East English Village Prep's Armani Posey, Poised For Breakout Year |
Detroit East English Village Prep saw some success last season on the football field in the program's first year of existence. The Bulldogs made the state playoffs with a 9-3 record, and were runner-ups in the Detroit PSL title game at Ford Field this past October, which they lost to rival Detroit King 51-48 in a thriller.
This year's team has a much different look and feel to it, having only seven seniors on the roster. Youth may be the gift and the curse of this year's squad, having started 0-2 already, but the future is very bright with the talent they have in their underclassmen.
Junior defensive linemen Kamahl March and Michael Spencer, sophomores Nate Boleware (RB), Anton Curtis (QB), and Armani Posey (WR), and even freshman lineman Emani Mason are all major contributors on the team, and have college potential. At 6-1, 188-pounds already, Posey might be the best of the bunch. In his first season varsity, Posey has 7 catches for 130 yards and two touchdowns, to go along with 11 tackles. He previously played quarterback throughout his little league career, but has the athleticism, and talent to play just about anywhere on the field.
"I want to play wide receiver at the next level because of my size, and I'm a big target", Posey said. "I have strong hands, good footwork, and good upper body strength to just be a sophomore".
In East English Village Prep's heartbreaking 6-0 loss to King in double-overtime last week, Posey made a couple of spectacular catches, against some talented defensive backs. Posey also had a few crucial drops in that game, including a catch in the endzone for a touchdown that was ruled incomplete. With a few more games under his belt, he'll get better at learning how to play wide reciever, but his ability to run and get open are already there.
Ironically, Posey will get the opportunity to play quarterback once again versus Detroit Frederick Douglass today. Posey led his Eastside Tigers team, of Detroit PAL, to four city title games before as a quarterback, so this new role he has taken on won't be entirely new to him.
"I'm playing quarterback today and there won't be any pressure on me going back to that position," Posey said of his position change. "I've been playing quarterback almost my whole life, and the only thing that will change is the speed of the high school game."
East English Village Prep's slow 0-2 start to the 2013 season is a little bit of a surprise, but that's what happens when you play an early tough schedule. The Bulldogs lost both games by an average of seven points, but look to pick up a much needed win against a team in their division today.
"Our mindset right now is that we know we left points on the board these last two weeks", Posey said of the team's two losses. "We can't keep letting that happen or its going to be along season."
Posey could be that much needed spark for East English Village Prep behind center, with his dual-threat ability and previous experience. He will also continue to play wide receiver, so these next couple of weeks will be crucial for him and his team.
The receiver postion in Michigan is loaded in the sophomore class with guys like Desmond Fitzpatrick, Jalen Martin, Bailey Edwards, and Demetric Vance, and Posey, and schools have begun to take notice of them all. Michigan State, and Central Michigan have been in contact with Posey, and he figures to be one of the top prospects in the 2016 class.
"Michigan State said that I'm on the top of there recruiting list for 2016 and Central Michigan said they would be in touch", said Posey. "I'm looking to hear from Michigan, Notre Dame and some more Big Ten schools, and maybe one SEC school like Florida."
Posey will certainly get his share of looks from schools like that in the near future as he continues to hone his skill, along with a few of his teammates at "The Ville". Head coach Rod Oden has some of the best young talent in the state over at East English Village Prep, and he is no stranger to success. The road might be rocky now, but look for Posey and his teammates to make some noise the rest of this season and in the years to come.
"East English Village Prep was a new school and I wanted a new beginning", Posey said of his choice to attend East English Village Prep. "I was going to go to Cass Tech, but knew I'd be getting a fresh start over at EEVP."
"Our football team is going to be really good soon, because most of our talent is class of 2016 and 2017", he said. "We have a few good juniors and two seniors this year, but hopefully we can get a state title by 2016."Tweet