Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Looking for a playmaker? Go "East"

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Buchanan has been one of the best early surprises in the Central Section this season, and they have one of the more dangerous and versatile threats in the Valley.

Billy East does it all for the Bears. He'll run the rock, line up in the slot or out wide, drop back and return kicks, maybe even play some cornerback. But the Bears (2-0) have been smart enough to get him the football and turn him loose.

East had traditional Fresno powerhouse Bullard gasping for air in Buchanan's stunning 36-14 rout over the usually physical Knights. The following week, Buchanan held off a Porterville team that's been very good as of late, with the Bears' solid 28-14 win.

With East helping take control of the offense, sometimes we send deep sympathies for whoever dares to stop East one-on-one.

With his 4.40 40-yard dash time, East is already a straight line blazer. He has a running back-like vision to him, though, which shows in his ability to not only cutback, but explode through the open hole like a smooth corvette hitting the streets.

His vision, speed, and elusiveness with his cutbacks scored major points with me. But he's also shown to be a very determined runner who won't come down on first contact. This is also a running back carrying just 190 pounds on him, but he runs and plays like he's training the defense. He has few peers right now on the opposite side of the field.

The big question right now for East will be what position will he be at the next level? He's got four offers right now. There's no telling if someone will want him running the ball or lining up at wide receiver.

But with that speed, change-of-direction and big-play ability, to go along with his good behavior and positive attitude off the field, East should  have no problem becoming someone's dangerous playmaker at the next level. He's already just that at Buchanan.


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