STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Michigan summer football notebook >> Rubio & Vanderjagt jacks of all trades; Johnson gets ‘Bama offer
Goodrich’s Aidan Rubio and Grand Rapids Northview’s Kyler Vanderjagt are two dual-sport athletes to keep tabs on these next couple years. “AR-15” Rubio is a senior and about to go from 0-to-100 real quick in his recruiting. Same can be said for Vanderjagt, a junior just bursting with mad flavor to his game. Think Public Enemy & clock-wearing Flavor Flav. Think Starbursts extra juicy!!
The 6-foot-5.5 Rubio is a grip-it-and-rip-it quarterback on the gridiron and a silky-smooth combo guard on the hardwood with a diverse skill set and ice in his veins in the clutch. He threw for 1,800 yards and 25 touchdowns last fall for a 7-3 Goodrich squad. His versatility was on display this past winter for the Martians hoops squad with a 20-point, five-rebound, five-dime per game stat line. Morgan State offered Rubio as a quarterback.
Vanderjagt is a 6-3 do-it-all signal caller on the football field and a mighty electric wing guard on the basketball floor. Western Michigan, Rice, Denver and D-II Grand Valley State have all offered in recent weeks. Ferris State wants him to come out to Bulldog Country and play sports. Vanderjagt put up 20 points a night last season hooping and played wide receiver for Northview’s football team because of need. Expect to see Vanderjagt back under center and setting secondaries ablaze from the pocket for the upcoming season.
News & Notes
• Alabama not only snared Belleville blue chip senior defensive lineman Damon Payne, the No. 1 player in the state, last week, it also dropped an offer at the doorstep of Grosse Pointe South junior cornerback Will Johnson.
• East Detroit junior wide receiver Tayshawn Trent got a Michigan State offer
• Macomb Dakota senior safety and Central Michigan-commit D.J. “Juice” Stepney picked up a Purdue offer.
• West Bloomfield senior cornerback Maxwell “Greedy” Hairston continued his hot streak on the recruiting trial, scoring offers from Virginia Tech, Purdue, Minnesota, Kentucky and Rutgers.
• Roseville junior wide receiver Tyrell Henry got his hands on a West Virginia offer and Belleville junior cornerback Deshaun Lee landed an offer from Pitt.
Names to know
Detroit Central senior wide receiver Jus’Tyz Tuggle and Port Huron senior wide receiver Nijere Finney are both under-the-radar speed merchants and juke-master generals in the open field ready to give coaches at the next level magnificent value in the prospecting department. Finney has the whole GLIAC after him and a few DI-AA schools in the mix right now. Tuggle just collected offers from Wayne State and Alabama A&M.
— SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN