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STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Three to get ready — Stock rising for Michigan defensive trio

By: , February 3, 2020, 10:23 am

These three football prospects on defense are seeing increased recruiting interest this winter;

Josh Burnham (Traverse City Central 6-3, 200 Soph. LB) — One of the offseason’s hottest commodities in the state’s sophomore class, Burnham is the prototype of a new-era outside linebacker, strong, sleek, rangy and fast. Michigan State and Wisconsin both offered in the last week. Iowa came in with a bid back in the fall. Burnham collected 88 tackles and three interceptions in the 2019 campaign, while scoring 16 touchdowns on offense at tailback.

Tyson Watson (Warren Mott 66, 265 Jr. DE)— The Big Ten is finally putting the full court press on this pass-rush specialist, as Purdue, Minnesota and Maryland all dropped scholarship offers at Watson’s doorstep in recent days. Iowa was the first Big Ten school to enter the picture last summer. Michigan and Michigan State are reportedly circling and might be throwing their hats into the ring for Watson’s services soon.

Pius Odjugo (River Rouge 6-4, 325 Jr. DL) — Brimming with bountiful potential at the point of attack, Odjugo has been in beast mode all offseason. After a series of impressive showings on the showcase-camp and combine circuit in December and January, his recruiting profile is on the rise in a major way. Bowling Green, Buffalo and Central Michigan all offered in the past week. Power 5 schools are monitoring his progress and judging by early offseason results, should be getting into the mix by spring.

— SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN