STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Michigan football notebook — River Rouge’s Bulley re-opens recruiting; WB’s Hairston, OP’s Benny schedule visits
River Rouge’s De’Andre Bulley, maybe the most physical running back in Metro Detroit, is back on the recruiting market, vacating his commitment to Akron. The choice to re-open his decision process was announced on his social media accounts after his Panthers pounded Catholic League-champ Orchard Lake St. Mary’s 49-14 in a Division 3 regional title throw down Saturday afternoon. The three-star ball carrier is a punishing runner who has the wheels to make him a home-run threat on every touch — he’s eclipsed the 1,000-yard marker in three straight seasons.
Indiana, Minnesota, Iowa State, Kentucky and Syracuse are all back in play for Bulley’s services at the next level. Word has begun circulating that Wisconsin could be on the verge of offering, with Badgers scouts viewing him as a potential Jonathan Taylor 2.0.
Bulley deciding to bolt from his Akron commitment might have at least something to do with the fact that the Zips are 0-10 under first-year head coach Tom Arth. The 38-year old Arth was a journeymen back-up quarterback in the NFL and coached UT-Chattanooga to a 6-5 record last fall.
“My recruitment is now open. I am an athlete and I am willing to play wherever (position) is asked of me. … I want to personally thank Coach Arth for everything he’s done for through the recruiting process and but with that said, I’m de-committing from Akron.”
Oak Park junior offensive lineman Rayshaun Benny will head to Ohio State this weekend to check-in with Coach Day and the boys in Scarlet and Gray. The Buckeyes came in with an offer back in April – recruiting websites rank him a four-star prospect. He was on campus at Kentucky two weeks ago. Penn State offered last month.
West Bloomfield junior cornerback Maxwell Hairston is visiting Bowling Green this weekend. Hairston has started to gain interest on the recruiting trail with a breakout campaign in the secondary for the Lakers in 2019. He was responsible for 10 turnovers this year.
Offers keep flowing
Wyoming Godwin Heights senior offensive lineman Ru’Quan Buckley and Southfield A&T junior offensive lineman Caleb Banks were on the sidelines Saturday to watch Michigan thrash Michigan State 44-10 and came home with offers from the Wolverines.
Michigan State put out an offer to Walled Lake Western senior wide receiver and Northwestern-commit Abdur-Rahmaan Yaseen last week. Yaseen is tearing up the stat sheet again this season, having collected 76 catches for 1,550 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Yaseen’s lesser-known teammates at Western, senior middle linebacker Brandon Camfield and senior defensive back Mackenzie Elebra both got offered by Lawrence Tech over the weekend following the Warriors’ 21-14 victory against Livonia Churchill for a Division 2 regional championship on Friday. Camfield is a team captain and has logged a program-record 125 tackles in his first year as a starter.
— SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN