February 9, 2011
Harrison loaded for 2012
Farmington Hills Harrison Head Coach John Herrington has coached some of the best high school players in Michigan prep history. The Hawks' program has routinely produced high-level prospect, but 2012 could be the best year yet for the storied program. SpartanMag.com takes a look.
In the 41-years that Coach Herrington has been at Harrison High School the Hawks have won an amazing 13 state titles. Ove rthat time Coach Herrington has amassed a career record of 376-87-1. Several of greats to come out of Harrington's program include players like Drew Stanton, Mark Dell, Ricky Bryant, Mill Coleman, Agim Shabaj and Marcus Woods to name a few.
2012 could be another special year as the Hawks have 3 players that will all be high-level Division 1 prospects in wide receiver Aaron Burbridge, defensive end Mario Ojemudia and tight end Devin Funchess.
SpartanMag.com takes a closer look:
WR Aaron Burbridge: 6-foot-1, 180-pounds 4.4 speed
Those that have seen Burbridge in action believe he is further along in his development at this point in time that Spartan Mark Dell. All Dell did was come to Michigan State and become a 4-years starter and go down as one of the most productive pass catchers in school history. Burbridge is said to be slightly faster than Dell. Being from Harrison the comparison to Dell are only natural, but Burbridge also has some of the skills of a Keshawn Martin. The Spartans will be looking to replace Martin after the 2011 season. Burbridge has been offered by Michigan State and Michigan.
DE Mario Ojemudia: 6-foot-3, 220-pounds, 4.7 speed
Ojemudia racked up an impressive 127 tackles on the season from his defensive end spot, including 12 sacks and 3 forced fumbles. He did this despite teams trying to run away from him or giving him extra attention. Ojemudia is known for his high-motor and relentless style of play. He was one of only 2 juniors in Michigan to be named to the Detroit Press Dream Team, the other being Burbridge. Ojemudia will be one of the top pass rushers in the Midwest for 2012. He has also been offered by both Michigan State and Michigan.
TE Devin Funchess: 6-foot-5, 250-pounds, 4.6 speed
Funchess is an extremely athletic tight end prospect that excels at catching the ball. Last year he averaged an impressive 20.8 yards per reception for the Hawks. His speed makes him a difficult match-up for linebackers and his height is difficult for defensive backs. Michigan State likes tight ends that excel in run block and pass receiving. An offer from the Spartans could come after they see him at camp, if not before. Michigan has already offered Funchess a scholarship and Syracuse is supposedly in the process of making one.
WR Jake Vento: 5-foot-10, 170-pounds 4.5 speed.
Some close to the Hawks program actually believe Vento is the most complete player on the roster. As a junior he caught 42 passes for 901-yards and 12 touchdowns and returned 2 kickoffs for scores. He also was a lockdown defensive back. Vento also punted for the Hawks in the rare occasion they did not score. This coming fall, Jake is expected to move to quarterback to replace his All-State brother Tommy, who will be a preferred walk-on at Michigan State. Vento is considered by some to be the most exciting player the Hawks have had since Agim Shabaj.
If Vento ends up being a division 1 prospect, an argument could be made that Harrison is the top talent producing school in the Midwest. Even Cleveland Glenville may have trouble matching Harrison. I am sure many would love to see the Hawks and the Tarblooders go head-to-head on the field.
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