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STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: 25 prospects to watch out for at the 2021 Prep Kickoff Classic

By: MATTHEW B. MOWERY, June 16, 2021, 5:33 pm

After a one-year hiatus due to the COVID pandemic, the Xenith Prep Kickoff Classic will be back for a 16th season this fall. Matchups for the Aug. 26-28 event were announced on Tuesday. All games will be at Wayne State’s Tom Adams Field, following the schedule below.

Rather than just list off the games, though, here are 25 of the top prospects who you’ll want to see if you go to the games.

Thursday, Aug. 26

Canton vs. Dearborn Fordson, 4 p.m.

Novi Detroit Catholic Central vs. Chippewa Valley, 7 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 27

Birmingham Groves vs. Dexter, 4 p.m.

Warren De La Salle vs. Chicago St. Patrick, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 28

Eastpointe vs. River Rouge, 1 p.m.

Detroit Cass Tech vs. Southfield A&T, 4 p.m.

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Here are 25 of the most highly sought-after prospects who will take the field for the PKC in August, listed by position grouping, and in alphabetical order. 

The offensive backfield:

Declan Byle, QB, Novi Detroit Catholic Central (2022)

The 6-foot-2, 175-pound two-star prospect is uncommitted. 

Cole Cabana, WR/RB, Dexter (2023) 

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound three-star prospect is uncommitted. 

Isaiah Marshall, QB, Southfield A&T (2024) 

The 6-foot, 205-pound prospect is uncommitted. 

Ryan Schuster, QB, Chippewa Valley (2022)

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound two-star prospect is committed to Lafayette. 

Karriem Sharrieff, RB, Detroit Cass Tech (2022)

The 5-foot-11, 195-pound two-star prospect is uncommitted. 

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The pass-catchers:

Jameel Gardner, WR, Detroit Cass Tech (2022) 

The 6-foot, 170-pound three-star prospect is uncommitted. 

Antonio Gates Jr., WR, Dearborn Fordson (2022)

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound four-star prospect is uncommitted.

Cephus Harris, WR, Chippewa Valley (2022)

The 5-foot-8, 195-pound two-star prospect is uncommitted. 

Jalen Holly, WR, River Rouge (2022) 

The 6-foot, 160-pound three-star prospect is committed to Bowling Green.

Jaden Mangham, WR/ATH, Birmingham Groves (2022)

The 6-foot-3, 185-pound four-star prospect is uncommitted.

Nick Marsh, WR, River Rouge (2024) 

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound prospect is uncommitted. 

Brennan Paracheck, TE, Dexter (2023) 

The 6-foot-5, 225-pound three-star prospect is uncommitted. 

Tay’shawn Trent, WR, Harper Woods (2022) 

The 6-foot-4, 210-pound four-star prospect is committed to Michigan. 

Dayvon Young, WR, Southfield A&T (2022) 

The 6-foot, 165-pound three-star prospect is uncommitted.

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The linemen:

Ka’Marii Landers, OL, Dearborn Fordson (2022) 

The 6-foot-5, 300-pound three-star prospect is uncommitted. 

James Livingston, OT, Dexter (2022) 

The 6-foot-7, 275-pound three-star prospect is uncommitted. 

Davonte Miles, DL, River Rouge (2022) 

The 6-foot-5, 275-pound three-star prospect is uncommitted.

Jackson Pruitt, OL, Detroit Cass Tech (2022)

The 6-foot-5, 285-pound three-star prospect is uncommitted. 

Masai Reddick, OT, Detroit Cass Tech (2022) 

The 6-foot-4, 285-pound three-star prospect is uncommitted. 

Jalen Thompson, DL, Detroit Cass Tech (2023)

The 6-foot-3, 245-pound three-star prospect is uncommitted. 

Deone Walker, DL, Detroit Cass Tech (2022)

The 6-foot-6, 340-pound three-star prospect is uncommitted.

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The defensive backfield:

Will Beesley, S/LB, Warren De La Salle (2022)

The 6-foot, 213-pound two-star prospect is committed to Princeton.

Nate Briggs, CB, Detroit Cass Tech (2022)

The 5-foot-8, 160-pound two-star prospect is uncommitted. 

Javen Sewell, ATH, Detroit Cass Tech (2023)

The 5-foot-8, 145-pound prospect is uncommitted. 

Caleb Williams, ATH, Canton (2024)

The 5-foot-11, 160-pound prospect is uncommitted. 

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Others to watch for:

Fayez Al-Ziyadi, C, Dearborn Fordson (2022)

Devon Buskin, CB, Southfield A&T (2023) 

Connor Cohan, TE, Novi Detroit Catholic Central (2022)

Mohammed Hazime, TE, Dearborn Fordson (2022)

Shamar Heard, ATH, Chippewa Valley (2024)

Rayshaun Hester, WR/DB, Chippewa Valley (2024)

Davion Hill, RB, River Rouge (2024)

Davon Jackson, ATH, River Rouge (2023)

Christian Johnson, QB, River Rouge (2023)

Derek Johnson, OL, River Rouge (2023)

Diego Oliver, CB, Birmingham Groves (2022)

Jaylen Watson, WR, River Rouge (2024)

Raid Zerki, WR, Novi Detroit Catholic Central (2022)