Will The Saginaw Connection Continue?

When I'd call Lamarr Woodley's home this past year, more often than it would be Lamarr's cousin, DeMarcus Laury, who would answer. Lamarr would tell me to remember that Demarcus, a junior RB, would also be a recruit as a senior. Here is in-state recruiting guru "Jim S'" early profile on Laury, and on a second Saginaw junior as well. Also, junior recruits at the Iowa game Saturday.

First, Juniors At Basketball Games. This past Saturday's Iowa home basketball game was not a full-blown 'junior recruiting day', but attending were Detroit two juniors Bernard Faithful (DE, 6-3, 230 lbs.) from Martin Luther King, and Allen Langford (RB/DB, 5-11, 190 lbs.) from Cass Tech. We should also note that attending the MSU game a couple weeks back were two kids from Det. MacKenzie: Demarco Hughes (OT/DE 6-4, 280 lbs., 4.8 in the 40) and Fred Wilson (2002 U-M camper, RB, 5-11, 195 lbs., 4.5 in the 40).


Michigan Junior to Watch: DeMarcus Laury

Name: DeMarcus Laury
School: Saginaw
State: Michigan
Position: Running Back/Defensive Back
Height: 5-10
Weight: 205 lbs.
Forty: 4.50 sec.

2002 Honors: Saginaw News First Team Class A All-Area (Back); First Team All-Saginaw Valley League (DB)

Charles Rogers, Otis Washington, Roy Manning, Jeremiah McLaurin, Terry Jackson, Ronald Stanley, Lamarr Woodley, Jerome Jackson, Anthony Rogers……the Saginaw assembly-line just keeps churning out those Division 1 prospects. The 2003-2004 models include DeMarcus Laury and Carthion Bibbs. Laury is a cousin of Lamarr Woodley and was a two-way starter at running back and cornerback as a junior. Look for him to be the feature back his senior year with Jerome Jackson moving on to the Big Ten. As a junior DeMarcus averaged around 9 yards per carry despite missing a few games with a concussion late in the regular season. DeMarcus is a little heavier than Jerome Jackson and perhaps even a touch faster. He has a quick burst and quick feet. Over the past couple of years DeMarcus has broken quite a few long runs. He has made big plays not only from the line of scrimmage but also as a kick and punt returner. For instance, against Flint Southwestern (admittedly a very weak opponent; Saginaw won the game 74-0) Laury returned the opening kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown and later scored on punt returns on 86 and 66 yards.

Saginaw Head Coach Donald Durrett had this to say about DeMarcus when we spoke to him in late January: "DeMarcus was a two-way starter at running back and cornerback as a junior. He's 5-10, 205 and runs a 4.5 forty. He's strong and physical. He compares to Terrance Reed (a Saginaw back from a few years ago). He can come up and hit. He starts at guard in basketball. He's just an athlete. He's Lamarr Woodley's cousin. He's a top ten prospect in the state. Michigan and Michigan State are recruiting him."

Here's what an opposing coach had to say about him recently: "At times he played better than (Jerome) Jackson. He didn't hurt us but on film at times he looked better than Jackson, possibly because opposing teams were keying on Jackson. He's a Division 1 talent, maybe at the MAC-level, maybe Big Ten."

Laury was in Ann Arbor for at least one Michigan game this past season. With Woodley and Jackson now on board, it looks as though the Saginaw assembly-line has shifted from producing Spartans to Wolverines.

Michigan Junior to Watch: Carthion Bibbs

Name: Carthion Bibbs
School: Saginaw
State: Michigan
Position: Linebacker/Fullback
Height: 6-1
Weight: 225 lbs.
Forty: 4.50 sec.

2002 Honors: Saginaw News Honorable Mention Class A All-Area; Honoarable Mention All-Saginaw Valley League

Carthion Bibbs joins DeMarcus Laury as a highly rated in-state recruiting target for 2003-2004 from Saginaw High. As a junior Carthion was the least-heralded of what was most certainly the most talented linebacker corps in the state: Bibbs, Anthony Rogers and a certain Lamarr Woodley. As a result, the seniors garnered all of the local all-area recognition while Carthion enjoyed a productive but quiet junior season. Expect that to change in 2003.

Saginaw Saginaw Head Coach Donald Durrett had this to say about Cathion in late January:: "Carthion was a junior starter at fullback and linebacker. He's 6-1, 225 and runs a 4.5 forty. Wow, he has a body like a tank. He's made for football. He's an Otis Washington (former Saginaw LB/FB expected to start next season at Vanderbilt) type. He will be a top ten prospect in the state. Michigan and Michigan State are recruiting him."

Bibbs and classmate DeMarcus Laury were already pegged by Mick McCabe of the Detroit Free Press back in August "as juniors who will be highly recruited a year from now." The clock is ticking and this time bomb, er ... tank, of a prospect, is about to explode onto the national recruiting scene.

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