St. Mary's held off a late rally by Southfield and recovered an onside kick to preserve a 21-19 victory in the Detroit Prep Kickoff Classic.
Orchard Lake St. Mary's senior Tyson Smith, a Michigan State cornerback commit, was extremely impressive. He missed part of the game later with an injury, but was excellent in coverage and caught a 60-yard touchdown pass where he showed his speed. He went up high and knocked away a pass in the end zone and continues to show great man to man ability.
Sophomore receiver K.J. Hamler is very explosive. He had several big plays including a punt return touchdown and a deep touchdown catch that was called back due to a penalty. He also impressed me on defense with his physicality. He's not a big kid, but he came up and hit. He has a chance to be one of the state's best and very highly recruited by the time he's a senior. Michigan State and Cincinnati have already offered.
Sophomore linebacker Josh Ross was, by his standards, quiet, but Southfield did not go at him much and he did make a couple splash plays including a big hit behind the line and a play he chased to the flanks where he showed his speed. He's bigger and faster than last year and a high level prospect.
Junior Cameron Kolwich, a 6-foot-4, 260-pound offensive lineman is one to watch, and we believe seniors Ross Moore, Lamon Mathison, Josh Dabney, an active defensive tackle, and defensive lineman Jared Mosley should all play in college, likely at the D2 or FCS level.
For Southfield, senior Dior Johnson was very impressive. He's committed to Wake Forest as a safety, but made big plays at receiver. He's big and showed excellent ball skills. Wake got a good one there.
Minnesota commit Ray Buford had two touchdown catches. He's a long kid who can play up on the line as a cornerback. Ja'Mar Antwine, a Central Michigan commit, was not thrown at a ton, but had good coverage when they did and showed his athleticism on returns.
Junior running back Matt Falcon, a highly talented kid, was contained pretty well by St. Mary's. He was injured but returned later in the game. He's very gifted, but was clearly a guy the Eaglets keyed on.
Other college prospects include senior offensive lineman Calvin Graves, sophomore Eric Eldridge (6-4, 320), running back Adrian Carter, and defensive end Aaron Cooper.
Orchard Lake St. Mary's 2017 WR K.J. Hamler talks about his big first varsity game performance…