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FOOTBALL: Local players hook up college connections, Crowell takes Belleville job

Football   | Scott Burnstein

FOOTBALL: Local players hook up college connections, Crowell takes Belleville job

Some prep football news from the recruiting world and coaching ranks:

Detroit Cass Tech’s Mike Weber (running back) wasn’t the only area grid star to change college-commitments this past week West Bloomfield’s Obbie Jackson (cornerback) did, too. Jackson (5-foot-11, 165 pounds), previously committed to Eastern Michigan changed commitments to Western Michigan. He’s hot off helping lead West Bloomfield into the postseason for the third time in school history and to its first playoff win back in the fall.

Weber committed to Ohio State this week after his recent de-commitment from the University of Michigan.

Western Michigan also snared the commitment of 3-star offensive lineman Wes French (St. Joseph). Checking in at an imposing and agile 6-foot-6, 300-pounds, French chose the Broncos over a dozen other Division I scholarship offers, including ones from Illinois, New Mexico, Iowa State and San Diego State.

Saline safety Tyrone Miller, one of the top secondary prospects in the state, committed to Central Michigan this week. Miller (6-foot-1, 185 pounds) and Saline appeared in the Division 1 state finals at Ford Field last month. He picked CMU over bids from Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, Buffalo, Toledo, Indiana State and Bowling Green.

Farmington Hills Harrison’s dynamic dual-threat quarterback, Jevon Shaw, has landed at Ferris State, committing to the Bulldogs after the Hawks’ playoff run, where he rebounded from a knee injury in the district-opener to return for the team’s Division 2 state semifinal showdown with Muskegon Mona Shores (a 25-24 loss). Shaw might change positions at the college level and become either a defensive back, running back or wide receiver. Last year as a junior, he led Harrison to a district title.

The University of Tennessee came into Metro Detroit last week and dropped scholarship-offers at the doorsteps of Orchard Lake St. Mary’s sophomore Josh Ross (linebacker) and juniors Donnie Corley (wide receiver) of Detroit King and Matt Falcon (running back) out of Southfield.

Corley owns over a dozen high-major college offers and was named MVP of an Adidas-sponsored showcase camp earlier this month. Ross spearheaded the OLSM defense on the Eaglets' 2014 Divisio 3 state championship squad. Falcon battled an injury bug this season.

Saginaw Valley State has delivered Clarkston all-state senior quarterback D.J. Zezula his first scholarship offer. Zezula threw for 2,125 yards and 21 touchdowns and then rushed for another 950 yards and 15 scores in leading Clarkston to its’ second consecutive Division 1 state championship in 2014. In his three years starting under center for head coach Kurt Richardson and the Wolves, he compiled a 38-2 record. SVSU also extended Zezula an offer for baseball – a standout shortstop, he helped spark Clarkston into the final four last spring.

Jermain Crowell, Detroit Cass Tech’s defensive coordinator the past several years, has accepted the head coaching position at Belleville. Crowell was the architect of a defense that produced numerous college-scholarship players and all-state selections. Cass Tech won back-to-back Division 1 state titles in 2011 and 2012. The last two seasons, the Technicians fell in the final four. Belleville finished 3-6 this year.