OT, but very nice work on Twitter vs. 11W this morning, Tim.
Revision of Friday Night Lights 2011: An In-State Primer from July 21st, 2011 at 10:21 AM
This fall, I'll be chronicling the season of Michigan commits as they hit the field on Friday nights (or Thursdays, or Saturday afternoons) in their high school games. The series includes stat breakdowns, game stories, and even some original video. Here's a primer for the offensive side of the ball - the prospects whose games I'm most likely to attend this fall. If you have any corrections, you can e-mail them to me at [email protected], or post them in the comments of this post.
Harrison High School
Farmington Hills, MI
|Farmington Hills Harrison 2011|
|8-27||8PM||Detroit Cass Tech (@EMU)|
|9-23||7PM||@ Southfield Lathrup|
|10-6||7PM||@ Rochester Adams|
|10-14||7PM||OAA Crossover Game|
HS Position: Wide Receiver
Projects as: Tight End/H-Back
HS Position: Defensive Tackle
Projects as: Defensive End/Rush LB
Farmington Hills Harrison had plenty of success on the field last year, winning 14 straight game en route to an undefeated State Championship season in Michigan's second-largest division. Devin finished the season with about 33 catches for 800 yards, while Mario notched 127 tackles and 12 sacks from the DT spot(!!!), also causing three fumbles.
Harrison looks to be strong yet again in 2011, with not only Funchess and Ojemudia back, but teammate Aaron Burbridge reeling in the receptions - I'll be keeping an eye on the #2 prospect in the state of Michigan, as he's a prospect for the Wolverines as well. Harrison does have to replace quarterback Tommy Vento (a preferred walk-on at Michigan State), but if they can find a signal-caller, the other pieces are in place for a deep run.
I should catch quite a few Harrison games, and their season-opener against Cass Tech is a must-see for Michigan fans, as Royce Jenkins-Stone and Terry Richardson will be suiting up across the field. That game is August 27th at 8PM in Eastern Michigan's Rynearson Stadium.
Cass Technical School
|Detroit Cass Tech 2011|
|8-27||8PM||FH Harrison (@EMU)|
|9-2||3PM||@ Detroit Central|
|9-9||4PM||@ Det Southeastern|
|9-30||6PM||Crockett (@Det Osborn)|
HS Position: Fullback/Linebacker
Projects as: Middle Linebacker
HS Position: Slot Receiver/Cornerback
Projects as: Cornerback
Cass Tech had enormous success last season for a city league team, falling in the State Semifinal game on a final-minute turnover to eventual champion Lake Orion. Cass Tech sent four players to Division-1 following the season, including Michigan freshman CB Delonte Hollowell. Royce rushed for 10 touchdowns, and added 90 tackles and five sacks on the other side of the ball, and Terry finished with 35 tackles and 12 interceptions, plus 12 receptions for 400ish(!) yards and five touchdowns.
Despite losing plenty of talent from last year's team, Cass Tech looks to reload with Terry and Royce as the leaders. Royce's fellow linebackers Ruben Lile and Laron Taylor both have multiple Division-1 scholarships, and DT Darryl Goldsmith is also hearing from the MAC. There's talent in the Technicians' 2013 class as well. The schedule sets up nicely for Cass, with the showcase game against Harrison leading into several Detroit teams - against whom CT has been dominant over the past couple years.
Aside from the season-opener against Harrison, I should be able to make it to a couple more Cass Tech games - many of which are conveniently scheduled during the day. The final two games are tentatively scheduled for Thursdays, which could mean more chance to check them out.
Detroit Catholic Central
|Detroit Catholic Central 2011|
|8-26||7PM||@ Dearborn Fordson|
|9-2||7:30PM||@ Delphos (OH) St. John's|
|9-24||7PM||De La Salle (@Lake Shore)|
|10-15||7PM||Orchard Lake St. Mary's|
|10-22||4PM||Prep Bowl (@Ford Field)|
HS Position: Defensive End
Projects as: Defensive End/Tackle
Last year, the Shamrocks saw plenty of success, but lost in the State Quarterfinals to current Michigan freshman Brennen Beyer and his eventual runner-up Plymouth Wildcats. They closed out the season 9-3. Matt capped off a 66-tackle (28 for loss), campaign with All-Catholic Honors.
Catholic Central looks to rebound from a down year in 2010 (seriously, 9-3 is a down year) with a return to the state finals - they won the State Championship in 2009. Along with Godin, tight end Matt Doneth is a Division-1 prospect as a senior, and 2013 RB/DE Wyatt Shallman should be one of the top prospects in next year's in-state crop.
With Michigan's heavy recruiting of the Catholic League this year (James Ross attends Orchard Lake St. Mary's, and 2013 QB Commit Shane Morris goes to Warren De La Salle), I should be able to make it out to at least a couple of Godin's games.
St. Mary's Preparatory
Orchard Lake, MI
|Orchard Lake St. Mary's 2011|
|8-26||4:30PM||GR West Catholic|
|9-2||7PM||Toledo (OH) St. John's|
|9-16||7PM||UD Jesuit (@Ferndale)|
|9-23||7:30PM||Columbus (OH) DeSales|
|10-7||7PM||Warren De La Salle|
|10-15||7PM||@ Det Catholic Central|
|10-22||7PM||Prep Bowl (@Ford Field)|
HS Position: Fullback/Linebacker
Projects as: Linebacker
Last year, St. Mary's reached the State Championship game, but fell to rival East Grand Rapids (as the Eaglets so often do in various sports) on a goal line stand in the fourth quarter. The only other losses in the 11-3 campaign for St. Mary's came to another rival in Birmingham Brother Rice. James had 103 tackles, five sacks, five forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries, and an interception last year.
This year, the Eaglets have to replace a Division-1 prospect in Penn State-bound wideout Allen Robinson, along with their starting quarterback Mike Koenigsknecht. The onus will fall on the run game and defense to bring the Eaglets back to the playoffs.
I should be able to make at least a couple OLSM games this fall, particularly when they take on other Michigan prospects.
Rockford High School
|9-16||7PM||Holland West Ottawa|
HS Position: Offensive Tackle
Projects as: Offensive Tackle
The Rams are a traditional football power in the State of Michigan, so only reaching the semifinals last year (they bowed out to Brennen Beyer's Plymouth team) was a disappointment for Rockford. The 11-3 seaosn also included road losses to Howell and Canton in the regular season. Braden is an offensive lineman, so his didn't accrue any stats.
Expect a disappointing 2010 season to fuel a deep run for Rockford this year, led by Braden up front. His other bookend, Parker Ehinger, is off to Cincinnati this year, so the Rams need another big lineman to step up in their run-heavy attack. There has been a lot of talk this summer about how Braden impressed on the camp circuit, so a strong senior year could help him move into four-star range to the recruiting services.
Rockford is positioned across the state from most of Michigan's other commits (and, you know, Michigan itself), so it'll be rare that I get to take in one of Braden's regular-season games. However, Rockford should make a deep run into the playoffs, and I'll hopefully get to catch a couple there.
De La Salle Collegiate
|De La Salle 2011|
|8-26||7PM||AA Pioner (@Lake Shore)|
|9-2||7PM||Carman-Ainsworth (@Lake Shore)|
|9-9||7PM||@ Dearborn Fordson|
|9-18||2:30PM||@ Brother Rice|
|9-24||7PM||Catholic Central (@Lake Shore)|
|9-30||7PM||Inkster (@Lake Shore)|
|10-7||7PM||@ Orchard Lake St. Mary's|
|10-14||7PM||UD Jesuit (@Lake Shore)|
|10-21||7PM||Prep Bowl (@ Ford Field)|
Shane Morris (2013)
HS Position: Quarterback
Projects as: Quarterback
De La Salle has not been a power in the Catholic League, but they put together a good 2010 season, reaching the State Quarterfinals, where they fell to eventual champion Farmington Hills Harrison. The other losses in a 9-3 season for the Pilots came to another pair of Michigan commits in Detroit Catholic Central's Matt Godin and Orchard Lake St Mary's linebacker James Ross. Morris completed 102 of 180 passes for 1,150 yards, to go along with 14 touchdowns and just 2 picks last season.
De La Salle should be about the same this year as they were last year, but with another year of experience for their star QB, they'll look to get over the next hump. With a very strong junior season, Shane can make an early argument for 5-star status in the 2013 class.
Since he won't be hitting campus for another couple years, I'm not prioritizing Morris's games as highly as the other prospects. I plan to be in attendance (when possible) for a couple contests against 2012 Michigan commits.
Any corrections to the schedules posted here are welcome. If you attend any commit's game, feel free to e-mail me notes, stats, photos, etc. to [email protected].
Not that it's important, but both Rivals and Scout said Morris had 5 INTs last year.
As an Alum, your comment that DeLaSalle isn't a power in the Catholic League bugged me a little. They are 47 - 16 since 2006 with two trips to the State Championship.
Ditto, just not an accurate description. Not to mention, only about 6 inches separated them from beating Rojo and Muskegon in the first title appearance. They have been pretty damn good for a while now. Took a small break between the Jefferson Vitale days, but seem to be consistently at or near the top lately.
Hey, we were a powerhouse back in the early 1960's as well.
I think that Nick Frontczak (DLS 1961) was the last Pilot to play at Michigan. He was a walkon but I think he saw the field a few times.
He was part of a great one-two punch in the mid-80's (think the other guy went to Wisconsin).
The late John Vitale was an All-American at Michigan and played at De LaSalle in the early 80's.
I meant that to be "the power they once were" as a reference to the past couple years when they've been down a bit compared to historical standards. Horrible wording on my part, apologies.
Damn Harrison beat my whole family's worth of alma maters in last year's tournament. First they knocked off Brother Rice (mom's a Marian grad), then De La Salle (dad's alma mater) and later on, GP South (mine.)
will be known as the day that the most talent ever stepped on Eastern Michigan's Rynearson Stadium.
We should get a big contigent of Mich fans out there. Not be creepy and yell "OMGt-richpleasestaycommitteddon'ttakeofficals" but just all go wearing maize and blue and watch future some future wolverines.
8/27 might also be known as the day a real crowd finally showed up to watch football in Ypsi.
Rochester Adams is just up the street from me and I don't have a game on October 6th. I might leave practice and head over there for the Adams-Harrison game
See you there.
Great job, Tim.
Is it just me, or is Michigan H.S. football about twice as deep with recruitable players as what we saw in the classes of 2009-10-11? This is certainly not a knock on the (State of) Michigan kids that (the University of) Michigan has recruited during that time. I think that we did ourselves well with the in-state kids we brought in. But it just seems that there were fewer prospects. Are there any metrics on how much more quantifiable talent we are looking at, in the 2012 and 2013 classes, compared to the three previous years?
I'm on my iPad so I don't want to go and look, but I know that, according to rivals, Michigan only has five four star players this year, and no five stars. I'm not saying that's the only measure since guys like Godin and Funchess aren't four stars but are still very good prospects, but using that as a measure Michigan does not have more talent than in years past. They're just all coming to UM.
how did rockford manage to have all but 2 games at home?
HSSports.net has Rockford on the road for Lowell (week 1), Muskegon (week 5), Grandville (week 7), and Jenison (week 9).
Why is OLSM's nickname the Eaglets? Isn't that the most unintimidating thing ever (besides a nut)? They couldn't just drop the 't' and become the Eagles?
Also, it should be very interesting to see Richardson covering Burbridge and RJS (maybe?) getting some coverage on Funchess. Should be a large Michigan turnout for that game
I believe it's because they are a prep school, and those types of school often take on "little" versions of nicknames. Think of things like "Little Giants," etc. Since it's a Polish-founded/themed school, and there's a big Eagle on the flag of Poland, they're the "Little Eagles" or "Eaglets."
I'm looking foward to the Burbridge - Richardson match up also. It'll be a good one, hopefully we'll get some film of it.
Orchard Lake St. Mary's used to have a college on the same campus by the name of St. Mary's College. They were the Eagles. The college ended up selling to Madona and the prep kept its name, the Eaglets.
Plus, everyone knows an Eaglet is an Eagle with a huge weiner. I mean that's just common sense.
1st time poster, long time reader and fan from Perrysburg Ohio here. I see Tim said Farmington was in the 2nd largest division, what are the divisions of some of these other schools in the State?? I see Detroit Catholic Central is playing Delphos St. Johns, who is in one of the smaller school divisions in Ohio. Just wondering what kind of level of competition these kids are playing on...Love the blog though.
Catholic Central, Cass Tech and Rockford all all in the largest division. OLSM is D3. There are eight divisions total in Michigan. De La Salle is also D2 I believe.
Thanks for the answer..It seems like these Detroit and surrounding area's schools are venturing more into Ohio for games these days.
Those teams in the upper division of Detroit's Catholic League have to travel around to find games. There are only 5 teams in that division so finding a full 9 game schedule requires them to travel to get games. Other teams are in the lower CHSL divisions can't compete with the likes of CC and BR. Our school (Division 4) used to play CC every year and it was a blood bath. The last time we played them, our starting TB had his hip dislocated (a la Bo Jackson).
Orchard Lake St. Mary's Prep
Divine Child was in that division but only played a partial schedule of those teams. Now they're in the next middle divison.
that the divisions aren't set in stone. They are decided once there are 256 qualifying playoff teams. The top 32 teams making it are placed in D1, ect. Generally, however, teams will always fall into the same division. Just like to point out that it's flexible though.
Snice there arent as many Ohio natives on here, I don't think many people realize the difference in size between Detroit Central Catholic and Delphos St. Johns in Ohio. They compete in Division VI, the smallest in Ohio. They graduate about 85 kids per class, but if you check them out on Maxpreps or jjhuddle, they rank among the top 10-20 schools in the entire state. It's pretty crazy. They won the state title game 77-6 last year. It was uglier than the score indicated...
I've got a friend coming into A2 for the ND game weekend and he's interested in seeing a HS game on Friday night. any suggestions about a good game to see, taking into account talent, competitive teams, and game atmosphere?
We (Notre Dame Prep) are playing Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard at 1:30 at Ann Arbor. We're in the middle division of the Catholic League. A2GR has a nice stadium/field and there are some players from both squads that have interest at the next level. It'll be close to your ultimate destination and will be a good game between rivals. I'll be heading over to the Big House afterwards for the big game, too.
If you want to see Michigan commits play, you might have to travel a bit out of Ann Arbor (and probably not see many competitive games), but De La Salle plays at Dearborn Fordson that Friday night - probably the best game of the week from a competitive standpoint - Catholic Central plays Inkster in Novi, FH Harrison should curbstomp Stoney Creek, and OLSM should do the same to Stoney Creek.
If you're coming from the South (or willing to travel South), Allen Gant's Sylvania Southview team plays Toledo Start as well.
Yikes, sounds like a tough weekend for Stoney Creek.
I see at least two Fordson games up there (How the heck do you get both De La Salle AND CC out of conference in one year? Yeesh. It'd be a great season ticket, but brutal. And they'll probably catch Cass Tech in the playoffs again). If I can make it back for any of the games, I'll try and add my "scouting report" (FWIW) to any FNLs posts.
I fucking hate Rockford. They are the dirtiest players ever. If you have ever played them then you know what I'm talking about.