Poll: Who's the Best in Michigan?
William Gholston
William Gholston
Midwest Regional Manager
Posted Dec 10, 2009


We polled players and coaches from around the state of Michigan on who their top three seniors in the state were. Here are the results.

Just to try something different, I polled the top players in the state of Michigan, several coaches and others in the know on who their top three senior football players in the state were.

Players participating could vote for themselves, but only once. The votes were tallied and extra points were awarded for 1st place votes.

It is important to note that this poll in no way will affect any player's stars or ranking on Scout.com, it is simply another perspective on a strong class in Michigan that is top heavy.

1. Will Gholston | Detroit Southeastern | LB/DE
Results: Gholston racked up the most first place votes. As far as player votes went, he was on all but two ballots.
How his season went: Gholston and Southeastern were knocked out of the playoffs by Sterling Heights Stevenson, but he still finished the season with 115 tackles and 27 sacks.
Recruiting: Committed to Michigan State
2. Devin Gardner | Inkster | QB
Results: Gardner narrowly missed out on first place. Where Gholston had the most votes by players, Gardner received the most coach's votes.
How his season went: After an 0-2 start, he lead his team to the playoffs, including a four touchdown performance in ending Steubenville's (OH) 68-game home win streak. The Vikings were defeated by Lowell in the state title game.
Recruiting: Committed to Michigan.
3. Max Bullough | T.C. St. Francis | MLB
Results: Bullough appeared on a number of ballots and received a fair amount of second place votes.
How his season went: The Gladiators won another state title and Bullough had a great championship game performance that included 10 tackles, a sack and interception He finished the year with 118 tackles and even scored five touchdowns on offense.
Recruiting: Recruiting: Committed to Michigan State
4. Mylan Hicks | Detroit Renaissance | CB
Results: Hicks received a couple of first place votes even, with one coach who had seen him at camp calling him the best defender in the state.
How his season went: His year was cut short by an ankle injury, but he was still selected to the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl.
Recruiting: Committed to Michigan State
5. Niko Palazeti | Novi C.C. | FB/LB
Results: Palazeti earned the respect of his peers, as several players put the unsung bruiser on the ballot.
How his season went: Palazeti helped his team to a state title, making22 tackles on defense and one sack. At fullback, he had 224 carries for 1,279 yards and 24 touchdowns.
Recruiting: Uncommitted and without FBS offers, he is still hearing from Michigan State, Western Michigan and others.

Others receiving more than one vote: D.J. Mershman, Baquer Sayed, Tony Lippett, Jason Fracassa




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