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STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Football Recruiting Notebook — Romeo’s Heldman, CC’s Guberinich jump to CMU

By: SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN, December 3, 2020, 9:54 am

The allure of playing Division I football proved too much to overcome for Grand Valley State. The jump might have been inevitable.

Central Michigan flipped two of Metro Detroit’s best defensive linemen from Grand Valley State commitments last week when Romeo rush end Mike Heldman and Novi Detroit Catholic Central tackle Bruno Guberinich decided to become Chippewas and “go DI.” Neither had DI offers prior to CMU entering the picture.

Rangy and athletic and sporting a monster motor, Heldman (6-foot-5, 245 pounds) is a human sack machine. He’s one of the best in the MHSAA in quarterback takedowns with 16.5, keeping an eye on the state record of 26. Romeo beat up on Stoney Creek, 45-27, in the district finals and are ready to lock horns with a talent-stacked West Bloomfield squad in the regionals. CMU offered after his lights-out performance against Stoney Creek where he delivered three sacks, three hurries and three separate tackles in the backfield.

[CLICK HERE to vote for Heldman in our Anvil Award contest.]

Guberinich (6-6, 275) is a fierce competitor and expert run stuffer for undefeated C.C. His footwork and fundamentals in the trenches are fantastic and he’s the ultimate “glue guy” in the huddle and in the locker room. The value he gives CMU as a recruit is tremendous. CHSL Central champion C.C. is preparing to face defending state-title holder Davison for the regional crown.

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Requiem For A Rifleman

Westland John Glenn senior quarterback Aaron Rieskamp is a silent assassin. He slipped into Michigan in the offseason, moving into town from Oregon and quietly earned first-team all-league honors under center. 

Playing at Silverton, located just outside of Salem, the past three years, Rieskamp brought his Pacific Northwest swagger in the pocket to Metro Detroit this fall and showed why the D-IIs and small D-Is in Oregon, California and Washington were showing so much interest before he left. The arm strength, the field vision and the command in the huddle are all there. Rieskamp is a surefire winner in the upside department of the recruiting game.

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The offers continue coming in for………

Birmingham Groves junior wide receiver Jaden Mangham got Alabama and Miami (FL) offers, along with Georgia Southern.

Dearborn Fordson junior wide receiver Antonio Gates Jr. collected an offer from Maryland.

Detroit Cass Tech junior offensive lineman Jackson Pruitt plucked an Indiana offer.

Southfield A&T freshman quarterback Isaiah Marshall grabbed offers from Syracuse and Pitt.