In 2010, inside linebacker Ben Boulware of Anderson (S.C.) T. L. Hanna recorded 151 total tackles. This season, he finished with 180.
Apparently, desire is one key to his success.
"I want to make the play every single [snap]," Boulware said. "I want to be around the ball all the time."
Boulware's play has drawn him lots of attention from colleges. Recently, Stanford became the second program to offer the 6-feet-1, 225-pound three-year starter, joining USF, which pulled the trigger earlier this fall.
"I had been getting stuff from Stanford but I didn't know it would happen this early," Boulware said. "It's pretty great. I'm definitely going to consider them. Academically, they're the top."
According to Boulware, those also showing strong interest includes Auburn, Clemson, Duke, Georgia, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
"All of the schools I'm getting interest from are about even," Boulware said. "Every school I named all send me the same amount of stuff. I don't really have top schools or anything. I'm trying to keep my options open to see what happens."
Boulware already has made several unofficial visits in 2011.
"This fall, I've been to Clemson, South Carolina, Auburn, Tennessee, Duke, Georgia Tech and Georgia," Boulware said. "This weekend, I'm going to North Carolina. I usually go with my dad or one of my coaches. I like it. I love football. It's what I want to do, so I love doing it."