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STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Michigan football recruiting notebook >> Michigan State welcomes MAC WR into fold, Caldwell to UK

By: SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN, February 7, 2021, 4:14 pm

The pride of Panthers Nation on the gridiron is ready to be a Spartan.

Roseville’s Tyrell Henry committed to Michigan State last weekend, becoming the third commit for Mel Tucker’s Class of 2022 and first from the in-state ranks. Henry (6-foot-1, 170 pounds) has hauled in 20 touchdowns the past two seasons. The Roseville Panthers finished 4-3 in 2020’s COVID-19 shortened season. Michigan, Penn State, Nebraska, Pitt., Syracuse, Kentucky and Arkansas also offered the Macomb Athletic Conference’s pass-catching gem.

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Ready to kick it with the ‘Cats

Belleville junior wide receiver-defensive back Jeremiah Caldwell committed to Kentucky last week. Caldwell (6-3, 180) had 600 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns this past season as the No. 2 option for the prolific Belleville offense. Next fall, he’ll be the top option in the passing game for the Tigers and phenom freshman quarterback Bryce Underwood. It’s uncertain what side of the ball Caldwell will end up on in the SEC. 

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Offers of note

• River Rouge freshman wide receiver Nick Marsh pulled Michigan and Michigan State offers after his impressive ninth-grade campaign on the varsity ended with a great showing in the D2 title game. Also grabbed offers from Arizona State, Georgia Southern and Central Michigan, 

• Grand Haven offensive lineman Ashton Lepo nailed down offers from Baylor, Tulane and Michigan State. 

• Detroit Cass Tech junior offensive lineman Jackson Pruitt got a Penn State offer, as well as offers from Western Michigan, Ball State, Buffalo and UNC Charlotte. 

• Bowling Green has offered Detroit Cass Tech juniors Jameel Gardner (wide receiver) and Karriem Sharrieff (running back).

• Birmingham Brother Rice senior defensive end Aristotle Taylor snared his first full Power 5 offer courtesy of a bid from Vanderbilt.

• PSL sleeper prospect Josh Nichols, a wide receiver from Detroit Renaissance, was offered by Air Force.

• Belleville Blue Chip junior safety Myles Rowser bagged an Arkansas offer, followed by offers from Virginia and Arizona. 

• Ferris State offered state-championship winning quarterback Ty Holtz, a junior from DeWitt.

• Detroit King junior wideout Lynn Wyche-El picked up an offer from Washington. 

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Five underappreciated Class of ’22 prospects:

Jordan Cannon (Orchard Lake St. Mary’s 6-0, 215 MLB) — All the tools, all the right moves to quarterback a Big Ten linebacker corps in the near future.

Malachi Davis (Holt 6-5, 255 DE) — Maybe the most upside of any defensive line prospect in the state’s Class of ’22.

Cameron Dyson (Belleville 6-3, 210 OLB) — Prototype outside backer prospect, (fast, rangy, closing power, high motor) represents excellent value as a recruit.

Elijah Jackson-Alexander (Grand Blanc 5-10, 180 RB) — Silent assassin out of the backfield, versatile playmaker with a great upside at the next level.

Cornell Perry (Woodhaven 6-1, 180 S/WR) — The definition of a Downriver Delight and game-changing talent on both sides of the ball.