January 24, 2011

Spartans after next great Harrison wide receiver

No high school in Michigan as much tradition of producing Division 1 wide receivers as Farmington Hills Harrison. The Hawks once again have a dynamic pass catcher in Aaron Burbridge, and some are saying he could end up being the best of the bunch.

When people think of Farmington Hills Harrison Football they immediately think of head Coach John Herrington and his trtemendous record of success. However, they also think of the great players that have come out of Harrison. Amazingly, many of them played the wide receiver position in college. The list list of D1 wideouts is both long and impressive: Mill Coleman (MSU), Ricky Bryant (OSU), Agim Shabaj (MSU), Sidney Stewart (NW), Mark Dell (MSU) and now Burbridge.

Last fall Burbridge helped the Hawks (14-0) win another state championship by grabbing two touchdowns passes in the 38-28 victory over Lowell High School. He finished the season with 36 receptions for 720 yards and nine touchdowns. He also played defense and had five interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns. He recieved numerous post-season accolades for his play such as All-Conference, All-Area and All-State.

SpartanMag.com talked with Burbridge and asked him about how his recruitment is going so far.

"I have talked with Michigan State, Michigan and Cincinnati," Burbridge stated. "Coach Salem from Michigan State is my recruiting coach; they want me to come up there for a junior day."

Burbridge indicated that at this point he does not have any scholarship offers, but that could change this spring as more people get a chance to see him in action. A few weeks ago Burbridge attended the Adidas Maximum Exposure Combine held at Oakland University and Rivals Analyst Josh Helmholdt had the following to say:

"Leading the way was Farmington Hills Harrison wide receiver Aaron Burbridge. The 6-1, 175-pound Burbridge will draw many comparisons to former Harrison and current Michigan State wideout Mark Dell, but the truth is Burbridge is further along in his development as a wide receiver at the same stage. He is explosive off the line of scrimmage, runs crisp routes, displayed soft hands and natural athletic ability."

Just like Dell was compared to the Harrison greats that came before him, Burbridge is now hearing the same.

"Yes, people compare me to Mark," he said. "I know him and he is a great player. I am just trying to go out and be the best player I can be."

Michigan State set to graduate 3 starting wide receivers after the 2011 season; they will need to replenish the position with high-level talent inteh class of 2012. It is very possible that a true freshman from that class will have an opportunity to play right away, just like Dell did back in 2007.

SpartanMag.com asked Burbridge what his strengths are as a receiver and what his early thoughts are about the in-state schools, Michigan State and Michigan.

"I would say that my speed and my ability to go up and get the ball are my strengths," Burbridge stated. "I really like both schools. I am sure I will learn more about them this spring."

Burbridge will participate in track this spring for Harrison High Schools and he should be one of the fastest runners in the state in the 100M. He has been clocked as fast as 10.7 seconds in that event. That time is equivalent with somebody who runs a 4.4 second forty-yard dash.

SprtanMag.com will be sure to follow the recruitment of Burbridge as it unfolds in the coming months. Michigan State will surely be turning up the heat on this talented in-state prospect and he could earn a scholarship offer from Head Coach Mark Dantonio this summer with a strong camp performance.

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