Friday, May 27, 2016

Nationally recruited DE recommends under-recruited bitter rival to coaches such as Jim Harbaugh

Stevensville-Lakeshore and Saint Joseph is one of west Michigan's premier rivalries as upwards to 10,000 fans will attend their meetings.  Lakeshore has won the previous few meetings while Saint Joseph grabs the other headlines with elite DE prospect, Corey Malone-Hatcher.

Recently out the blue to the public eye, Saint Joseph 2017 DE Corey Malone-Hatcher screenshot a conversation he had with Michigan Head Coach, Jim Harbaugh and Wisconsin TE Coach Mick Turner that was basically a recommendation to take a look at the film of Stevensville Lakshore 2017 RB Corey Hampton.  Hampton has a bit of college interest, but the only school to pull the trigger with an offer thus far is local NAIA college, Davenport.  Both Corey's were all SMAC conference 1st team last year, while Corey Malone-Hatcher tackles headlines with his QB pressures and sacks, Corey Hampton runs up headlines with yardage and rushing touchdowns.  We were able to catch up with the rivals and expand on the direct message.



Hampton seemed pretty surprised that Malone-Hatcher made the initiative to help him as he discussed what the message meant to him, "I thought it was really nice of him to do that. He didn't have to but it was cool."

Malone-Hatcher opened up on why he did something that he didn't have to do, "the opportunities that I could have a chance could be life changing and I don't want it to only be beneficial to myself. Corey is a great athlete and football player and deserves recognition so if I have an opportunity to share my blessings with him then why not?"

Malone-Hatcher expanded on the skill-set on Hampton saying, "Corey has always been explosive which in turn shortens down your room for error. When playing a kid like him one misstep could cost you 6 points so that wears on a team mentally as well as physically."

Hampton carried into describing his strengths as a player, "As a player I use my speed and power. A lot of people underestimate me because of my height but I'm very quick and whenever there's an open seam.  I definitely take it to the house. My ability of knowing the game well and being able to capitalize on my opponents mistakes is another great skill of mine and I'm just ready to show it."

Saint Joseph and Lakeshore are bordering communities which allows the kids to grow up together sometimes playing on the same team or against each other in their youth, both Malone-Hatcher and Hampton get along after the final whistle blows, Hampton discussed their bond, "Corey and I are friends, a lot of people make us out to hate each other and sometimes that gets the best of us. But he and I are friends."

As for the game itself, both provided their thoughts on the rivalry, "This game will be very intense," said Hampton.  "It's a lot of more "talking" and competition between both teams and I'm positive it's going to be a great game that people in our area shouldn't miss. This will be my first time playing Corey since 8th grade so I'm looking forward to bringing it to him and the Bears as I'm sure they are going to bring it also."

Malone-Hatcher was excited to discuss the meeting, "Overall I think we will have some hounds on defense but the Lakeshore & St. Joe game this year will no doubt be as hype as any games that I've seen since elementary school, with guys on both squads getting high-level college interests a game that has always been one to never disappoint will very likely turn into one that will never be forgotten."

Both Malone-Hatcher and Hampton will have different objectives these next few months heading into their senior seasons as Malone-Hatcher tries to find his perfect fit of the 19 offers he holds, while Hampton looks for new opportunities and will probably need more time to decide on his future, but provided his short term experiences, "I'll be attending a few camps this summer. The biggest camp I'll be at is SMSB. I've definitely been in the weight room a lot and I plan to continue that during the summer. I work out with Ryan Magley the owner of Magfit. He's a great trainer and he has helped a lot with my footwork and being faster."

Participants in opening week Battle at the Big House react to playing at Michigan Stadium

Playing Division 1 Football is a dream mostly every football player dreams of.  Having the chance to play Division 1 Football is less than a 1% chance.

Fortunately an NCAA ruling that prevented high schools from playing at Division 1 stadiums was lifted last year.  The MHSAA stated there's no issues at all with these games being played at Michigan, "that prohibition of NCAA Division I schools hosting regular-season high school contests was lifted prior to the start of the 2015-16 school year. As long as a member high school is a host/sponsor at the college campus, the event is allowed by us."

Tickets will be $10.  Stay tuned at The D Zone for more updates regarding tickets.


August 25th
Brighton vs. East English Village Prep - 4 pm
Walled Lake Western vs. Farmington - 7 pm


August 26th
Kalamazoo Central vs. St. Joseph - 4 pm
Clarkston vs. Lapeer - 7 pm


August 27th
Detroit Catholic Central vs. Sterling Heights Stevenson - 1 pm
East Kentwood vs. Farmington Hills Harrison - 4 pm
Ann Arbor Pioneer vs. Muskegon - 7 pm


Players provide their reaction to week 1 game:


Ann Arbor Pioneer 2017 RB/LB Antjuan Simmons - "It's gone be a big game. Biggest game across the state. Top teams facing off. It has all of the hype and what not you can ask for. This is that game us high schoolers dream of.  Its going to be a special memory for me.  p.s I might have to come out rocking OSU gear." - Ohio State commit

Walled Lake Western 2017 WR/DB Cody White - "Our team is fired up about playing at Michigan's stadium. It will also give me a chance to get a feel for future games there in 2017 and 2019!" - Michigan State commit

Saint Joseph 2017 DE Corey Malone-Hatcher - "Its just a blessing and a really amazing opportunity for ours, and Kzoo's communities. we will do our best to show up and show out, even more incentive to make sure we are prepared and the best that we can be. We had a lot of really good young players last year and our leadership is confident that we will be strong as ever coming into week one in AA."

Muskegon 2017 LB Drew Ward - "It's the first game of my senior year I'm very excited about it! And the location just makes it a lot better. Playing at the "Big House" is mind blowing it's the very first time most of us has ever played in a actual College Stadium. I'm really just ready for kickoff under the lights and in front of  a bigger crowd!"

Muskegon 2017 WR/S Jacorey Sullivan - "I'm excited to start my senior season at the U of M  this would the first time we play on a college field so I think that's pretty cool.  I'm just ready to get this season started."

Muskegon 2017 ATH Kalil Pimpleton - "It's a dream. It's the legendary "BIG HOUSE."  My brothers and I get the opportunity to play at the biggest stadium in college football. We've known for some time now. It's been a few months. We were told to keep it on the low, it was tough for some of us, some people thought it was just a tale. But it's just a blessing. God has been casting out blessings left and right for me and my brothers. Shout out to Lord and Savior God. Also shout out to Coach Perry (Saline) for making this opportunity possible!"

Ann Arbor Pioneer 2017 DE/TE Jordan Nwogu - "I'm so excited. It's definitely going to be huge for us. It's not only a great way to start off a big season for pioneer but it will also keep us motivated and ready in the preseason with one common goal: Beating Muskegon in the Big House!"

Lapeer 2017 WR/QB/S Drew Rubick - "This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. We are so excited to play under the lights at the Big House. It is going to be a memorable way to start off my senior season. Clarkston is a perennial playoff team and we are pumped to play against a powerhouse opponent. Knowing that we are playing at U of M week 1 is more than enough motivation to work hard each and every day."

Lapeer 2017 RT Edward Brecht - "I am super excited. It is a huge opportunity for everyone on our team. With Clarkston being one of our two school history losses I think the whole team wants to get back at them. Myself and Drew Rubick are the only players that were on the team during the Clarkston loss so me and him will have to show great amounts of leadership along with controlling the teams emotions because of the awesome opportunity to play at the big house. All around it will be a great start to the season and hopefully a huge win."

Lapeer 2018 MLB/QB Sam Kinnie - "It's a really great opportunity to play in the Big House week 1, it's going to be a great motivator to really get after it this summer."

Clarkston 2017 LB Nick Stalworth - "It's about to be an atmosphere like no other. My team and I are very blessed for this opportunity it's something that we will cherish forever. I can't wait until August 26th at 7 o'clock to get it rolling."

Clarkston 2017 WR/DB Tyler Retford - "My reaction for knowing we get to play at the Big House is unreal, I remember the days I was a kid and me and my dad would head there sometimes, sitting there as a kid the stadium was huge! Now in my football career I get to put my skills out at the Big House! I've always wanted to know how it would feel to be on the field and just look around at the huge stands! I'm just blessed to say that not a lot of people get this opportunity, so we're going to put it to use."

Sterling Heights Stevenson 2017 OG/DT Dez Lance - "I think it's going to be a good experience. It's a dream for almost everyone who plays high school football to play at a college stadium! It'll be a lot of fun."

Catholic Central 2019 QB Austin Brown - "I couldn't be more excited for the team to be able to compete at such a great venue!  We are all really looking forward to the opportunity to play at the "Big House."  We definitely won't need any extra motivation for week one!"

Catholic Central 2017 DL/OL Blake Bueter - "I'm really excited about it, I think it'll be a cool experience to play in an atmosphere like that. It'll be a good way to start off the year and get everyone even more excited about the rest of the season."

East English Village Prep 2017 QB Delvin Washington - "Man I'm so excited to be playing at Michigan week 1, my first time ever playing at Michigan. I can't wait!"

Farmington 2017 LB Viktor Dedvukaj - "Having the opportunity to play at the Big House is going to be exciting, especially under those lights. Not everyone can say they have played a game there. The Farmington Falcons look forward to competing there. #FlockNation"

Farmington 2017 WR/CB Josh Turner - "Oh yeah it's great! Really looking forward to this!! Can't wait for the opportunity!"

Farmington Hills Harrison 2018 "ATH" Ovie Oghoufo - "I'm so excited for me and our team to play at a HUGE stage like this, we've been working this offseason, and can't wait to see it pay off at 4pm at Michigan Stadium!"

East Kentwood 2017 WR/DB Michael Ross - "It'll be an opportunity of a lifetime to be one of the first high schools to open at The Big House."

Saint Joseph 2017 QB/FS Griffin Beaudette - "It's just insane to think that I get to open up my senior year with all my brothers at the Big House and to be a part of such a great opportunity and this experience is crazy and St. Joe is coming to make a statement, we are crazy hype and we have some unfinished business!"

Battle at the Big House set for week 1 of football season, features several Wolverine targets

After 6 months of details being finalized the University of Michigan will host 7 high school football games on the opening week of the season.  The D Zone was tipped on several games that are still happening and a handful of other games that over time were unable to be worked out and the teams went their separate ways.  Below is the schedule that will rival the Prep Kickoff Classic at Wayne State each 3 days of the opening week.

This is the first time a Division 1 FBS college will host a Michigan High School game since Lowell and Walled Lake Western in 2011. - Initial report

Clarkston and Lapeer High School's are co-hosting this event.


August 25th
Brighton vs. East English Village Prep - 4 pm
Walled Lake Western vs. Farmington - 7 pm


August 26th
Kalamazoo Central vs. St. Joseph - 4 pm
Clarkston vs. Lapeer - 7 pm


August 27th
Detroit Catholic Central vs. Sterling Heights Stevenson - 1 pm
East Kentwood vs. Farmington Hills Harrison - 4 pm
Ann Arbor Pioneer vs. Muskegon - 7 pm


Several players hold Michigan football offers such as; Saint Joseph 2017 DE Corey Malone-Hatcher, Ann Arbor Pioneer 2017 RB/LB Antjuan Simmons who is committed to Ohio State, and Muskegon 2018 OT Antwan "AJ" Reed.  Other players such as; Detroit Catholic Central 2019 QB Austin Brown and Farmington Hills Harrison 2018 "ATH" Ovie Oghoufo are others who could earn an offer soon too.



Thursday, May 26, 2016

Romeo 2019 LB/RB Brock Horne Player Profile and Interview





  • High School:
    • Romeo
  • Graduation Year:
    • 2019
  • Primary Position:
    • LB
  • Secondary Position (s):
    • RB
  • Height:
    • 6'2"
  • Weight:
    • 200 lbs
  • Anticipated Major:
    • Undecided
  • Experience:
    • 1 year JV
  • Colleges that you are interested in:
    • Michigan, Wisconsin, Ferris State
  • Intangibles:
    • I play the game at 110% every play. Even if we are getting killed, I'm not going to give up. Positive energy radiates off me and my teammates definitely benefit from it. I am able to slow things down in my mind and can see when things open up.
  • How I play the game:
    • I definitely classify myself as a hard hitter. I love just getting out there and smacking people in the mouth. I always make sure I'm the one bringing down the Hammer.
  • Outlook on High School Football and it's experiences
    • My plans for my career as a high school football player are to be a three year starter and achieve two years at an All-State level.
  • Discuss the potential opportunity or the opportunity of playing on the next level
    • Playing football at the next level is what I have worked for my whole life. I've worked since the fourth grade chasing my dream of playing Division 1 football.
  • Other accolades and/or awards or miscellaneous
    • Twitter:   @brockhorne02

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Bloomfield Hills 2018 LB/OC Michael Jarrells Player Profile and Interview




  • High School:
    • Bloomfield Hills
  • Graduation Year:
    • 2018
  • Primary Position:
    • LB
  • Secondary Position (s):
    • OC
  • Height:
    • 5'10"
  • Weight:
    • 185 lbs
  • Anticipated Major:
    • Undecided
  • Experience:
    • 1 year Freshman, 1 year JV 
  • Stats:
    • Freshman- 
      • Played offensive line only
    • JV- 
      • 11 tackles
  • Colleges that you are interested in:
    • Central Michigan University
    • Eastern Michigan  University 
    • Albion Unversity
    • Western Michigan University
    • Michigan University 
    • Michigan State University 
    • Bowling Green University
  • Intangibles:
    • What separates me from everyone on the football field is my will to never give up, And to always give 100% no matter what I do. for example, for never giving up I remember there was one game are team was down by 35 and I still went just as hard as I did when the score was 0-0. I always give 100% at anything I do rather it's football or not in football I give 100% at everything to for example, drills a lot of people start to slack of at the end of the drill I'm not that person I finish the drill the same way I started with all my effort running past the cone just to make sure I did 100%. 
  • How I play the game:
    • I like to play football very aggressively. I like to hit and make a play. I'm also very coachable I learn quickly and always trying to improve.
  • Outlook on High School Football and it's experiences
    • My High School career has been very hard with two major injuries My freshman and JV season allowing me only to play only a little bit but I've been working extremely hard I'm healthy and looking forward for two major varsity seasons this upcoming year and next year to make my stats go up and to let people know that I'm a lot better then what the stats say.
  • Discuss the potential opportunity or the opportunity of playing on the next level
    • I can't imagine myself putting down my pads and being done with football that is not a choice for me. I love the game and playing at the next level is huge step and I'm prepared for whatever comes at me because I've wanted to do it my whole life. I feel like I have the work ethic and potential to play at the next level and would be honored if a coach gave me that opportunity. 
  • Other accolades and/or awards or miscellaneous
    • Freshman co-captain
    • Twitter:  @jarrells0

HUDL Highlights


RECRUITING TIMELINE:
  • Michigan visit - 3/19/2016
  • Michigan State visit - 2/27/2016


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Reeths-Puffer 2017 DE/TE Armund Gordon Player Profile and Interview



  • High School:
    • Reeths-Puffer
  • Graduation Year:
    • 2017
  • Primary Position:
    • DE
  • Secondary Position (s):
    • TE, WR, S
  • Height:
    • 6'2"
  • Weight:
    • 185 lbs
  • Anticipated Major:
    • Physical therapy
  • Experience:
    • 2 years of Varsity, 1 year of JV
  • Stats:
    • Varsity; 20 reception, 261 yards, avg 13.05, 56 long, 3 TD
  • Colleges that you are interested in:
    • Albion, Olivet, Central Michigan, Northern Michigan, Saginaw Valley, Davenport, Ferris State, Grand Valley
  • Colleges that have shown you interest:
    • Saginaw Valley State, Davenport, Ferris State
  • Intangibles:
    • I'm a very athletic person. I'm work hard in and out of school, I play full speed don't give on plays that I mess up I keep going and fix it the next play. I'm a coachable player able to take criticism very well. Able to adapt in any position I am put in.
  • How I play the game:
    • I'm very smart, coachable, able to make guys miss, hard hitter.
  • Outlook on High School Football and it's experiences
    • My goal is to be able to play at the next level and by able to play the sport that I love
  • Discuss the potential opportunity or the opportunity of playing on the next level
    • Playing at the next level I would be interested in doing because I would hate to not play a sport that I honestly love and passionate about.
  • Other accolades and/or awards or miscellaneous
    • Muskegon 1st team all area
    • All-conference honorable mention

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RECRUITING TIMELINE:
  • Saginaw Valley State camp - 7/17/2016
  • Davenport camp - 6/27/2016
  • Hope camp - 6/24/2016


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