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STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: From The ‘What If?’ Department — Burney’s 2020 Football Power Rankings

By: SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN, August 31, 2020, 12:12 pm

Burney’s If There Was a 2020 Football Season Top 25

What would have been the first football weekend of the 2020 fall season, as it was originally scheduled, has come and gone with no action on fields around the state. Who would’ve been the top 25 players in the state to keep an eye on, if we’d had action? Scott M. Burnstein gives you his updated list of prospects:

1 Donovan Edwards (West Bloomfield Sr. RB) — The quintessential home run threat out of the backfield.

2 Damon Payne (Belleville Sr. DL) — Big-time talent in the trenches & ‘Bama bound!

Committed to Alabama

3 Rocco Spindler (Clarkston Sr. OL) — Beast mode 24/7, a total specimen.

Committed to Notre Dame

4 Garrett Dellinger (Clarkston Sr. OL) — Everything you want in a lineman.

Committed to LSU

5 Will Johnson (Grosse Pointe South Jr. CB) — Think Charles Woodson

6 Josh Burnham (Traverse City Central Jr. LB) — Prototype on the outside

7 Myles Rowser (Belleville Jr. CB) — Put him on an island and let him loose, prototype cover skills

8 Dante Moore (Detroit King Soph. QB) — Smooth-as-silk signal caller with an upside that resides on the moon.

9 Giovanni El-Hadi (Sterling Heights Stevenson Sr. OL) — Monster motor, mad technique, meal-ticket work ethic.

Committed to Michigan

10 Jamari Buddin (Belleville Sr. LB) — Speed, instinct and tenacity sideline-to-sideline.

Committed to Penn State


RELATED: Look back on our STATE CHAMPS! 300 list of top prospects earlier this summer.


11 Jaylen Reed (Detroit King Sr. S) — Ball hawk with athleticism and intelligence

Committed to Penn State

12 Rayshawn Benny (Oak Park Sr. OL) — Pancake prowess personified.

13 Dillon Tatum (West Bloomfield Jr. RB) — Superstar in the making.

14 Raheem Anderson (Detroit Cass Tech Sr. OL) — Lunch-pail linchpin of a center and a dandy of a play-setter at the point of attack.

Committed to Michigan

15 Nolan Ziegler (Grand Rapids Catholic Central Jr. S) — Brings the pain on every snap.

Committed to Notre Dame

16 Andrel Anthony (East Lansing Sr. WR) — Best route-runner in the state, grip it-& rip it type.

Committed to Michigan

17 Alex VanSumeren (Essexville Garber Jr. DL) — Ferocious competitor, fireplug tackler.

Committed to Michigan

18 Amir Herring (West Bloomfield Soph. OL)

19 Ru’Quan Buckley (Wyoming Godwin Heights Sr. DE) — The definition of disruptive.

20 Antonio Gates Jr. (Dearborn Fordson Jr. WR) — Check the name, pro potential.

21 Christian Rapley (Belleville Jr. WR) — All the right moves, all the right tools.

22 Kobe & Kalen King (Detroit Cass Tech Sr. LB/CB) — Double trouble, twice the terror.

Committed to Penn State

23 Maxwell Hairston (West Bloomfield Sr. CB) — Best cover corner in the senior class.

Committed to Kentucky

24 Caleb Tiernan (Birmingham Detroit Country Day Sr. OL) — Maybe the most technically-sound line prospect in the state.

Committed to Northwestern

25 (tie) Brendan Sullivan (Davison Sr. QB) — The MHSAA’s Russell Wilson.

Committed to Northwestern

25 (tie) Zach Trainor (Walled Lake Western Sr. QB) — The MHSAA’s Patrick Mahomes.

Committed to Eastern Illinois