Thursday, June 28, 2012

Cameron Thomas of South Lyon East commits to Western Michigan

Just before midnight one of the area's top quarterbacks in the state of Michigan, Cameron Thomas made his college decision. The 6'4 quarterback who leads the South Lyon East Cougars chose the Western Michigan Broncos over Central Michigan and Bowling Green State.  Thomas had a great Junior season but in 2012 will be looking to take the Cougars to the next level.




Position (s): QB

Height & Weight: 6'4 170lbs

First Game Started
: Waterford Kettering, 1st year of varsity 

#1 Most Memorable Game
: Waterford Kettering

Pre-game Traditions
: Drink a water and a Gatorade, eat 3 to 4 apples, and if I am feeling not as well as I should I eat a banana too.

Post-game Traditions
: I talk about the game with my dad, meaning, what I did wrong and what I did right.

Athlete you try building your game around
: Peyton Manning




Click here to view an interview done with Thomas, this past Spring.






The D - ZoneHow does it feel committing to the Western Michigan?

Cameron Thomas - "It is the best feeling I have ever felt."


The D - Zone - What kind of impact did Western Michigan have by offering you first?

Cameron Thomas - "Western Michigan was so happy to have their #1 QB that they had on their list."


The D - Zone - What stands out the most about Western Michigan?

Cameron Thomas - "The coaches stand out the most because I just have an awesome conection with all of them."


The D - Zone - What have you enjoyed the most while visiting the campus?

Cameron Thomas - "I loved that the Western Michigan campus has a lot of easy places to get around and the facilities are amazing."


The D - Zone - What do the Western Michigan coaches, like about the way you play?

Cameron Thomas - "The coaches always say they love the way I "spin it."


The D - Zone - When Western Michigan coaches found out you committed, how was their excitement level and what did they say to you?

Cameron Thomas - "The only coach I talked to was Bobby Erhart and he was supper excited. I hope the rest of the coaches are happy too."


The D - Zone - What's in store for your future leading up to Signing Day?

Cameron Thomas - "I am going to be working out and trying to get bigger, most of all working hard with my team, working on my footwork, and trying to be the best leader and person I can be."




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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Chris Tarrance - 2012 DT

This week Madison's Chris Tarrance was able to sign with Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  The defensive tackle / offensive lineman officially signed his Letter of Intent after a few months of being "committed" to Concordia.  Tarrance was able to talk about his future in Ann Arbor as well as his time will playing for the Madison Eagles.

Chris Tarrance #56




Position (s): DT/OG

Height & Weight
: 6' 325 lbs

First Game Started
: Junior year, Lake Shore. I was a bit shy but it was my time to shine.

#1 Most Memorable Game
: Port Huron Senior year  was epic come back down 13-27 at the end of the 3rd.

Pre-game Traditions
: Me saying the "Nebraska Prayer."

Post-game Traditions
: Going to National with the team.

Athlete you try building your game around
: Vince Wilfork because he's just a nasty d-lineman and thats what I try to be like.





The D - Zone - You recently Signed to Concordia in Ann Arbor what were the reasons for choosing the school in Ann Arbor?

Chris Tarrance - "Well after all of the other schools kind of faded because of my grades and ACT score, Concordia never gave up on me."



The D - Zone - Which position will you be playing at Concordia and what kind of expectations has the coach discussed with you?

Chris Tarrance - "I will be player DT and my new coaches just expect me to come out and be a dog."



The D - Zone - What have you been up to since the lost to Ecorse to prepare for college football?

Chris Tarrance - "Well I've just been grinding I have been getting my mind and body right with NewBreedTraining."



The D - Zone - What do you feel is a benefit of playing at Concordia rather than somewhere else?

Chris Tarrance - "Well I get the chance to be an "Underdog" and help build a dynasty, plus there's a good chance I can come in playing as a true freshman."



The D - Zone - Having no D1 offers or much attention from in state colllege's, how hungry are you to prove a lot of people wrong while you are at Concordia?

Chris Tarrance - "Well of course I can't wait to eat but a wise man told me I have to really humble myself and blessings will continue to come so we'll see what happens."



The D - Zone - Looking back at it things while at Madison what will you remember the most, whether it's a certain moment or games?

Chris Tarrance - "I will always remember laughing and playing around after a win with my team."



The D - Zone - What do you think the Madison Eagles will be able to accomplish in the future and who are some underclassman who have some serious potential?

Chris Tarrance - "I believe anything is possible as my coach would say "you only need 11 dogs" and you should watch out for Juan Johnson, Nick Wallace, Dennis Jenkins, and Aaron Williams they have potential."



The D - Zone - Finally, what kind of impact do you feel you left for the younger Eagles?

Chris Tarrance - "I think I left a solid foundation for my fellow lineman."



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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Detroit FC and Cleveland Tie 1-1



Local sports fans have been hungry all week for the return of soccer at Cass Tech and the return of Detroit City FC.  After a long week, since last weekend's 3-0 win over Buffalo, your Detroit City FC Le Rouge were ready for their game against AFC Cleveland.  After nearly 1,500 fans at last Saturdays game against Buffalo, this would be the week everyone was looking forward too. Last week Detroit went back to 1st place in the Midwest Division, now it was time for the Le Rouge to host our rivals, Cleveland who was 3 points behind us in the standings.

As 7 PM neared, the stands were starting to fill up, Powerade was also here to pass out free drinks and paint faces.  Chanting was in full effect and the smoke bombs were unleashed.  This game would also be for the Rust Belt Derby Trophy which is played in between; Detroit, Buffalo, and Cleveland.  All Cleveland needed was a win or a tie, to come out of Detroit with the trophy.  Detroit would bring in 1,743 fans to cheer on the Le Rouge.

Both teams had a tough time starting off but the first quality chance came in the 8th minute when a Cleveland player's shot hit the near post but didn't go in the net.  Detroit would have several chances to get on the board early but that all changed in the 23rd minute when, Keith Lough's shot hit the post and deflected to where Stefan St. Louis was.  St. Louis easy finished the play with a header that crossed the line, for an early 1-0 Detroit City FC lead.  St. Louis would be given a yellow card for taking off his jersey during the celebration.

Detroit would continue to control this game, Cleveland was unable to do anything all half, as Detroit missed on several opportunities to go up 2-0 and 3-0.

At halftime though, the score was still 1-0 Detroit.

Detroit would have good chances early with a free kick outside the penalty box and a corner kick but was unable to score a goal.  Both teams would switch ball possessions as few chances for goals happened down the stretch, until around the 85th minute when Detroit had a chance to end this game but a shot by a Le Rouge player was right at the legs of the Cleveland player who would clear the ball.  A few minutes later off of a defensive miscue by Detroit, Cleveland's Thomas Schmitt squeaked the ball past Jeremy Clark for a goal in the 86th minute to silence the whole crowd.

Following the equalizer Schmitt taunted the Detroit fans with a middle finger in front of his mouth.  Schmitt didn't stop there, as he stood in front of the fans, continuing to taunt the fans.  A few bottles were thrown on the field but after a minute things, we were back to playing soccer.

Detroit nearly broke the tie a minute later but a Cleveland player knocked over a Le Rouge player, just outside of the penalty box which would of surely been a quality chance for Detroit.  Detroit had a chance to score on the free kick but the Cleveland goalie keeper made the save.



The stoppage time was quick and dull as Cleveland players kept switching players to throw in the ball and took as much time off the clock as possible, leaving the 1-2 minutes of stoppage time end.

Detroit controlled this game for 89 minutes, not including stoppage time, as Cleveland had 2 shots on goal compared to Detroit's 8 shots on goal, plus 17 shots and 5 corner kicks for Detroit.

Although Cleveland win's the trophy for the regular season tournament.  Your Detroit City FC Le Rouge are still on top of the Midwest Division standings.  Detroit basically controls their destiny from here on out with two remaining games.  Although Cleveland has three more games, if we both win out, we would split the Midwest Division.  I am not sure if there is tiebreaker for the regular season title, but either way both teams are in the playoffs.  No one knows how the playoff format is, the NPSL refuses to reply back to us.


Come see the Le Rouge next Sunday, July 1st at Cass Tech at 4 PM as the Le Rouge host Erie in the final regular season game in 2012










Midwest Division Standings:

Detroit City FC (4-5-1) - 17 points
Erie Admirals (4-3-1) - 15 points
AFC Cleveland (3-5-1) - 14 points
FC Buffalo (1-4-4) - 7 points
Greater Binghampton FC (1-3-6) - 6 points



To buy tickets for the upcoming game visit the Detroit FC Le Rouge website here.


If you do not have team apparel yet, wear Maroon or Yellow.  Scarfs are $20, Shirts range from $15 to 50, and  more merchandise can be purchased at Cass Tech. 

The supporters march an hour before the game, they meet up at Harry's Bar at Clifford and Henry St, just come south on Cass Ave and turn left on Henry St.  We want to bring in as many people as possible to experience a great game-day and taunt the Erie players, make them feel un-welcomed.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Class of 2009 Southeastern Football Signee's

I am going back and assembling a list of all players who have signed with college football programs from the Southeastern Michigan area.  If I am missing anyone, please comment below with a solid link, preferably from their schools website.  If you know someone who signed in another sport from any year please comment below or email me,  for future lists.

Note: This will be edited continuously, so please submit names and schools.

Click here to view the Class of 2012 List.



  1. Jerrod Dillard - Adrian - Akron
  2. Abdallah Homayed - Fordson - Akron
  3. Nolan Procter - Groves - Akron
  4. Alex Andrus - Coopersville - Ball State
  5. Dylan Farrington - Adrian - Bowling Green
  6. Ali Alaboody - Fordson - Bowling Green
  7. Ronnie Goble - Plymouth - Bowling Green
  8. Kyle Bryant - Southeastern - Bowling Green
  9. Austin Collier - Standish-Sterling - Bowling Green
  10. Justice Akuezue - Ann Arbor Huron - Central Michigan
  11. Shamari Benton - Brother Rice - Central Michigan
  12. Aaron McCord - Crockett - Central Michigan
  13. Jeff Fantuzzi - Dakota - Central Michigan
  14. Evan Ray - Detroit Finney - Central Michigan
  15. Jon Czerwienski - Fraser - Central Michigan
  16. Zurlon Tipton - Parkway Christian - Central Michigan
  17. Cody Wilson - Rochester Adams - Central Michigan
  18. Adam Fenton - Seaholm - Central Michigan
  19. Eric Fisher - Stoney Creek - Central Michigan
  20. Will Schwartz - Troy - Central Michigan
  21. Jason Johnson - Durand - Central Michigan
  22. A.J. Westendorp - Holland Christian - Central Michigan
  23. Ryan Paxson - Brighton - Cincinnati 
  24. Mitch Kessel - Seaholm - Cincinnati
  25. DeMarkus Bracy - Flint Northwestern - Cincinnati
  26. Orlando McCord - Detroit King - Eastern Michigan
  27. Matt Boyd - Southfield-Lathrup - Eastern Michigan
  28. Garrett Hoskins - Creston - Eastern Michigan
  29. Charles Chapman - Carleton Airport - Indiana
  30. Jamonne Chester - Redford Covenant - Indiana
  31. Justin Semmes - Orchard Lake Saint Mary - Miami of Ohio
  32. Teric Jones - Cass Tech - Michigan
  33. Thomas Gordson - Cass Tech - Michigan
  34. William Campbell - Cass Tech - Michigan
  35. Cameron Gordon - Inkster - Michigan
  36. Bennie Fowler - Country Day - Michigan State
  37. Jeremy Gainer - Livonia Clarenceville - Michigan State
  38. Edwin Baker - Oak Park - Michigan State
  39. Blake Sims - Orchard Lake Saint Mary - Michigan State
  40. Chris Norman - Renaissance - Michigan State
  41. Dana Dixon - Renaissance - Michigan State
  42. Kevin Muma - Troy - Michigan State
  43. Donald Spencer - Ypsilanti - Michigan State
  44. Larry Caper - Battle Creek Central - Michigan State
  45. Micajah Reynolds - Sexton - Michigan State
  46. Blake Treadwell - East Lansing - Michigan State
  47. Andrew Maxwell - Midland - Michigan State
  48. Kenneth Watkins - Brother Rice - Minnesota 
  49. Drew Moulton - Midland - Northwestern
  50. Reid Fragel - Grosse Pointe South - Ohio State
  51. James Jackson - Grand Ledge - Ohio State
  52. Robert Bell - East Grand Rapids - Toledo
  53. Damond Smith - Inkster - Western Michigan
  54. David Box - Milan - Western Michigan
  55. Kyle Lark - Alma - Western Michigan
  56. Chris Blair - East Grand Rapids - Western Michigan
  57. Corey Sueing - Ottawa Hills - Western Michigan
  58. Josh Hadel - Gladstone - Western Michigan
  59. Tyler Van Tubbergen - West Ottawa - Western Michigan
  60. Jacob Pedersen - Menominee - Wisconsin
  61. Zac Matthias - Hemlock - Wisconsin
  62. Mose Hogan - Country Day - Georgetown
  63. Demetreis Love - Milan - Robert Morris
  64. Hassan Amen - Fordson - Western Illinois
  65. Ocious Samuel - Clintondale - Western Illinois
  66. Taylor Arancibia - Westland John Glenn - Wayne State
  67. Travis Brown - Southgate Anderson - Wayne State
  68. Serxho Guraleci - SH Stevenson - Wayne State
  69. Mike Laamanen - Dakota - Wayne State
  70. Andrew Matt - Wyandotte Roosevelt - Wayne State
  71. Chris McKenzie - Walled Lake Western - Wayne State
  72. Alec Mikulec - Milford - Wayne State
  73. Craig Miller - Monroe Jefferson - Wayne State
  74. Nick Moeller - Saline - Wayne State
  75. Chet Privett - De La Salle - Wayne State
  76. Antwon Robinson - Southfield - Wayne State
  77. Ed Viverette - Brother Rice - Wayne State
  78. Taylor Copacia - Eisenhower - Grand Valley State
  79. DeMarco Donaldson - Southfield-Lathrup - Grand Valley State
  80. Derrell Haygood - Southfield-Lathrup - Grand Valley State
  81. Nick Duronio - Romeo - Grand Valley State
  82. Dave Fortin - Livonia Franklin - Grand Valley State
  83. Zach Galloway - Tecumseh - Grand Valley State
  84. Austin Green - Lapeer East - Grand Valley State
  85. Brandan Green - Linden - Grand Valley State
  86. Michael Hatcher - Dearborn - Grand Valley State
  87. Albert Saleh - Dearborn - Grand Valley State
  88. Suave Lavallis - Orchard Lake Saint Mary - Grand Valley State
  89. Charles Hill - Hazel Park - Grand Valley State
  90. Anthony Mullins - Salem - Grand Valley State
  91. Heath Parling - Salem - Grand Valley State
  92. Darryl Pitts  - Southeastern - Grand Valley State
  93. Donavan Wilson - Southeastern - Grand Valley State
  94. Denzel Rodgers - Clintondale - Grand Valley State
  95. Ed Vushaj - Walled Lake Western - Grand Valley State
  96. Brandon Cathey - Chippewa Valley - Michigan Tech
  97. Sean Frank - Divine Child - Michigan Tech
  98. AJ Gill - Lake Orion - Michigan Tech
  99. Robby Lentz - Lake Orion - Michigan Tech
  100. Travis Mewton - Plymouth - Michigan Tech
  101. Kelly Waite - Plymouth - Michigan Tech
  102. Jon Stevens - Hartland - Michigan Tech
  103. Josh Theis - Hartland - Michigan Tech
  104. Roji Alexander - Walled Lake Western - Northwood
  105. Jeremy Altman - Seaholm - Northwood
  106. Kevin Brown - Inkster - Northwood
  107. Eric Williams - Inkster - Northwood
  108. Thaddeus Burton - Cass Tech - Northwood
  109. Rudy Fiscelli - Divine Child - Northwood









Austin Doan of Romeo commits to Central Michigan




After receiving his first scholarship offer from Central Michigan University, it didn't take long for Doan to realize that Mount Pleasant was where he wanted to be.  The towering lineman out of Romeo High School will join a few former Bulldogs who are now Chippewa's, Ben Brown (RB) and Joe Bacci (LB).  Austin Doan was able to share his thoughts on committing to Central Michigan.



Click here to view an interview with Doan earlier this month.




Postion (s): RT, OC, DT, and NG.

Height: 6'4"

Weight: 265

First Game Started: My first game started was against Troy High School which was game 1, my Sophomore year.

#1 Most Memorable Game: My most memorable game was against Troy Athens in game one of the playoffs that lasted five overtimes which we won 34-31.

Pre-game Traditions: Eat three home made subs and then go to the school and listen to music when getting ready for the game.

Post-game traditions: After the game, I go to a teammates house and have some food and watch our game from the following week on our local T.V. station.

Athlete you try build your game around: Jake Long because he one of the best in the game at tackle.




The D - Zone - How does it feel committing to the Central Michigan?

Austin Doan - "It feels really good to be committed. It's a relief and now I can focus on my upcoming season."



The D - Zone - What kind of impact did Central Michigan have by offering you first?

Austin Doan - "Receiving my first offer from Central had a huge impact because I had always considered them one of my top choices. Central not only gives me the opportunity to play college football, but also offers a sports management program."



The D - Zone - What stands out the most about Central Michigan?

Austin Doan - "Coach Enos trying to turn the football program around stands out the most. It's an honor to be chosen to be a part of a program on the rise, and I am excited to contribute to the team."



The D - Zone - What have you enjoyed the most while visiting the campus?

Austin Doan - "Attending a spring practice and OL meeting. As well as touring the locker room and stepping on the field for the first time."



The D - Zone - What do the Central Michigan coaches, like about the way you play?

Austin Doan - "The thing they like the most was my flexibility in my hips and how I move from side to side. Also they like my aggressiveness."



The D - Zone - When Central Michigan coaches found out you committed, how was their excitement level and what did they say to you?

Austin Doan - "They were really excited to have me and felt I had made the right choice. Their plans are for me to go from 270 lbs to 300 lbs, and be able to bend, pull, and move."



The D - Zone - Which position will you be playing at Central Michigan?

Austin Doan - "I will be playing offensive guard at Central Michigan."



The D - Zone - How fun will it be reuniting with Ben Brown and Joe Bacci who used to play at Romeo?

Austin Doan - "Playing football with Joe at Central will be awesome. We were fortunate to play for Romeo together and I am excited to have him again as a teammate at Central Michigan."



The D - Zone - What's in store for your future leading up to Signing Day?

Austin Doan - "The upcoming season as a senior is most important right now and I am training to be the best I can be. I will continue to train physically and mentally to prepare for the college level."



Click here to view the 2012 Romeo Football Schedule
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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Deshawn Williams - 2015 ATH

The Harper Woods Pioneers varsity football team finished the 2011 season with a 5-4 record and failed to make the playoffs. They open up their season against Clawson August 24, who they last played in 2006 and look to avenge a 38-14 loss. One player I was told to look out for this upcoming 2012 season is Sophomore ATH Deshawn Williams. He recorded 56 tackles and 6 sacks his Freshmen year. Deshawn talks to me about how his first year of high school football went and what his plans for the future are.




Position(s): LB and RB

Ht: 5'8" Wt: 180

First Game Started: The first game I started was versus Detroit Country Day last season.

Most Memorable Game: My most memorable game would be my game against Hamtramck. It was our rival game and we were playing them on their homecoming. That game I recorded 9 tackles.

Pre-game Traditions: I always just sit down, shut my eyes & clear my head. I get all the bad thoughts out my head, if any, & focus on the game, the tackles, my team, & my role in the game.

Post-game Traditions: I look back at everything I did, the good, and the bad. I take the bad and work on it. If we take a L, I just look forward & focus on the next game & next challenge.

Athlete: Ndamukong Suh, even though we don't play the same position, we play the same role. We both work hard, do what we have to do, & learn from our mistakes.




Branden Hunter / The D - Zone - Harper Woods finished 5-4 last season and missed the playoffs, what are the teams goals for the 2012 season?

Deshawn Williams -"I just want to keep my team on the right path, make sure I keep a good mind, & make sure everything goes good on and off the field. If everyone, including my coaches is on task, then we can be the ones going all the way."



Branden Hunter / The D - Zone - How would you assess your freshmen year?

Deshawn Williams -"I would have to say that my freshmen year was very fun and memorable. I played with a new team, with bigger and older guys, but at the end it wasn't as hard and scary like people kept saying it would be. Being a freshmen gave me doubts of playing on varsity but soon I proved myself wrong. I enjoyed playing with my bros."



Branden Hunter / The D - Zone - What primary position do you want to play, and what skills do you feel you need to improve on?

Deshawn Williams -"It's really between RB and LB, but RB would be my top pick. The skills I need to work on are my cuts and not getting false starts."



Branden Hunter / The D - Zone - Have you attended any camps or plan on attending any this summer?

Deshawn Williams -"My school is doing a camp right now, and I plan on going to a Wayne State camp this month too. These are the only ones I know of right now."



Branden Hunter / The D - Zone - What teams(s) or player(s) are you looking forward to playing the most this season and why?

Deshawn Williams -"Hamtramck because they are our rival and our first game against Clawson because their coach is related to our coach in some way, so it'll mean something extra. Plus it's the first game and I want a W at home to start the year off right."



Branden Hunter / The D - Zone - What skills or abilities do you possess which separates you from other players on the field?

Deshawn Williams -"I would have to say my foot work & intensity. I am fast on my feet & smooth with my cuts, & I am always hype & into the game, so everything I do, I do it hard, from my runs to my tackles."



Branden Hunter / The D - Zone - If a school was to offer you right now, what kind of player would they be getting?

Deshawn Williams -"They would be getting a determined, outgoing, hardworking, mature, smart, mentally strong and physical player, and a player that's not afraid to step up and fill in an empty space that needs to be filled when coach tells me too."



Branden Hunter / The D - Zone - What other player on the team should we look out for this coming season?

Deshawn Williams -"My whole team because we look great this season, but it would be hard to pick just one. Someone I have in my head would be my bro, Willie Jones."



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DeJuan Rogers of Cass Tech commits to Toledo

Today Toledo was holding their camp at Wyandotte Roosevelt High School, for local High School players.  The Toledo Rockets were able to land one of the top players from the area and continue their pipeline into Cass Tech High School.  After transferring from Chippewa Valley to Cass Tech this past Fall, DeJuan Rogers held offers from; Toledo, Syracuse, Northern Illinois, Eastern Michigan, and Buffalo.  Rogers was able to talk about his commitment to Toledo.

Click here to view an interview done with Rogers during the Spring.





Position (s): CB, Safety, and Receiver. 

Height & Weight: 6'1 175 lbs



First Game Started: The first game I started was as a Sophomore at Warren Lincoln against Goodrich.



#1 Most Memorable Game: I don't have a most memorable game it would be hard to choose but I will this year because my team and I are determined to be at Ford Field playing for a state title!



Pre-game Traditions: My pre game tradition is to most of all pray for my teammates myself my family and friends and just thank God for the ability and opportunities he's given me. Then I listen to music and stay by myself just zoning every one out getting focused, and I eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich before EVERY game.



Post-game Traditions: Post game tradition is to just go home and watch espn. Unless my teammates call wanting to go out to dinner and talk about the game.



Athlete you try building your game around: The athlete I'm trying to build my game around would be Ed Reed I want to be feared in the pass and be known as a defensive back that will lay a hit on you! 




The D - Zone - How does it feel committing to the University of Toledo?

DeJuan Rogers - "It feels great committing to Toledo."



The D - Zone - What kind of impact did Toledo have by offering you first?

DeJuan Rogers - "Toledo being my first offer made a big impact on me, I feel like they believed in my ability first."



The D - Zone - What stands out the most about Toledo?

DeJuan Rogers - "The love and interest the coaches show stands out the most to me especially how much Coach Campbell is involved."



The D - Zone - What have you enjoyed the most while visiting the campus?

DeJuan Rogers - "I enjoyed winning the 7on7 tournament with my team while visiting campus and playing on Toledo's field."



The D - Zone - What do the Toledo coaches, like about the way you play?

DeJuan Rogers - "The coaches like that I'm a bigger physical guy that can play corner or safety and can cover and tackle."




The D - Zone - Which position will you be playing at Toledo?

DeJuan Rogers - "I will be playing corner at Toledo. Or safety if I'm needed."



The D - Zone - What's in store for your future leading up to Signing Day?

DeJuan Rogers - "Until signing day I'm just focusing on my last year of high school football and trying to win a state championship."



Click here to view the 2012 Cass Tech Football Schedule
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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Austin Doan - 2013 OL

In recent season's the Romeo Bulldogs have earned their reputation as a big and physical football team who have utilized their running game to win many games.  The Bulldogs have had several of the state's top runningbacks the past few years in Ben Brown and Ryan Burkard.  A huge reason for their success though, is due to an offensive line that has abilities to dominate defensive opponents.  The past two seasons one of the Bulldogs starting lineman is Austin Doan.  Doan will be entering his Senior season this year and recently has been offered by Central Michigan University.




Postion (s): RT, OC, DT, and NG.

Height: 6'4"

Weight: 265

First Game Started: My first game started was against Troy High School which was game 1, my Sophomore year.

#1 Most Memorable Game: My most memorable game was against Troy Athens in game one of the playoffs that lasted five overtimes which we won 34-31.

Pre-game Traditions: Eat three home made subs and then go to the school and listen to music when getting ready for the game.

Post-game traditions: After the game, I go to a teammates house and have some food and watch our game from the following week on our local T.V. station.

Athlete you try build your game around: Jake Long because he one of the best in the game at tackle.




The D - Zone - What have you been doing this off-season to prepare yourself for the 2012 season?

Austin Doan - "To get ready for the season we went in the morning for team speed training during school. Been working out at athletic republic once a week and lifting at the school 3-4 times a week. For the summer we have team workouts three times a week for two hours a day. I have been going to camps and getting better at every camp by working on things. My goal is to get better every day."



The D - Zone - What was one of the best skills that you developed last season?

Austin Doan - "One of the best skills I developed last season was leadership from the seniors and all the things they did. The ability to get off a block and go up to the next level and block the linebackers more effectively."



The D - Zone - What were some goals and milestones that you set in 2011?

Austin Doan - "Goals that I set for 2011 were becoming All-County and yes I did accomplish it by becoming 1st team All-County. Another goal was to get noticed by colleges to be able to play at the next level and I did accomplish this because I received an offer from Central Michigan and more colleges are interested."



The D - Zone - What will you take away from last season and attempt to apply it to the 2012 season?

Austin Doan - "The thing that I would try to apply to this season from last season would be block to the whistle every play and never give up on any play. The game is won at the line of scrimmage. Getting my team fired up to play and get them ready for every game."



The D - Zone - Have you thought about any goals that you would like to set for yourself for the 2012 season?

Austin Doan - "The goals that I would like to set in 2012 is to become All-State, All-Metro East, All-County, and All-Conference. Help lead my team to a MAC Red championship, District, Regional, and State Championship."



The D - Zone - How do you feel you can impact a game?

Austin Doan - "I feel that I can impact the game by blocking my guy to the whistle every play and never give up on a play no matter how tired I am from playing in the game. Making holes for my running back to run through to create a big play and make my quarterback comfortable at all times."



The D - Zone - What separates you from other's who play the same position as you?

Austin Doan - "The thing that separates me from other players at my position are that no matter how hard the play or challenge is. I will try my hardest every play and not give up and give my best effort all the time."



The D - Zone - Romeo was able to string together 7 straight wins together last season, why was the team clicking during that span?

Austin Doan - "Last season during the seven game win streak the team was able to do that because we got closer as a team and everyone was on the same page at practice. Everyone tried there hardest everyday and we studied film so that we knew what the other time would do in certain situations."



The D - Zone - Romeo is known for it's defense, in 2011 Romeo only allowed 149 points which is the least amount since 2008. Why was the defense able to allow so little points and what must be done to carry that hard-nosed defense into the 2012 season?

Austin Doan - "Romeo's defense has been so successful because everyone is committed to get better everyday and the coaches are really good and know what they are talking about when it comes down to our defense. To carry it into the season my teammates have to give the same amount of effort to get better."



The D - Zone - In recent years, Troy has become a minor rival to Romeo, as the trash talking was heavy was season and the games are nice and tight, what's feeling for this Troy game, amongst Bulldog players and fans?

Austin Doan - "Troy is a good football team and will be good competition for us. Everyone is ready for the first football game against Troy and we cannot wait to play them. The community is giving us a lot of support as always."




The D - Zone - Have you had a chance to attend any camps so far this Spring?

Austin Doan - "Yes I have attended the Midwest Elite Big Man Camp and was selected for the best of the best. Was selected Best of the Best at the Midwest Elite Exposure Camp and made first team offense from this camp. I also went to Toledo's camp, Central Michigan's camp, Michigan State's camp and all of them were great and had good exposure."



The D - Zone - Are there any camps that you are looking forward to this Spring and Summer?

Austin Doan - "I am registered to go to the Ball State camp on Friday 6/22. I looked forward to all the camps that I am going and have gone to."



The D - Zone - What is a big game on your schedule that you have circled and why?

Austin Doan - "A big game on our schedule is against Utica Eisenhower because it is our homecoming game, the last three times we have played them have been at their place and the last time they came to our place we beat them and I am excited to have them come back to our place."



The D - Zone - Who is the rival on your schedule? How important is it beating this team and what does beating this team mean to you, your teammates, and fans?

Austin Doan - "The biggest rivals on our schedule would be Utica Eisenhower. The reason it is important is because we have lost to them the last three times we have have played them. It would mean a lot because they are our biggest rivals and everyone would be glad to beat them and it would be the biggest victory during the regular season."



The D - Zone - If I had a college coach sent to you and he asked why he should have you on his team, what you tell him?

Austin Doan - "I would tell the coach that he should have me on his team because I will always give my best effect every play and everyday. I will always play to the whistle and never give up on a play. I am a good leader and will get my team ready for the game as best as I can. I will study film so I have a better understanding for the other team."



The D - Zone - How has the recruiting process been going so far for you?

Austin Doan - "The recruiting process is going very well. I have received an offer from Central Michigan, Ball State is interested and will offer if I do well at camp, Toledo is also showning interest, Michigan State is showing interest in me. I've received an offer from Ferris State, Siena Heights and Concordia, and a lot of D2 and D3 schools are showing interest in me."



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Monday, June 18, 2012

Tim Cason - 2014 DB

This week one of the emerging Juniors Tim Cason of Clarkston received his first scholarship offer from the University of Toledo.  The Clarkston Wolves defensive back / wide receiver was able to talk a little bit about the past season as well as some college interest.







Position (s)
: DB/WR

Height & Weight: 6'0, 185

First Game Started
: Payoff game (special teams)

#1 Most Memorable Game
: Troy Athens

Pre-game Traditions
: Go to my boy Caine's house, and study some plays / coverage's, gets something to eat and stretch.

Post-game Traditions
: Eat, watch my game, and sleep.

Athlete you try building your game around
: Nobody, but myself, I want to become an elite player so I can one day have younger players look up to me.




The D - Zone - What have you been doing this off-season to prepare yourself for the 2012 season?

Tim Cason - "I've been doing 7v7 with my team, I've also been working out on the weekends doing DB drills. I've also been a gym rat working out like crazy, I got to get stronger for my team next year."


The D - Zone - What were some goals and milestones that you set in 2011?

Tim Cason - "My main goal was to succeed in school, and maintain a pretty good GPA, it was hard but I pulled through, and I was able to manage. Another goal was to become a lock down corner, and I was able to become a great defensive back for my team."


The D - Zone - Have you thought about any goals that you would like to set for yourself for the 2012 season?

Tim Cason - "Work harder in school, and get at least 4 picks this year, and shut down every top receiver in my division."


The D - Zone - What separates you from other's who play the same position as you?

Tim Cason - "What separates me is that I go to all the big time camps, I work out individually, and I do drills, sprints, and technique stuff by myself."


The D - Zone - Have you had a chance to attend any camps so far this Spring?

Tim Cason - "Sound Mind Sound Body, Toledo, Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan, etc."


The D - Zone - Are there any camps that you are looking forward to this Spring and Summer?

Tim Cason - "Well I have another Toledo Camp I'm looking forward to, and also the Cincinnati Camp."


The D - Zone - What is a big game on your schedule that you have circled and why?

Tim Cason - "Rochester Adams, because this upcoming year it's our first game, and winning that game will give us motivation to dominate in the regular season."


The D - Zone - Who is the rival on your schedule? How important is it beating this team and what does beating this team mean to you, your teammates, and fans?

Tim Cason - "Always Lake Orion, they are our biggest rivals, every year it's a close game, and it's always one of the last games of the year. It means a lot because it always give us motivation for the playoffs and it's nothing better then slaying those Dragons!"


The D - Zone - If I had a college coach sent to you and he asked why he should have you on his team, what you tell him?

Tim Cason - "Because there is nothing else I love more then this sport, but God. I'm a hard worker, I'm a determined person, and what ever I see that's mine I go take it!"


The D - Zone - How does it feel to be offered right, before your Junior season?

Tim Cason - "Awesome, because now I have even greater motivation to go even harder then what I was planning on going, and it also feels good to have an option on where I want to go before my junior year."


The D - Zone - How has the recruiting process been going so far for you?

Tim Cason - "Great, I officially got my first offer the other day, it was from Toledo. Which is a great school for me. I would just like to personally thank them for the opportunity!"








Alabama Crimson Tide offers Jayru Campbell

Highly touted 2015 QB Jayru Campbell of Detroit Cass Tech is coming off of a season where he took over as the starting QB in the first game of the season and led him team to a state title as a freshmen. Entering his sophomore season, he already holds offers from Eastern Michigan and national powerhouse Notre Dame. But while attending a 7on7 event in Alabama Saturday with his Cass Tech teammates, defending national champion Alabama offered Campbell a scholarship. Word spread quickly and I was able to talk to Jayru Campbell about the camp and his third big offer.





Branden Hunter / The D - Zone - What's it like getting an offer from national powerhouse and defending national champion Alabama?

Jayru Campbell - "It feels unreal and I've been smiling for the last couple of days."



Branden Hunter / The D - Zone
 - Rumor has it Coach Nick Saban walked up to you and offered, is that true?

Jayru Campbell - "Well we went to his office after the camp was over and then we talked and then he offered."



Branden Hunter / The D - Zone
 - Coach Saban has had lots of success on the college level, what do you think separates him from other coaches?

Jayru Campbell - "It's just looks like he really loves the game more."



Branden Hunter / The D - Zone
 - How was the Alabama experience and how did you fair there?

Jayru Campbell - "I love the weather and the coaching staff.  Alabama just feels like I could one day possibly call it home."



Branden Hunter / The D - Zone
 - Another Michigan native Mark Ingram committed to Alabama in 2008, and won a Heisman trophy, a national championship and was a 1st round draft pick. Do you think that one day that could be you, and if so why?

Jayru Campbell - "I believe I could be like that one day if I keep working hard and my high school and college coaches show me the right path."





Branden Hunter / The D - Zone
 - Teammate Damon Webb was just recently offered by Michigan and Michigan State, do you think because of the Alabama offer an offer from them is next?

Jayru Campbell - "I don't know. I want to believe it, but can't say I do believe it."



Branden Hunter / The D - Zone
 - Any more camps or visits planned in the near future and if so where?

Jayru Campbell - "Michigan on the 20th and Notre Dame on the 22nd and I'm not sure about any visits."





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