Updated Michigan 2015 Rankings

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Scout's preseason prospect rankings for the state of Michigan, complete with capsules on the top 25.

1. Brian Cole, WR - Saginaw Heritage
Great year as a running back and safety last year, but size and ball skills make him a good projection to receiver at Michigan. Not on the most talented team, so teams keyed on him heavy last year and he still produced.

2. Mike Weber, RB - Detroit Cass Tech
Had a really strong junior year. Good pass catcher out of the backfield and a slasher with good burst and vision. Committed to Michigan.

3. Kyonta Stallworth - OG, Detroit King
Michigan State commit had a great offseason, competing against top competition at camps and doing extremely well. Not a real big kid, but strong, a good athlete and his improved technique really showed.

4. Tyson Smith - CB, Orchard Lake St. Mary's
He's still, despite a commitment to Michigan State, under some people's radars, but he can play. He is physical and can play man to man, which he showed this summer in winning MVP at the NFTC. He also proved he had the speed, clocking 4.52.

5. Alex Malzone - QB, Brother Rice
It was surprising to me that he didn't pick up more offers after the junior season he had, but Malzone stayed patient and earned a Michigan offer. He has a good arm and makes good decisions, but it's his all around poise under pressure that makes him special.

6. Tyriq Thompson - OLB, Detroit King
Was extremely productive as a junior and had a good offseason too. Smart, heady player who plays fast and always finds his way to the ball, all of which makes him a good fit at Michigan State.

7. David Moorman - OT, Northville
Mauler of a lineman who is smart, works hard and is very tough. Those qualities are ones we believe will allow him to work his way into the lineup at Wisconsin.

8. Joshua Alabi - DE, Detroit Cass Tech
The Ohio State commit is talented and big, but this season will be a big one as we get a clearer picture of where he may project best in college after playing mostly offense as a junior.

9. John Kelly - RB, Oak Park
Whether it's at running back or defensive back, Kelly just makes plays because he is very confident and plays with attitude. He is down to Michigan State and Minnesota.

10. Junior McMullen - MLB, Oak Park
We think P.J. Fleck and the Western Michigan Broncos got a steal here in McMullen who picked up more offers after great camp performances this summer, but remains committed to WMU.

11. Tyrone Miller - S, Saline
This one may surprise some, but Miller was outstanding in camps this summer, allowing us to see some skills that weren't evident on film. Picking up more offers this Fall is a strong possibility.

12. Dior Johnson - S, Southfield
Great sized kid and a big hitter who can come down into the box and play like a linebacker, but he also made plays in coverage when we saw him in 7v7. Committed to Wake Forest.

13. Romello Ross - RB, Detroit Western
Ross quietly has had a great career and he was very impressive at Sound Mind, Sound Body. Central Michigan may have to fight a little to keep him, but we think Dan Enos got a great one.

14. Ray Buford - CB, Southfield
Great sized Minnesota commit had a good offseason after missing time last season with injury. A good year this year could move him up further.

15. Khari Willis - S, Jackson Lumen Christi
Two-sport athlete who could play a few positions in college but Michigan State is likely to play him as a safety or even outside linebacker.

16. Daniel Crawford - TE, Macomb Dakota
Sure-handed H-back type who committed to Northern Illinois and remains so despite the addition of a Cincinnati offer.

17. Joshuwa Holloman - RB, Auburn Hills Avondale
The fastest player in the state earned a Cincinnati commit over the Summer and took it. His speed should be a good fit in the Bearcat offense.

18. Grant Perry - WR, Brother Rice
Highly productive player who runs great routes, catches everything thrown at him and will continue to be productive wherever he ends up in college.

19. John Keenoy - C, East Kentwood
Western Michigan commit is tough, very fundamentally sound and impressed us along the camp circuit.

20. Jake Johnson - QB, Dewitt
CMU commit can throw it all over the field and has underrated mobility.

21. Jayru Campbell - QB, Detroit Cass Tech
Talent wise, he could be in the top ten on this list, but we want to see how he responds after a tough offseason.

22. Wesley French - OG, St. Joseph
Big and athletic kid who can play either side of the ball. Still has technique to polish, but tools are all there.

23. Tony Balabani, LB, Macomb Dakota
Has a college-ready frame and made a ton of plays last season. Could end up being an edge rusher in some situations. Committed to Western Michigan.

24. Anton Curtis, WR, East English Village Prep
Long, athletic high school quarterback will play wide receiver for Western Michigan in college and has all the tools to make that transition.

25. Carter Masek, LB, East Grand Rapids
Miami (Ohio) commit has played middle linebacker but could move outside and is big enough to potentially project to defensive end if he keeps growing.

THREE-YEAR REWIND
2013
1 Shane Morris Michigan Started last year's bowl game and will likely back up Devin Gardner this year.
2 Steven Elmer Notre Dame Started four games as a true freshman and should be the full-time guy this year.
3 Jourdan Lewis Michigan Played as a true freshman and is expected to start this year.
4 Jon Reschke Michigan State Redshirted and currently running with the 2nd team in Fall camp.
5 David Dawson Michigan In contention for starting job this year.
15 Desmond King Iowa Started 12 games as a true freshman and was a Freshman All-American.
 
2012
1 Aaron Burbridge Michigan State Has 51 career receptions and expectations are high for this season.
2 James Ross Michigan Has started 11 games in two years and has 121 career tackles.
3 Royce Jenkins-Stone Michigan Special teams contributor early in career is pushing for starting spot this year.
4 Mario Ojemudia Michigan Has 31 tackles and 2.5 sacks in two seasons.
5 Dennis Norfleet Michigan Has been the main return man and is expected to play more offense this year.
7 Devin Funchess Michigan After two good seasons, is expected to take big leap forward and be a high draft pick.
 
2011
1 Lawrence Thomas Michigan State Has not produced as expected early in career, but rumblings are that he will this year.
2 DeAnthony Arnett Tennessee Had a good freshman year at UT but has played sparingly since transferring to MSU.
3 Brennen Beyer Michigan Has 16 career starts and will start the season this year for the Wolverines.
4 Justice Hayes Michigan Redshirted, then started one game in two years for the Wolverines. In the mix this season.
5 Anthony Zettel Penn State Second on the team with four sacks as a redshirt sophomore in 2013.
7 Jake Fisher Oregon Has started much of the last two years for the Ducks.

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