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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

The D Zone 2016 All-Michigan Football Player Rankings: #21-30

The following rankings are determined by The D Zone and are organized by who we feel were the best players.  These are not recruiting rankings, but highly recruited players are typically highly ranked, but there's always exceptions to that rule.

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21.  Flint Southwestern 2017 DE/OT Deron Irving-Bey
-  Despite losing seasons, very few players in the state have the motor, motivation, and demeanor of Irving-Bey.  Grown adults could learn something from Deron Irving-Bey who overcame the odds for multiple offers.  Irving-Bey is committed to Michigan.

22.  Detroit Catholic Central 2019 QB Austin Brown
-  Brown threw for over 1,000 yards in Catholic Central's wing offense as a Sophomore. Despite Brown's season being cut a game short, his impact for CC was apparent.

23. Detroit Jesuit 2018 RB/LB Eljiah Collins
-  If you would have told us pre-season U of D's senior heavy class would be injury stricken, we along with anyone would have counted them out.  Fortunately for the Cubs Collins burst up to carry U of D while the injured players healed.

24. Fenton 2017 OL Reid Thompson
-  Thompson was back-to-back All-Michigan for us, as he continued his dominance over defenders.  91 pancakes and 0 sacks allowed are incredible statistics.

25. Pewamo-Westphalia 2017 RB/LB Jared Smith
-   An incredible season was capped off with an incredible finish as Smith was used mostly as a decoy for P-W as they won the first state title in school history over Loyola.  Smith holds 5 MHSAA records, including most yards in a season and touchdowns from 2015.  Smith finished with 8.179 rushing yards in his career which are 2nd most all-time and 123 rushing touchdowns.

26. Eisenhower 2018 DE/LB/WR Henry Janeway
-  There's no mistake Eisenhower's defense wasn't on the field much this year as Janeway constantly caused pressure on opposing QB and was even lining at OLB to cause offenses more problems.  Janeway came up big in the biggest games such as Cass Tech and Southfield, where Southfield was held to their lowest points in a game since week 3 vs. Groves.

27. Detroit King 2019 QB Dequan Finn
-  Finn was tasked with coming in as a Sophomore with no experience, a new head coach, and replacing a King legend in Armani Posey and of course his receiver, Donnie Corley.  Finn exceeded every reasonable pre-season expectation as he look like a season veteran vs. Southfield in week 1 and capped off the season with the games lone offensive touchdown in the Division 2 finals vs. Walled Lake Western.

28. Saint Mary's 2018 RB RaShawn Allen
-  Allen became OLSM's first 2,000+ yard rusher in a single season.  Allen put aside his gaudy numbered season for several clutch runs in the D3 title game over Muskegon.

29. Saline 2017 WR/TE Bryce Wolma
-  Wolma capped off an incredible season doing all he could to ensure Saline lived another week vs. Cass Tech, as Wolma showcased why he's one of the best Tight End's in the entire Midwest with speed and hands.  Wolma is committed to Arizona.

30. Saint Mary's 2018 QB Caden Prieskorn
-  Prieskorn as a QB at St. Mary's isn't asked to do much, besides hand off the ball 30-40 times a game.  The junior who spent his time previously at Lake Orion HS, showcased his arm with several great throws in the finals, and threaded the needle with seconds remaining to life St. Mary's to their 3rd straight D3 title.

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