The D Zone

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The D Zone's Michigan High School Football Pre-Season Player Rankings (#111-120)


The D Zone will be releasing our Top 151 football players in Michigan from the Classes of 2018 to 2020 over the next several days.

The list is based off of our evaluations throughout the off-season and various recruiting events like Mega camps (bigger college camps, Camp Pride, etc. where the top recruits attend and perform vs. equal or better competition played a major role in a lot of our decisions).

Stay tuned also for a major announcement and more rankings to be unveiled exclusively on The D Zone and our social media platforms prior to and during the season.

List of complete #1-151 Player Rankings



- Paw Paw has experienced tremendous success in the Wolverine B Conference and will have an important piece of their squad down penciled in for the next 2 seasons with Karsen Barnhart.  At 6'5" 285 lbs, Barnhart is versatile in that he can play OG or OT.

- College interest:  Barnhart started early with a CMU offer and currently holds MAC offers from the other 2 in-state MAC schools, Western and Eastern Michigan.  Barnhart will continue to attract more interest his next 2 seasons.




119. Cranbrook-Kingswood 2018 DE/LB Chris Smith - Harvard
- The Cranes have had several nice seasons in a row.  Heavily involved in the success of the defense is DE/LB combo, Chris Smith.  Smith will develop into a DE/DT prospect depending on how coaches see fit as he's explosive and strong.

- College interest:  A lot of schools loved his abilities, but unsure of position from DE or LB.  At 6'2" 245 Smith attracted a handful of Ivy League offers before he committed to Harvard which was his latest offer.


118. Oak Park 2020 DT Dondi Price (no photo)
- Emerging as a Freshman last year was Dondi Price.  Price is a young and ferocious defensive tackle who is beginning to scrape his potential.

- College interest:  Price was offered along with his teammates by Syracuse during the Spring and following a big sophomore season he will have more interest and offers.





117. Belleville 2018 ATH Matt Ransome
- It's tough sometimes for writers to acknowledge players like Ransome who plays alongside 4 and 5 stars, but to us he is the oil that fuels the engine in Belleville's offense. Ransome can line up at QB, WR, etc. you name it.

- College interest:  Ransome holds a little bit of offers from different affiliations, so we'll see what develops his senior season.


116. Detroit Catholic Central 2018 LB Isaac Darkangelo (no photo)
- Darkangelo has been a major piece to CC's success in recent years as he's your typical smashmouth player at the longtime powerhouse.  Very few players can match the level of production that Darkangelo has.

-  College interest:  The D2's are flocking to offer him after seeing what his older brother, Anthony Darkangelo accomplished as an All-American.


115. Seaholm 2018 DE Colin Stagner - Eastern Michigan (no photo)
- Stagner is a nice and relentless pass rushing DE that rarely gets outmatched physically.  Stagner is committed to Eastern Michigan.

- College interest:  Stagner was first offered by Ball State before he was offered and committed to Eastern Michigan.


114. Mona Shores 2018 LT Keontae Watson (no photo)
- The LT spot is very coveted by colleges and Watson fits the bill with his 6'5 260 lbs frame and he will bulk up even more.  Watson has done a phenomenal job with no sacks allowed and dozens of pancake blocks as a junior which was his first year of varsity.

College interest:  Watson holds 2 MAC offers and 1 FCS offer, it will be interesting to see how long he waits before deciding.





113. River Rouge 2018 LB Baron Scholar
- Leading the River Rouge defense is captain LB Baron Scholar.  Scholar is a downhill type LB who also can move well from sideline to sideline.

College interest:  Scholar's lone reported offer is from MAC program, Buffalo.  We'll see what develops his senior season as he's a focal point of the River Rouge defense.





112. Walled Lake Western 2020 WR Abdur-Rahmaan Yaseen
- Walled Lake Western made headlines this off-season with incoming transfers, but Yaseen was already set in place at Western as he was contributor as a Freshman. Yaseen is a route technician and has a great set of hands.

College interest:  NAIA program Lawrence Tech couldn't resist offering him first.  During Toledo's 1 day camp in June, Yaseen impressed the coaches and earned his first D1 offer.





111. Southfield A&T 2019 DL/TE Devin Baldwin
- The Warriors junior D-Lineman is a ferocious and relentless player who has good size and athletic abilities which have turned a lot of heads early in his high school career.  Baldwin missed time due to injury last year at Waterford Mott.

College interest:  Baldwin was offered earlier in the off-season by Bowling Green State before he visited and was offered by Morgan State.



List of complete #1-151 Player Rankings



Scrimmage Notebook: Davison vs. Waterford Mott

Tariq Reid runs for tough yards in 2017 pre-season scrimmage



Two sure-fire Division 1 playoff teams met in a 2 team scrimmage on Wednesday night.  Waterford Mott was host to Davison in a back and forth, hour long scrimmage.

Both teams had some success offensively, but their defenses appeared to be well oiled ahead of their week 1 games.  

Waterford Mott 2018 QB David McCullum had a few nice balls and will surely be lethal once the lights come on and he cane run more, making him more effective.

Davison 2018 RB Tariq Reid wasn't let free much, but when he did - he was tough to stop, illustrated by a typical Reid TD run in which he runs through would-be-tacklers and then outran the defense.

Waterford Mott kickoffs their Lakes Valley Conference debut with longtime KLAA-North opponent, Milford.

Davison will travel to Wayne State where they meet OAA Red opponent, Southfield A&T.

Stay tuned for more information on the teams and players throughout the season.


2019 WR Matt Bradley makes tough touchdown catch in traffic

Davison got tricky with one of their TD passes that left 2019 WR Brennan Terry wide open for 6.

Two players after fighting for position on a ball just out of reach

Davison QB pre-snap in 2017 pre-season scrimmage









Lansing Everett Vikings 2017 Football Preview




City / County:  Lansing / Ingham
School Mascot Name:  Vikings
2016 Record:  2-7
Conference/Division:  CAAC Blue
2017's Expected Division for Playoffs:  Division 2
Record last 3 seasons:  12-16
Record last 5 seasons:  27-21
Record last 10 seasons: 49-47

Head Coach:  Chad Foster
Head Coaching Experience:  1st year
Assistant Coaching Staff:
Lloyd Blackman, T.J. Foster, Chris Harr, Jacob Wyatt
Captains:
Noah Smith - RB/DB - 2019, Marcus Gilkie - OL/DL - 2018, Devon Salaam - TE/LB 2018
Returning Starters on Offense: 3
Returning Starters on Defense: 6
Returning Key Players:
OFFENSE
RB/WR - Noah Smith –(JR)
OL - Marcus Gilkie – (SR)
K - Tomas Keck - (JR)

DEFENSE
DB  - Shamar Howard (SO)
DB - Noah Smith (JR)
LB - Devon Salaam (SR)
LB - Keewone Parker (JR)
DL - Atwon Peak (SR)
DL - Dominque Davidson (JR)
Upcoming Players:
OFFENSE
QB - Dayton Jones (SO)
WR – Marcus Jones (SR)
WR – Timas Koko (SR)
OL – Byron Atwater – (SR)
OL – Damerius Doyle (SR)
OL – Marquis Jeffries (SR)
OL – Isaiah Ashe (SO)

DEFENSE
DB - Patrick Ellis – (FR)
DL - Justin Taylor-Cuffer (JR)
LB – Timothy Allen (JR)
Team Strength(s) for 2017:
1. Chemistry – Team that enjoys to be around each other and truly cares for each other.
2. Hungry – Have a lot of new guys in big roles and they are hungry to show what they can do.
3. Skill Positions – Have a ton of athletes who will need to make plays.
Biggest Shoes / Holes to Fill in 2017:
Experience – Lots of new faces and guys who are new to the varsity level, so getting ready to compete on the varsity level.
2017 Season Outlook:
We are a very inexperienced team, but have a ton of hungry guys who are ready to prove themselves. There will be a big learning curve, but everyone looks forward to the task at hand.
Outlook on Conference/Division:
It will be a very tough league with lots of great talent, should be a tough game each week.




Davison 2018 WR/CB Austin Roland Player Profile and Interview






- Most recent update: 8/17/2017
  • High School:
    • Davison
  • Graduation Year:
    • 2018
  • Primary Position:
    • WR
  • Secondary Position (s):
    • CB
  • Height:
    • 6'
  • Weight:

  • Anticipated Major:
    • Undecided
  • Experience:
    • 1 year of Jv, 1 year of varsity 
  • Stats:
    • 5 touchdowns varsity 
    • 11 touchdowns Jv
  • Colleges that you are interested in:
    • Wayne State, Northwood and Davenport 
  • Colleges that have shown you interest:
    • Wayne State, Northwood and Davenport 
  • Intangibles:
    • I'm a playmaker who can turn broken plays to big plays. Play with heart 
  • How I play the game:
    • Coachable and willing to learn more.
  • Outlook on High School Football and its experiences
    • I've been injured a lot in the past and faced a lot of obstacles. This year I'm looking ahead to stay healthy to give the team my best. My goal is to win a state championship 
  • Discuss the potential opportunity or the opportunity of playing on the next level
    • I would love to play college football and to improve everyday on and off the field.
  • Other accolades and/or awards or miscellaneous
    •  

HUDL Highlights


RECRUITING TIMELINE:
  • N/A

Whiteford 2018 MLB Eli Shelton Player Profile and Interview





- Most recent update: 8/17/2017
  • High School:
    • Ottawa Lake Whiteford
  • Graduation Year:
    • 2018
  • Primary Position:
    • MLB
  • Secondary Position (s):
    • N/A
  • Height:
    • 6'
  • Weight:
    • 215 lbs
  • Anticipated Major:
    • Political Science
  • Experience:
    • 2 years varsity
  • Stats:
    • 72 Tackles in 2016 season
  • Colleges that you are interested in:
    • Adrian College
    • Toledo
    • BGSU
  • Colleges that have shown you interest:
    • Adrian College
  • Intangibles:
    • I'd consider myself a team motivator. I'm very energetic on the football field and this game has become a religion to me. I don't know where I'd be today without this game.
  • How I play the game:
    • I play with a hard mentality, I've been told by Coach Eric Tyhala from Adrian that I'm a highly coachable player who picks up schemes very easily.
  • Outlook on High School Football and its experiences
    • The greatest time of my life. Football became my entire life, this is what I dedicate my everyday life to now. All I want to be is the best for my team and to be a leader and I consider myself one to my brothers on the field. This experience has been like no other.
  • Discuss the potential opportunity or the opportunity of playing on the next level
    • I'm a senior and the thought of never playing again is just something I never want to have. I would love to play as long as possible.
    • I  just want to play for as long as humanly possible.
  • Other accolades and/or awards or miscellaneous
    • All-Conference Honorable Mention
    • Twitter:  @elishelt26

HUDL Highlights


RECRUITING TIMELINE:
  • N/A

Romeo 2018 DE/LB Marcus Wrickerson Player Profile and Interview





- Most recent update: 8/17/2017
  • High School:
    • Romeo
  • Graduation Year:
    • 2018
  • Primary Position:
    • DE
  • Secondary Position (s):
    • LB
  • Height:
    • 6'1"
  • Weight:
    • 170 lbs
  • Anticipated Major:
    • Undecided
  • Experience:
    • 2 years of varsity
  • Colleges that you are interested in:
    • Any school
  • Intangibles:
    • Size 
    • Speed 
    • Execution 
    • Footwork
  • How I play the game:
    • Aggressive
    • Urgency 
    • Explosive
  • Outlook on High School Football and its experiences
    • It's been an honor being a Romeo Bulldog. The success for our program has just been unreal and it's just going to keep continuing to get better for years to come. 
  • Discuss the potential opportunity or the opportunity of playing on the next level
    • I would just love the opportunity to play at the next level no matter what school 
  • Other accolades and/or awards or miscellaneous
    • Twitter:   @ybwt_21 

HUDL Highlights


RECRUITING TIMELINE:
  • N/A

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