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STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Michigan recruiting notebook — MSU continues in-state haul with commitment from Groves four-star athlete Jaden Mangham 

By: MATTHEW B. MOWERY, August 8, 2021, 6:30 pm

It might have taken a week longer than he’d hoped, but Birmingham Groves two-way star Jaden Mangham is committed to Mel Tucker and Michigan State. 

The four-star recruit announced the commitment with a video posted on Twitter Sunday afternoon, after postponing the “Mang Event” commitment for a week due to internet connectivity issues at his home on Aug. 1. 

The video spoofs the old Budweiser ‘Wazzap’ TV commercials, with Mangham getting phone advice from friends at major schools around the country — and truth be told, such advice was probably helpful for a player like Mangham, who had 36 offers, from a full range of schools. 

Mangham is ranked as the No. 7 player in Michigan’s class of 2022 by both 247Sports and Rivals, and the No. 12 athlete in the nation by 247. 

The 6-foot-4, 185-pound corner and wideout hauled in 25 passes for 453 yards and four scores, and had 40 tackles, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and three touchdown-saving tackles for the Falcons as a junior. 

Mangham’s commitment post also echoed Tucker’s recruiting mantras of “process driven” and “relentless,” two things that could describe the program’s commitment to recruiting the in-state. Mangham is the fifth native Michigander to commit to MSU in the 2022 class, and the third four-star recruit joining Essexville defensive lineman Alex VanSumeren and Dearborn Fordson wideout Antonio Gates Jr. — all of whom rank in the top 10 in Michigan’s senior class. 

Three-star recruits Ashton Lepo (Grand Haven OT) and Tyrell Henry (Roseville ATH) round out the in-state haul, giving MSU five of the top 25 players in this year’s in-state class. 

Harvard gets commit from Adams DE DeGrieck

Rochester Adams edge rusher Alex DeGrieck committed to Harvard the first week of August, joining a small, six-player class so far for the Crimson. 

At 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds, DeGrieck has the frame to put on size, and pair it with the strength he’s already exhibiting, benching 305 pounds and squatting 405. He lines up at either offensive tackle or tight end on offense, and defensive end on the other side of the ball, and also suits up in basketball for Adams.

DeGrieck chose Harvard over nine other offers, including several Ivy League squads (Columbia, Dartmouth, Penn), Fordham, Holy Cross, Lafayette, Lehigh and Valparaiso. 

Harvard has pulled several top recruits out of the state in recent years. 

Ann Arbor Huron quarterback Conor Easthope and Livonia Stevenson running back Caden Woodall committed to Harvard in the 2021 class, while Mt. Pleasant defensive end Tyler Huenemann joined Harvard in the 2020 class. 

Vroman joins legion headed to Army

The Black Knights of the Hudson might wanna think about rebranding to “of the Huron” after getting a third Michigan commit in the last week in Lowell wideout Tyler Vroman.

Vroman joins Saline dual-threat QB Larry Robinson II and Warren Woods-Tower athlete Omari Embree, who both committed to Army at the start of August. 

A 6-foot-3.5, 185-pound two-star prospect, Vroman is ranked among the top 100 players in Michigan’s class of 2022 according to the 247Sports rankings. 

The speedster (4.41-second 40-yard dash) chose Army from seven total offers, including Notre Dame College, Valparaiso, Kentucky Wesleyan, Campbellsville University, as well as some track offers. Army was his first FBS offer. 

Stolsky headed to Lehigh

Portage Central all-state linebacker Tyler Stolsky committed to Lehigh on Aug. 2, close to a month after getting an offer from the FCS Mountain Hawks. 

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Stolsky is a two-star commit and ranked just outside the top 50 in Michigan’s class of 2022 in the 247Sports rankings. 

He chose Lehigh from a slew of offers, including all three in-state Mid-American Conference schools, Air Force, Penn, Columbia and Dartmouth. 

As a junior, Stolsky racked up 79 solo tackles and 55 assists, 17 tackles for loss, six sacks and four forced fumbles, earning all-conference, all-region and all-state honors.

Vaughan headed for Air Force

The Falcons of Air Force have gotten a commitment from Walled Lake Western athlete Aidan Vaughan. 

The versatile, 6-foot-3, 215-pound Vaughan played both wideout and outside linebacker for the Warriors in 2020, and will be one of five team captains this fall. 

A two-star prospect, Vaughan is ranked No. 90 in the state of Michigan’s class of 2022. He chose the Falcons over a handful of offers, including Western Michigan and Bowling Green. Air Force offered on June 23. 

Vaughn is the second Michigan native in the class of 2022 to commit to the Falcons, joining Saline offensive lineman Guiseppe Gottfried.