Lowcountry Trench Monsters to See When Excessive College Soccer Season Begins | Sports activities
They are known as big ugly and trench monsters. Whatever you want to call them, few soccer teams at any level succeed without high quality offensive linemen.
Their work often goes unnoticed until they make the big mistake that attracts the ire of fans. But the fact remains, rings and trophies are hard to come by without a solid offensive line.
High schools across the Lowcountry have a handful of returning offensive linemen who are rated not only as the best in the region, but also on a statewide and national level. As the 2021 high school season approaches, the top four recurring offensive linemen are made up of two subclasses and two seniors. Everyone has been collecting college offers this summer.
Up-and-coming junior tackle Monroe Freeling from Oceanside Collegiate is rated a four-star nationwide candidate and has amassed at least 20 major college offerings, including Clemson, South Carolina, Stanford, North Carolina, Notre Dame, and Miami. The 6-7, 285-pound Freeling is considered the best offensive lineman in the 2023 class in the state and was listed on his position as one of the top three juniors nationwide.
Freeling, who moved to the area from Oregon in 2016, doesn’t think much about college choices these days. His focus is exclusively on the coming season.
“All the recruiting stuff was fun this summer, going to the different camps and meeting so many great coaches, but that’s been postponed now,” said Freeling. “I’m concentrating on winning a national championship. Recruiting can wait. I have time so I’m in no rush. I just want to stay cool and make a few visits someday, but my primary goal right now is to lead my teammates to a national championship.
The most returning senior lineman in the area is Goose Creek tackle Jayden Johnson. The 6-4, 315-pound Johnson will be a fourth-year college starter for the Gators and has played center, guard, and tackle throughout his prep career. Johnson will start the left tackle for the Gators this season but is projected as a guardian at the college level. He currently holds offers from South Carolina, Georgia Tech, and Howard.
“I’m really looking forward to this season,” said Johnson. “This is my final year of high school so I want to make it a special year. I can’t wait to get started. “
Both Freeling and Johnson play basketball to keep in shape and work on their athleticism and footwork.
Another top return senior is Freeling’s teammate at Oceanside Collegiate, Tackle Jacob Ashley. 6-6,300 pound Ashley is a three star rated player and was impressive at summer camp. He has received several scholarship offers and recently made an oral commitment to UNC Charlotte.
A runner-up who is quickly moving up the recruiting lists is Woodland Tackle Kam Pringle. At 6-7, 280 pounds, Pringle is a developing player who has impressed over the summer. After a strong camp performance, he received an offer from the state of Florida in June.
“He’s the real deal,” said Woodland Sporting Director Ty Sibert. “He has a chance to be a great candidate.”
Each week before the 2021 high school season, The Post and Courier will preview a different position to highlight players to watch this fall.
Lowcountry’s Top Offensive Linemen
Monroe Freeling – Oceanside Collegiate, Jr.
Jayden Johnson – Goose Creek, Sr.
Jacob Ashley – Oceanside College, Jr.
Kam Pringle – Woodland, Sun.
Will Gause – Oceanside Collegiate, Sr.
Max Garrido – Fort Dorchester, Sr.
Foster Nicodin – Hanahan, Sr.
Roy Maybank – First Baptist, Jr.
Curtis Magwood – First Baptist, Jr.
Dravian Blake – West Ashley, Sr.
Kameron Durant – Cane Bay, Jr.
Zach Champagne – Oceanside Collegiate, Sr.