Posted On: 10/14/20 2:36 PM

Just 18 miles apart along South Carolina’s Grand Strand, two of the state’s top senior specialists are within striking distance of the next phase of their football careers.

North Myrtle Beach’s Zane SmithZaneSmith6'2" | PNorth Myrtle Beach | 2021StateSC and Myrtle Beach’s Sullivan Hardin have kicked field goals and extra points, punted and handled kickoff duties for their respective teams. And their proficiency in all three phases the foot-to-leather portion of the game makes college football appear likely, if not inevitable.

The fact that the two play for Region VI-4A rivals and have their own friendly rivalry? That’s not hurting their development, either.

“It pushes me to work a lot harder,” said Hardin, the No. 74 senior in South Carolina. “At the end of the day, we’re trying to do the same thing. But knowing that there is someone who a coach could pick over me, it makes me strive to be perfect.”

Said Smith: "When we go work together at Doug Shaw or North Myrtle Beach, it pushes me to be better in games. It keeps you on edge.”

While the two seniors have been on the varsity playing fields for three seasons, they are certainly feeling a sense of recruiting urgency now.

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