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The Prep Ticker – Pigskin Pledges & Hooping Out Of The Mitten

By: Scott Burnstein, September 27, 2017, 11:00 am
News and notes from around the MHSAA football and boys basketball scene
College Pigskin Commitments:
Oak Park junior quarterback Dwan Mathis committed to Michigan State over the weekend prior to the Spartans home game versus Notre Dame.
Mathis, a 6-foot-5, 195-pound dual threat under center had previously been committed to Iowa State. His Oak Park Knights are currently 4-1 and riding a four-game win streak.
Last week, Birmingham Brother Rice senior defensive end Mike Laurencelle announced his decision to continue his career on the gridiron in college at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania.
The Mountain Hawks are a 1-AA program and picked up a pledge from Orchard Lake St. Mary’s senior tailback Rashawn Allen late in the summer. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Laurencelle lassoed 10 sacks last season.
Hoop Departures:
Three former MHSAA cage fiends found new homes last week, with one-time Grand Rapid Christian floor general Duane Washington, enrolled for his senior year at a high school in California, committed to Ohio State late last week and Terry Armstrong (Davison) and Julian Dozier (Detroit U-D Jesuit) following in his footsteps out of state.
Armstrong, a 6-foot-7 swingman-point forward considered by many a top national prospect in the Class of 2019 and Dozier, who started at point guard as a sophomore at U-D Jesuit last winter, both announced they were transferring to Bella Vista Prep out in Arizona. 
Washington averaged 15 points and 6 assists per game in 2017, helping lead GRC into the Class A state championship game where it fell to Clarkston and Washington’s future Big Ten rivals Foster Loyer (MSU) and Taylor Currie (UofM).