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STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Northwestern grabs commitments from Fenton’s Josh Thompson, Country Day’s Caleb Tiernan; recruiting heating up for Marshall’s Ezra McAllister

By: , April 1, 2020, 4:14 pm

Northwestern is hot for offensive lineman in the Mitten.

Pat Fitzgerald and the Wildcats dropped into Michigan last week and collected commitments from Fenton guard Josh Thompson and Birmingham Detroit Country Day tackle Caleb Tiernan. Thompson (6-foot-5, 295) made it official last Monday, while Tiernan (6-7, 285) signed up for a spot on Team Fitz over the weekend. Both Thompson and Tiernan are top trench terrors in the state’s Class of 2021.

Edwardsburg senior lineman Josh Priebe is signed, sealed and delivered to Purple People Eating country and is heading to Evanston this summer. Tiernan helped his Country Day squad into the Division 4 state finals in 2019.


The Big Mac Attack

Marshall junior wide receiver Ezra McAllister is building quite the resume on the recruiting trail this offseason. And the floodgates haven’t even opened yet. Vanderbilt became the first Power 5 school to offer when the Commodores came to the table with a bid this past week. Northern Illinois was the most recent MAC school to enter the picture in the middle of the last month. Dartmouth is leading the Ivy League pitch parade.

McCallister (6-0, 175) is slippery and versatile. He can line up in the slot or at split end and he’s electric in space.


Offers of note

• West Bloomfield 5-star junior running back Donovan Edwards added an Auburn offer to his stack of more than 40 bids.

• Oak Park 4-star junior offensive lineman Rayshaun Benny picked up a Notre Dame offer.

• River Rouge sophomore defensive lineman Davonte Miles posted his first Big Ten offer from Michigan State.

• Indiana offered West Bloomfield blue chip sophomores Dillon Tatum (RB) and Michael Williams (LB).

• Wyoming Godwin Heights junior defensive lineman Ru’Quan Buckley received offers from Oregon and West Virginia.

Portage Northern junior running back Anthony Tyus snared an Iowa State offer.


The new way to go “on campus”

Belleville junior linebacker Jamari Buddin took a step into the new world of “social distancing” recruiting aka “virtual visits.” Buddin, a four-star prospect and Top 10 recruit in the state’s Class of 2021, went on virtual visits to Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota and Penn State last week, getting on video conference-calls with coaching staffs at those schools. Scouting services predict Buddin is leaning towards Michigan.