STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Five For Fighting — Burney’s top 5 football prospects in Michigan’s Class of 2021
1 Donovan Edwards (West Bloomfield 5-11, 195 RB) — Game-breaker in every way out of the backfield, explosive off the snap, excellent vision, versatile big-play specialist who is a threat to take it to the house on every touch … has a gaudy 40 scholarship offers.
2 Rocco Spindler (Clarkston 6-5, 295 DL/OL) — Impacts a game in so many ways, tough as nails, natural instincts, heavyweight motor, plenty of closing power, a true leader … in other words: beast mode 24/7.
3 Damon Payne (Belleville 6-4, 300 DL/OL) — Incredible upside, fabulous footwork and pad level, his next-level potential has the college scouts drooling.
4 Garrett Dellinger (Clarkston 6-6, 290 OL/DL) — Gritty and relentless pass protector, a lot of pancake prowess and a tireless work ethic.
5 (tie) Giovanni El-Hadi (Sterling Heights Stevenson 6-5, 285 OL/DL) — Committed to Michigan, Ed-Hadi outworks opponents at the point of attack and has flawless technique, plays with a chip on his shoulder.
5 (tie) Jaylen Reed (Detroit King 6-0, 190 S) — Think a Motown version of the NFL’s Earl Thomas.
— SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN