Young Clairton Squad Still Boasts Blue Chippers
Posted July 22, 2013 4:15 pm
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Over the past few years, Clairton has proven to be probably the most fertile grounds in Western Pa for blue chip talent. Our companies first year in existence, Joshua Paige’s highlight tape was a fan favorite and with teammates like Desimon Green, Brandon Smalls, Bishop Neal, Trenton Coles and a young Tyler Boyd, every time we turned on a Clairton tape, it was a team highlight reel.
With Mr. Everything, Tyler Boyd moving on to University of Pittsburgh, teams in Single A are licking there chops, waiting for the opportunity to avenge all those beat downs the Bears had served them the past few years. Unfortunately for those teams, the Clairton Bears may not have the drop off everyone had anticipated with the “Bout Dat” crew headed to college. Although the team is extremely young, the Bears have a young regime that still possesses the same type of talent we all have grown accustom to.
With one of the top youth programs in the region, the Midget Bears have graduated rising freshman Lamont Wade, Noah Hamlin, and Harrison Dreher into the varsity program. Wade, nephew of defensive coordinator Wayne Wade, is one of the most impressive looking freshmen in the country. With the frame of a senior, the diaper dandy doesn’t have the liberty of waiting to contribute like the “Bout Dat” crew did a few years back. Hamlin has blazing speed and Dreher is a versatile player that may be the most productive out of the “Bout Dat 2.0” crew.
The freshman class isn’t the only group that has blue chip talent. At almost 6’5, athlete Aaron Mathews has been the talk of the town this summer. With a frame that reminds us of Titus Howard and Trenton Coles, Mathews looks to take the reigns as Clairton’s new “big dawg”. When you add playmaker James Hines into the equation, all of sudden the Bears don’t look so beatable. With a winning streak to protect, the young Bears will have plenty of pressure, but don’t be surprised if this young crew continues to extend the win streak.
Not having a once in a lifetime type player like Tyler Boyd certainly will hurt, but don’t get it twisted, the Bears have some cubs that are looking to prove the Clairton Bear dynasty is here to stay.