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Friday, May 12, 2017

Southfield duo picks up Akron offers on Friday afternoon




After a plethora of high profile transfers out of the first year program, Southfield A&T this past winter, Southfield looks to continue their success and not dwell on the past.  The Warriors were a combination of Southfield HS and Southfield-Lathrup HS who were previously Division 2 programs. Southfield A&T coaches at the time of the transfers didn't complain,  they didn't moan, and that has paid huge dividends on the morale of players who remain at Southfield A&T as they adapted the mindset, "Next Man Up!"

The next man up phrase is the ultimate glass half full or glass half empty mentality as the coaches at Southfield have absolute faith that the student-athletes of Southfield A&T High School are capable of competing at a very high level across the board.

Southfield A&T will lose a ton of players to graduation, but well coached programs always seem to have someone ready to fill voids.  One name who was under the radar has been Southfield 2019 FS Marcus Fuqua.  Fuqua has two years remaining in high school and this past winter would have been the ideal time to transfer, but he didn't.  Fuqua was offered by Akron on Friday, extending his offer count to 7.  Fuqua discussed the impact of his coaching staff, "I feel like these past few months have been big for us. The coaching staff has been great. They've been able to give me the exposure I really need and overall we've grown together as a team."

Fuqua commented on the next man up mentality, "The next man up concept is huge here. Everyone is working hard for some playing time and it impacts everyone. It's going to be some good competition."

The Warriors have another player, 2018 WR Matt Gilbert who has gone on unofficial visits and such since the season ended.  Gilbert is putting in the work for a big senior season and was relieved to have earned his first offer from Akron prior to camp season, "Very humbled and exciting experience, but it's just the beginning," said Gilbert.  "Things like this make me want to go harder in life and do even better."

Southfield A&T will return a handful of players looking to show the OAA Red and the rest of the state that they won't be skipping a beat.  With players like 2018 LB Christian Rush and 2018 QB John Darby we wouldn't out Southfield A&T.


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