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STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Surging into summer >> July MHSAA football watch list of hot commodities and recent commits

By: SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN, July 11, 2021, 5:52 pm

Four MHSAA football prospects poised for recruiting stock surges in the coming weeks 

1 Brandon Mann (Birmingham Detroit Country Day 6-4, 225 Sr. QB) — Maybe the best overall prospect in the state without a Power 5 offer yet, the gun, the wheels, the pocket presence, the leadership, the winning edge, it’s all there in droves…. Northern Illinois and Kent State offered late last month, and Big Ten programs are said to be circling with added interest.

2 Andrew “AJ” Dennis (Mt. Pleasant 6-5, 230 Soph. OL) — Workhorse in the trenches, technique, toughness and intelligence. Picked up an offer from his hometown team, Central Michigan, later last month. 

3 Jamari Thomas (Ann Arbor Huron 6-2, 180 Jr. WR) — The next big thing recruiting wise out the A-Squared, watch for it. Picked up an offer from Central Michigan, where teammate Koen Entringer is already committed. 

4 Cooper Phillips (Macomb Dakota 6-5, 280 Sr. OL) — The hardest working man on the line in Macomb County — who holds Northern Michigan and Wayne State offers — is looking for his first DI offer and word is that it’s coming soon.

And a four-pack of recent commits:

(In chronological order)

1 Nate Dibert (Hartland 5-11, 195 Sr. K/P) — Ranked the No. 7 kicker in the country right now, Dibert committed to LSU on June 29. 

2 Aaron Rice (North Farmington 6-5, 185 Sr. WR) — While the Raiders’ Mr. Do-It-All committed to Navy for football on July 2, it didn’t stop the offers from coming in. A week later, he got his first dual-sport offer — to play both football and basketball — from Lawrence Tech.

3 Zach Person (Kingston 6-5, 220 Sr. TE) — The total package at his position, has next-level star written all over him, think Zach Ertz. Committed to Toledo on July 4.

4 Christion Stokes (Harper Woods 6-0, 180 Sr. S) — A top-40 safety in the nation, and a top-15 player in Michigan’s 2022 class, Stokes picked West Virginia on July 10, after a trio of June campus visits. 

— MATTHEW B. MOWERY contributed to this report