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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Cody Comets 2017 Football Preview




City / County:  Detroit / Wayne
School Mascot Name:  Comets
2016 Record:  6-4
Conference/Division:  PSL
2017's Expected Division for Playoffs: Division 3
Record last 3 seasons:  13-15
Record last 5 seasons:  25-25
Record last 10 seasons: 47-49

Head Coach:  Calvin Norman
Head Coaching Experience:  10 years
Assistant Coaching Staff:
William Gray
Captains:
Paris Nobles OL 2018, Davion Hightower WR/DB 2018, Leviticus Fielder QB/RB/WR/SS 2018, Joseph Thomas WR/LB 2019, Joshua Wiley FS/WR 2020
Returning Starters on Offense: 9
Returning Starters on Defense: 9
Returning Key Players:
Gerard Sims OL 2018, Davion Hightower WR/DB 2018, James Smith RB 2018, Leviticus Fielder RB/SS 2018, Jason Williams DE 2018, Isaiah Clack WR/DB 2018, Paris Nobles OL/DL 2018, Joshua Wiley FS/WR 2020, Joseph Thomas WR/LB 2019
Upcoming Players:
William Gibson DE/WR 2019
Team Strength(s) for 2017:
Super Fast  (SPEED)
Biggest Shoes / Holes to Fill in 2017:
Zyaire Gardner, Marquise Burnett, Jaysaar Ball
2017 Season Outlook:
6-3, 7-4
Outlook on Conference/Division:
Cody has been to 8 PSL Semi, 2 Championship & 6 States Playoffs in the last 9 years. This year in our 10 season, I think will make the PSL Playoffs again but those wins or losses will determine our State Playoff bid.

- 2013 Cody preview



The D Zone's Michigan High School Football Pre-Season Player Rankings (#51-60)


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






60. Detroit King 2018 DE Maurice White - Toledo
- One of the several monsters on King's defensive front is the versatile, Maurice White.  At 6'5" 250 lbs White is able play either DE or DT.  White has the motor set in place to dominate.

College interest:  White earned 8 offers before he committed Toledo in the first week of June.





59. Belleville 2020 CB/WR Andre Seldon
- Seldon is a young and explosive CB who will shoot up the rankings in the near future.  Seldon comes in as a sophomore and will play alongside 3 other D1 commits in the Belleville secondary.  Seldon is a freak in coverage and should emerge as a nice playmaker during the Fall on both sides of the ball.

- College interest:  Seldon was offered by Kentucky early.  Things will pick up even more as a sophomore.





58. Waterford Mott 2018 QB David McCullum
- Waterford Mott returns a strong squad and their offense will revolve around a very skilled player in David McCullum.  McCullum is a strong dual-threat QB who spreads the ball well and can escape the pocket well.  Expect a 2,000+ passing and 1,000+ rushing season from McCullum.

College interest:  Louisville offered in the Fall of his junior season, but McCullum remains uncommitted and we'll see what happens from here.





58. Belleville 2019 LB/DE Jalen Hunt
- It's tougher to find a prospect more prepared physically than Hunt.  The Tigers will be on a hunt for great things this year and no player tracks and attacks the ball on the defense better than Hunt.  With 2 full years ahead, it's tough to project his next level position as he's already 6'2 235 lbs.

College interest:  Hunt's first offer was from SEC program Kentucky followed by a Big 12 and ACC offer.  Hunt is going be a household name after his junior season.





- The Trailblazers have an incredible piece at QB with El Julian Jordan returning.  The former King QB has been nothing short of impressive since making his mark last year.  Jordan has a top recruit in Jerrod Vines next to him as well as one of the most impressive athletes in the state in DJ Adkins.  Look for a record breaking year from Jordan.

College interest:  Jordan earned 3 MAC offers before shutting down his recruiting process in the Spring by committing to Western Michigan.  Jordan has never really been coached at the position so he is extremely raw.




55. Detroit King 2019 QB Dequan Finn
- As a sophomore QB, nothing can be more validating than leading your team to a Division 2 state championship.  That's what Finn did when he stepped into a vacant QB opening when former Offensive Player of the Year, Armani Posey graduated.  Finn at 6'1" 180 lbs is at a pretty good size for a dual-threat QB.

College interest:  Finn finally received his first offer from Sun Belt program, Arkansas State.  Don't even get us started on why that's his lone offer!





54. Oak Park 2018 DB Robert Daniel
- The longtime Oak Park DB will hopefully cap off his senior season with a bang. Daniels possesses good length and size.  Many are shocked to see his recruitment be so stagnant thus far so look for a more explosive Daniel' to start off his senior season.

College interest:  Daniel' announced a top 5 of; Ball State, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Miami Ohio, and Western Michigan in June.  Daniel is still in play for Power 5 offers, so stay tuned for his senior season.


53. Essexville-Garber 2018 WR/TE Ben VanSumeren
- The Dukes have a special talent in the 6'4" 215 lbs Ben VanSumeren. VanSumeren is perfect package at WR/TE where he has the speed to be a huge mismatch with whomever he is lined up across from.

College interest:  VanSumeren has 9 offers that range from all over the place.  A lot of schools are going to be fully tuned in on his senior season as he's still on many schools recruiting board.





52. Cass Tech 2019 WR/DB Kyron McKinnie-Harper
-  Cass Tech will have their next elite stud right here.  There are no if's, and's, or but's with McKinnie-Harper.  At receiver he is really shifty and tough for defenders to match his abilities and they have problems with how physical he is.  As a cornerback he translates those skills plus can utilize his ball skills.

College interest:  McKinnie-Harper has a handful of offers now but in a few months it should be tripled.





51. Belleville 2018 DB Pat Lupro - Bowling Green State
-  Lupro is a super quick, aggressive, and strong corner who doesn't back down from anyone.  Lupro has good closing speed as well, making him even more dangerous.

College interest:  Lupro is committed to Bowling Green State.  With a healthy senior season it will be interesting to see who enters the picture with the longtime Falcons commit. 



The D Zone's Michigan High School Football Pre-Season Player Rankings (#61-70)


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





- Gibson is a long and athletic WR/S prospect who can move well.  With this length and ball skills, there's plenty to like from the Minnesota commit who previously played at Redford Thurston.

College interest:  Gibson received 3 MAC offers before Big 10 program, Minnesota offered and Gibson committed to former Western Michigan head coach, P.J. Fleck.





- No D1 recruit in the country deserves more respect than Jackson.  Jackson waited until his senior year to start at QB instead of transferring.  Jackson's dedication paid off as the athletic playmaker received tons of interest.

College interest:   Jackson when he was younger drew 3 FCS offers before EMU and CMU offered.  He committed to Eastern Michigan and is preparing to lead Cass Tech back to the Division 1 championship.




- The Big Reds were full of holes to start 2016.  Lewis entered the picture as a sophomore and ran with the opportunity.  Lewis is a fast and athletic linebacker who has 2 bright years ahead of him.

College interest:  Lewis holds 2 early MAC offers. Expect a major surge in his recruitment.




67. Davison 2018 RB Tariq Reid
- The Davison product rushed for over 2,000 yards in 2016 with only 11 games played as he led a huge turnaround at the school.  Reid's junior film shows a player doing a little bit of everything and no one is catching Reid once he hits the open field.

College interest:  The 6' 200 lbs RB has a variety of offers on all levels.  Schools are anxiously waiting to see what the mid-Michigan product does as a senior.


- The 6'7" 290 lbs OT is the perfect size for coaches to recruit and Carey backs up his size with results.  Carey has started every high school game of his career and has looked impressive in the process.  Carey ran wing-t offense in 2016, so we're excited to see what kind of difference CC will have in their scheme with a 6'7" 290 lbs monster on the line.

College interest:  Carey holds 15 offers from MAC schools, ACC, Ivy League, etc. you name it.




- Dingle has impressed in everything we have seen from him since seeing him last summer.  The 6'2 190 lbs WR/S could be recruited at both positions and should see the field this year at both positions.  Dingle moves very well too and has an extremely reliable set of hands.  

College interest:  Dingle holds a few early offers.  Things are going to pick up big-time here.


- Mona Shores needed to rebuild in 2016 and that allowed for several future studs to get their hands dirty and grow in the process.  Roberson's brother Darece signed with Western Michigan a few years ago, so you can see where this explosive junior playmaker is getting his tips from.

College interest:  Roberson holds 6 early offers from MAC programs and should continue to draw more and more interest these next 2 years.




- SJ3 is one of the most recognizable names in the state as he was the first 8th grader offered a Division 1 scholarship.  Johnson started his first 2 years at Southfield A&T - helping the team reach the playoffs 2 years in a row as a freshman and sophomore on varsity.  Johnson will look to lead the #4 team in the state back to the Division 2 championship.

College interest:  Since drawing early offers prior to high school.  Johnson continued to earn 13 offers with Indiana being the most recent in the Spring.





- King was very young last season as they defended their Division 2 state title successfully.  One player who came through the system and is absolutely going to terrorize defenses the next 3 years is Rashawn Williams.  The sophomore receiver already has good chemistry with his QB Dequan Finn and is still raw but continuously makes plays.

College interest:  Williams' first offer was from Kentucky last year and at Ohio State's camp this summer he received his 6th offer.  Williams is just getting started.




-  March is a physically intimidating player that can move between Corner and Safety.  His physical tools are evident and will be a player who can take offensive snaps as well.

College interest:  With 6 MAC offers in hand, March enjoyed his visit to NIU so much that he would commit on the spot.




Super 11 in Michigan, August Week 3 - The most recent 11 important week 1 games

The opening week of the season is one where neutral sites are plenty as organizers of the events look to put the best games in a 1-3 day span.  Most times the games live up to their billing and sometimes things aren't quite how they're expected, but an effect is still created.

The Super 11 is a weekly feature done by The D Zone to highlight 11 key points throughout the week or in general related to Michigan High School Sports.


Source:  Jeff Corrion / The D Zone




1. Cass Tech vs. Brother Rice - 2012
- It was probably the most hyped up game we have covered until Cass Tech and King met in 2015.  Cass Tech was coming off of their first D1 title win in 2011 over Catholic Central and Brother Rice was coming of their D2 title win over Lowell.  It was the first time that the D1 vs. D2 champions met in the first week of the season and an epic performance was put on display at Wayne State.  Cass Tech led by Sophomore QB Jayru Campbell beat Brother Rice 25-18.  Twice during the game was play stopped as standing room only fans feared someone in the crowd had a gun and ran onto the field and track.  The threats unfortunately are what the game will be remembered by instead of the action.

2. Detroit King vs. De La Salle - 2015
- De La Salle entered the 2015 season with high expectations of repeating as the D2 champs with Allen Stritzinger returning for his junior season with a bulk of talent around him.  King had expectations with Donnie Corley being a senior, and incoming transfers; LaVert Hill and Armani Posey.  De La Salle dominated the 1st half of the game and appeared to wrap things up, but a holding call negated a long DLS rushing touchdown.  King struggled for the most part using numerous QB's that game and into a few weeks of the season before Posey took over for good.  King's starting QB that game was 2018 El-Julian Jordan who is now at Central and committed to Western Michigan.  The turning point in that game was a quick comeback catch by Ambry Thomas who eluded a defender and streaked downfield for a touchdown and King was off and running from there as they went 14-0 and won the D2 title.

3.  Clarkston at Dakota - 2015
- The Clarkston Wolves entered Dakota riding a 27 game winning streak which is the longest win streak a team ever had in Division 1.  The game wasn't that hyped up as Clarkston lost a majority of their team to graduation and their expected workhorse senior RB Nolan Eriksen was injured and didn't play.  Dakota won comfortably 35-10 ending a historical feat.  Dakota a year later in 2016 beat the defending D3 champions Saint Mary's which was the first year a team ever beat the defending champs in back-to-back years to start the season.

4.  Cass Tech vs. Farmington Hills Harrison - 2011
- To date no game was able to draw up so much pre-season conversation besides this game at Eastern Michigan's Prep Kickoff Classic.  Harrison came in as one of the top programs both all-time and at the time (2011).  Harrison beat Lowell in the D2 finals the year prior and Cass Tech entered after a Cinderella story of sorts the year prior in 2010.  Cass Tech started the year virtually an afterthought to everyone outside of the program and would finish the season 12-1, losing in the final seconds to Lake Orion when a toss was batted down and the fumble was recovered by Lake Orion.  Fast forward back to this game, it wasn't close as Harrison destroyed Cass Tech and injuring CT's QB at the time, Kevin Biscoe.  His replacement was Jayru Campbell as a Freshman which was basically unheard of at the time.  Campbell wow'ed the crowd with his feet and running abilities.

5. Brother Rice vs. Detroit King - 2011
- King needed a big boost after losing early in the playoffs and failing to make the playoffs since they won the D2 title in 2007.  Highlighted by future Michigan Wolverine, Dennis Norfleet - King and Brother Rice put on a show in the afternoon at Eastern Michigan's Prep Kickoff Classic.  The back and forth game was 21-21 with 2 minutes left and Brother Rice facing a 3rd and 22.  The Warriors QB Cheyne Lacanaria bombed a 78-yard touchdown pass to Travis Ferguson for the game-winning touchdown pass.  The game had seto something off in King as they reached the D2 semi-final where they lost by a point to Brother Rice that year.  A few years later King won back-to-back titles.

6. Detroit Catholic Central vs. Muskegon - 2015
- The two perennial powers concluded a home & away deal with Catholic Central getting the last laugh 15-12 after Muskegon won in 2014, 21-14.  DCC was led by sophomore QB Theo Day who was clutch in the win.  Freshman Austin Brown took over after the game and Day switched schools to Divine Child.  Brown carried CC as a freshman to the regionals in 2015 where they lost to the eventual champs and then again led CC to the state finals as a sophomore, but his season ended a game short due an injury in the semi-finals vs. Romeo.

7. West Bloomfield vs. Dearborn - 2014
- The Lakers entered this week 1 game as an average team at best while Dearborn was coming off their first losing season after a stretch of a few strong years.  Trishton Jackson entered the game as a little known junior QB who went haywire this game leading West Bloomfield to a convincing 35-13 win when it was expected by mostly everyone to be much closer & even Dearborn was projected by some to win.  West Bloomfield beat DHS 59-31 in their ensuing week 1 meeting and has gone 24-8 since that game, reaching the D1 playoffs each season since.

8.  Oak Park vs. Saint Mary's - 2013
- Oak Park in their 2nd year under the legendary Coach Greg Carter was looking to defeat powerhouse Saint Mary's who would go on to win 3 D3 state titles.  Oak Park churned out the big plays throughout the day and saw the definite emergence of future Tennessee Volunteer, John Kelly.  Oak Park has reached the D2 playoffs each year since, while Saint Mary's would fail to make the playoffs in 2013, but from 2016-2014 rebounded by winning the D3 titles.

9.  Brother Rice vs. St. Ignatious, Ohio - 2013
- The Warriors started off their season which would cap a run of three straight Division 2 titles by defeating a nationally ranked St. Ignatious, Ohio team in week 1.  The Warriors 9 point win was a statement and Brother Rice was near flawless their next 24 wins. Rice escaped close games with DLS & CC during the 2013 season before cruising in all 5 playoff games and into 2014 before they were knocked out of the regionals by De La Salle.

10.  Walled Lake Western vs. Lowell - 2015
- The 2 powerhouse Division 2 contenders have had their share of clashes in recent years.  In a 2011 semi-final game Walled Lake Western kicked a 47 yard field goal as time ran out in treacherous conditions to send the game into overtime where Lowell wound up winning.  The 2015 meeting was a thrilling back and forth game that WL Western won 42-40.  Lowell would win a rematch in the semi-finals that year and in 2016 Walled Lake Western beat Lowell in the semi-finals.

11.  Ithaca vs. Durand - 2010
- The game wasn't expected to be close and it wasn't but in terms of impact this was the first win of 69 in a row for the Yellowjackets.  The season was primed to be special as it set the tone for a school record 650 points scored, which was later broken, a 14-0 record, and first state title win.  Ithaca lost to SMCC in 2014 which ended their 69 game winning streak and prevented them from a 5th straight D6 title.


Monday, August 21, 2017

Michigan High School Football Pre-Season Rankings for the 2017 Season





2017 Michigan High School Football Rankings:

Pre-Season Top 25 Rankings
Composite Football Rankings
Division 1 Football Rankings
Division 2 Football Rankings
Division 3 Football Rankings
Division 4 Football Rankings
Division 5 Football Rankings
Division 6 Football Rankings
Division 7 Football Rankings
Division 8 Football Rankings
8-Man Football Rankings
D1-D3 Statewide Football Rankings
D4-D8 Statewide Football Rankings
D1-D3 Southeastern Football Rankings
D4-D8 Southeastern Football Rankings
D1-D3 West Michigan Football Rankings
D4-D8 West Michigan Football Rankings
D1-D3 Mid/North Michigan Football Rankings
D4-D8 Mid/North Michigan Football Rankings
Community Schools Football Rankings
Private Schools Football Rankings

Rankings by conference:

CAAC 2017 Football Rankings
Catholic League 2017 Football Rankings
Downriver League 2017 Football Rankings
Detroit PSL 2017 Football Rankings
Flint Metro League 2017 Football Rankings
KLAA 2017 Football Rankings
Lakes Valley 2017 Football Rankings
MAC 2017 Football Rankings
OAA 2017 Football Rankings
SEC 2017 Football Rankings
WWAC 2017 Football Rankings



- As you know, The D Zone focuses on high school athletes year round, not just in the days leading up to the football season. We have worked hard this offseason to promote the state of Michigan’s athletes and communities in a positive manner, below you'll find highlighted offseason content.

Much more content can be found on www.TheDZone.net as well as our Twitter, @TheD_Zone.  If you have any feedback our email is - [email protected] or Ask.fm.


Player filled out profiles
Coaches filled out previews
Updated list of football commits in the Class of 2018
Updated list of football commits in the Class of 2019
Every scholarship offer in the Class of 2018
Every scholarship offer in the Class of 2019
Every scholarship offer in the Class of 2020
Every scholarship offer in the Class of 2021
Every scholarship offer in the Class of 2022
List of teams with 100+ wins in the last 10 years
List of teams by years in a row they've reached the playoffs
General past, present, and future page of Michigan Football
List of Michigan players who play Division 1 FBS

The D Zone's Michigan High School Football Pre-Season Player Rankings (#71-80)


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






80. Romeo 2019 MLB Brock Horne
- Horne stepped into the shoes of a defending D1 champion position battle last year as a sophomore and stood out in the process.  The 6'2" 210 lbs MLB has a knack for getting to the ball and well above expected coverage skills for a MLB.  Horne should also see more of a role on the offensive side of the ball in 2017.

College interest:  A ton of schools love him and it's led to a classic case of one school is waiting for the other to offer first.





79. Detroit King 2018 RB Eric McArn - Central Michigan
-  McArn looks to bounce back from an injury riddled junior season at Southfield A&T.  The quick and physical RB is hoping to close out his career with a bang!

College interest: McArn held 4 MAC offers before he committed to the Chippewas.





78. Belleville 2018 DB Kmare Carey - Western Michigan
- At one point early in his high school career, Carey was only interested in basketball.  Things changed quickly for the long and lengthy DB who following a nice junior season received some pretty heavy interest from colleges.

College interest:  Once his junior season ended, Carey received 3 offers and committed to Western Michigan who was the latest school to offer him.





77. West Bloomfield 2018 OT Javon Foster - Central Michigan
- Foster is still fairly new to the sport and immediately grabbed a starting spot at LT as a junior in 2016.  Foster has great size at 6'6 295 lbs plus the athletic abilities to draw a lot of recruiting attention.  Foster also was at mostly all of the 7on7 events with his team over the summer, which is rare for lineman to come and have fun and build chemistry with their team.

College interest:  Foster received 4 MAC offers since Toledo offered back in January of 2017.  Central Michigan was the latest to offer Foster and he committed 6 days after they offered.




76. Saint Mary's 2018 RB RaShawn Allen - Lehigh
- RaShawn Allen was the first 2,000+ yard rusher in school history last season as he played an important role in the Eaglets repeating as the Division 3 champions for third year in a row. The 5'9" 210 lbs RB is able to blend his speed and power into constant success.

College interest:  Allen held nearly a dozen FCS offers and a handful of FBS offers.  He committed to Lehigh who was his most recent offer.





75. Eisenhower 2018 DE/TE/OLB Henry Janeway - Army
-  As Eisenhower wrapped up their semi-final loss and 12-1 season, one thing remained clear and that was Henry Janeway was the most unstoppable player on the field.  Janeway added the necessary weight to be recruited at a high level over the off-season and will be expected to have a big-time senior year as Eisenhower will remain a contender in Division 1.

College interest:  Janeway earned a handful of D1 FBS offers over the off-season, but following a visit to Navy and Army Janeway made his decision.  Janeway committed to Army.





74. Saline 2018 LB Cory Gildersleeve - Central Michigan
-  Gildersleeve broke out as a sophomore with a 100+ tackle season and has not looked back since.  The versatile Linebacker can be utilized in a lot of different ways and has blistering speed for a LB.  Gildersleeve is from a football family including his Dad who played at Central Michigan

College interest:  The Chippewas were the first to offer the legacy recruit and 2 other FBS and FCS schools each offered.  Gildersleeve committed to CMU at the end of camp season in June.





73. L'Anse Creuse North 2018 LB/S Myles McHaney
- L'Anse Creuse North has a versatile defender on display as McHaney has developed into a LB recruit.  Schools love that last year he played Safety so it's easy to evaluate his coverage skills if he is to fully transition into a LB.

College interest:  Myles McHaney's dad played at Central Michigan and the Chippewas were the first school to offer him.  McHaney also added a Youngstown State offer following their camp this summer.





72. Gibraltar Carlson 2020 WR Ian Stewart
- After entering the scene as a freshman, Ian Stewart earned his first offer over the Spring from Akron.  The 6'2 190 lbs WR pairs well with Wisconsin TE commit Jaylan Franklin.  Stewart should have 3 productive seasons ahead of him.

College interest:  Following his Akron offer, Stewart earned 3 more offers over the summer including one from ACC program, North Carolina State.  There's still so much activity to unfold in Stewart's recruiting process.





71. East English Village 2018 DL/OLB Desjuan Johnson - Western Michigan
- Earlier this off-season at Camp Pride we said he could develop into a DE or OLB.  Johnson apparently had his mind set on DL as he earned a top performer award at the time despite being undersized at the time. From Camp Pride to now Johnson added 10 lbs of muscle.  Johnson has an extremely quick jump and is strong at contact, leaving a slower OL in the dark 10 out of 10 times.

College interest:  Johnson is one of the kids we love to see at a camp, because seeing him go from 0 offers to 5 in this off-season is testament to his hard work and dedication.  Things picked up quickly for Johnson in April as he received his first few offers within a few days of one another.  Johnson is committed to Western Michigan.



List of complete #1-151 Player Rankings

The D Zone's Michigan High School Football Pre-Season Player Rankings (#81-90)


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





90. Brother Rice 2019 QB Mariano Valenti
- Valenti made history as a Freshman at Brother Rice when he became the first Freshman to score a touchdown on Varsity.  Valenti was slowed by a shoulder injury in 2016 and will look to bounce back and finish his next 2 years strong at Brother Rice.

College interest:  Valenti holds 2 MAC offers and has been active visiting colleges during his first 2 seasons.





89. Saint Mary's 2018 LB/ATH Ky'ren Cunningham
- Cunningham will be known for his game winning catch in the Division 3 finals last year.  Cunningham however is the perfect storm at LB as he has the right size plus moves in a way someone his size should not run.

College interest:  Cunningham holds 3 FBS offers and 2 FCS offers.  We figured it would be a huge off-season & spring evaluation period for Cunningham, we'll instead wait and see what unfolds his senior season.





88. Dowagiac 2018 ATH Caleb Murphy
- The Southwestern Michigan town doesn't attract many people coming into the city, but it should this Fall to see the first Division 1 recruit in the city since 2013.  Murphy is a tremendous multi-sport athlete and literally has played all of the positions besides on the OL.  At 6'4" 210 lbs Murphy is at a crossroads of which position to be recruited at.

College interest:  With a few D1-FBS and D2 offers, Murphy is in the spot he wants to be in as sometimes in his area, someone like him could go completely unnoticed.





- Braeden is the brother of CMU WR Brandon Childress.  The Big Rapids product can play QB, TE, WR, DE. or LB and probably a few more positions at a high level.

College interest:  Childress is nearing a final decision between; Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, and Toledo.




- Explosive, long, rangy, fast, etc. are all right words to describe the transfer from Livonia Churchill.  VanBuren can line up in a variety of positions and uses his intangibles to constantly make plays. 

College interest:  VanBuren holds 3 MAC offers and an NAIA offer which was his first offer.  VanBuren is hoping a big senior season will provide more options.




- Extremely overlooked receiver who is without question in line for an all-state selection senior season.  Throughout the off-season very few, if any DB's were able to stop the fluid routes and ball skills of Thomas.  Anything within reasonable range was hauled in.

College interest:  With an FCS and NAIA offer plus 2 Division 1 - FBS walk-on offers, some colleges know they are taking the cheap route with him.  More times than not, a dominant player with the necessary tools will find the one school that wants him and make the others regret it.


- Bloomfield Hills made their first playoff appearance last year and it has carried over to a successful off-season in terms of recruiting.  Sape is your prototype TE who can catch and block at a high level.

College interest:  With 5 FBS and 5 FCS offers in hand, Sape made his decision to commit to Ball State.





83. Detroit Central 2018 WR Jerrod Vines
- The former South Lake product will light up scoreboards this Fall with his good friend El Julian Jordan.  Vines is an athletic freak receiver who can be a lethal downfield threat and make tough catches.  Vines had an incredible 3,000 all-purpose yards as a sophomore and 50 touchdowns in his sophomore and junior seasons.

College interest:  The 6' receiver held an early offer from Toledo.  Since then he has received D2 and NAIA offers.




82. Madison 2019 QB Austin Brown
- After a storied 2 years at Detroit Catholic Central, Austin Brown came home to play at Madison High School.  Brown is an extremely dangerous dual-threat QB who can not only run and throw well, but he has a cannon arm.

College interest:  Brown was one of three 8th graders at the time to be offered by Akron.  He has picked up two other MAC offers since and has heard from a lot of other schools.  Colleges will be evaluating him even tougher now that he went to a smaller enrolled high school.


81. East Lansing 2018 S Blake Underwood - Miami, Ohio (no photo)
- Underwood is a long, tall, and lengthy Safety prospect who is a ball-hawk and also is not afraid to lay a huge hit on an opponent.  Underwood has an older brother who played at Western Michigan.

College interest:  Miami, Ohio was one of the seven MAC offers that Underwood had when he committed.





List of complete #1-151 Player Rankings

2017 Division 8 Michigan Pre-Season Football Rankings

  1. Muskegon Catholic Central
  2. Frankfort
  3. Ottawa Lake Whiteford
  4. Climax-Scotts
  5. Sand Creek
  6. Mendon
  7. Ubly
  8. Lake Linden-Hubbell
  9. Saginaw Nouvel
  10. Hudson
  11. Saint Ignace LaSalle
  12. Breckenridge


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2017 Division 7 Michigan Pre-Season Football Rankings

  1. Madison
  2. Pewamo-Westphalia
  3. Loyola
  4. New Lothrop
  5. Saugatuck
  6. Cassopolis
  7. Clinton
  8. Laker
  9. Ravenna
  10. Marlette
  11. LeRoy Pine River
  12. Dansville

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2017 Division 6 Michigan Pre-Season Football Rankings

  1. Ithaca
  2. Lumen Christi
  3. Glen Lake
  4. Millington
  5. Detroit Central
  6. Saint Francis
  7. Montague
  8. Schoolcraft
  9. Michigan Collegiate
  10. Brooklyn Columbia Central
  11. Watervliet
  12. Negaunee


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2017 Division 5 Michigan Pre-Season Football Rankings

  1. West Catholic
  2. Portland
  3. Menominee
  4. Lansing Catholic
  5. Unity Christian
  6. Freeland
  7. Marine City
  8. Richmond
  9. Dundee
  10. Swan Valley
  11. Almont
  12. Reed City

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2017 Division 4 Michigan Pre-Season Football Rankings

  1. River Rouge
  2. Grand Rapids Catholic Central
  3. Country Day
  4. Divine Child
  5. Benton Harbor
  6. Edwardsburg
  7. Chelsea
  8. Lansing Sexton
  9. Milan
  10. Cranbrook-Kingswood
  11. Paw Paw
  12. Three Rivers

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2017 Division 3 Michigan Pre-Season Football Rankings

  1. Muskegon
  2. Saint Mary's
  3. Farmington Hills Harrison
  4. East Grand Rapids
  5. Zeeland West
  6. Fitzgerald
  7. Fenton
  8. DeWitt
  9. Linden
  10. Coldwater
  11. Romulus
  12. Harper Creek





2017 Division 2 Michigan Pre-Season Football Rankings

  1. Detroit King
  2. Walled Lake Western
  3. Lowell
  4. Oak Park
  5. East English Village Prep
  6. De La Salle
  7. Mona Shores
  8. Livonia Franklin
  9. Groves
  10. Brother Rice
  11. Battle Creek Lakeview
  12. Traverse City Central







2017 Division 1 Michigan Pre-Season Football Rankings

  1. Cass Tech
  2. West Bloomfield
  3. Saline
  4. Detroit Catholic Central
  5. Belleville
  6. Eisenhower
  7. Romeo
  8. Chippewa Valley
  9. Davison
  10. Rockford
  11. Clarkston
  12. Canton
  13. Waterford Mott
  14. Fordson
  15. Grandville
  16. Grand Blanc

2017 D1-D3 Preseason Statewide of Michigan Football Rankings

The 50/50 Football Rankings are our top 50 teams from the whole state of Michigan.  There are two groups of rankings. One group is all of the Division 1 - 3 teams in the state of Michigan and the second group is a combination of all of the D4 - 8 teams in Michigan.



  1. Cass Tech
  2. King
  3. West Bloomfield
  4. Walled Lake Western
  5. Saline
  6. Detroit Catholic Central
  7. Muskegon
  8. Lowell
  9. Belleville
  10. Eisenhower
  11. Saint Mary's
  12. Oak Park
  13. Romeo
  14. Chippewa Valley
  15. Davison
  16. Rockford
  17. Clarkston
  18. Canton
  19. Waterford Mott
  20. Fordson
  21. Grandville
  22. East English Village Prep
  23. Grand Blanc
  24. Warren Mott
  25. Southfield A&T
  26. Lake Orion
  27. Farmington Hills Harrison
  28. Grand Ledge
  29. Dakota
  30. Lapeer
  31. Fenton
  32. Rochester Adams
  33. Brighton
  34. East Kentwood
  35. Bloomfield Hills
  36. Linden
  37. East Grand Rapids
  38. De La Salle
  39. L'Anse Creuse North
  40. Livonia Franklin
  41. Groves
  42. Brother Rice
  43. Battle Creek Lakeview
  44. Traverse City Central
  45. Hudsonville
  46. Dearborn
  47. Mona Shores
  48. Zeeland West
  49. DeWitt
  50. Flint Carman-Ainsworth








2017 D4-D8 Preseason Statewide of Michigan Football Rankings

The 50/50 Football Rankings are our top 50 teams from the whole state of Michigan.  There are two groups of rankings. One group is all of the Division 1 - 3 teams in the state of Michigan and the second group is a combination of all of the D4 - 8 teams in Michigan.



  1. River Rouge
  2. West Catholic
  3. Grand Rapids Catholic Central
  4. Madison
  5. Ithaca
  6. Lumen Christi
  7. Maple City Glen Lake
  8. Muskegon Catholic Central
  9. Millington
  10. Detroit Central
  11. Country Day
  12. Divine Child
  13. Benton Harbor
  14. Edwardsburg
  15. Frankfort
  16. Pewamo-Westphalia
  17. Loyola
  18. Chelsea
  19. Portland
  20. Lansing Sexton
  21. Ottawa Lake Whiteford
  22. Saint Francis
  23. Montague
  24. Menominee
  25. Lansing Catholic
  26. Schoolcraft
  27. Michigan Collegiate
  28. Brooklyn Columbia Central
  29. Unity Christian
  30. Freeland
  31. Marine City
  32. Watervliet
  33. New Lothrop
  34. Saugatuck
  35. Richmond
  36. Climax-Scotts
  37. Negaunee 
  38. Milan
  39. Sand Creek
  40. Montrose
  41. Dundee
  42. Cranbook-Kingswood
  43. Mendon
  44. Swan Valley
  45. Cassopolis
  46. Calumet
  47. Napoleon
  48. Michigan Center
  49. Clinton
  50. Almont


2017 8-Man Preseason Statewide of Michigan Football Rankings



  1. Crystal Falls Forest Park
  2. Onekama
  3. Deckerville
  4. Baldwin
  5. Powers North Central
  6. Pickford
  7. Lawrence
  8. Bellaire
  9. Webberville
  10. Felch North Dickinson
  11. Peck
  12. Portland St. Patrick
  13. Owendale Gagetown
  14. Rapid River
  15. Dryden







2017 Pre-Season Michigan Public High Schools Football Rankings

The 20/20 Public and Private Michigan High School Football Rankings are our top 20 teams from the whole state of Michigan.  There are two groups of rankings. One group is all of the public schools and one is all of the private institutions.  Despite Michigan combining private and community schools in their leagues, we have decided to provide an alternate ranking to compliment our regular statewide rankings and allow for new dialogue and thoughts to be voiced.

  1. Cass Tech
  2. King
  3. West Bloomfield
  4. Walled Lake Western
  5. Saline
  6. Muskegon
  7. Lowell
  8. Belleville
  9. Eisenhower
  10. Oak Park
  11. Romeo
  12. Chippewa Valley
  13. Davison
  14. Rockford
  15. Clarkston
  16. Canton
  17. Waterford Mott
  18. River Rouge
  19. Fordson
  20. Grandville


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2017 Pre-Season Michigan Private High Schools Football Rankings

The 20/20 Public and Private Michigan High School Football Rankings are our top 20 teams from the whole state of Michigan.  There are two groups of rankings. One group is all of the public schools and one is all of the private institutions.  Despite Michigan combining private and community schools in their leagues, we have decided to provide an alternate ranking to compliment our regular statewide rankings and allow for new dialogue and thoughts to be voiced.

  1. Detroit Catholic Central
  2. Saint Mary's
  3. West Catholic
  4. Grand Rapids Catholic Central
  5. De La Salle
  6. Brother Rice
  7. Lumen Christi
  8. Muskegon Catholic Central
  9. Country Day
  10. Divine Child
  11. University of Detroit Jesuit
  12. Loyola
  13. Saint Francis
  14. Lansing Catholic
  15. Unity Christian
  16. Cranbook-Kingswood
  17. Grand Rapids Christian
  18. South Christian
  19. Nouvel
  20. NorthPointe Christian



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2017 D4-D8 Pre-Season Mid/North Michigan High School Football Rankings (Division 4-8)

The D4-D8 Pre-Season Mid and North Michigan High School Football Rankings are our top 20 teams from Mid/North Michigan.  There are two groups of rankings. One group is all of the Division 1 - 3 teams in the Mid/North Michigan and the second group is a combination of all of the D4 - 8 teams in Mid/North Michigan.

  1. Ithaca
  2. Lumen Christi
  3. Maple City Glen Lake
  4. Millington
  5. Frankfort
  6. Pewamo-Westphalia
  7. Portland
  8. Lansing Sexton
  9. Saint Francis
  10. Menominee
  11. Lansing Catholic
  12. Freeland
  13. New Lothrop
  14. Negaunee 
  15. Montrose
  16. Swan Valley
  17. Calumet
  18. Essexville Garber
  19. Escanaba
  20. Frankenmuth








2017 D4-D8 Pre-Season West Michigan High School Football Rankings (Division 4-8)

The D4-D8 Pre-Season West Michigan High School Football Rankings are our top 20 teams from West Michigan.  There are two groups of rankings. One group is all of the Division 1 - 3 teams in the West Michigan and the second group is a combination of all of the D4 - 8 teams in West Michigan.

  1. West Catholic
  2. Grand Rapids Catholic Central
  3. Muskegon Catholic Central
  4. Benton Harbor
  5. Edwardsburg
  6. Montague
  7. Schoolcraft
  8. Unity Christian
  9. Watervliet
  10. Saugatuck
  11. Climax-Scotts
  12. Mendon
  13. Cassopolis
  14. Paw Paw
  15. Dowagiac
  16. Three Rivers
  17. North Muskegon
  18. Kent City
  19. Oakridge
  20. Ravenna







2017 D4-D8 Pre-Season Southeastern Michigan High School Football Rankings (Division 4-8)

The D4-D8 Pre-Season Southeastern Michigan High School Football Rankings are our top 30 teams from Southeastern Michigan.  There are two groups of rankings. One group is all of the Division 1 - 3 teams in the Southeastern Michigan and the second group is a combination of all of the D4 - 8 teams in Southeastern Michigan.

  1. River Rouge
  2. Madison
  3. Detroit Central
  4. Country Day
  5. Divine Child
  6. Loyola
  7. Chelsea
  8. Ottawa Lake Whiteford
  9. Michigan Collegiate
  10. Brooklyn Columbia Central
  11. Marine City
  12. Richmond
  13. Milan
  14. Sand Creek
  15. Dundee
  16. Cranbook-Kingswood
  17. Napoleon
  18. Michigan Center
  19. Clinton
  20. Almont
  21. Ida
  22. Algonac
  23. Chandler Park
  24. Croswell Lexington
  25. Grass Lake
  26. Monroe Saint Mary Catholic Central
  27. Manchester
  28. Mumford
  29. Hudson
  30. Ecorse







2017 D1-D3 Pre-Season Mid/North Michigan High School Football Rankings (Division 1-3)

The D1-D3 Pre-Season Mid and North Michigan High School Football Rankings are our top 20 teams from Mid/North Michigan.  There are two groups of rankings. One group is all of the Division 1 - 3 teams in the Mid/North Michigan and the second group is a combination of all of the D4 - 8 teams in Mid/North Michigan.


  1. Davison
  2. Grand Ledge
  3. Lapeer
  4. Traverse City Central
  5. DeWitt
  6. Flint Carman-Ainsworth
  7. Coldwater
  8. Bay City Central
  9. East Lansing
  10. Petoskey
  11. Marquette
  12. Midland Dow
  13. Traverse City West
  14. Harper Creek
  15. Mount Pleasant
  16. Midland
  17. Cadillac
  18. Lansing Everett
  19. Jackson
  20. Marshall






2017 D1-D3 Pre-Season West Michigan High School Football Rankings (Division 1-3)

The D1-D3 Pre-Season West Michigan High School Football Rankings are our top 20 teams from West Michigan.  There are two groups of rankings. One group is all of the Division 1 - 3 teams in the West Michigan and the second group is a combination of all of the D4 - 8 teams in West Michigan.


  1. Muskegon
  2. Lowell
  3. Rockford
  4. Grandville
  5. East Kentwood
  6. East Grand Rapids
  7. Battle Creek Lakeview
  8. Hudsonville
  9. Mona Shores
  10. Zeeland West
  11. Stevensville Lakeshore
  12. Kalamazoo Central
  13. Forest Hills Central
  14. Portage Central
  15. Grand Rapids Christian
  16. Caledonia
  17. Greenville
  18. Allendale
  19. Forest Hills Northern
  20. Kenowa Hills






2017 D1-D3 Pre-Season Southeastern Michigan High School Football Rankings (Division 1-3)

The D1-D3 Pre-Season Southeastern Michigan Football Rankings are our top 30 teams from Southeastern Michigan.  There are two groups of rankings. One group is all of the Division 1 - 3 teams in the Southeastern Michigan and the second group is a combination of all of the D4 - 8 teams in Southeastern Michigan.

  1. Cass Tech
  2. King
  3. West Bloomfield
  4. Walled Lake Western
  5. Saline
  6. Detroit Catholic Central
  7. Belleville
  8. Eisenhower
  9. Saint Mary's
  10. Oak Park
  11. Romeo
  12. Chippewa Valley
  13. Clarkston
  14. Canton
  15. Waterford Mott
  16. Fordson
  17. East English Village Prep
  18. Grand Blanc
  19. Warren Mott
  20. Southfield A&T
  21. Lake Orion
  22. Farmington Hills Harrison
  23. Dakota
  24. Fenton
  25. Rochester Adams
  26. Brighton
  27. Bloomfield Hills
  28. Linden
  29. De La Salle
  30. L'Anse Creuse North






The 2017 Western Wayne Athletic Conference Pre-Season Football Rankings



  1. Belleville
  2. Fordson
  3. Dearborn
  4. Romulus
  5. Garden City
  6. Edsel Ford
  7. Redford Union
  8. Redford Thurston
  9. Crestwood
  10. Robichaud
  11. Clarenceville
  12. Annapolis








The 2017 Southeastern Conference Pre-Season Football Rankings



  1. Saline
  2. Bedford
  3. Chelsea
  4. Ann Arbor Skyline
  5. Ypsilanti Lincoln
  6. Ypsilanti
  7. Pinckney
  8. Ann Arbor Pioneer
  9. Monroe
  10. Adrian
  11. Tecumseh
  12. Dexter
  13. Ann Arbor Huron








The 2017 OAA Pre-Season Football Rankings



  1. West Bloomfield
  2. Oak Park
  3. Clarkston
  4. Southfield A&T
  5. Lake Orion
  6. Farmington Hills Harrison
  7. Rochester Adams
  8. Bloomfield Hills
  9. Groves
  10. Oxford
  11. Rochester
  12. Stoney Creek
  13. Royal Oak
  14. Seaholm
  15. Ferndale
  16. Farmington
  17. Avondale
  18. Berkley
  19. Troy Athens
  20. North Farmington
  21. Troy
  22. Hazel Park
  23. Pontiac







The 2017 Macomb Area Conference Pre-Season Football Rankings

Tier 1 (Red, White, Blue)

  1. Eisenhower
  2. Romeo
  3. Chippewa Valley
  4. Warren Mott
  5. Dakota
  6. L'Anse Creuse North
  7. Grosse Pointe South
  8. Sterling Heights Stevenson
  9. Fraser
  10. Utica
  11. Port Huron
  12. Grosse Pointe North
  13. Henry Ford II
  14. Roseville
  15. Anchor Bay
  16. Cousino
  17. Sterling Heights
  18. L'Anse Creuse



Tier 2 (Gold, Silver, Bronze)

  1. Madison
  2. Marine City
  3. Fitzgerald
  4. Saint Clair
  5. South Lake
  6. Clintondale
  7. Marysville
  8. Warren Woods Tower
  9. Lakeview
  10. Lake Shore
  11. Port Huron Northern
  12. Clawson
  13. Lamphere
  14. Eastpointe
  15. Warren Lincoln
  16. Center Line
  17. New Haven







The 2017 Lakes Valley Pre-Season Football Rankings



  1. Walled Lake Western
  2. Waterford Mott
  3. Walled Lake Central
  4. South Lyon
  5. Lakeland
  6. Walled Lake Northern
  7. Waterford Kettering
  8. Milford
  9. South Lyon East








The 2017 KLAA Pre-Season Football Rankings


  1. Canton
  2. Grand Blanc
  3. Livonia Franklin
  4. Brighton
  5. Novi
  6. Howell
  7. Livonia Stevenson
  8. Northville
  9. Plymouth
  10. Hartland
  11. Livonia Churchill
  12. Salem
  13. Westland John Glenn
  14. Wayne Memorial






The 2017 Flint Metro League Pre-Season Football Rankings



  1. Fenton
  2. Linden
  3. Ortonville Brandon
  4. Flushing
  5. Holly
  6. Swartz Creek
  7. Clio
  8. Owosso
  9. Kearsley








The 2017 Detroit PSL Pre-Season Football Rankings


  1. Cass Tech
  2. King
  3. East English Village Prep
  4. Detroit Central
  5. Mumford
  6. Denby
  7. Renaissance
  8. Cody
  9. Western International
  10. Delta
  11. Osborn
  12. Pershing
  13. Southeastern
  14. Henry Ford
  15. Northwestern
  16. Frederick Douglass
  17. Communications Media and Arts









The 2017 Downriver League Pre-Season Football Rankings



  1. Wyandotte Roosevelt
  2. Allen Park
  3. Trenton
  4. Gibraltar Carlson
  5. Woodhaven
  6. Lincoln Park
  7. Melvindale
  8. Truman
  9. Southgate Anderson
  10. Kennedy









The 2017 Catholic League Pre-Season Football Rankings


  1. Catholic Central
  2. Saint Mary's
  3. De La Salle
  4. Brother Rice
  5. Divine Child
  6. University of Detroit Jesuit
  7. Loyola
  8. Cranbrook-Kingswood
  9. Our Lady of the Lakes
  10. Everest Collegiate
  11. Riverview Gabriel Richard
  12. Ann Arbor Father Gabriel Richard
  13. Shrine
  14. Bishop Foley
  15. Lutheran High North
  16. Cabrini
  17. University Liggett
  18. Cardinal Mooney


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