Thursday, December 18, 2014

The D Zone Top 20 Football Player Rankings for the Class of 2016

By: Evan Paputa and Jeff Corrion
Recruiting Editor and Founder

Khalid Kareem in 2014 Semi-Final | Source: Ken Dettloff / The D Zone

1.  Khalid Kareem, DE. Farmington Hills Harrison +11

2.  Donnie Corley, WR/DB. Detroit Martin Luther King -1

3.  Daelin Hayes, LB. Detroit Cass Tech NEW

4.  Josh Jackson, QB. Saline +14

5.  Michael Jordan, OL. Plymouth -2

6.  Matt Falcon, RB. Southfield +3

7.  Michael Onwenu, OL/DL. Cass Tech -3

8.  LaVert Hill, DB. Detroit Martin Luther King -6

9.  Thiyo Lukusa, OL. Traverse City West -4

10. Desmond Fitzpatrick, WR. Farmington (Louisville) -2

11. Eric Rogers, LB. Warren De La Salle NEW

12. Martell Pettaway, RB.  Detroit Martin Luther King -5

13. David Reese, LB. Farmington +0

14. Lawrence Gordon, DE. Saginaw Arthur Hill +1

15.  Kalebb Perry, WR. Mount Pleasant -4

16.  Jalen Martin, WR. Chandler Park Academy -6

17.  Trishton Jackson, ATH. West Bloomfield NEW

18.  Devin Taylor, DB. Lansing Sexton +1

19.  Stefan Claiborne, ATH. Clinton Township Chippewa Valley NEW

20.  Nicco Moroso, DE. Clinton Township Chippewa Valley NEW

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The D Zone Top 20 Football Player Rankings for the Class of 2015

By: Evan Paputa and Jeff Corrion
Recruiting Editor and Founder

Cass Tech RB and Ohio State commit Mike Weber is the #1 player in the state of Michigan in the class of 2015.
/Brian Quintos

Link: Breakdown of the top 20 players

1.     Mike Weber, RB. Detroit Cass Tech (Ohio State)

2.    Alex Malzone, QB. Brother Rice (Michigan)

3.    John Kelly, ATH. Oak Park (Undecided)

4.    Grant Perry, WR. Brother Rice (Northwestern)

5.    RayShawn Wilborn, ATH. Lansing Sexton (Central Michigan)

6.    Tyriq Thompson, LB. Detroit Martin Luther King (Michigan State)

7.   Alex Grace, ATH. Saginaw Swan Valley (Western Michigan)

8.    Tyree Jackson, QB. Muskegon Mona Shores (Buffalo)

9.     Brian Cole, ATH. Saginaw Heritage (Michigan)

10.    Kyonta Stallworth, OL. Detroit Martin Luther King (Michigan State)

11.   David Moorman, OL. Northville (Wisconsin)

12.   Tyson Smith, DB. Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (Michigan State)

13.   Joshua Alabi, DL. Detroit Cass Tech (Ohio State)

14.   Ray Buford, DB. Southfield (Minnesota)

15.   Khari Willis, ATH. Jackson Lumen Christi (Michigan State)

16.   Tyrone Miller, DB. Saline (Central Michigan)

17.    Dior Johnson, DB. Southfield (Wake Forest)

18.   Cole Chewins, TE. Clarkston (Miami, OH)

19.    Junior McMullen, LB. Oak Park (Western Michigan)

20.    Mike Danna, DL. Warren De La Salle (Central Michigan)

Camp Pride set to return for 2nd year in 2015 at Saginaw Valley State

Football players in the state of Michigan will have a few days to enjoy the New Year before they head up to Saginaw Valley State University on January 11th for the 2nd Annual Camp Pride, Senior Showcase and Underclassmen Camp.

The event will be another huge event that is hosted by Star Studded Elite.  Last year at Northwood University, Camp Pride brought in many talented football players.  Several of those players have committed to Division 1 and 2 programs and others who were Underclassmen now look forward to their first offseason camp in the year of 2015.

For football players who want to play on the next level but don't get exposure or don't want to pay an outrageous cost to attend a combine, there's a solution for you.  Star Studded Elite, which is a Saginaw based 7 on 7 squad led by; Ralph Arnett, Stu Schweigert, Jermiah Mclaurin, and Jacob Nye has put together a must attend event for all players who cannot make the combines/events in the Metro Detroit area and others around the state.  Saginaw Valley State University located just north of Saginaw, Michigan will provide a centralized location for the players from West Michigan, Southeastern Michigan, Thumb, Northern Michigan, and the UP to have a fairly convenient drive off of I-75 and receive a unique experience and perspective.

The camp director / coordinator of Camp Pride - Ralph Arnett who has been an instrumental piece of developing youth athletes in the Saginaw area, is working his 6th year of camps/combines.  Arnett has been a part of events such as: NFL High School Player Development Camp, M.B.S. Youth Flag Football League, NFL Play60, and other events for Kindergartners and upcoming Seniors, is very excited about Camp Pride and providing a great experience for the athletes participating. Arnett described his outlook on Camp Pride and what he would like to see come from this event, "the outlook for Camp Pride is to annually hold this camp and allow the athletes to represent where they are from with pride. Often we have athletes from programs that may not have the best record. This will give them the opportunity to come and rep their program and show that just because they do not have a perfect record, talent still exists.  I have seen so many athletes overlooked because their school has not won a game or they have not made it to the playoffs. Camp Pride will give them the opportunity to perform in front of collegiate coaches and scouting services while promoting their sports program at the same time."

This year the staff is excited to be working at a bigger facility in Saginaw Valley State University with their brand new indoor complex. "We hope that alone generates a buzz," said Ralph Arnett.  "We hope that we get more athletes here that come here, like last year and do a great job of representing their High School and/or off season training program."

Camp Pride in 2014 | Source: Jeff Corrion / The D Zone

The MVP's last year were: Obbie Jackson - West Bloomfield committed to Western Michigan, Darius Jackson - Romulus committed to Ferris State, JaWuan Taylor - Flint Beecher committed to Ferris State, Dakota Scholten - Grant committed to Davenport, David Reese - Farmington 2016 who holds several D1 offers already, Varandre and Deandre White of Oak Park, Charles Turfe - Canton, Kameron Price - Oak Park, Roderick Davis - Old Redford, and Askaree Crawford - Belleville.

The list of other participants who have major interest from other programs are: Khalid Kareem - Harrison - numerous D1 offers, Marc Miller of Brother Rice committed to Illinois State, Justin Hunter of Country Day committed to Harvard, Tyree Jackson of Mona Shores committed to Buffalo, Caleb Richard - Midland Dow, and several more. Several of the underclassmen are expected to return and its expected to have a lot of talent at Camp Pride described Arnett, "The competition will be good we already have players confirmed coming from all over the state and Ohio. For example Detroit King, Muskegon are top players.  The benefits of coming to Camp Pride is that the cost is at a very aggressive rate so it will allow us to get players from all over to create good competition."

This year the staff of Star Studded Elite added the Senior Showcase to boost the Seniors who will be looking to sign to College's in February.  "We added the Senior Showcase this year in the Tri City area to give those athletes a chance to compete in front of Colleges locally," added Arnett.  "There isn't anything close in the area and every athlete can't afford to travel south or on the west side of the state to try and earn a opportunity to play at the next level. We believe that this will be big."

Camp Pride is designated for Division 2, Division 3, NAIA, and JUCO coaches to evaluate the talent. Added Arnett, "This camp will feature a lot of schools still searching to finalize their current 2015 class and take a peak at the 2016 players."

There were a lot of options around the area and state to host Camp Pride but in the end, SVSU was the best fit for the camp, explained Arnett. "Saginaw Valley has a brand new facility that looks as good as any D1 program with brand new turf. The Ryder Center is a thing of beauty. Located in a great area. Easy access to the field. I'm excited to work with Saginaw Valley and their staff."

In a lot of combines and camps you'll attend over the offseason.  A lot of the companies hosting the events like to use their own logos and represent their brand, front and center.  However for Camp Pride that was never an option as kids are encouraged to wear, T-Shirts that represent their school or city, jerseys, or offseason program shirts.  Ralph Arnett discussed why he wants the players to represent their schools, "Its all about Pride. Players love coming into camps being able to shout and yell where they're from. I took that from the camp scene and made it cool to just show up as yourself and where you from with pride. It creates a better type atmosphere because athletes to represent their home towns, or their off season training programs."

Camp Pride will be back stronger than ever with several new additions to improve the experience such as; "coaches will be in uniform this year. We will have a live DJ during the camp to intense the players," responded Arnett.

CLICK HERE: To sign-up for Camp Pride

Other FAQ:
Time the camp runs from?   Registration begins at 11 am because we have 3 different sections.
Media in attendance? 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals, Scout, and The D Zone.
Helmet needed? NO
Will we be doing combine work; 40 yard dash, vertical jump, shuttle, etc?  NO
Are my parents allowed? Parents are allowed $5 for parents because of capacity
Address of Ryder Center at SVSU? 7400 Bay Rd, University Center, MI 48710 (RIGHT???)
Walk ups on day of event allowed?  Walk ups are allowed $40 at the door