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Recruiting Tour: Detroit Southeastern
A Year to Remember Having been at Southeastern High (Detroit, Mich.) for a few years, Deon Godfrey has seen his share of college prospects come through their doors. However, this year's Jungaleer team may be the most talented they have had in awhile, featuring several big time college prospects. No surprise then, that as the recruiting handcuffs have come off college coaches, Godfrey's boys are among the first they have visited. "Michigan has been here," he reported, "Toledo and Bowling Green have been up here too. Tomorrow Virginia will be here, Michigan State will be down tomorrow. Colorado has been here, Purdue and Illinois have been here. Penn State will be here tomorrow too." One of their blue chippers is linebacker/defensive end William Gholston. At 6'7, 250-lbs, the four-star prospect is one of the best combinations of size and athleticism around. "He just got an Oklahoma offer, that's the newest one," Godfrey said, "Virginia's coming and I take it they'll offer him. Penn State has not offered yet, but they'll be seeing him. I know he went to Tennessee and Alabama last week." Gholston and a host of talented defenders helped Southeastern win a city championship a year ago. This year, several returners up front make the defensive line a strength of the 2009-2010 team. Defensive tackle Jonathan Hankins is a hot prospect himself. The 6'3, 315-lb plugger recently added an Oklahoma offer as well, bringing his total to six. He also recently added a verbal offer from an instate school. "Michigan State offered a verbal a couple weeks ago," Godfrey said of Hankins, "It was their first practice. They said they liked his film. Michigan was in here yesterday. They say they like him and want to get him on campus and to camp and that stuff. Toledo offered him today when they came up there." Sleepers Emerging Another defensive lineman who is starting to come up from under the radar is 6'4, 221-lb end James York. "He played opposite Gholston last year. Toledo got film on him and stuff and they want him to come down to their one day." A stronger defensive got stronger this year with the addition of several transfers. One of the top newcomers for the Jungaleers is linebacker Calen Spencer, a 6'0, 220-lber who played at Redford Covenant a year ago. "Michigan wants him to come up to camp and see what he can do. Central Michigan fell in love with him when he was up at their spring game. With him, it will be a season thing. We'll see what he can do since he didn't play with us last year. He was playing at a smaller school, but he's getting stronger and faster." Getting Offensive It wasn't all defense for Southeastern. Quarterback Edward Thomas returns after a fine junior season. An athletic 6'2, 185-lber, Thomas could play several positions in college, but has a strong arm (threw the ball 73 yards at a camp last summer) and a knack for making plays. He recently earned his first offer from Central Michigan and has a host of other schools looking at him. "Purdue came in and are looking real hard at Edward. They want him to come down there. Toledo -- I just gave them his film today. They're recruiting him hard. With Ed, it really is Akron, Toledo, Bowling Green and Purdue." Gholston, Thomas and the rest of the Jungaleer crew will be at the Cincinnati leg of the Scout.com combine series this weekend.
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