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FOOTBALL RECRUITING: Northville sends a dynamite duo to DI college level, Moorman and Roberts both commit

By: Scott Burnstein, May 14, 2014, 8:00 am

NORTHVILLE – Two to go, please.

A pair of Northville High School football stars won’t be dining-in for their proverbial meal at the college level, but rather devouring competition out-of-state.

David Moorman, one of Michigan’s top prep offensive linemen, committed to Wisconsin last week and Ryan Roberts, his teammate and the Mustangs standout tight end, committed to Northern Illinois over the weekend.

Moorman (6-foot-5, 285 pounds) is a four-star prospect and the fifth player to join Wisconsin’s 2015 recruiting class.

“Proud to announce that Ive decided to commit to play football at the University of Wisconsin, couldn’t be more proud to be a Badger,” he Tweeted the night of his pledge.

Other Big 10 schools to offer Moorman were Illinois and Minnesota, in addition to a boat-load of mid-major bids. His commitment breaks a drought for Wisconsin in recruiting the state of Michigan. Moorman is the first non-UP prepster to land on the gridiron in Badger Country since 2009, when Hemlock offensive lineman Zac Matthias descended on the school’s Madison campus.

Roberts is an agile 6-foot-7, 230 pounds and also plays on the defensive line as a rush end. He is part of the “new-breed crop” at his primary position – more of a hybrid receiver than traditional tight end.

Like most of the “new era” tight ends, Roberts has a background as a basketball player and is a natural athlete.

The scouts love Roberts’ upside at the next level.

"Ryan has a chance to be a top-tier kid from his class in this state in terms of how far they go in the college game," said one. "The ceiling is very high with what he has the ability to become as a football player in the future"

Northville went 8-2 last fall, winning a league championship out of the Kensington Lakes Activities Association.