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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Sterling Heights Stevenson 2020 MLB/FB Sal Madonna Player Profile and Interview





- Most recent update: 6/26/2017
  • High School:
    • Sterling Heights Stevenson
  • Graduation Year:
    • 2020
  • Primary Position:
    • MLB
  • Secondary Position (s):
    • FB and DL
  • Height:
    • 5'7"
  • Weight:
    • 200 lbs
  • Anticipated Major:
    • Graphic Designing and American History 
  • Experience:
    • 1 year of freshman 
  • Colleges that you are interested in:
    • Northern Michigan 
    • Davenport 
    • Bemidji State 
    • Youngstown State
    • Kent State
    • Ball State
    • Saginaw Valley State
  • Intangibles:
    • Leadership, intensity, and the desire and willingness to do whatever it takes to win.
  • How I play the game:
    • Fast, physical, and intelligence 
  • Outlook on High School Football and its experiences
    • To be the best player to help Stevenson win a MAC Red title and a state championship.
  • Discuss the potential opportunity or the opportunity of playing on the next level
    • That I want to play football at the next level and to earn the respect of my college coaches that I'm a hard worker and a great team player.
  • Other accolades and/or awards or miscellaneous
    • As a freshman I played all three phases of the game (defense, offense and special teams)
    • Twitter:  @Salnm47 

HUDL Highlights


RECRUITING TIMELINE:
  • N/A

Birmingham Groves 2019 RB/DB Josh Salter Player Profile and Interview





- Most recent update: 6/26/2017
  • High School:
    • Birmingham Groves
  • Graduation Year:
    • 2019
  • Primary Position:
    • RB
  • Secondary Position (s):
    • FS and CB
  • Height:
    • 5'10"
  • Weight:
    • 155 lbs
  • Anticipated Major:
    • Undecided
  • Experience:
    • 1 year of freshman, 1 year of JV/Varsity 
  • Stats:
    • Freshman Stats- 
      • 1000+ total yards, 12 touchdowns. 
    • JV Stats- 
      • 900+ Rushing Yards, 9 touchdowns
  • Colleges that you are interested in:
    • Michigan State 
    • Ohio State
    • Wisconsin
    • Northwestern
    • Penn State
    • Grand Valley State
    • Toledo
    • Western Michigan
    • Central Michigan
    • Saginaw Valley State
  • Intangibles:
    • What separates me from everyone else on the field is my football IQ. Growing up around football and playing it for most of my life allows me to have the experience and knowledge to make big plays in crucial situations when we need them the most. 
  • How I play the game:
    • I'm a smart, physical, fast, coachable, hardworking player. I'll do whatever it takes to win. 
  • Outlook on High School Football and its experiences
    • Goals:
      • Academic All-League
      • Selected to an All-League/ All-State team
      • State Champion
  • Discuss the potential opportunity or the opportunity of playing on the next level
    • College Football interests me a lot, playing college football has been my dream since I was a little boy.
  • Other accolades and/or awards or miscellaneous
    • Division 2 District Champion
    • Division 2 Regional Champion
    • Division 2 State-Semi Finalist
    • Twitter:  @Salty22_
    •  

HUDL Highlights


RECRUITING TIMELINE:
  • Grand Valley State camp - 6/26-27/2017

Ithaca 2021 QB/DB Brady Hessbrook Player Profile and Interview




- Most recent update: 6/26/2017
  • High School:
    • Ithaca
  • Graduation Year:
    • 2021
  • Primary Position:
    • QB
  • Secondary Position (s):
    • DB
  • Height:
    • 6'
  • Weight:
    • 170 lbs
  • Anticipated Major:
    • Undecided
  • Colleges that you are interested in:
    • UCLA
    • Michigan
    • CMU 
    • GVSU
  • Intangibles:
    • Football knowledge, Leadership, athleticism, throwing accuracy, throwing strength, and running ability
  • How I play the game:
    • Smart, coachable
  • Outlook on High School Football and its experiences
    • Looking to continue tradition of Ithaca football and win a state championship
  • Discuss the potential opportunity or the opportunity of playing on the next level
    • It is something that I love and want to continue. It has been a dream of mine since I was very young. I would want a coach to know that I am a very hard worker and very dedicated. 
  • Other accolades and/or awards or miscellaneous
    • Twitter:  @brady_hessbrook 

HUDL Highlights


RECRUITING TIMELINE:
  • Saginaw Valley State camp - 6/25/2017
  • Central Michigan camp - 6/18/2017
  • Alma camp - 6/11/2017

Westland John Glenn 2019 WR/CB Jared Tarrance Player Profile and Interview






- Most recent update: 6/26/2017
  • High School:
    • Westland John Glenn
  • Graduation Year:
    • 2019
  • Primary Position:
    • WR
  • Secondary Position (s):
    • CB
  • Height:
    • 5'8"
  • Weight:
    • 145 lbs
  • Anticipated Major:
    • Undecided
  • Experience:
    • 1 year freshman, 1 year varsity 
  • Stats:
    • Freshman- 20 td's 5 ints
    • Varsity- 2 td's 2 ints
  • Colleges that you are interested in:
    • Grand Valley State
    • Saginaw Valley State
    • Michigan State
    • Indiana 
    • Purdue
  • Colleges that have shown you interest:
    • Saginaw Valley State
    • Northern Michigan 
    • Western Michigan 
    • Wayne State
  • Intangibles:
    • My IQ on the field separates me from others, as well as staying calm in high pressure situations. Also my speed, as I'm usually faster than most my opponents. 
  • How I play the game:
    • I'm very coachable and able to pick up things on the fly. I'm very good at anticipating a certain play. I like to play the game quick and on my toes. 
  • Outlook on High School Football and its experiences
    • I plan on playing on the next level and I'm blessed to be playing for as long as I have, it's been a blessing. 
  • Discuss the potential opportunity or the opportunity of playing on the next level
    • I would love to play at the next level I've been dreaming about it ever since watching NCAA on Saturday nights. If I had to tell a coach something I would say I'm usually one of the smartest players on the field. 
  • Other accolades and/or awards or miscellaneous
    • All conference honorable mention
    • Twitter:  @Jared__t

HUDL Highlights


RECRUITING TIMELINE:
  • Grand Valley State camp - 6/26-27/2017

Friday, June 23, 2017

West Bloomfield WR A.J. Abbott previews his commitment tonight



At 9 pm West Bloomfield will have back-to-back WR's make their college commitments.  West Bloomfield 2018 WR A.J. Abbott will commit at 9 pm on Friday night between; Iowa, Michigan State, and Wisconsin.  All 3 schools offered in a week span, starting 2 weekends ago.  West Bloomfield WR Taj Mustapha committed to Wisconsin the night prior.

The talented and lengthy receiver apparently has found what he's looking for in the school.  Abbott possesses great length and has the speed to become a very dangerous vertical threat and also has good ball skills.

Abbott summarized on what stands out about the school he will be committing to, without mentioning the school, "It's a perfect fit for me and I get a great vibe every time I'm on campus. The coaches really wanted me to be a part of the family and I can't find one bad thing about them."

Stay tuned at 9 pm for his decision.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Michigan State snags two studs from D1 contenders



Michigan State's Elite 1-Day camp this past weekend was absolutely loaded with talent.  Two of the Spartans top targets committed shortly after the camp.  Belleville 2018 CB Davion Williams committed the day of the camp, shortly after it ended and Saline 2018 OT Dimitri Douglas committed two days later on Monday afternoon.

Saline and Belleville are tucked on the sides of Ann Arbor and are both expected to be contending for the Division 1 state championship in 2017.  In 2016 Saline actually beat Belleville in the first round of the playoffs and the two Spartan bound prospects could meet one more time before they pad up together.

Saline 2018 OL Dimitri Douglas is 6'4" 290 lbs and received 7 MAC offers, East Carolina, and a handful of FCS offers before he headed to MSU's 1-Day camp.  The point of a camp like that is obviously to earn an offer and that's the intentions Douglas had as he described why he committed as quickly as he did upon earning the offer from MSU, "I knew I wanted to play at MSU for a while so when they offered it was a no brainer."

Belleville 2018 CB Davion Williams held 17 offers and really started to blow up with bigger offers in April.  Michigan State offered during evaluation period in May.  Williams is a raw, long, and rangy prospect with huge upside was also direct in knowing he wanted to play for Michigan State, "I committed to MSU because not only is it my dream school, it’s the best fit for me.  Coach Barnet develops pros and I’d like to be a part of that!"

Douglas flashes immense versatility for a lineman as he has good balance, footwork, and moves well.  Douglas opened up on what Michigan State plans to do with him, "Coach Staten and I have been building a relationship for awhile and they see me playing guard or center in college."

Williams initially skipped the first two years of football to play basketball, he has no regrets now as he's lived out his dream to commit to Michigan State.  Williams shared how MSU plans to utilize his talents, "They like my ability to cover and play man and I’m an athletic corner."

During the process of earning the offer, Douglas was extremely dialed-in, knowing it could be, make or break on earning the offer.  Success normally goes hand-in-hand with having fun, doing what you love as Douglas explained his mindset during camp, "the camp competition was fierce, but the camp was a lot of fun."

Michigan State' huge camp day could pay dividends in the future as several offered underclassmen were attendance and West Bloomfield's WR duo; Taj Mustapha and A.J. Abbott are deciding this weekend.  Edit:  Mustapha committed to Wisconsin.





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