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Friday, December 30, 2016

2017 Camp Pride shaping to be winter off-season, "Mega Camp"

Edit - January 5th.  Due to space / safety reasons, the camp was capped off with pre-registrations ending on Wednesday.  Shortly after walk-ups were allowed to claim space and must have redeemed their ticket, which is now full as well.  Walk-ups will need to print or show on their phone the ticket and pay the walk-up fee of $50 at 10:30 on Saturday.  The camp will take place at the Legacy Center and admission for spectators is $5.  This camp is a great opportunity for the states best prospects to be evaluated by scouts and other players looking to make a name for theirself, this is a very competitive camp that everyone will get something out of.  The reps will be fought for, just like at any elite college camp, if a player doesn't know how to handle adversity at a college camp, this camp will definitely give a player adversity to overcome, saving a lot of money in the process.

This event will at times be streamed lived by us, using the app "Periscope."  If you're a player chances are some coach will be watching it live or watching it in the future, so conduct yourself properly and be coachable!

This report is compiled by The D Zone Recruiting Editor, Evan Paputa and Jeff Corrion.
This article will update during the week as more players are confirmed and pre-register.

- Previous coverage from Camp Pride
- Link to pre-register, closes Jan 5th.

The last time the term, "Mega Camp" was thrown around was Ohio State's select camps that would bring in several other college football program and as a result lure more high school prospects.  Michigan has the Sound Mind Sound Body which for years has built a strong reputation for the talent and coaches it attracts.  While there are several great camps throughout the year that are very reputable and valuable, none have been able to provide as much quality competition and a platform for bigger and better media exposure than Camp Pride has in just 3 previous camps.

Players such as: Donnie Corley, LaVert Hill, Desmond Fitzpatrick, Sam Johnson III, Tyrone Sampson, KJ Hamler, Jason Whittaker, etc. have tuned up their skills at the camp.  Others such as; Deron Irving-Bey, Cedric Lattimore, Austin Brown, etc. have used the camp as a stepping stone to boost their recruiting processes.  Others such Antjuan Simmons and Khalid Kareem have also made appearances at the camp.

Camp Director - Ralph Arnett had a vision of making the camp very competitive and allow players to showcase their school and communities.  Arnett brought the camp to the Legacy Center in Brighton in 2016 after 2 years of it being at Northwood and Saginaw Valley State.  The Legacy Center is in a unique geographic position as Brighton is reasonable drive for anyone in the state, located off of US-23 and just 3 miles south of I-96.

Recent Northwestern commit, Rockford 2018 QB Jason Whittaker will return to the camp for a 2nd straight year.  Whittaker is a pure pocket passer who has good mechanics and good arm / accuracy after 2 years of being Rockford's varsity quarterback.

Only a handful of quarterbacks were selected to attend the camp, to allow for repetitions and a better experience for participants.  Other quarterbacks such as; Southfield 2019 QB Sam Johnson III enters the camp with 12 offers after being the first 8th grader offered from Michigan.  Other quality QB's such as Divine Child 2018 QB Theo Day who led Divine Child to one of their best seasons in school history.  Detroit Central 2018 QB El-Julian Jordan is someone we've followed for a few years now and beginning to see a huge improvement, that's impressive considering he's looked good from the start.  Detroit King 2019 QB Dequan Finn led King to the D2 state title as a Sophomore, he had a major growth spurt in a year, expect to hear his name more on the recruiting trail.  Maple City Glen Lake 2018 QB Cade Peterson led his squad to the Division 6 title game, Peterson is a very smart QB and will be having his first experience like Camp Pride.  Saint Mary's 2018 QB Caden Prieskorn will enter the camp as one of the hottest names anywhere as his D3 state championship run was just over a month ago.

Waterford Mott 2018 David McCullum will enter the camp with a Louisville offer, as he's one of the top dual-threat QB's anywhere.  A few other older dual-threat quarterbacks are; Oak Park 2019 QB Corey Graham, and Godwin Heights 2018 QB Susu Davenport.  Flushing 2018 QB Cal Endicott will make a case for the camps top pocket passer and will be alongside a few other pocket passers in; Romulus 2018 QB Dylan Zagula, Redford Thurston 2018 QB Zach CroffordCranbrook-Kingswood 2018 Trevor McConnellMillington 2018 QB Bryce Bearss, and Oxford 2018 QB Parker Fleming.

Davison 2018 RB Tariq Reid and Saint Mary's 2018 RB RaShawn Allen will headline the list of RB's.  Both backs eclipsed over 2,000 yards as Juniors and will look for even more momentum heading into their senior seasons.  Bay City Central 2018 RB/SS Dequez Weathers had a huge season for Central.  It will be our first time seeing one of Mid-Michigans top prospects.  Montague 2019 RB/DB Bryce Stark had a nice Sophomore season with over 1,000 rushing yards.  Detroit King 2019 DB/RB Marvin Grant contributed heavily as a RB this year for King, but projects on the defensive side of the ball long term.  Maple City Glen Lake 2018 RB/LB Nick Apsey is definitely one to watch as a relentless and physical presence.  Melvindale 2019 RB/DB Daruan McKinney had a big year running the ball, but figures to be a next level DB.

Muskegon Catholic Central 2020 WR/DB "ATH" Cameron Martinez will be the youngest player in attendance with a Division 1 offer.  Martinez invited the state to his welcome party in the D8 final as fans seen his versatility and what the future lies ahead,  It's not certain what position he'll play in college as he's only a Freshman, but time will answer that question.  Detroit King 2018 Slot/DB Jaeveyon Morton had a very strong playoff run that immediately resulted in 2 offers once his junior film was released, we look forward to seeing more from the playmaking talent.  Walled Lake Western will bring in a trio of top receivers in 3 who are very fluid and solid route runners in WLW 2018 WR Justin ThomasWLW 2020 WR Abdur-Rahman Yaseen, and WLW 2021 WR Justin Gabriel.  Gibraltar Carlson 2020 WR Ian Stewart got a taste of Varsity as a Freshman and is definitely one were watching going forward.  Maple City Glen Lake 2019 TE/DE Drew Peterson will come down with his brother, Cade, and has great size already for just a Sophomore.  L'Anse Creuse North 2018 DB/WR Myles McHaney received an early offer from Central Michigan and has excellent length and size, colleges will have a challenge in having him on offense or defense.  Oak Park 2018 Gary Gayle is a strong possession receiver who also plays good when we see him.  Wyandotte Roosevelt 2019 WR Kendrick Stanley is a fluid and shifty receiver who creates separation with ease.   West Bloomfield 2020 WR/DB Christian Fitzpatrick is a young, but wanted receiver as he holds 2 offers already.  The younger brother of Louisville WR Desmond Fitzpatrick. River Rouge 2018 TE Lee Payton  had a statement year, as Payton has to be considered one of the best TE prospects in the midwest.  Payton can lineup as a receiver and not skip a beat.   West Bloomfield 2018 WR "ATH" Taj Mustapha II is a good sized receiving prospect with good speed and hands.

East English Village Prep 2018 OL Tyrone Sampson enters the camp as the #4 prospect in the state.  Sampson is a big bodied and fleet footed lineman who is dominant every time we see him.  Rockford 2018 OL Cody Carone was an All-Michigan selection as a Junior who is a strong and aggressive blocker.  Stoney Creek 2018 OL Cole LaFave definitely projects to be an interior offensive lineman on the next level.    Grand Rapids Christian 2018 OL/DL Malachi Price is strong on both sides of the ball for a strong West Michigan program.  Troy 2018 OL Alex Samson is 6'4" 270 lbs and severely under the radar.

Shifting over to defense which always brings out top quality players:

River Rouge 2018 SS Reggie Pearson - Wisconsin commit with excellent playmaking abilities.

River Rouge 2019 DB Corry Thomas - Earned 3 offers in 3 days over his Freshman off-season, big strong DB who is going to continue to increase attention.

Divine Child 2018 DE Aidan Hutchinson - Big, strong, powerful DL with a supreme pedigree.  First offer was LSU and holds 10 total now.

Cass Tech 2018 DB Kalon Gervin- Gervin has been linked to Michigan and Michigan State. Also has offers from Florida, Penn State, and Tennessee.

Cass Tech 2019 DB Xavier Goldsmith- Speedy playmaker that has numerous offers ranging from Cincinnati to Colorado.

Cass Tech 2018 LB DeAndre Square - Extremely versatile athlete, who has size to transition around on defense.

Cass Tech 2018 LB Dyontae Johnson - Fluid athlete with a frame to fill, about to become a big name.

Cass Tech 2020 DB Andre Seldon - Young DB who already holds an offer from SEC school, Kentucky.

Saline 2019 DB MJ Griffin- Spent his first two seasons at Belleville. Has offers from Ball State, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Iowa State, and Toledo.

Oak Park 2018 CB Robert Daniel - Long, tall, and physical DB who is a playmaker.  Holds 5 offers.

Walled Lake Northern 2019 OL/DL Spencer Brown- One of the names in the 2019 class that nobody knows about. At 6-foot-5, 265-pounds, Brown has all the markings of a high-end Big Ten player.

King 2019 LB Tyrece Woods- Only has one offer, Eastern Michigan, but Woods’ name will explode this offseason. Definitely a Big Ten player with his 6-foot-2, 225-pound size.

King 2018 ATH Jaeveyon Morton- Morton also plays offense, but will work on both sides of the ball. He is explosive with the ball in his hands. Has offers from Akron, Syracuse, and Toledo.

Livonia Churchill 2018 LB Javante Van Buren- Is definitely a high-end MAC player bordering on Big Ten level if the right relationships are formed.

Saint Mary's 2018 LB "ATH" Kyren Cunningham - Unreal speed and ability to move for his size, you seen his touchdown catch, but that's not even brushing his potential.

Farmington Hills Harrison 2019 CB Roderick Heard - Physical and aggressive CB with great ball skills.

Farmington Hills Harrison 2018 OLB Jerrin Harvey - Long and athletic OLB/WR prospect. Could even be recruited as DE.

Eisenhower 2018 DE Henry Janeway- Like Brown, another future big time player that nobody has heard of. Once his weight catches up to his height, look for him to get offers by the day.

Southfield 2018 DE Andre Carter  - Freak Defensive End with a knack for getting to the ball, exceeded double-digit offers.

Fenton 2019 DE Hunter Crenshaw- Spent his first two years at Flint Powers Catholic. Has been recruited by Michigan State and possesses very high motor.

Robichaud 2018 NG/OG Darrell Williams - Explosive and strong motored interior defensive lineman.

Loyola 2018 DB Jimmie Chappell- Very active defensiveback with hands and doesn't mind getting physical.

Redford Thurston 2018 DB Keion Harris- A very active CB with good ball skills.  10 deflections as a Junior.

Romeo 2019 LB Brock Horne- Has nice size at 6-foot-2, 200-pounds. On the verge of a breakout junior season that would lead to MAC offers and possibly more.

Saginaw 2018 OLB/DE NeVen Simington - Very versatile and powerful player, who can perform well at any given position.

Detroit King 2018 DE Maurice King - Big, strong, physical DE who makes life miserable for opposing QB's.  Won't be under the radar for much longer.

Millington 2018 OLB Briar Bearss - Physical and hard-nosed OLB with a knack for getting to the ball.

Yale 2019 LB Travis Miracle - Young Thumb area LB with a busy 2016 off-season, one to keep track of.

Okemos 2018 TE/LB Patrick Nugent - Big kid with lots of physical attributes.

Detroit Catholic Central 2018 LB/RB Cam Ryan - Physical and downhill tackler, carries same mentality as a ball carrier / blocker in wing t offense.

Chippewa Valley 2019 LB Marcel Lewis - Lengthy and physical LB for being a Sophomore in a brutal MAC Red Varsity schedule.

Chippewa Valley 2018 LB Brian Schieweck - Fast and hard hitting LB, who should have plenty to build off of after the camp.

Cranbrook-Kingswood 2018 DE Chris Smith - Physical and fleet footed DE/OLB who is a tackling machine.

Fordson 2019 DL Mouhamad Mehdi - Fordson replaces entire front 7, Mehdi will be a major piece for the Tractors the next 2 years.


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