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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.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Seventh Heaven

The Michigan Elite and Maximum Exposure, arguably the top two 7-on-7 offseason prep football squads in the state, are both being fueled by a number of local gridiron studs.
Making a run into the championship game of a recent major tournament in Pittsburgh for the second straight year, the Michigan Elite, features over a dozen current and future area prep stars, led by FH Harrison WR Garius Coleman. 'THE G FACTOR' is as elusive as they come in a crowd and a genuine force of nature in open space. He's been blazing a trail of greatness with the Hawks since his sophomore year when he helped take Harrison to a state title in 2010.
Just like Elite, Maximum Exposure's offensive assault is being headlined by an Oakland County MEGA FREAK of a wide receiver in Southfield's Brandon Bean. A dominant two-sport athlete – he's also a fantastic power forward on the basketball court – Bean is a mirror image of his dad, former Southfield HS and University of Michigan split end Vince and will be KILLING opponents with his durable, gritty and win-at-all-costs style for the third consecutive campaign repping the Blue Jays in 2012.
Running Michigan Elite's offense this spring has been a tandem of SUPER SLEEPERS at the quarterback spot, as Birmingham DCD Tyler Wiegers and South Lyon East's Cam Thomas have been splitting time to great success. Expect to see Wiegers behind center in the fall for Country Day, after quarterbacking the Yellowjackets' JV squad last season as a sophomore. Thomas, who will be entering his senior year in the fall for SLE, is one of the fastest-rising prospects in the county's 2013 recruiting class.
Southfield-Lathrup's Antjuan Herbert, a junior wide receiver and Chris Leigh, a talented and fleet-footed sophomore from Lake Orion have both shined brightly as of late for the Elite. Herbert has size (6-3) and speed (4.4) and could be that annual breakout recruit from CHARGERLAND that comes out of nowhere as a senior and lands himself a D1 scholarship. Leigh was clocked as the fastest player in the Elite's entire Class of 2014, running lower than a 4.35.
Johnny Williams, an electrifying double-threat field general at Holly during the regular season but a wide out and defensive back in the offseason, and lockdown corner Darius Danzy, a potential major-impact transfer at Southfield via OL St. Mary's, have been displaying their playmaking ability in large doses for the Elite too.
Some other OC standouts for the Elite include slotback Darrian Spencer (Milford), safety Evan Papuga (Holly), and cornerbacks Joe Shields (Troy Athens) and Chauncey Bridges (North Farmington). Spencer, Shields and Bridges all helped guide their respective high school squads into the playoffs last year.
Another name to keep an eye out for is Southfield's Jeff Madison, a versatile LB/RB/DB who has been busting out BIG TIME this off season, repping TEAM CONLEY for Max Exposure alongside Bluejays teammate and MASTER SIR-GRIND-A-LOT Brandon Bean. Madison and Bean helped navigate Southfield to a district crown back in the fall and will be the senior captains of the 'Jays Grid contingent for the upcoming season.

1 Comments:

Blogger Bob Ninny said...

Tyler played varsity as a sophmore at DCD.

May 5, 2012 at 9:30 PM 

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