The D Zone

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Charlotte 2018 OT/DL John O'Brian Player Profile and Interview

- Most recent update: 5/24/2017
  • High School:
    • Charlotte
  • Graduation Year:
    • 2018
  • Primary Position:
    • OT
  • Secondary Position (s):
    • DL
  • Height:
    • 6'5"
  • Weight:
    • 250 lbs
  • Anticipated Major:
    • Undecided
  • Experience:
    • 3 Years of Varsity 
  • Colleges that you are interested in:
    • Schools relative to the Michigan area
  • Colleges that have shown you interest:
    • Central Michigan, Columbia, Harvard, Air Force, Eastern Kentucky, Northern Michigan, Bowling Green State, Wayne State, Yale, Northern Illinois.
  • Intangibles:
    • I've known my entire life what it's like to lose, it's never put a damper on my spirit. Play every game like it's my last, and treat every play like it's the last one. 
  • How I play the game:
    • Put a heavy value on establishing leverage against my opponent. Always looking to put myself in best possible position based on play calling itself. Look at the game on a deeper level and figure out the play before it happens. Match all this up with a high motor and a will to dominate the guy in front of me and it all comes together.
  • Outlook on High School Football and its experiences
    • Looking back it without a doubt has had rough patches. But I enter every game with my brothers and wouldn't trade my experience for any other. I look ahead with a desire to be all state and make the playoffs. I want my final year to be great and I'm going to make it happen.
  • Discuss the potential opportunity or the opportunity of playing on the next level
    • College ball has been a dream of mine since I started high school and realized how possible it actually was. I'm willing to do anything to keep that dream afloat and work myself onto a roster.
  • Other accolades and/or awards or miscellaneous
    • All-Conference OH Sophomore year. 
    • Twitter:  @johnrobrian

HUDL Highlights

  • N/A

Forest Hills Northern alum Mike Sadler, paid tribute to with beer in his honor

A Michigan State legend was lost in July of 2016 when former Forest Hills Northern / Michigan State graduate Mike Sadler passed away in a car accident.  Sadler an All-American punter will provide memories that last a lifetime for Michigan State and college football fans alike.  In September of 2016, Mike Sadler was inducted into Michigan State's Hall of Fame plus is the only Spartan to earn All-Academic Honors all 4 years.

A Denver, Colorado micro-brewery, Jagged Mountain Brewery which is owned by Michigan State alumni, R.J. Barat who is also a Sterling Heights, MI native - will release the limited supplied beer on June 2nd.  Unfortunately for the many Spartans in Michigan and beer enthusiasts in Michigan there is no distribution in Michigan.

The label reads:
“Hey Diddle Diddle commemorates the infamous trick play that punter Mike Sadler ran during Michigan State’s Rose Bowl season.  Mike was a gifted All-American and Academic All-American athlete with charisma, character, and a witty sense of humor.  He also had a passion for craft beer and home brewing.

Inspired by Mike's favorite creations, we brewed this beer with apricots, blood oranges, and finished with a touch of Belgian yeast and roses.  His legacy of excellence continues to inspire young and old folks alike, so raise a glass and lay down your roses in memory of Michael."

- $1 for every pint sold will be donated to the Michael Sadler Foundation.

The beer itself, "Hey Diddle Diddle," is a play (Hey Diddle Diddle, Send Sadler Up the Middle) that occurred in Michigan State's Rose Bowl season in 2013.  Michigan State was leading Iowa 17-14 in the 3rd quarter when Sadler came out to punt.  Instead Sadler caught the snap, delayed, before running straight up field for 26 yards and a first down.  Michigan State later kicked a field goal on the drive and won the game 26-14.

Sadler in 2013 and 2012 had 3 fake punts for a total of 54 yards.  Sadler appeared in 54 games during his 4 year career at Michigan State.  Sadler tallied 268 punts for 11,307 yards.  Coming out of Forest Hills Northern High School, Sadler was ranked as the #3 punter on Scout, #5 kicker on Scout, and #7 kicker on Rivals.

- Full list of career achievements

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Dowagiac Union 2020 QB Cailyn Murphy Player Profile and Interview

- Most recent update: 5/23/2017
  • High School:
    • Dowagiac Union
  • Graduation Year:
    • 2020
  • Primary Position:
    • QB
  • Secondary Position (s):
    • N/A
  • Height:
    • 6'2"
  • Weight:
    • 135 lbs
  • Anticipated Major:
    • Business 
  • Experience:
    • 1 year of Freshman 
  • Stats:
    • 13 Passing TD's 
    • 15 Rushing TD's 
    • 1,000+ Passing yards
    • 850 Rushing yards as a Freshman
  • Colleges that you are interested in:
    • Wisconsin 
    • Arizona State
    • Arizona 
    • Florida State
  • Colleges that have shown you interest:
    • Alma
    • Davenport
    • Adrian
    • Illinois College
  • Intangibles:
    • I have very good vision. Can see the whole field open up
  • How I play the game:
    • Smart, coachable, hard working 
  • Outlook on High School Football and its experiences
    • To make it to a D1 college and become a starter
  • Discuss the potential opportunity or the opportunity of playing on the next level
    • I feel as if I am advanced way before my years I have always been playing with my older brothers that get me right
  • Other accolades and/or awards or miscellaneous

HUDL Highlights

  • N/A

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Grand Rapids area OL Jalen Mayfield commits to Michigan

Grand Rapids Catholic Central 2018 OL Jalen Mayfield committed to the University of Michigan on Tuesday night.  One of the state's top offensive lineman and perhaps the best senior tackle selected Michigan over 16 other offers and a top 5 that included; Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska.

Michigan State offered in January and Minnesota offered a week later.  Mayfield would commit on a visit to Minnesota in less than 2 weeks since being offered by Minnesota.  A month later Michigan would enter the picture and extend an offer to the Gophers commit who then decommitted.  Mayfield would visit; Michigan, Michigan State, and Notre Dame before he committed.

Earlier this month on May 3rd, Mayfield announced he would commit today which is his birthday.

Mayfield entered The D Zone eyes in July 2015 after he was brought up as a freshman to play varsity.  Mayfield was first offered by Central Michigan in June of 2016.

Mayfield is ranked as the #86 player on 247Sports
Mayfield is ranked as the #221 player on Scout
Mayfield is not nationally ranked on Rivals and is listed as their #25 prospect in-state

Also 247Sports compiled a National composite ranking of all of the scouting websites that was #310.

Mayfield will figure to contribute very early at Michigan once he adapts to the speed of the college game as he had a lot of tools to build off of.

Romeo and East Kentwood graduates selected for Rimington Trophy Watchlist

Doan #79 in 2013 All-Star game 

2 former Michigan high school football maulers have transitioned their talents to the college ranks.  Former Romeo / Central Michigan 2013 OL Austin Doan and East Kentwood / Western Michigan 2015 OL John Keenoy were selected for the Rimington Trophy Watchlist.  The Rimington Trophy is awarded to Division I-A college football’s most outstanding center.

Keenoy received 5 MAC offers out of high school before committing in April of his junior year and he eventually enrolled early at Western Michigan.  Keenoy has started all 26 games since his true freshman year at Western Michigan at Center.  Also Keenoy anchored the OL that was ranked as the #4 overall offensive line by Pro Football Focus.

Keenoy was offered by just Central Michigan and Ferris State the week he committed as a junior in 2012.  As a redshirt sophomore Doan started all 13 games.  As a junior he played in 9 games and was selected for All-MAC Second Team.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Walled Lake Western reports over 60 colleges in school Monday

The final full week of evaluation period started off with a big bang for the Walled Lake Western Warriors who were the Division 2 runner-ups in 2016.  Head Coach Mike Zdebski reported that over 60 college coaches were in to evaluate prospects Monday.

The following conferences were represented:  SEC, Big 10, and ACC plus D1-FCS, D2, D3, and NAIA programs.

Walled Lake Western 2019 OT/DE Spencer Brown who is a top 100 national recruit received his 22nd, 21st, and 20th offers today.  It's the 3rd time this year that Brown received 3 offers in a single day. Iowa, Missouri, and Virginia Tech offered.

Walled Lake Western 2018 LB Jonathon Moffett had 115 tackles as a junior and looks every bit a college prospect.  Indiana State became his first offer today.

Other players who weren't offered on Monday, but hold offers:
Walled Lake Western 2019 QB Sam Johnson - 13 offers
Walled Lake Western 2018 WR/S Justin Thomas - 3 offers
Walled Lake Western 2019 ATH Kobe Myers - 3 offers
Walled Lake Western 2019 OT/DT Jake Dean - 3 offers
Walled Lake Western 2020 CB/WR Calvin Brown - 1 offer
Walled Lake Western 2020 WR Abdur-Rahmaan Yaseen - 1 offer

The list could go on and on of other standouts who haven't been offered yet, but with the staff Western has all of this should come to no surprise as WLW should be a solid contender again in D2.