SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Many of the Detroit area’s top underclassmen were in Southfield on Wednesday night for a meeting with Sound Mind Sound Body’s Maximum Exposure program, a non-profit organization that provides mentoring, tutoring and the opportunity to participate in football-related activities year round.
Reschke could make a decision in the winter following his junior year.
A lot of the young men in attendance are already hearing from some of the top college football programs in the country.
Four Big Ten schools hot after Future247 LB
Bloomfield Hills (Mich.) Brother Rice four-star junior linebacker Jon Reschke says Michigan State is still the leader for his services and a commitment could come by the winter following this season.
However, three Big Ten rivals are currently pushing the Spartans for the 6-foot-2, 223-pound Reschke’s pledge in Iowa, Michigan and Penn State. The Spartans have already extended a scholarship, and the other three programs look to be moving in that direction.
Reschke says he recently started building a relationship with Hawkeyes defensive coordinator Norm Parker.
“Iowa wants to see film,” Reschke said. “I’m definitely interested in Iowa. We have a player who played at Brother Rice who plays there now, Kevonte Manley, so I like Iowa. I don’t know much but I’m interested.”
Reschke attended Michigan’s victory over Minnesota last Saturday.
“I sat down with Coach (Mark) Smith the linebackers coach and he told me he just needs to see some film of me at linebacker and hopefully they’ll offer,” Reschke explained, adding that he also keeps in touch with Wolverines assistant Fred Jackson.
Arkansas and Mississippi State are two programs that have upped the personal interest in Dillard.
Reschke played defensive end as a sophomore where he racked up 79 tackles, with 15 stops coming for loss including 7 ½ sacks. He has moved to linebacker this season and he currently leads the Catholic League in tackles.
Penn State was one of the first programs to start recruiting Reschke. He’s very high on linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden.
“Penn State has sent tons of mail and handwritten letters,” Reshcke said. “I called Coach Vanderlinden last week and we talked for a long time. We talked about the season and he said he really likes me and he just wants to see some film of me at linebacker.”
Since Sept. 1, the first day college programs could contact high school juniors, other schools to start showing interest in Reschke includes Alabama, Indiana, Notre Dame and Purdue. Reschke plans to be at the Irish-USC game on Oct. 22.
Reschke attended Michigan State’s first two home games. His father Paul is a former offensive lineman for the Spartans.
Interest picks up for Dillard
Canton (Mich.) High junior offensive guard Cameron Dillard attended the recent West Virginia-LSU game in Morgantown and has had great feedback from the staff since.
“I really enjoyed myself there,” Dillard said. “They showed me a lot of love. They liked my film, and Coach (Dana) Holgorsen sent me a hand-written letter last week thanking me for coming to the game and that we’re really looking forward to recruiting you and hopefully you can be a Mountaineer in 2013.”
Dillard currently holds offers from Buffalo and Eastern Michigan, and has attended games at Michigan, Michigan State and Notre Dame this fall. Of those schools, Dillard is in most contact with the Spartans staff. Arkansas and Mississippi State are two other programs he speaks to on a weekly basis.
Dillard will attend Western Michigan’s game this Saturday and is looking to make it to the Arkansas-South Carolina game in Fayetteville on Nov. 5. He reports no favorites early in the process.
2014 QB off to fast start
Grand Ledge (Mich.) High sophomore signal-caller Jalen Brady took over as the school’s starter in week two and has helped lead the program to a 6-0 record, passing for 550 yards and five touchdowns, while rushing for another score.
Wisconsin, Ohio State, Maryland, Purdue, Ball State and Bowling Green are the programs that have already taken notice.
Brady visited Madison last year for a Wisconsin game.
“I like Wisconsin a lot,” Brady said. “When we went there for an unofficial visit last year, they treated me like I was already part of the team. We talked to Coach (DelVaughn) Alexander the receivers coach, and he said they’re going to be checking me out.
The Badgers plan to check Brady out next Friday when Grand Ledge takes on East Lansing.
Brady doesn’t have any visits planned for this fall, but says Ohio State has invited him to a game.
Crockett Tech juniors emerge
During the summer, Detroit (Mich.) Crockett Tech junior Khalid Hill took home position MVP honors at one of Michigan’s summer camp. The Wolverines staff invited him back for the Western Michigan game in September.
“They’re really interested in me,” Hill said, adding that he’s also receiving mail from Nebraska and Mississippi State. He attended a game at Eastern Michigan this season as well. “The coaches really like me and they said they just want to see more of me and they want to see my highlight film of me showing my talents against competition.”
Hill has four touchdowns in helping lead Crockett Tech to a 5-1 start. He played on the Maximum Exposure 7-on-7 team this summer with many of the area’s top prospects including Michigan class of 2013 quarterback commit Shane Morris. The possibility of catching passes from Morris on the next level excites him.
“I like how Michigan uses their tight ends a lot, and I also like that Shane Morris is going there and he’s the same year as me, so if I do go to Michigan, I’ll be there with him.”
Hill’s teammate and classmate Desmond King says early interest is coming in from Michigan State, Michigan, Nebraska, Mississippi State and Toledo. He’s attended two games in East Lansing and one in Ann Arbor.
“I’m interested in the Spartans,” King said. “They’re good. Their coaches are good up there. They’re like family to me. I have a couple family members up there.
“At Michigan I like their atmosphere and the fans are live. The coaches are great. I met some of the players and I know some of the players also.”
Bossory attends two Big Ten games
One of the most productive quarterbacks in the state has been Manchester (Mich.) High junior Nathan Bossory, who has already thrown for 1,222 yards and 20 touchdowns in leading his team to a 5-1 start.
The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Bossory has taken visits to Indiana for the Virginia game and Michigan State for the Central Michigan game.
“Indiana was really exciting,” Bossory said. “For a night game, they about filled the place. The game was exciting. Indiana was down at halftime, but they ended up coming back.
“Michigan State, they blew them out. I sat with the recruits for a little bit, and then I moved to the student section to sit with my sister who goes there. That was pretty exciting.”
Both programs have requested Bossory’s junior film, and he said that he could also visit Ball State and Duke before the season ends.
-Farmington Hills (Mich.) Harrison is home of Top247 Michigan State commit Aaron Burbridge, Michigan pledges Devin Funchess and Mario Ojemudia, and rising junior Gairus Coleman. Two sophomores that look to be on BCS track are running Lorenzo Collins (6-0, 200) and linebacker Gary Hosey (6-0, 225).
Collins, who already has five rushing touchdowns for the national powerhouse, is hearing from Michigan, Penn State, Michigan State, Oregon, Mississippi State, Cincinnati and Nebraska. He camped in Ann Arbor during the summer and says he grew up a Nittany Lions fan.
Hosey is receiving interest from many of the same programs.
-Farmington (Mich.) High has two juniors already receiving interest in linebacker Isaiah Gourdine (6-2, 185) and running back/cornerback Jordan Degreffenreed (5-7, 175). Gourdine says he’s receiving a lot of mail from Michigan State and is expecting to see a Spartans coach at his school on Friday. He’ll be in East Lansing for the Michigan State game on Oct. 15. During the summer Gourdine camped at Penn State and Cincinnati, and says he plans to return to the Nittany Lions campus for the Illinois game. Alabama, Mississippi State, Notre Dame are among the schools flooding the mailbox. This fall, Gourdine has over 40 tackles and five sacks. Degreffenreed had eight total touchdowns including three he’s ran back on kickoffs, and says Illinois State is showing him the most attention. He has three interceptions from his cornerback spot.
-Reschke isn’t the only underclassmen on the radar of Michigan State at Brother Rice. During the summer, class of 2014 running back Brian Walker camped in East Lansing and impressed coach Brad Salem. “He told me to keep in contact and to get out to a couple games,” Walker said. “I thought it was a very good camp and it was fun competing with other talented kids and working with the coaches. (Coach Salem) said to keep working hard and he showed a lot of interest in me.”
Besides Walker, class of 2013 running back/safety DeShun Brown says he’s receiving early interest from Indiana and Mississippi State, and sophomore receiver Corey Lacanaria is off to a great start, catching 18 passes on the fall for 250 yards and four touchdowns.
Junior quarterback Cheyne Lacanaria is currently splitting time as the starter.
-Grosse Point (Mich.) South linebacker Jack Doyle had a big sophomore season a year ago, racking up 127 tackles, four sacks and four forced fumbles. He said Iowa is the school showing the most early interest, with Northwestern, Penn State, Nebraska, Indiana and Mississippi State also having him on the radar.
-Detroit (Mich.) Jesuit junior receiver Curtis Smith (5-10, 170) is a three-year starter at running back/slot receiver. As a sophomore he had over 1,000 all-purpose yards and six touchdowns, earning all-league honors. He has five touchdowns this season and says mail has come from Alabama, Mississippi State, Penn State and LSU.
Smith’s teammate Phil Parham (5-9, 155) is a sophomore starter in the secondary.
-Oak Park (Mich.) High has a couple 2013 prospects with BCS potential in receiver/safety Brian Williams (6-2, 170) and tight end/defensive end Jayvon Tate, according to assistant coach Chan Brock. Williams has caught 34 passes for five touchdowns this season. He’s also intercepted two passes. Tate has two receiving touchdowns and has been wreaking havoc rushing off the edge. Teammates, running back/safety Malik Washington (4 TDs, 1 INT) and running back/cornerback George Williams are two others Brock is high on.
-Detroit (Mich.) Frederick Douglas class of 2013 running back Demetrius Stinson rushed for 1,100 yards and ten touchdowns as a sophomore. Michigan State, Mississippi State and Wisconsin are among the programs sending early literature, and during the summer he camped at Cincinnati and Toledo.
-Southfield (Mich.) High is putting together a nice season led by Cincinnati commit Leviticus Payne and uncommitted seniors Ronald Thompson and Brandon Watkins. Two juniors to keep an eye on are receivers Brandon Bean (6-2, 187) and Tre Walton (5-11, 170). Bean and Walton are two-year starters. This fall, Bean has over 200 yards receiving and three touchdowns, and Walton has added 10 receptions and three scores.
-Novi (Mich.) Catholic Central running back/outside linebacker Anthony Darkangelo rushed for 900 yards as a sophomore for one of the state’s top programs. Notre Dame is the first school to show interest. Darkangelo camped in South Bend during the summer and was invited back for the Michigan State game earlier this fall.
-West Bloomfield (Mich.) High class of 2013 running back Matthew Farrow (5-7, 165) says early interest has come from Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan.