2007 Class: Anson County’s Triple Threat

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Three Division 1A prospects – ATH Michael Bowman, LB Barquell Rivers and OL Trinton Sturdivant – will lead Anson County (Wadesboro, N.C.) into the 2006 varsity football season. All three players currently hold Division 1A scholarship offers, including one who has close to 20.

OL Trinton Sturdivant…

Trinton Sturdivant currently holds 17 written scholarship offers according to head coach Jody Grooms. Clemson, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, N.C. State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Virginia Tech are among the programs to offer so far.

“He’s 6-5, 286 pounds,” Grooms said of Sturdivant. “He moves well. He has great feet. He’s a dominating run blocker and he has surprisingly good pass-blocking skills. Every school we’ve sent film to has offered. He just jumps out at you on film.”

An excellent student, Sturdivant carries a 3.9 grade point average. He uses his smarts on the field as well.

“He’s a very intelligent football player,” Grooms said. “He’s sound fundamentally and he uses sound technique.”

LB Barquell Rivers…

The 2006 season will be Barquell Rivers’ fourth as a starting linebacker for Anson County’s varsity squad. An immediate contributor in his freshman season, he actually called the plays for Grooms’ defense that year. As a junior this past season, the 6-0, 210-pound standout recorded 130 total tackles and had three interceptions. He earned all-state honors for his performance.

“He’s very intelligent,” Grooms said of Rivers. “He called all our sets as a freshman linebacker. He plays downhill and plays well from sideline-to-sideline. He’s been timed at 4.51 in the 40. He has all the tools. No matter where he plays, he’s just a football player. He’s one of those kids who is good at whatever he does.”

Besides football, Rivers stars in basketball and baseball. In his first scrimmage in baseball this year, he went 4-4 with two home runs…all this after just finishing basketball season.

There is no doubt Rivers is an excellent all-around athlete, but his future is in football. He is being recruited by Division 1A schools as a linebacker and currently holds eight 1A scholarship offers including