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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.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Burney's 2012 Football Player Rankings

Burney's Top 25 Prep Football Players In The OC
1 Jonny Reschke (Birmingham Brother Rice LB) – The "TOTAL PACKAGE"
2 Wyatt Shallman (Novi Detroit CC RB/DE) – The "TOTAL PACKAGE" Part II
3 Josh Jones (WL Western DB-RB-KR) – The most electrifying all-around talent in the OC….think NEON DEON as a prepster
4 Isaiah Gourdine (Farmington DB-WR) – Has all the tools to achieve greatness this year as a senior with the Falcons and the next few years at the college level
5 (tie) Jesse Chadwell (Clarkston OL) – Tough as nails in the trenches, headlining one of the state's best O-Lines
5 (tie) Poet Thomas (Birmingham DCD DL/OL) – Smart, agile, athletic and aggressive presence on the line for the 'Jackets who will soon commit to a big-time college program at the next level
6 Derek Edwards (Novi Detroit CC OL) – Tenacious, imposing and hard-working talent set to anchor SHAMROCKNATION up front
7 Clark Clancy (AH Avondale OL/DL) – Spry and strong lineman entering his third straight year fueling the Yellow Jackets in the GRIT&GRIME department
8 Cam Thomas (SL East QB) – The new "OC Gunslinger" and the area's best prep quarterback who will do everything he can to put little-known South Lyon East on the map before graduates next spring and heads off to WMU
9 Lorenzo Collins (FH Harrison RB) – Powerful and instinctive running back who put up 1200 yards as a sophomore last fall and is ready to GO BONKERS in between the tackles once again this season
10 (tie) Brandon Bean (Southfield WR/S) – Not enough words exist in the English language to describe what a great high school football player this kid is, will be a gem for whichever college he winds up suiting up for  
10 (tie) Grant Niemiec (OL St. Mary's RB) – Not enough words exist in the English language to describe what a great high school football player this kid is….will be a gem for whichever college he winds up suiting up for
11 Jalen Watts-Jackson (OL St. Mary's WR/DB/KR) – Just a playmaker plain and simple that will blossom into a superstar this season as a junior after getting his feet wet in 2011 as a SOPH SENSATION for the D3 state champs
12 (tie) Richie Wilson (Birmingham DCD RB-DB) – Could be the top running back in the whole county by the end of the 2012 campaign…..scored 11 touchdowns in only 6 games of action last year as a sophomore
12 (tie) Kyle Bambard (WL Western QB/K) – Could be the top quarterback in the whole county by the end of the 2012 campaign…..has the ability to destroy opposing defenses with his arm, his legs and his foot, already considered one of the most deadly placekicking prodigies in the entire nation
13 Collin Buchanan (Southfield OL) – Sleeper D1 recruit, with ALL THE RIGHT MOVES whether protecting the quarterback on passing down or leading the way on the ground for the team's running attack
14 The Harrison 3 – J. Slobin (L)-G. Coleman (WR-DB-KR)-E. Huckleby (LB) – All three of these HAWKSNATION NASTYS are three-year starters for TEAM HERRINGTON….'Nuff said!!!
15 Johnny Williams (Holly QB) – Most exciting player in the Flint Metro
16 (tie) Rice 'D-Duo'Luke Cherocci (LB)-Sergio Perkovic (DL) – Cherocci is a terror in pursuit sideline-to-sideline and in pass coverage, while Perkovic is a SACK MACHINE  on the D-Line
16 (tie) Nick Mattich-Craig Colombo (Clarkston OL) – Prototype SIR-GRIND-A-LOTS flanking Chadwell on the Wolfpack line….both are considered D1 prospects in their own right
17 Dylan Roney (Novi Detroit CC DL) – With Harrison's Mario Ojemudia off to UofM, this CC junior juggernaut might be the area's top pass rusher
18 Greg Webber (Troy OL) – The 'Moose' is loose and he's about to do a lot of damage
19 Connor Mohr-Jordan Degreffenreed (Farmington RB) – Could be the best running back duo in the area….they define the term 'pick your poison'
20 (tie) Anthony Darkangelo (Novi Detroit CC RB) – Does all the little things that make up a great high school football player, holds down CHARLES WOODSON style on both sides of the ball
20 (tie) Tre Walton (Southfield QB) – Calling signals for the first time in his varsity career will show all the college coaches just how versatile and dangerous this kid is
21 Derric Williams (Lake Orion LB) – Best linebacker in the OAA Red
22 (tie) Timmy Cason (Clarkston DB-WR) – Most intriguing college prospect in the Red, ready for a GINORMOUS season this fall for WOLFPACKNATION
22 (tie) Antjuan Herbert (Southfield-Lathrup WR) – Might be the playmaker nobody knows about until it's too late in the OAA White
23 Alex Larson (Milford QB) – Outstanding high school field general, just as likely to inflict pain on opposing teams with his arm than he is with his legs
24 Juan Johnson (MH Madison RB) – Emerging SUPERSTUD running back, who went over 1,000 yards last season as only a FAB FROSH
25 (tie) Michael Johnson (AH Avondale RB) – Maybe the area's most undervalued running back, this kid is a MONSTER
25 (tie) Brian Walker (Birmingham DCD RB) – The next great Warriors running back is about to take flight


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