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Burney's Bytes will focus primarily on the local preps sports scene, but will also touch on some college and pro athletics, mostly in regards to athletes who hail and have played high school sports in Oakland County. My goal for the blog is to be conversational and anecdotal, a more relaxed and free formal take on high school athletics than you see in regular game day coverage.

Friday, July 9, 2010

The Best Around

Somebody please get out the fire extinguisher, Oakland County prep football star Valdez Showers is so HOT on the recruiting trail right now he is currently engulfed in flames! Showers, who is a 5-foot-11 inch and 180 pound, running back/cornerback combo heading into his senior campaign at Madison Heights Madison, is the top-ranked local player in the state and gaining steam in his recruitment efforts every day.
Even though Showers is the best running back in the county going into THE 201O SEASON (1600 yards and 20 touchdowns on the ground for the conference champion Eagles in '09), he is being projected as a cornerback at the college level. His 4.4 40-yard dash time and bucket full of Dazzling performances at offseason camps and combines since January has skyrocketed his status as an elite recruit.
First, the local majors made their way into the picture, as Showers picked up offers from Big Ten powers Michigan, MSU, Iowa, Wisconsin, Penn State and Purdue in the spring. Then summertime hit and with the increase in temperature, the Eagles very own, "REIGN MAN," caught red-hot fire and proceeded to BLOW UP like DA BOMB he is.
Right now, national powerhouses like Florida, Notre Dame and Auburn are all in rapid pursuit and have each laid out offers at Showers' doorstep the past month. Last week he showed off his resiliency and rock-solid competitive spirit by playing the entire Badger 7-of-7 Classic held up in Madison at the University of Wisconsin with a strained hamstring and still earning first team All-Camp honors with his Detroit Elite travel squad. Bad hamstring and all, he STILL MANAGED to be clocked at a 4.48 in a 40-yard dash timing conducted at the Badgers' Camp Randall Stadium.
Let's not forget, that Showers is a very good student off the field as well. He holds a 3.2 overall gpa and is totally clearinghouse eligible for the 2011 college football season. A true multi-threat in whatever he does, Showers was also an integral part of Madison's conference title-winning hoops squad last winter, plying his trade on the hardwood as a valuable back-up guard and defensive specialist for coach Steve Rhoads' team
Get Super BUsy Reign Man and lets see ya take a few to the HOUSE and grab a D3 state title for the Burnmeister himself in a few months!


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