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STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Michigan football recruiting notebook >> Burnham, Rowser bolt from Michigan, grab elite scholarships elsewhere

By: SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN, April 3, 2021, 12:27 pm

A pair of Blue Chippers are leaving the state.

The Golden Domers got the Traverse City Golden Boy and the SEC got a highly-skilled spiderman in the secondary, as Traverse City Central junior linebacker Josh Burnham committed to Notre Dame and Belleville junior safety Myles Rowser committed to Arkansas. Burnham is the No. 2 overall recruit in the Mitten and Rowser, the No. 3 rated prospect according to ESPN and 247Sports. Both are tabbed four-star recruits.

Rowser (6-foot-1, 180 pounds) had previously been committed to Michigan and briefly left the state last year for IMG Academy down in Florida. His brother Andre Seldon Jr. is playing in Ann Arbor right now. Rowser rounded up 55 tackles, three picks and 10 pass deflections in his junior campaign.

Burnham (6-4, 220) is a versatile typhoon of terror sideline to sideline, able to decimate ball carriers at both middle and outside linebacker spots (76 tackles, 5 sacks). Oh, and he also excelled at quarterback for his 9-2 Trojans club this past season (throwing for 1,500 yards and 17 touchdowns). He chose Notre Dame over Michigan. 

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Dreaming in shades of Orange 

High-energy, high-upside Holt defensive end Malachi Davis committed to Syracuse last weekend. The 6-5, 255-pound pass rush specialist made 56 tackles (24 for lost yardage), collected 4 sacks and caused 5 fumbles. Everything was turning up roses for Davis Saturday. Orange colored ones, we shall suppose. The day he committed to play his college ball with the Orange in the ACC, Davis also hooped his way to a district title with his Holts boys basketball squad.

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Class of ’22 Prospect Check-Ins:

Tyler Bivens (Ann Arbor Huron 6-0, 170 CB) — Ready to erupt on the recruiting trail, a pass break-up specialist with mad speed, instinct and cover skills.

Declan Byle (Novi Detroit Catholic Central 6-2, 185 QB) — The Shamrocks’ nails-tough, needle-threading field general snagged an offer from Yale last week. 

Ryan Ervin (Birmingham Brother Rice 6-3, 200 LB) — The best linebacker in the Catholic League that you don’t know about yet, but will be quite familiar with very soon, in other words, he will definitely be a DI recruit by the end of the summer or possibly sooner.

Levi Harber (Montrose 6-5, 275 OL) — Maybe the hottest prospect at the point of attack at this very moment, Central Michigan, Toledo and Northern Illinois of the MAC and Ivy League schools Dartmouth, Brown and Columbia have each offered in the past 10 days. A real “Blood-Sweat-&Tears Type,” ready to mix it up every snap.

Kade Kostus (Rockford 6-3, 250 LB/DE) — This fearless, fluid and versatile hybrid defensive gem recently collected offers from Army and Navy. 

Jake Merritt (Northville 6-6, 275 OL) — Marshall just offered this fast-rising left tackle who defines the term Big Nasty in the trenches.