We will have a great chance to see some of the Midwest's best on Sunday at the Michigan Showcase, presented by The Lifting as We Climb Foundation.
Over the last few years, the organization's Sound Mind Sound Body summer camp has become one of the top events in the country, following the success of the PAL Youth Football League. This Showcase, held at the University of Michigan's Al Glick Fieldhouse, is shaping up to be more of the same.
Of the seniors, Connor Cook from Walsh Jesuit (Ohio) recently received a Michigan State offer and is in line to receive more. Grand Blanc (Mich.) product Ryan Morley is a smart, accurate passer who has started since his freshman season. The strongest arm at the camp may belong to Detroit County Day's Josh Harris, while Farmington (Mich.) signal caller Matt Craven is a 6'5 kid with athleticism.
Of the youngsters, Warren DeLaSalle freshman Shane Morris has been drawing rave reviews this offseason after starting a handful of games his first year. He has a chance to grow into a top flight recruit. Another precocious youngster is 6'5, 210-lb sophomore Brian Blackburn, who has transferred from Warren Cousino to Detroit Crockett.
There are a couple headliners in the senior group. Grand Blanc's Justice Hayes holds multiple offers and is a four-star prospect. Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Dwenger's Remound Wright holds three Big Ten offers to his name and some believe Trotwood-Madison's Antwan Gilbert may end up as the top back in Ohio before its said and done. A couple of senior prospects who have next level potential include Inkster's DaShawn Bell and Southfield's Daevon Robinson.
Of the young backs, one we are quite excited to see is Detroit King's Dennis Norfleet, who was one of the best backs in the PSL as a sophomore last year.
This is a very strong wide receiver group with seven holding college scholarship offers. Two four-star prospects in DeAnthony Arnett (Saginaw, Mich) and A.J. Jordan (Trotwood-Madison, Ohio) are slated to compete. Detroit County Day's Kenny Knight has three offers, including two from the Big Ten. Fellow Detroit product Ashton Gaines of Crockett has an Iowa offer and is one of the city's top players. Shawn Conway of Birmingham Seaholm, a recent Michigan commitment is one guy we are anxious to see in person. Chris Dukes (Cincinnati Colerain, Ohio) and Josh McClain (Clayton Northmont, Ohio) are two more pass catchers coming in with scholarship offers already.
The seniors without offers who are on their way are Glenville (Ohio) product Nick Davis and Detroit Central's two-way star Jalen Massenburg. The top tight end prospect in attendance should be Glenville's Frank Clark.
The linebacker group has some big timers in it. The nation's top middle linebacker Lawrence Thomas (Detroit Renaissance) is expected to attend along with four-star prospect Antonio Poole (Cincinnati Winton Woods, Ohio). Tim Hamilton (Birmingham Brother Rice, Mich) and Steve Daniels (Cincinnati St. Xavier) are two more seniors to be who have offers.
Other 2011 kids who are being recruited by
FBS schools include athletic Armonze Daniel (Avon, Ind), Percy Johnson (Kenston, Ohio) and Jay Velez (Nordonia, Ohio). Two Michigan sleepers we will watch closely are Detroit Cooley's 6'5, 225-lb Jarrell McKinney, and Berkley's athletic Terrell Porter.
Of the youngster's the hot name is James Ross (Orchard Lake St. Mary's, Mich) who now has offers from Michigan and Michigan State. Fellow sophomore and little league teammate Royce Jenkins-Stone (Detroit Cass Tech) is poised to land a few future offers in his own right. Another young Michigander, Tyler Goble (Plymouth, Mich) has a brother who plays at Bowling Green and looks like a D1 prospect himself.
A pair of Michigan commits, Greg Brown (Fremont Ross, Ohio) and Delonte Hollowell (Detroit Cass Tech) will compete in a place they will spend a lot of time over the next few years.
Four-star cornerback Eilar Hardy (Pickerington Central, Ohio) can play multiple positions but will be locking up receivers on the corner at this event. Valdez Showers (Madison Heights Madison, Mich) has two offers. He has played some cornerback, but is more of a running back for Madison. We are excited to see him compete at corner this weekend.
A few seniors who may earn future offers include James Farrow (Minnetonka, Minn), Ryan Griffin (Ann Arbor Pioneer, Mich), and Muskegon Heights' (Mich.) speedy Darryl Terrell.
The safeties will be lead by Detroit Cooley's 6'2, 190-lb Ronald Walker and Inkster's Donovan Lindsey. One intriguing prospect is Madison Heights Madison's quarterback Tony Lowry, who is 6'4 and athletic.
The young corners will include Cass Tech's instinctive cover man Terry Richardson, and Canton's (Mich.) explosive Kevin Buford.