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STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Seventh heaven catching the rock — Ford Field Dow Jones dandies

By: SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN, December 5, 2021, 1:42 pm

These seven wide receivers raised the stock on their recruiting with big-time performances at Ford Field and the 2021 state football finals:

(alphabetical order)

Jeremiah Caldwell (Belleville 6-2, 185 Sr.)  — The former Kentucky commit exploded for 205 yards and three touchdown grabs in the B-Town dub. Michigan and Tennessee appear to be the frontrunners for his services at the next level.

Lucas Hanifan (Chelsea 6-0, 180 Sr.) — Clutch as can be and the picture of consistency in the miraculous Chelsea win in the D4 state finals (rallied from 28-point second-half deficit), Hanfian had nine catches for 140 yards and five touchdowns. Picture-perfect possession receiver in the GLIAC, just saying!

Triston Nichols (6-4, 195 Jr.)  — This kid is a home-run hitter stretching the field and a lethal red-zone threat. After a breakout junior campaign helping the Pilots hoist a D2 stat-title trophy, Nichols will have to choose whether its DI hoops or football on the horizon for him at college. In the finals, he collected five catches for 50 yards and two scores.

Brady Preiskorn (Rochester Adams 6-5, 210 Soph.)  — Think Travis Kelce mixed with Cooper Kupp. Prieskorn hauled in four catches for 118 yards and two touchdowns in a 55-33 loss to Belleville in the D1 finals and his one offer from Central Michigan should be getting quite a bit of company from other programs very soon.

Tre Redding (Warren Michigan Collegiate 6-0, 175 Sr.)  — Pro football pedigree, primetime performer in every sense of the term. Redding made four grabs for 97 yards and a second-half touchdown in WCC’s loss to Lansing Catholic in the D6 state championship game.

Alex Watters (Lansing Catholic 6-0, 175 Sr.)  — The most underrated small-school recruit in the state. Watters does it all on the football field and makes it look easy. LC’s Swiss army knife playmaker combined for 115 total yards from scrimmage in the state finals. This young man is built for success at the next level as an ultra-reliable slot receiver.

Chansey Willis (Detroit King 6-0, 175 Sr.)  — The best two-sport athlete in the PSL, Willis returned to the gridiron this season after concentrating on basketball the past few years and was an integral part of King’s high-octane passing attack. Willis posted four catches for 111 yards in his Crusaders’ D3 state finals de-throning of DeWitt. Could have a higher upside in college as a receiver rather than a point guard. Opportunities to play on the gridiron at the next level should be coming soon.