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FOOTBALL RECRUITING: Close to 50 D1 college commits dot the state heading into the 2012 postseason

By: Scott Burnstein, October 23, 2012, 10:00 am

With the 2012 MHSAA football playoffs set to get on its way this weekend, the state currently boasts 45 prepsters committed to Division I colleges. Seventeen of those secured scholarship offers hail from BCS schools.

Here’s an alphabetical breakdown of the committees.

Mycial Allen (DB Detroit King) Northern Illinois

Tenacious secondary stud, a steal at safety for NIU

Josh Bass (OL BC Harper Creek) Eastern Michigan

In-your-face line prospect at guard that probably should have been more heavily recruited

Jaleel Canty (DB Lansing Everett) Cincinnati

Lockdown cornerback prospect who is a master at jumping routes

Pete Cender (TE Howell) Air Force

6-foot-5 tight end prospect who is a very sound blocker and route-runner

Jesse Chadwell (OL Clarkston) Illinois

As technically-sound as any line prospect in the state

Mark Chapman (ATH Port Huron) Central Michigan

Pure playmaker of an athlete who plays quarterback in high school, but is expected to shift to wide receiver at the college level up in Mount Pleasant.

Clark Clancy (OL AH Avondale) Bowling Green

Hard-working and versatile in the trenches

Josh Cox (CB Warren De La Salle) Central Michigan

Energetic and active defensive back with excellent cover skills

Zach Crouch (TE GR Christian) Central Michigan

Big and sure-handed, Crouch was the first tight end recruit to commit to CMU’s Class of 2013

Daniel Davis (DL Grand Blanc) Toledo

Super athletic pass rush specialist who flew up the recruiting ranks during the offseason

Cameron Dillard (OL Canton) Florida

One of the top guard prospects on the line in the entire Midwest recruiting region

Austin Doan (OL Romeo) Central Michigan

An anchor in the trenches with strength, size and gritty attitude

Derek Edwards (OL Novi Detroit CC) Central Michigan

Classic CC line prospect who spurned a number of high-major D1 offers in favor of the Chipps

Jamarl Eiland (WR Canton) Buffalo

A specialist going across the middle and making the tough catch in crunch time

Steve Elmer (OL Midland) Notre Dame

This 6-foot-6, 316-pound behemoth offensive tackle was one of the most coveted linemen recruits in the country

Dennis Finely (OL Detroit Cass Tech) Michigan State

The quintessential anchor in the trenches

Jack Ford (OL Cadillac) Central Michigan

Massively productive offseason catapulted this hard-working tackle into being one of the highest-rated line recruits in the state

Isaiah Gourdine (S Farmington) Cincinnati

Chiseled and athletic with a long wingspan and a considerable upside  

Delano Hill (DB Detroit Cass Tech) Iowa

Heavily-recruited prospect nationally in the secondary at free safety

Khalid Hill (TE Detroit East Village Prep) Michigan

Sleek and shifty tight end prospect that has the ability to stretch defenses like a wide out

Gerald Holmes (RB Flint Carman Ainsworth) Michigan State

Strong and speedy running back with a nose for the goal-line

Da’Mario Jones (WR Westland John Glenn) Central Michigan

Big-play threat in the vertical passing game

Josh Jones (DB Walled Lake Western) Illinois

Pure playmaker of a safety in the secondary, with size, speed, instinct and incredible closing power……is also a great return guy on punts and kick-offs

Nate Jeppesen (OL Portage Central) Toledo

Big fella, who is light on his feet and is an outstanding pulling guard on the line

Desmond King (DB Detroit East Village Prep) Ball State

Excellent ‘cover’ cornerback prospect that has a chance to be a star in college in the MAC

Don Krye (DL Olivet) Central Michigan

Makes his opponents shed tons of tears with his talent controlling the line of scrimmage and heading his team’s pass protection duties from his spot at tackle

Jourdan Lewis (CB/WR Detroit Cass Tech) Michigan

Might be the most overall talented athlete in the Class of 2013

Luke MacLean (LB Grand Blanc) Pittsburgh

An instinctive, tackle-machine of an inside linebacker

Shane Morris (QB Warren De La Salle) Michigan

Considered a five-star prospect and viewed by Michigan as the Wolverines field general of the future. Has a great arm and all the prototypical tools to achieve success in the Big 10

Derek Nash (RB Carrolton) Central Michigan

Very crafty runner, lives to bang between the tackles, going up the gut

Joe Ostman (LB St. Ignace De La Salle) Central Michigan

Smart and steely-eyed outside linebacker

Daquan Pace (DB Detroit Cass Tech) Eastern Michigan

Another dandy of a recruit spawning from the Cass Tech secondary who EMU has high hopes for at cornerback

Vinnie Palazeti (OL Flint Powers) Ball State

Burly and bruising guard prospect

Teo Redding (WR Warren Michigan Collegiate) Bowling Green

Small school, big talent at the wide receiver position.

Jonny Reschke (LB Birmingham Brother Rice) Michigan State

Outstanding leader with fearless on-field presence sideline-to-sideline. Intelligent, the definition of a gamer.

Wyatt Shallman (RB Novi Detroit Catholic Central) Michigan

A pure athlete projected as a fast and powerful backfield option at the college level up in Ann Arbor

DeJuan Rogers (DB Detroit Cass Tech) Toledo

Underrated cornerback prospect with a sizeable upside

Michael Steinhauer (DL Chelsea) Central Michigan

Determined and gutty defensive tackle who is also a great ‘glue guy’ in the locker room

Cam Thomas (QB South Lyon East) Western Michigan

A sleeper special with a cannon of an arm and great footwork and composure in the pocket

Andre Turner (DL HW Chandler Park) Western Michigan

Raw specimen of an athlete that has the potential to develop into a top-tier pass rusher at the college level in the MAC

Harris Vrabec (OL Warren Mott) Ball State

6-foot-7 tackle with excellent foot work and a nasty demeanor on the field

Tyree Waller (DB Ypsilanti Lincoln) Central Michigan

Super secondary sleeper that can makes all kinds of plays from either safety spot

Tyler White (TE Plainwell) Illinois

The Fighting Illini got tons of value in landing White for their 2013 recruiting class because possess all the tools to surprise people in the Big 10

Corey Willis (WR-DB Holland) Central Michigan

Significant upside lies ahead for this talented speed demon. He’s a killer in the slot on offense and as a ball-hawk of a cornerback on defense. Has the chance to shine playing either position with the Chipps

C’sonte York (WR HW Chandler Park) Michigan

Prototype size and speed at split end