Recruiting & Scouting

RECRUITING: Football, basketball recruiting news and notes

Football   | Scott Burnstein

RECRUITING: Football, basketball recruiting news and notes


Oak Park senior running back Johnny Kelly (5-foot-10, 195 pounds), the No. 1 uncommitted senior in the state, finally got a Michigan offer (as a defensive back). Michigan State and Minnesota have been in hot pursuit of Kelly’s services since the spring. Kelly has told the media that he doesn’t intend on announcing his decision until after the season.

Detroit King junior wide receiver Donnie Corley (6-foot-3, 175 pounds) continued his rapid ascent and snagged offers from Notre Dame, LSU and Mississippi State this week. Corley, who played at Wyandotte Roosevelt last year, owns close to two dozen major-college scholarship bids.

Farmington Hills Harrison junior defensive end Khalid Kareem is one of the fastest-rising recruits in the Class of 2016. Versatile and quick, Kareem (6-foot-5, 250 pounds) recently picked up offers from Northwestern and Bowling Green. He has 62 tackles an 13 sacks and according to scouting experts, is starting to receive interest from Michigan State.

Detroit Cass Tech junior offensive lineman Mike Onwenu (6-foot-3, 315 pounds), arguably the top o-line prospect in the Class of 2016, visited Michigan State last weekend. While Michigan has offered him, Michigan State still has not. National scouting websites point to Ohio State and Miami (FL) as the frontrunners right now in the race for his commitment.

Highly-touted Cass Tech junior linebacker-running back and USC-commit, Daelin Hayes (ineligible until next year due to mid-season transfer) has acquired a deluge of additional scholarship offers to consider since returning from California last month. Arizona, Arizona State, LSU, Boston College, Oklahoma and Mississippi State have all come calling in recent weeks. Hayes (6-foot-3, 230 pounds) played at Orchard Lake St. Mary’s last year before moving with his mother to Los Angeles in the summer. He came back in September because of a parental custody issue and enrolled at Cass Tech, where he will play his senior campaign in 2015.

Mount Pleasant junior wide receiver Kalebb Perry (6-foot-2, 180 pounds) is beginning to see Big Ten interest. Coaches from Michigan and Michigan State have both traveled to Oiler Country this month to watch one of his games. Perry currently holds offers from Central Michigan and Western Michigan of the Mid-American Conference.

On the underclassmen front, sophomore defensive ends Corey Malone-Hatcher (St. Joseph) and Jonathon Berghorst (Zeeland East) both took recent visits to Michigan. Malone-Hatcher (6-foot-4, 250 pounds) picked up an offer from Penn State this past week and visited Ohio State last weekend.

Orchard Lake St. Mary’s sophomore wide receiver K.J. Hamler (5-foot-9, 150 pounds) got an Ohio University offer this week. He got a Michigan State offer over the summer.


Saginaw Arthur Hill sophomore wing Brian Bowen (6-foot-6 1/2), the state’s premiere recruit on the perimeter in the Class of 2017, was offered by Rick Pitino and Louisville over the weekend.

Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central sophomore power forward Xavier Tillman (6-foot-8), the state’s premiere recruit in the post for the Class of 2017, was named MVP of the elite Pangos Midwest Freshman-Sophomore Prospect Camp last week. He visited Duke this past weekend.

Otsego senior center Seth Dugan (6-foot-11), arguably the top big guy in the Class of 2015, will be visiting Purdue this weekend. Onstead junior center Austin Davis (6-foot-9), arguably the top big fella in the state’s Class of 2016, took a visit to Wisconsin last weekend.