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Michigan athlete fielding interest

Rochester (Mich.) Adams' Tony Annese quarterbacked his team to a 9-3 record and second round playoff appearance as a junior. The 6-1, 205-pound Annese is a two-way player for Adams and is being looked at on both sides of the football by college coaches.
"I can play quarterback or safety, but it's up to the colleges," Annese said. "I don't know if there is anyone out there I compare myself to. I just run hard and get the yards I can. I will break away here and there, but I like to lower my shoulder."
Annese's hard-nosed running style allowed him to rush for 900 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior. He also threw for an additional 900 yards and 10 touchdowns in a Veer offense, and added 51 tackles on defense.
College coaches started coming by the school in January, and Annese has received mailings from several more schools.
"Some colleges, like Bowling Green, have come to visit me and I talked to Northwestern," Annese said. "Eastern [Michigan] came to a game, Central [Michigan] sent me a few letters, Michigan State's recruiting coordinator came down about three weeks ago and Bowling Green's head coach came by a couple weeks ago.
"I've been invited to a few junior days at Bowling Green and Michigan State. Then, I will go to a few camps this summer and get my name out there."
The early interest from colleges has started Annese thinking about the recruiting process, and he goes into his recruitment wide open.
"I've always liked watching Michigan State," he said. "I'm interested in any Big Ten program, and whatever school comes to see me I'm open to."
On defense, Annese is a hard-hitting strong safety. He has been timed at 4.54 in the 40-yard dash. In the weight room he bench presses 310 pounds and squats 450 pounds.
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