PREP NOTEBOOK: Multiple local gridders destined for Ivy League, Farmington brings aboard new coach WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • Walled Lake Western senior signal caller Johnny Tracy is one of four area football standouts ticketed for the Ivy League. Tracy will be taking snaps at Princeton for his college career.

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Oakland County is sending some pretty sharp cookies to the Ivy League come this fall. Sharp as a knife in the classroom and razor focused on the football field.

Five of the county’s best football players are headed to play on the gridiron in college in the Ivy League. The first one to earn his ticket was Walled Lake Western quarterback Johnny Tracy, who committed to Princeton the week before the 2016 season started. Then, Birmingham Brother Rice tight end Carter Dunaway joined him in the Tigers' den last month. In the weeks leading up to National Signing Day, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep tailback Luke Adams and Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook tailback Jalen Allen committed to Columbia and Birmingham Detroit Country Day defensive end Cole Bearden committed to Cornell.

Tracy and Bearden helped take their respective prep squads into the state finals back in November. Transferring to Western from Brother Rice, where he played part the season under center as a junior, Tracy erupted this past campaign, throwing for 2,125 yards and 23 touchdowns for the Division 2 Warriors. Bearden was a first-team all-state selection in Division 4.

Longtime Western head coach Mike Zdebski believes Tracy’s most productive days in the pocket picking apart secondaries could be on the horizon.

“Johnny’s had limited experience at the high school level, I think he’s only going to get a lot better and blossom even more,” Zdebski said. “He picks things up very quickly, he reads coverages very quickly and has a natural ability to adjust on the fly. Those attributes take a great deal of intellect so it’s not surprising where he ended up for college.”

Dunaway battled injuries in 2016 and was originally committed to Michigan, where his dad played tight end in the 1980s. Adams was one of the most rugged runners on the county’s grid scene the last two years and Allen was one of the catalysts of Cranbrook's turn around on the football field - the Cranes won their first Catholic League crown back in the fall..

A bird’s nest welcome

The Farmington Falcons recently hired Kory Cioroch as their new head football coach. Cioroch replaces John Bechtel. He prepped himself in the OAA at Berkley and ran Bechtel’s defense last year on a 2-7 Falcons club. Bechtel helmed Farmington’s program for 18 seasons, stepping down in December. The Falcons competed in the OAA White last season, but will move down to the OAA Blue for 2017.

Tweet of the week

“Stay hungry, stay humble,” – new Walled Lake Western lineman Spencer Brown.

Last Updated: 2/13/2017 5:47:41 PM EST