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STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Five For Fighting — The top 5 most underrated defensive backs in the MHSAA’s class of 2022

By: SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN, July 26, 2021, 4:16 pm

Five For Fighting — The Top 5 Most Underrated Defensive Backs In The MHSAA’s Class of 2022

1 Tyler Bivens (Ann Arbor Huron 6-foot-1.5, 170 CB) — The best value on the recruiting market at the cornerback position in his class right now, Mr. Super Glue is in the mix and for the taking.

2 Jason Hardy (Detroit Loyola 6-2, 180) — The quintessential big, long cover corner with primetime playmaker written all over him.

3 Jordon Clerkey (Holt 6-0, 175 CB) — This Okemos transfer is a lockdown corner with few, if any, equals in the Lansing area.

4 Jasper Beeler (North Farmington 6-0, 175 CB) — One of the most underappreciated primetime players out of the OAA, gets the job done on both sides of the ball.

5 Matthew Bennett (River Rouge 6-0, 180 S) — Big-play ball hawk who hits with ferocity and outthinks the competition in pass coverage.



Diamond in the ruff in the PSL:

Miles Gilmore (Detroit Cass Tech 5-7, 155) — Spunky competitor who plays with a chip on his shoulder and something to prove every snap.

Diamond in the ruff in Genesee County:

Christian Ellison (Flint Carman-Ainsworth 6-2, 185 S) — Raw potential, massive upside, tremendous length, range and athleticism.