At The Top
The race for #1
This has been a two horse race for some time between William Gholston and Devin Gardner. “Too Tall” Gholston is an unusual physical specimen who runs and gets to the ball much better than a kid 6'7, 250-lbs should. Gardner is an extraordinary athlete who has improved by leaps and bounds as a quarterback. This summer, he eliminated any doubts that QB will be his position in college. Devin may have had the best summer of any prospect in Michigan. It will be great to see both of these kids on the field in a few weeks and they are an indication of how strong the state is overall this year.
The prospects who have raised their stock this summer
Robert Bolden :: A great summer capped off by an outstanding Elite 11 prospect has Bolden rising. The Penn State commitment did not put up huge numbers a year ago, but that should change this year.
Mylan Hicks :: He was great at every camp we saw him at. He is still raw technically. The defensive backs coaches I've talked to were impressed at how well he covers, considering how little technical work he has had. As he gets into a college program and improves those fundamentals, he has a chance to become a shutdown corner for Michigan State.
Matt Zakrzewski :: I liked him last year when I saw St. Francis in person a couple times. When I saw him at camps this summer, he was running and moving very well, which matched what I saw on tape. He is a big hitter who can drop into coverage. Indiana got a great one here.
Marcus Beaurem :: Beaurem has outstanding speed and hands. He is not the biggest guy, but he can separate and shows the ability to make tough catches in traffic. He is an ideal slot receiver and I think Bowling Green really stole one here.
Montrel Robinson :: With his size and the athleticism to play both wide receiver and safety, Robinson really burst onto the scene this summer. He is still raw and didn't have many chances in Lathrup's offense a year ago, but that will be different when he gets to college at Central Michigan.
By The Numbers:
Number of In-State Prospects Committed to FBS Schools: 32
Number of In-State Prospects with FBS Offers: 52
Highest Rated Prospect Without an FBS Offer: Colin Voss, TE/DE, East Grand Rapids (27)
Highest Debut: Carl Davis (21)