean: 235 pounds
Fastest 40 time: 4.53 seconds