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STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Garber 4-star DT Alex VanSumeren another big-time haul for MSU; River Rouge’s Davonte Miles decommits from U-M

By: MATTHEW B. MOWERY, July 30, 2021, 1:43 pm

You had to figure that joining his brother, one way or another, would be a driving force for Essesville-Garber’s Alex VanSumeren. 

When big brother, Ben, was at the University of Michigan, Alex had a commitment to the Wolverines, reopening his recruitment within two days of his brother entering the transfer portal back in February. 

And now, lo and behold, when the four-star defensive tackle wrapped up his recruiting process this week by committing to Michigan State, waiting for him on the Spartans roster is older brother Ben, who will be a redshirt junior for MSU this coming fall. 

A member of both the Rivals 250 (No. 176) and ESPN 300 (No. 215), Alex VanSumeren is a mammoth commitment for the Spartans in multiple ways. 

Ranked as the No. 4 player in the state’s 2022 class by both Rivals and 247Sports, Alex VanSumeren comes in as the No. 26-ranked defensive lineman in the nation, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.

He also gives the Spartans — who just got a commitment from Dearborn Fordson’s Antonio Gates Jr. earlier in the week — two of the state’s top 10 players in the 2022 class, and four of the top 25, when you include Grand Haven’s Ashton Lepo and Roseville’s Tyrell Henry. 

The 6-foot-3, 300-pound wrecking ball registered 63 tackles, 19 for loss, eight sacks and three forced fumbles, adding three rushing touchdowns and three 2-point conversions to claim the Bay City Times’ Golden Helmet award for the second straight year. 

VanSumeren visited East Lansing at the start of June, prior to visits to Penn State, Northwestern and Texas A&M, and picked the Spartans from 21 total offers. 

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River Rouge’s Davonte Miles decommits from U-M

Davonte Miles knows he will have a chance to help lead the River Rouge Panthers to another title-game appearance in the fall, but he wants the opportunity to do the same with the school’s storied basketball program in the winter.

To give himself the chance at the double-dip, the three-star defensive tackle announced on Thursday that he was decommitting from the University of Michigan — where he’d been committed since last December, and was planning on enrolling early — and reopening his recruiting process. 

The 6-foot-5, 275-pound Miles will play both offensive and defensive tackle for the Panthers this fall. He holds 16 offers outside the one from the Wolverines, including Indiana, Minnesota, Michigan State, Syracuse, West Virginia, Kentucky, Iowa State, Pitt, Cincinnati and six Mid-American Conference schools. 

Miles is ranked as a top-25 player in the state’s class of 2022 by the 247Sports Composite.