2012 Michigan Preview
By Allen Trieu

  • Aaron Burbridge | Wide Receiver | Farmington Hills Harrison
    There is a growing sentiment that Burbridge may be the best in the state. He has solid size at 6'1, 185-lbs, but he also has good speed and excellent hands and ball skills. I don't know that I've ever seen the kid drop a ball. He currently holds an offer from Michigan State and more should be on their way.

  • James Ross | Middle Linebacker | Orchard Lake St. Mary's
    He may not wow you with pads off like a Lawrence Thomas or Will Gholston, because he does not have the size of those guys, but you put the film on and Ross is arguably the best pure football player in the state. Toughness, big hits, excellent instincts and football smarts. He has all the intangible qualities you want in a middle backer. He stands at seven offers.

  • Danny O'Brien | Defensive Tackle | Flint Powers
    As with the other two, I also don't think O'Brien is a "wow" guy in terms of size. He's a nice sized defensive tackle at 6'2, 280-lbs, but it's his quickness off the ball and relentless nature that make him special. He has excellent agility and doesn't seem to know how to play any other way but full board. Michigan and Tennesse have already offered.

  • Royce Jenkins-Stone | Outside Linebacker | Detroit Cass Tech
    He just might have as much upside as any other prospect in the state. He has a great frame at 6'2, 215-lbs, and has athleticism and speed to go with it. As a junior, he really stepped it up one more notch by adding discipline and the ability to make reads and attack to his game. He has several early offers including Pittsburgh, Iowa and Michigan State.

  • Terry Richardson | Cornerback | Detroit Cass Tech
    It's becoming a theme on this list, but Richardson may not have the prototypical size, but he does have the instincts, hips and natural cover ability as evidenced by his eight interceptions a year ago. Don't let that 5'9, 165-lb frame lead you into thinking he can't tackle either, as that is a part of his game he worked on greatly and he showed it as a junior. Offers have come from Alabama, LSU, Iowa, Michigan State, Pittsburgh and others.
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