GBW Finishes Elite 11, hits ESPN RISE Games

Austin White

Is late July a football wasteland? Not for GoBlueWolverine! GBW hits the road for you - first covering the Elite 11 (and on Thurs. AM declaring Devin Gardner the MVP), and now heading to Florida to cover several likely Future Wolverines.

The ESPN RISE Games takes place this weekend at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex.

The ESPN RISE Games will be anchored by three elite high school sports events: the AAU 17-under Boys Basketball Super Showcase presented by Champion®, the Under Armour High School Softball All-American game and ESPN RISE's newly developed, elite high school football event Champion® Gridiron Kings.

Champion® Gridiron Kings is an elite high school football event that features the best players in the game's seven skill positions. The event includes performance training, position specific training, skills challenges and a 7-on-7 competition.

Tippy-top Wolverine-recruit Gridiron Kings include:

Austin White
Cullen Christian
Brandon Ifill
Dior Mathis


Here's the whole roster of invitees: Champion Gridiron Kings 2009 Roster.



Skill position players selected to participate in the Champion® Gridiron Kings event will receive intensive on-the-field and off-the-field coaching from an outstanding list of former football players during the three day event:  Stacey Bailey (retired NFL wide receiver and San Jose State University alum); Donnell Bennett (retired NFL running back and University of Miami alum); Jeff Blake (retired NFL quarterback and Eastern Carolina University alum); Michael Fletcher (Retired CFL linebacker and University of Oregon alum); Chris Gizzi (retired NFL linebacker and Air Force Academy alum); Brandon Hancock (Full back/University of Southern California); Eugene Jackson (Defensive back/University of Oregon Alum); Lonnie Marts (retired NFL linebacker and Tulane University alum); Terance Mathis (retired NFL wide receiver and University of New Mexico alum); Browning Nagle (retired NFL quarterback and University of Louisville alum);Hardy Nickerson (retired NFL linebacker and University of California-Berkeley alum); Louis Oliver (retired NFL safety and University of Florida alum); Carl Pickens (retired NFL wide receiver and University of Tennessee alum); Lamar Thomas (retired NFL wide receiver and University of Miami alum).

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