Necessary is a necessary part of South's plans

Douglas Fritz • Jul 25, 2019 at 5:23 PM

KINGSPORT — He’s the biggest of the bigs, and Cam Necessary can’t wait for a chance to displace a few defensive linemen this season.

Necessary is part of a starting five for Sullivan South’s football team that averages 273 pounds from tackle to tackle.

“I am beyond excited,” the 6-foot-5, 300-pound offensive lineman said during Thursday’s media day at Carl Matherly Stadium. “I can’t even put it into words. I’m like flabbergasted almost. It’s a lot of meat up there on the line. It’s going to look good.”

From the starting point of a beefy line, Necessary said he expects the Rebels to have “a great season.”

“This is one of the first truly strong South teams we’ve had in a while,” Necessary said. “I’m excited to see what we can do.”

Necessary provides more than the prospect of pancake blocks. He’s also a threat from his defensive end position, and he’s a team leader.

“He was a captain last year as junior, which is rarely something that is going to happen,” said South head coach Justin Hilton, whose team opens its season Aug. 23 at home against Daniel Boone. “I think that’s a great honor.”

Hilton said Necessary starts his success from the base of his frame.

“Cam has really good feet,” Hilton said. “If you’ve seen him play basketball, for a big guy he moves well.”

Also, Necessary has earned the respect of his peers.

“Other players really respect his work ethic and the way he does things,” said Hilton. “He’s a vocal leader and also a physical presence. He’s a big part of this team, and the guys really look up to him.”

Necessary said his teammates drive him to be better.

“I have great teammates around me,” said Necessary, who is weighing college offers from Centre, UVA-Wise and Culver-Stockton. “Without them I wouldn’t be half the player I am today.”

To pull his share of the weight this season, Necessary said he needs to focus offensively on technique. He doesn’t want it to waver when the game gets into the fourth quarter.

Defensively, Necessary said he wants to get his hands on opposing quarterbacks.

“Pass rush is what I live for,” he said. “I love it. Stopping the run is a big thing around here because you don’t face many air-raid offenses. But whenever that quarterback drops back, that’s the best time on defense.”

Later this year, Necessary will move on to another sport he enjoys: basketball. He said he actually became a better football player because of basketball.

“I used to be really slow, but my basketball coach (Michael McMeans) molded me into what I am now,” Necessary said. “It has been a long process, but we’re here and I’m glad we are.”

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