Brandon Burkes from Dudley High School headed to GTCC for baseball

Posted by Andy Durham on July 11, 2012 at 10:27 am under High School | Comments are off for this article

Brandon Burkes has signed to play baseball with the Guilford Technical Community College Titans/GTCC Titans. They are very excited to have him and that is the word from his new coach John Barrow…

Brandon played for Coach Larry Farrer at Dudley High School and you may remember, he suffered a very serious neck injury back in 2010, during preseason football practice at Dudley and in the process of the injury occurring, he broke his neck….

Brandon had to miss school and all of his sports for at least 6-8 months, but he bounced back(we said at GreensboroSports that ‘Burkes will be Back’ and he was), playing American Legion baseball last Summer for Grady Lawson and the Eastern Randolph team and then Brandon returned to the Dudley Panthers’ lineup this past Spring and he performed at a very high level for Coach Larry Farrer’s squad and Brandon received numerous post-seaon honors….

Brandon again played with the Eastern Randolph Legion team this past Summer and he also played for the Aggies in the Greensboro Palomino league….This Summer, in the Palomino league, Brandon hit two home runs in one game and he did the same thing against Southeast Guilford back in his sophomore year of 2010, in a game played at Dudley….

The kid was a very tough linebacker for the Dudley football team, back in his time with Coach Steven Davis and the Panthers and he was at the point where he was fast becoming the very best kicker in Dudley football history, before he got taken out by that severe neck injury…..

Brandon Burkes has realized his dream and he will be playing college baseball and we are very happy for him and his family…His dad Ron, his mom and his brother Ronnie are very proud of Brandon Burkes and some day we may see this young man playing professional baseball…That dream could come true too, just wait and see….His family has stuck by side through it all and now they can all head off to college and watch/follow Brandon Burkes at that level….Coach Larry Farrer was with him all along too, as were Deon Clark, Ray Crawford Sr., Coach Allens(two of them) and many others….

Congratulations Brandon Burkes and there will be a lot of locals playing baseball for Coach John Barrow at GTCC next season….We will have a full list in a few days, but some of the names are:

Brandon Burkes(Dudley)
Tiger Miller(HPCA)
Kyle Miller(SWG)
Tommy Marshall(Southern Alamance)
Dylan Barker(SEG/N.C. A&T)
D.J. Flinchum(SEG/Greensboro College)*****Pretty sure on D.J.*****
Others coming, but can’t remember them all and Coach Barrow will be sending us a complete list…..I think we have covered most all of these kids here at the site for about 100 years…..

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