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STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Looking at the top 10 football players — committed or not — in the Macomb Area Conference for 2020

By: , May 1, 2020, 8:00 am

The Juice is loose and on his way to Mt. Pleasant.

With the news from earlier this week that Macomb Dakota junior safety D.J. “Juice” Stepney committed to Central Michigan this week, we decided to look at the top 10 committed and uncommitted in the Macomb Area Conference.

Top committed players from the MAC

1 Giovanni El-Hadi (Sterling Heights Stevenson Jr. OT/DL) — The titanic rock on the lines for the Titans, the anchor and driving force. (Committed to Michigan)

2 Tyson Watson (Warren Mott Jr. DE) — Long, rangy defender lives in the opposing backfield. (Committed to Michigan State)

3 D.J. Stepney (Macomb Dakota Jr. S/RB) — Lightning in a bottle, no matter where he lines up for the Cougars. (Committed to Central Michigan)

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Top uncommitted players from the MAC

1 Will Johnson (Grosse Pointe South Soph. CB) — Electric athlete on the gridiron and basketball court, possesses the prototype size to play CB in the league. 

2 Quillen Howze (Chippewa Valley Jr. WR/CB) — The epitome of a playmaker.

3 Tyrell Henry (Roseville Soph. WR) — The best pass-catching prospect in the league.

4 Weston Jones (Romeo Jr. OL) — Tenacity and technique. 

5 Jaillen Howze (Chippewa Valley Jr. LB) — Tremendous motor, explosive sideline-to sideline.

6 Dalton Dueweke (Utica Eisenhower, Jr. OG/DT) — A mauler in the run game on both sides of the ball. 

7 (tie) Eric Reese (Macomb Dakota Jr. CB) — Underrated cover corner.

7 (tie) Jordan Ramsey (Sterling Heights Stevenson Soph. RB) — Most dangerous ball carrier in Macomb County you don’t know yet, but should.

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Three more to know: 

• Clinton Roberson (Macomb Dakota Jr. WR) 

• Michael Heldman (Romeo Jr. DE)

• Nijere Finney (Port Huron Jr. ATH)

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Sophomore offers roll-call

Here are some offers garnered recently by 2022s around the state:

Essexville Garber TE Alex VanSumeren got a Penn State offer.

Birmingham Groves WR Jaden Mangham got a Georgia Tech offer.

River Rouge DL Davonte Miles got a Cincinnatti offer.

Walled Lake Western QB Drew Viotto got a Bowling Green offer.

— SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN and MATTHEW B. MOWERY