2013-02-14 / Sports

Five Bobcats sign to play college football

BY BRANDON POPE
810-452-2651 • bpope@mihomepaper.com


Grand Blanc’s (l-r) Travell Lee, Bart Williams, Luke Maclean, Reiley McFadden and Daniel Davis pose for a picture after signing their national letters-of-intent. Grand Blanc’s (l-r) Travell Lee, Bart Williams, Luke Maclean, Reiley McFadden and Daniel Davis pose for a picture after signing their national letters-of-intent. GRAND BLANC — The Grand Blanc athletic department is known for producing college-caliber athletes. However, the crowd that packed into the conference room at Grand Blanc High last Wednesday could tell you that this was a bit different. That’s because five of the Bobcats’ football players were making their commitments to hit the collegiate gridiron in the fall.

Star quarterback Bart Williams, who broke several school and area passing records while being named First Team All-State in consecutive years, has decided to suit up for Grand Valley State. Also a starter on the Bobcats’ basketball squad, Williams chose Grand Valley over the University of Maine and is undecided on his major.

“I like the (Grand Valley) coaches, the program and I feel at home when I’m on campus,” said Williams. “(I have to) adjust to the speed of the game at the next level and also it will most likely take a lot more of my time than high school ball, which will be different and something I will have to adjust to. I am most nervous about being away from home. I am most excited to be in a new atmosphere and improve as a player.”

Luke Maclean has been a driving force on the Bobcats’ defense throughout his impressive career as a two-time All-Conference selection. Maclean also competed as a member of the Bobcats’ wrestling and track teams. He holds the school record for the discus with 161-feet, 8-inches. Maclean signed with the University of Pittsburgh over Georgia Tech, Indiana, Kansas, Cincinnati, Central Michigan, Western Michigan and Toledo. He intends to major in kinesiology.

“(I like) the coaching staff, the environment and the city,” said Maclean. “I’m excited about the traveling, but nervous about being on my own.”

Ranked as the No. 1 defensive end in the state by Rivals.com and Scouts.com, Daniel Davis has been a key piece to the Grand Blanc defense in recent years and also competes for the Bobcats in basketball, boxing and track. Davis selected the University of Toledo as his landing spot after also considering Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Cincinnati, Michigan State and Illinois. Davis will major in sales.

“(Toledo is a) great fit with the coaches and an even better education,” commented Davis. “(My biggest challenge will be) the adjustment to being on my own. I’m most excited about my first game at Florida. I would like to thank my parents, family and friends for believing in me when I didn’t even believe in myself.”

Reiley McFadden, who has led his team in sacks and pass deflections, is also known for his abilities on the hardwood for the Bobcats. On the gridiron, McFadden was also named to the Eastern Michigan Dream Team. He had a handful of colleges to choose from and selected Wayne State University, opting for the Warriors over Grand Valley State, Ferris State, Northwood and Eastern Michigan. He will be studying criminal justice.

“The (Wayne State) coaches would rather see me succeed more off the field than on it,” proclaimed McFadden. “My biggest challenge will be to know I will be sitting quite a bit during the season due to being new. I’m most excited about getting down there and competing, but nervous about summer conditioning. Thanks to everyone who helped me get to where I am today (including my) mom, dad, grandparents, brother, sister, coach Delaney, coach Williams and coach Kingman.”

Playing all four years at defensive back, Travell Lee is a three-sport star for Grand Blanc. Not only is he solid in the Bobcats’ secondary, he also runs the 100 relay and the 400 meter on the track team, not to mention he played some small forward on the hoops’ court. The undecided major will be playing his college football for William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

“I chose this college so that I can further my education and meet new people,” stated Lee. “Adopting to college life and staying focused on football and school work (will be challenging). I’m most nervous about moving all the way to Iowa.”

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