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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.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Rocky '13

Everyone's heard of the famous Rocky movies – all six of them.
They're apart of Americana, the story of an underdog prize fighter that wins the heavyweight boxing title of the world and becomes a beloved national figure overcoming odds at every turn on the screen.
Well, Oakland County has the latest Rocky sequel and its coming to a football field near you in just a few months' time - just call it Rocky '13. Or shall I say call HIM.
His name is Rayquan (Rocky) Carter and he'll be catching passes on the prep gridiron at Southfield High School in the fall for his senior campaign.
Carter, a speedy slot receiver that can also go deep with ease and who played at Farmington Hills Harrison the past couple of years, moved with his family to Southfield last week and has already enrolled in BLUEJAYSLAND. He'll be eligible immediately.
Most local fans don't know about Carter because of an injury-plagued junior season last fall, where it wasn't until the final couple weeks of the schedule that he really started to show true flashes.
Now, that said, the raw skill-set is unquestioned. And that's what makes him a commodity.
He was the fastest player in the Harrison program in 2012, no small feat when you take in account that the Hawks always have a deep crop of burners in the stables at nearly every position. In summer workouts and 7-on-7s, Carter consistently performs and demonstrates his explosiveness.
Hopefully, this season at Southfield (four playoff appearances in five years) all that potential will continue to translate into on-field production.
Once adapted to the system with the Bluejays, Carter could be a major asset to add to a receiving corps that already includes up-and-coming talents Ray Buford and Dior Johnson. They'll be hauling in passes from another transfer, Jalen Brady, a smart playmaker under center that arrived at Southfield in January from Grand Ledge.


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