Hunter Renfrow's national championship performance inspires next generation of Socastee Braves

Hunter Renfrow's national championship performance inspires next generation of Socastee Braves

From humble beginnings at Socastee High School to the national stage with Clemson football, Hunter Renfrow has worked to make a name for himself along the Grand Strand and now across the country, with his athletic ability front and center.

"He wanted to play at Clemson and he had a lot of opportunities to go other places, smaller schools, and he didn't want to settle for that," Socastee Football Coach Doug Illing said. "He knew he could do more...he chased that dream."

Renfrow chased it all the way to the National Championship stage. The former Socastee Brave making a name for himself with big plays against the Alabama Crimson Tide on Monday night.

"This is a whole new area for us, we didn't expect it, but Hunter's handled it well to this point," Hunter's father Tim Renfrow said. "We hope he continues to handle it well but it's fun and sometimes I'm sure to Hunter it's overwhelming, but it's part of the whole deal."

As a walk-on for the tigers, Renfrow put Clemson on the board early, taking a 31-yard pass from Deshaun Watson to the endzone.

Flashback to just a few years ago though, he was making similar plays at the high school level.  Working routes from the pocket as a quarterback.

"I tell everyone he's a very humble person, but when he puts that helmet on, all four snaps together, he's a fierce competitor," Illing said. "He has that innate competitive spirit that he's going to beat you."

Renfrow's accomplishments are now plastered along the halls of Socastee High School. His jersey, the first one retired in school history, sits in his dad's office, ready to take its place among the trophies.

"If we were going to retire a jersey, it had to be Hunter Renfrow's jersey," Principal Dr. Paul Browning said. "He's the best athlete I've seen in 25 years."

Family and friends alike can't say enough good things about the 5'10" wide receiver.

"He's fast. He's quick. He can turn on a dime. Those are great characteristics," Browning said.

They complimented his achievements on the field as much as his character off of it.

"First one out on the field, last one to leave...he's just that kind of kid," Illing said. "It's not about him. He's more about other people, you know. He wins an award, he gives it to someone else or he recognizes someone else because of his accomplishment."

He's also inspired a new generation of Socastee Braves.

"When i saw him it kind of made me feel good to see he came from our school and he's actually been successful," Socastee student Tyler Rainer said. "It inspired me to play football next year."

Hunter's family arrived back in Myrtle Beach Tuesday night, exhausted but happy they had the chance to see Hunter excel in front of a national audience.

"It's special because we knew what Hunter wanted," Renfrow said. "He didn't talk a lot about it to other people, but we knew what his goals were and his dreams and to see some of that accomplished as parents is very gratifying ."

Following the title game, there's not time off for Hunter. His father says he'll be back in class Wednesday morning and working to prepare for next season in a few days.

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