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July 3, 2008 11:08 PM
Posted by Bob Condotta
Here is more on the three future Huskies who played in the East-West 4A/3A All-Star Summer Classic tonight in Spokane, won by the East 17-14, from correspondent Jason Shoot:
SPOKANE --- One football game does not define a player, but it may offer a little insight.
Three University of Washington recruits played in Thursday night's East-West 4A/3A All-Star Summer Classic at Central Valley High School --- Eastlake offensive tackle Drew Schaefer, Kentwood running back Demitrius Bronson and Kamiak tailback/defensive back Justin Glenn.
Following is a breakdown of their performances:
Drew Schaefer, Eastlake
Starting at left tackle for the West, Schaefer (6-4, 285) did a fine job getting his arms extended against opponents, but there were a few occasions when defensive linemen got inside to his chest. Even in those instances, however, Schaefer maintained a good base with sound footwork and wasn't exploited.
Schaefer spent most of the evening lined up opposite East defensive ends Evan Cook (6-3, 265) and Nick Gale (6-4, 245). A standout from Todd Beamer High School in Federal Way, Cook has committed to Eastern Washington. Gale, from Eastmont in East Wenatchee, will play collegiately at Portland State.
When Schaefer got upfield to the second level to engage a linebacker, he did a fine job sealing the holes and creating a lane for his tailbacks. He didn't appear to have the strength yet to be a pancake machine, but he's plenty quick enough to be the lead blocker on traps and counters to the opposite side.
"I'm going to work in the weight room every day,'' Schaefer said after his West team came up on the short end of a 17-14 decision. "It all starts Sunday (the day he and other UW freshmen enroll in the freshmen Bridge program).''
Demitrius Bronson, Kentwood
Bronson (5-11, 205) finished with a team-high 52 yards on eight carries and showed good vision when rushing off tackle and around the edges. He didn't find much room to maneuver between the tackles, though.
Bronson was unable to pick up a pair of short conversions. He gained only two yards on fourth-and-3 in the first quarter and then was stopped for no gain on third-and-3 in the second half to hand the ball back to the East. Both runs were designed up the middle.
Bronson has thoroughbred legs reminiscent of a young Emmitt Smith, although it would be a disservice to him to suggest he's in that echelon yet. His posted 40-yard time of 4.6 seconds will need to improve for him to be an every-down back in the Pac-10.
Justin Glenn, Kamiak
Glenn (5-10, 185) made the night's biggest play among Tyrone Willingham's new recruits, stepping in front of East quarterback Bobby Cowan's errant pass for a first-quarter interception.
Of the three players documented here, Glenn had the smallest body of work to inspect. Simply put, the ball was thrown his way only three times. In addition to his interception, he made a quality open-field tackle on Geno Munoz, who finished with six catches for 106 yards. Playing 12 yards off the line of scrimmage to deny the deep ball, Glenn blanketed East receiver Dan Durkin but surrendered an 11-yard pass on third-and-10 with 1:35 left in the game. That play sustained what ultimately turned into the East's game-winning drive.
"It's a big leap (to the Pac-10) and I need to stay in the weight room and stay in shape,'' said Glenn, who appeared to have ideal size to play cornerback in college. "It's a whole other ballgame at that level."
July 3, 2008 7:18 PM
Posted by Bob Condotta
Running back Demitirus Bronson of Kentwood is one of three Huskies playing in the East-West 4A/3A All-State Summer Classic in Spokane tonight.
Jason Shoot, who is covering the game for the Times as a stringer, caught up with Bronson before the game and learned that Bronson won't be enrolling in the UW's summer bridge program on Sunday --- he apparently has a meeting coaches on Monday to go over some academic issues --- but Bronson said that won't impact his arrival at the UW in time for the season.
Shoot filed this report (which has been updated since it first appeared on here with some additional information Shoot obtained):
University of Washington football recruit Demitrius Bronson won't arrive at his new school the same day as the rest of Tyrone Willingham's freshman class, but he expects he wo't be far behind.
"Instead of going up Sunday, I'm going to go up Monday and meet with the coaches and stuff,'' Bronson said when asked about not enrolling in UW's summer bridge program intended to aid the transition to college for incoming freshmen. "I'm still coming up with the freshmen, though''
A 5-foot-11, 205-pound tailback, Bronson will take summer school classes online through Brigham Young University to finalize his collegiate eligibility. Bronson said he'll know exactly what his status is and how many classes he'll need to complete following his trip to UW.
Bronson started Thursday night for the West squad in the East-West 4A/3A All-Star Summer Classic at Central Valley High School and finished with 52 yards on eight carries. Following a senior season at Kentwood in which he rushed for 1,450 yards, Bronson was one of three Husky recruits to play in the all-star game, joining Kamiak defensive back Justin Glenn and Eastlake offensive tackle Drew Schaefer.
Two other UW recruits --- Evergreen lineman Senio Kelemete and Johri Fogerson --- were named to the original all-star game roster but didn't make the trip.
Bronson said before the game he was going to keep an eye on one of his new teammates, in particular.
"Oh man, especially Drew on the O-line,'' Bronson said. "It's a good opportunity to see how he works''
Bronson acknowledged the collection of players assembled on the field Thursday night was the best he's ever competed with or against.
"I don't think I have anything to prove,'' he said. "I'm just gonna come out here and do what I've been doing all along''