Michigan Preseason Rankings
Lawrence Thomas
Lawrence Thomas
Midwest Regional Manager
Posted Aug 20, 2010


The state of Michigan is full of talent yet again. We go through the state's best before the season starts, give you the notes and update our overall prospect rankings.

MICHIGAN at a GLANCE
Prospects With D1/FBS Offers:
53
Prospects Committed:
28

SHOWTIME! - Prospects We are Watching Closely This Season

  • Shawn Conway - WR - Birmingham Seaholm
    Currently checking in at 11th in the state, the 6'3 Conway has the size, leaping ability and ball skills to move higher. That said, the Michigan commit needs to show more consistency this season, and do some of the little things like run crisper routes, and dominate as a blocker that he will have to do at the college level.

  • Onaje Miller - RB - Lansing Sexton
    Despite being a Michigan State commit, Miller has been somewhat quiet over the summer. We did not get to see him at any camps or 7 on 7s, and there are some questioning his level of competition, as well as his 4-star ranking. On tape, we see an explosive back with good elusiveness and receiving ability, and are ready to see him put it to the test against good teams like Muskegon Heights this year.

  • Thomas Rawls - RB - Flint Northern
    Rawls made a splash this summer with a couple of really nice camp showings. A 5'9, 210-lb bowling ball, he proved he was than just a power back this summer, displaying pass catching skills as well as good speed. A good year should put him right up with the state's top backs like Miller and Hayes, and continued classroom improvement should bring about more BCS offers.

  • Allen Robinson - WR - Orchard Lake St. Mary's
    He ended last season strong, and while he did not do a ton of camps this summer, looked good at the ones he did attend. That said, Robinson is still a bit of an unknown. This year, he won't have Robert Bolden at the helm either. Can he elevate his game even further? Eaglet coaches and fans think so. He'll have a chance to really show his skills against a tough schedule.

  • Damon Knox - DE - Muskegon
    Knox is a great looking prospect with size, aggressiveness, and strength. He improved as the summer went along, but is still raw. We want to see him really develop as a pass rusher this year. In particular, two showdowns: the first with Macomb Dakota's Bernard Taylor, and the second with Rockford's Parker Ehinger, will tell us what we need to know about him.

    OFFERS PLEASE! - The first few games will be big for these prospects without offers

  • Nate Dreslinski - TE - Clinton
    He kills a camp. They tell him he's not quite fast enough. He kills another camp. They tell him he's not quite big enough. He kills two more camps. They tell him needs to be a more dominant blocker. Knowing Dreslinski, I'm sure he'll play all out his first few games. Now we just have to see if someone pulls the trigger.

  • Courtney Williams - WR/S - Melvindale
    Williams is a nice sized kid with a couple of FCS/1-AA offers. He showed good hands this summer. Does he have the suddeness to be a D1 receiver, and can he play safety or grow into a linebacker at a high level? Those are the questions that remain, but a big year and Williams should pull in a few more offers.

  • Chris Laneaux - CB - Portage Northern
    Decent size and speed ratio for this cover man. He did not pick up any summer offers, but has a lot of schools looking at him. He'll have a shot to earn a D1 offer this year.

  • Terrell Porter - LB - Berkley
    It's more academic than a talent thing with Porter. His performance in the classroom will be even more important than his play on the field. I think he's a D1 player, he just needs to get qualified.

  • Ryan Griffin - CB - Ypsilanti
    He produced well this summer on the Raw Talent bus and other camps. He's at a new school, and colleges will be looking at what he does there.



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