MIDWEST RECRUITING: News & notes popping up on the recruiting radar
• West Bloomfield junior middle linebacker Cornell Wheeler committed to Michigan last week. The 6-foot-1, 220 pound Wheeler is a high-value three-star recruit. He’s posting 12 tackles a game this fall. Last year as a sophomore, he helped lead West Bloomfield into the Division 1 state finals. West Bloomfield is 5-1.
• Ohio State came into the Mitten last week and offered Gibraltar Carlson junior wide receiver Ian Stewart and West Bloomfield sophomore running back Donovan Edwards. Over the weekend, Michigan State extended Edwards an offer.
• Warren De La Salle senior cornerback Josh DeBerry got his first power conference offer last week when Wake Forest (ACC) offered.
• Detroit King juniors Rashawn Williams (WR) and Deandre Buford (OL) both snared offers from West Virginia.
• Northwestern offered Muskegon junior quarterback Cam Martinez and Walled Lake Western junior wide receiver Abdur-Rahmaan Yaseen, while Pittsburgh offered Southfield A&T junior quarterback Anthony Romphf.
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• East Kentwood junior four-star offensive lineman Dallas Fincher (6-foot-5, 275 pounds) has trimmed his college choices down to three finalists: Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin. Fincher’s line mates, Mazi Smith and Logan Brown, both seniors, are already committed to Michigan and Wisconsin, respectively. Fellow EK junior Bryce Mostella is also a four-star line prospect and uncommitted.
• Canton senior point guard B. Artis White has committed to Western Michigan. The feisty 5-foot-11 White averaged 16 points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals per game as a junior. He is the son of Birmingham Groves head coach Benny White, who played in college at Michigan State during the 1970s.
• Ann Arbor Skyline senior shooting guard Ryan Wade committed to Holy Cross, the final piece of a future backcourt for the Crusaders rooted in the A-Squared. Earlier this fall, Ann Arbor Pioneer senior point guard Drew Lowder announced he intended to sign with Patriot League Holy Cross for his college ball. Wade’s older brother Brandon is playing in the Atlantic 10 Conference at Duquesne. Skyline went 23-1 last season, with Brandon collecting first-team All-State honors and Wade slaying in the shadows to the tune of 14 points per night. The younger Wade chose Holy Cross over U-D Mercy, Central Michigan, Toledo and Kent State.
• Detroit King senior point guard Del’Janae Williams committed to Indiana State, giving the Sycamores a pair of Metro Detroit lady cagers set to come into the fold in 2019. Birmingham Detroit Country Day senior forward Adrian Folks committed to ISU back in the summer. Williams logged 12 points, five assists and three steals a game last year on a King squad that appeared in the Class A quarterfinals.
• Royal Oak senior wing Samantha Potter (pictured above) committed to Northern Michigan. Potter averaged 13 points and seven rebounds per game as a junior.
• Waterford Kettering senior center Claire Barghahn committed to Michigan Tech. Barghahn is the top post player in the LVC. She sheeted 12 points and 11 boards per game in 2018.
• Grass Lake sophomore floor general Abrie Cabana committed to Grand Valley State. In her freshman campaign starting at point, she recorded 11 points, five assists and five rebounds per game.
• Sandusky wing senior Gabby Gough committed to NAIA Lawrence Tech. Gough averaged 11 points per game, seven rebounds in 2017-18, helping the Redskins to a Greater Thumb Conference East title, and a district title, before a double-OT loss to Flint Beecher in regionals.
• Williamston senior shooting guard Allison Sherrer committed to play at Division III Calvin College.