In only it’s second year, the Legacy Senior All-Star Game and College Showcase brought together players looking for one more chance to show their abilities.
Along with FOX Sports Detroit the game also saw sponsorship from Xenith Football and Adidas.
Players from Michigan, Indiana and Illinois made up Team Legacy and Team Legend at the world-class facilities at the Legacy Center Sports Complex in Brighton, Michigan with two days of work before Sunday’s game.
Team Legacy, coached by former University of Michigan and NFL defensive lineman Mike Martin and Team Legends, coached by former Michigan State, two-time All-American and NFL linebacker Greg Jones made sure both teams defense were ready to play.
While Martin and Jones were on field rivals in the past, they’ve built a friendship over the years with both enjoying playing a role in helping players over the weekend work on their skill set and understanding of the game.
As for the game, Martin and Team Legacy got the upper hand early before holding off Team Legend for a 12-6 victory in front of over 1,300 fans, a live television audience on FOX Sports Detroit and several college coaches.
Team Legacy quarterback Gray Kinnie (Seaholm HS) got the scoring under way with a quarterback keeper and a 6-0 lead after a failed two-point attempt came up short.
After a Team Legend turnover, Kinnie found wide receiver Taiwan Williams on a short toss leaving the Dearborn Heights (Mich) Robichaud product take it in for the score giving Team Legacy a 12-0 advantage after another failed two-point try.
Late in the game, Jones looked to get the offense for Team Legends going by moving standout defensive back Noah Smith (Lansing Everett HS), who recorded two interceptions on defense over to offense. Smith didn’t disappoint as quarterback Matt Hornyak (Howell HS) threw a deep pass that Smith highpointed before avoiding other defenders to give
Team Legend a chance late in the game. However, Team Legacy used another outstanding defensive play to turn away Team Legend securing them a 12-6 victory.
Victor Nelson received much praise from Mike Martin for his toughness and effort while opening eyes of the coaches in attendance at the game. While on the short side at a listed 5-foot-11, 265-pounds, Nelson was a force to be reckoned with for offensive linemen all game long.
Noah Smith played the majority of snaps in the secondary where he recorded two interceptions on the day. But it was his 50-yard touchdown that had everyone talking. A hard-hitting safety, Smith who stands 6-foot, 183-pounds, shows the ability to play at the FBS or FCS level. If not, a Division Two program is going to get a steal of a player.
Other Players of Note
Sears is listed at 6-foot-2, 265-pounds with an athletic build. While he played defensive end in this game, his frame is suited for a move inside. Also played tight end in high school and could see someone also look to make him a fullback. Plays with a high motor.
Jasaan Gantt – (New Haven HS) Gantt is a player who has the physical build to develop into a top-level player. While rough on techniques, his frame at a listed 6-foot-7, 245pounds, has room to add bulk and strength. Check out our First Star Logistics sponsored video of Gantt in action from the game.
Jackson Laird – (West Bloomfield HS) Long framed at 6-foot-5, 265-pounds, Laird needs to add bulk and strength to go with more technique work. He’s a project but has a good frame to build on. Someone could get a sleeper here they develop over the course of two years before seeing on field results.
Jake Esckilsen (Hemlock HS) Listed at 6-foot-5, 315-pounds, Esckilsen needs some reshaping of his body but showed the best technique of the offensive linemen in the game. While he plays tackle in high school, he’s more suited to be an inside player at the college level.
Colin McCartney (Salem HS – Indiana) McCartney had no problem mixing it up at linebacker for Team Legacy with an interception and four solo stops. Listed at 6-foot-3, 230pounds, McCartney is a true MIKE linebacker. He could also be a guy who could play fullback or put his hand in the dirt on either side of the ball with adding bulk to his frame.
Brunning has a solid frame to work with at a listed 6-foot-5, 235-pounds. While he might be an inch shorter than his listed height, he’s still got a solid frame to work with to add bulk. Played with a high motor at defensive end in this game but suited to be a defensive tackle or even make a move over to the offensive side to become a guard or center. Also played tight end at Oxford high school.