Michigan Junior to Watch: Antoine Carr
Name: Antoine Carr
School: Pontiac Central
Position: Defensive Back/Wide Receiver
Weight: 180 lbs.
Forty: 4.4 in the 40
2002 Honors: Detroit News Honorable Mention Class A All-State; Associated Press Honorable Mention Class A All-State; Detroit News Honorable Mention All-Metro Detroit; Detroit News First Team All-Metro North; Oakland Press First Team All-Oakland County.
Antoine Carr has not received the early publicity that some of the other metro Detroit area skill kids have received, but if his head coach, Irv Speaks, has anything to say about it he's as talented a prospect as any of them. Perhaps he's a bit of a sleeper since as a sophomore he played junior varsity ball. Although he scored 18 touchdowns as a JV player, JV games don't receive any publicity. In addition, Antoine is a three-sport star and starts as a point guard on the talented Pontiac Central basketball team (the alma mater of former U-M great Campy Russell). His sport of the future, however, is most definitely football.
Pontiac Central head coach Irv Speaks had this to say about him in mid-February: "I have three Division 1 prospects in my junior class and Antoine is definitely my number one prospect. He's 6-1, 180 and runs a 4.4 or 4.3 forty. He was a junior starter at defensive back and was our team MVP for the secondary. He had 9 interceptions and was named First Team All-Conference, First Team All-Oakland County and First Team All-Metro North. He has a 3.2 GPA and scored an 18 on the ACT. He's a three-letter athlete. He's also our starting point guard in basketball and runs the sprints in track. He runs the 200 meters in the 21s and the 100 meters between 10.8 and 11.0. The youngster from St. Mary's who just committed to Michigan, Morgan Trent, isn't half the player Antoine is. He's a blue-chipper and I've been coaching 39 years and sent 4 kids to the NFL, 3 to the CFL and many to Arena football. He ranks up there with the best of them. He's definitely a kid who can play at the very highest level. He's been looking at out-of-state schools but I've been trying to get him to look at Michigan. Ohio State and Miami (Florida) are just a couple of the schools that are expressing interest. Antoine's dad is a basketball coach for us and Antoine is one of the most coachable kids you will meet. He's also a National Honor Society student. He's a real gentleman. He's also a great wide receiver and has the best hands I've seen on a player the past six years. The problem was that we didn't have a quarterback who could throw the ball so we let him focus on defense. Mark my word, Antoine will be a household name."
Following are the relevant junior season press clippings.
Detroit News First Team All-Metro North (DB): "Antoine Carr, Pontiac Central: A standout receiver, defensive back and kick returner, Carr played on the junior varsity last season as a sophomore. This season, he had 560 yards receiving and four touchdowns, made 25 tackles and intercepted eight passes (four for touchdowns). ‘He has great hands and has an eye for the ball,' Coach Irv Speaks said."
1 Oakland Press First Team All-Oakland County (DB): "DB Antoine Carr, Pontiac Central (6-0, 175) jr.- Intercepted a county-best eight passes in eight games at free safety and was the Chiefs' most dangerous offensive weapon, playing receiver and tailback and handling kick and punt returns. Had 32 catches for 672 yards and six touchdowns and scored once rushing and once on a return. ‘He's bona fide,' coach Irv Speaks said. ‘This kid is a super athlete. He's also a 3.5 GPA, National Honor Society. He has all the skills.'"
Michigan Junior to Watch: Charles George
Name: Charles George
School: Pontiac Central
Position: Outside Linebacker/Tight End/Defensive End/Running Back
Height: 6-4 1/2
Weight: 215 lbs.
Forty: 4.5 in the 40
Bench Press: 235 lbs.
2002 Honors: Detroit Free Press Honorable Mention All-State (Line); Detroit Free Press Second Team All-Metro North (DL); Detroit News Honorable Mention All-Metro North (Back); Oakland Press Second Team All-Oakland County (DL).
Charles George is certainly one of the most versatile juniors in the state. Not many athletes receive all-star recognition for play on both the defensive line and running back. Charles George, however, is not your typical athlete.
Pontiac Central head coach Irv Speaks had this to say about Charles in mid-February: "Charles was a junior starter for us at tailback and defensive end/outside linebacker. He's 6-4 or 6-5, 210 or 215 and runs a 4.5 forty. He bench-presses about 225-235 pounds. In college he would also make a great tight end or wide receiver due to his size and great hands. He has a tall frame and once he gets rolling he is tough to stop. He will be running track to work on his quickness. He's also a basketball player. He has about a 2.6 or 2.7 overall GPA and has yet to take the ACT. He's a good, hard-nosed kid. He's a shifty and powerful runner. He's my number two college prospect in the junior class (behind Antoine Carr) due to his nice size. He's receiving lots of letters from colleges such as Ohio State, Toledo, Minnesota and Cincinnati. He's a definite Big Ten prospect. He reminds me a bit of Tyrone Wheatley. He's that type of athlete."
An opposing coach, Detroit Country Day's Don MacLean had this to say about Charles in late January: "George has a lot of potential. He has a big-time body."
I don't really know about the Tyrone Wheatley analogy, but there's no doubt that Charles has the frame and speed that Big Ten schools love to see. In fact, he reminds me a bit of cross-town rival Darryn Moore (DE, 6´6, 220,4.6) who is trying to get his grades in order and sign with Michigan State. Charles is probably a bit more of a "skill" player than Darryn, but they both have the sort of athleticism to excel at the next level once they add some weight to their frames.
Michigan Junior to Watch: Anthony Seaton
Name: Anthony Seaton
School: Pontiac Central
Weight: 235 lbs.
Forty: 4.45 in the 40
Bench Press: 300 lbs. plus
2002 Honors: Detroit News Honorable Mention All-Metro North (Line).
Anthony Seaton may only be perhaps the third best college prospect at Pontiac Central, but he is arguably the team's top high school player. In fact, he was named team MVP as both a sophomore and junior. He's a physical defender with the speed to track down any back.
Pontiac Central head coach Irv Speaks had this to say about Anthony in mid-February: "Anthony will probably be rated as my third best junior prospect, but that's just because of his lack of size. He was a junior starter at linebacker and split time on offense between fullback and center. He was a sophomore starter at linebacker. As a senior he will start at linebacker and fullback. He's 6-0, 235 and runs a 4.45 forty. He bench-presses over 300 pounds. He was the team MVP as a sophomore and junior. He has already received 40 or 50 letters from colleges, even from Harvard. He has a 3.0+ GPA but has yet to take the ACT. He's the type of kid you want your son to be. He's a hard-nosed kid and a gentleman. He's tough when he has to be. He's a definite Big Ten caliber prospect, even at a school like Michigan."
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