Name: Dajuan Bracey
School: Detroit Murray-Wright
Position: Defensive Back/Wide Receiver/Quarterback
Height: 5-10 1/2
Bench Press: 3 reps at 225
2002 Honors: Detroit News Honorable Mention Class A All-State (DB); Detroit News Second Team All-Metro Detroit (DB); Detroit News First Team All-Detroit (DB); Detroit Free Press Second Team All-Detroit (DB)
Dajuan Bracey is yet another talented prospect from the talent-laden junior class in the Detroit PSL. As a junior he was one of those youngsters who opposing coaches didn't forget, as can be seen from the comments below. Although a very talented prep QB, he projects as a DB or WR at the next level.
Murray-Wright head coach Andre Harlan had this to say about him on February 5, 2003:Dajuan was a junior starter at quarterback and safety. He's 5'10 1/2, 195 and runs a 4.5 forty. He can do 3 reps at 225 in the bench press. He projects in college at Wide receiver or defensive back. He's probably the best wide receiver in the city but I like to put my best athlete at quarterback. As a junior he rushed for 13 touchdowns and passed for 7 touchdowns.
On defense he had 6 interceptions. He's a top 10 prospect in the state and can play at the highest level of the Big Ten. He likes Northwestern and Wisconsin due to their academics. He has a 3.5 GPA and scored a 17 on the ACT. He's also receiving letters from Michigan, Iowa and Nebraska. He has no offers yet.
An opposing coach, Detroit MacKenzie's Eric Smith, had this to say about him in January:He's a definite Division 1 prospect. He runs the heck out of the option. He's very elusive and has a good strong arm.An opposing coach, Robert Hunt of Detroit Kettering, had this to say about him in early February:Bracey is a stud. Even with Lance Johnson, he was a stud. He stopped 2 Touchdowns on defense against us.Here is what the Detroit Free Press had to say about his performance during a week 9 match-up against tough Detroit Martin Luther King:King's defense dominated throughout the game, and it would have been even more one-sided if not for Murray-Wright junior quarterback Dajuan Bracey, who ran for 168 yards on seven carries. Bracey began the game with a 41-yard gain on a sweep. Following Jeffery Perry's 23-yard TD run for King, Bracey cut inside on an option play and raced 74 yards for a touchdown that pulled the Pilots within 8-6.
In the first half, Bracey had 115 of Murray-Wright's 129 yards. In the second half he had runs of 17, 30 and 13 yards, but the Crusaders shut down everyone else. "He's fast," said King linebacker Wendell Brown, who was the game's most impressive defensive player. "He made us chase him and we didn't want to do that. We had to do something about it."
Brown did something all right, burying Bracey for a six-yard loss on a fourth-down play from King's 29 in the fourth quarter. Brown had two other sacks and three tackles for losses.
Here is what the Detroit News had to say when it named him First Team All-Detroit as a DB:Dajuan Bracey, Murray-Wright: He had six interceptions at safety, but also contributed on offense -- 656 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns; 520 yards passing and eight touchdowns. In the PSL championship, he had 170 yards rushing and a touchdown on seven carries. "He's an all-around athlete, but we like having him at quarterback," Coach Andre Harlan said.
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