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MIDWEST RECRUITING: The end game — Class of 2020 Boasts Tantalizing DE Crop

By: Scott Burnstein, September 6, 2018, 5:00 pm

The state’s junior class on the football field has four incredibly intriguing defensive end prospects to keep tabs on these next two years: East Kentwood’s Bryce Mostella, Port Huron Northern’s Braiden McGregor, Muskegon’s Billie Roberts and Mount Pleasant’s Tyler Huenemann.

Mostella (6-foot-6, 245 pounds) has all the right moves off the edge. His extreme explosiveness on the snap makes him a rare breed. Already considered a blue chipper, this four-star pass rush prodigy is being recruited heavily by Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State. Over last weekend, he was on the sidelines at the Michigan-Notre Dame game.

McGregor is menace rushing the quarterback, displaying speed, strength, instinct, bone-crushing tackling skills and an endless motor. In a Week 2 loss to Romeo, McGregor registered eight tackles, a sack and a pick-6. The 6-foot-5, 245-pounder has college offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska and Louisville, among others. He visited Notre Dame last weekend.

Roberts reminds me of Flint Carman-Ainsworth’s blue chipper Mike Fletcher (Michigan State) at this time last year, just overflowing with mouthwatering potential. Like Fletcher, the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Roberts is a star basketball player for his school’s hoops squad, too (aka a BEAST on the blocks). Right now, he’s a three-star prospect on the gridiron for the defending D3 state champ Big Reds, but I predict four-star status by next fall (YEAH, I SAID IT!!). Roberts currently holds offers from Tennessee, Kentucky, Boston College, Purdue, Pittsburgh, Indiana and Syracuse. In Week 2’s 24-21 edging of D2 state power Detroit King, he recovered a game-sealing fumble.

Huenemann is a real sleeper and I love what I’ve seen so far. The 6-foot-2, 240-pounder is long and rangy and appears to be a true tradesman at his craft as his coaches’ rave about his preparation, dedication and technique. Oh, he’s crazy versatile as well — Huenemann caught a first-half touchdown as a tight end in the Oilers’ 39-7 Week 2 thrashing of Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills.

(Photo of Tyler Huenemann by Ken Kadwell, courtesy of the Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun)