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FOOTBALL RECRUITING: March Gridiron Recruiting Round-Up

By: Scott Burnstein, March 26, 2014, 8:00 am

The floodgates are opening.

The top players on the prep football field in the state’s Class of 2015 are starting to commit to colleges by the handful and don’t expect it to stop anytime soon.

The month of March has already seen four players commit to Division I programs.

Shahid Bellamy (Oak Park, DL, 6-3, 275 pounds) – The Knights’ anchor at the point of attack the past two years committed to Central Michigan University. Bellamy is a run-stuffer with excellent pass-rushing ability from the defensive tackle spot. Last season, he posted 81 tackles and eight sacks. When he was a sophomore in 2012, he made 70 tackles and garnered seven sacks, helping take Oak Park to league and district championships. Recruiting analysts peg Bellamy a real ‘sleeper’ for the incoming prospect crop of seniors.

Junior McMullen (Oak Park, LB 6-2, 220 pounds) – Big and fast, McMullen is a prototype outside linebacker and recently committed to Western Michigan University. As a junior in 2013, he recorded 76 tackles, six quarterback hurries, four pass-deflections and three sacks on a Knights playoff squad. McMullen is still raw and has a tremendous upside at the next level. He’s a consensus three-star recruit at his position.

Romello Ross (Detroit Western, RB, 5-foot-11, 190 pounds) – Shifty, strong and durable out of the backfield, Ross committed to Central Michigan University.  He will be a four-year starter in the fall, once again playing tough on both sides of the ball ; he’s eclipsed the 1,000 yard rushing marker and the 40-tackle plateau in each of the last three seasons, rushing for 1,422 yards and 18 touchdowns last year in his junior campaign. Scouts tab Ross anywhere between a two to three-star prospect in his class. To cap off his prep career in 2014, he will be hoping to carry Western to its first playoff appearance in school history.

Parker Underwood (East Lansing TE, 6-4, 245 pounds) – A pure athlete with all the tools for future greatness on the gridiron (wheels, height, large hands, etc.)  Underwood committed to Western Michigan University. Impresses with his ability to stretch the field and snatch balls out of the air with his massive mitts. If Bellamy is CMU’s ‘sleeper special’ in 2015, than Underwood is the Broncos’. Hurt for the majority of his junior season, expect huge things from this physical specimen come the fall.