Northern Guilford will host the NFL High School Player Development Clinic June 11 and 12 with over 200 football players registered. Guilford County schools attending
are Eastern, Grimsley, Smith, Southwest, and Northern. All 4 Rockingham County
schools will be in attendance.
This will be a great opportunity for the attending schools to get information that they need for the upcoming season and to have some workout time in this NFL-type setting….There will be keynote speakers from what I have been reading, including Herb Appenzeller(Guilford College Sports Management Doctor) and Judge Susan Bray…Should be a very good event for all involved…
Spoke to Coach Damon Coiro of Grimsley on Monday and he said he was hoping to take at least 50 players out there with him and his Whirlie staff and if he could 70 kids to go, he would more than happy to take that many with him to Northern also…
Northern Guilford will have one of the state’s top players this coming season in runningback T.J. Logan….He will be the marque player in Guilford County….He will be one of the Top 5 players in the state and I would say, at least one of the Top 100 in the nation…He is that good, with over 2,500 yards rushing last season and 30-plus TD’s…..Logan is getting looks from all of the top college teams on the East coast and Ohio State is one of his top suitors…This kid can fly and he knows how to carry the ball and can find the end zone, probably with his eyes closed, at least when he gets to the five……Logan is your man, mark it down, he will be the talk of the state this coming season, as the Northern Guilford Nighthawks go for their third straight NCHSAA 3-AA football title…One of the crazy things about this upcoming high school football season is that the Page Pirates had the top quarterback in the Triad last year in James Summers(also one of the tops in the state) and now thay might just have the top QB again this season, in Jordan Putnam…I have followed Putnam closely while he has been at Page, as close as anyone other than his coaches and I know what this kid can do, better than anyone around….He is a proven winner(35-0) while in uniform as a Page Pirate and he has the tools and the smarts, really has the smarts; Yale, Davidson, the Naval Academy and many other top academic institutions want him, he is the real deal and he loves the challenge of this upcoming season….Page will be headed down to Hoover, Alabama for the top-of-the-line 7 on 7’s in July…..Justin Johnson, the QB over at High Point Central is another kid to be on the lookout for…One of the top all-around athletes in the state, Johnson put up big numbers last season, he just needs to follow that up with wins this year and he has to clearly understand his leadership role with the HP Central Bison and be mature enough to lead them to wins over the top teams like Ragsdale, Northwest Guilford, East Forsyth and the like….NWG’s Reid Baxter is back and the little back can run and this year, with what we expect for to be an increased workload, he will have to be able to take the pounding too….Baxter could well be the fastest back/return man in the county, but I would love to see that foot race(barefoot prefered) with Baxter and T.J. Logan…..
Lots more coming down the road, but two of the most intriguing storylines of the upcoming season, will be Northern going for the three in a-row and how Logan carries them and the Page Pirates coming off that NCHSAA 4-AA title with the new full-time QB Jordan Putnam…Putnam is not new at QB by any stretch of the imagination, but he will be full-time in the 2012 season…Big offensive line crew back for Page too…Big in size and in numbers…Also will be looking forward to seeing how the new Herndon kid(Coalson) does at QB for Ragsdale and if Brandon Walker can have a break-out year…..
We nave maybe taken this a little too far for this early in the season, and again the major emphasis should be on the event coming next Monday and Tuesday to Northern Guilford High School….That will be the NFL Development Clinic…..