SOUTHFIELD, Mich. - Several of the state of Michigan's top prospects announced their college decision at the Maximum Exposure Sound Mind Sound Body press conference at Southfield High School on Friday.
Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech linebacker Laron Taylor committed to the Hawkeyes on Friday.
Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech linebacker Laron Taylor committed to Iowa over Cincinnati. The 6-foot, 205-pound Taylor also had offers from Indiana, Toledo and Western Michigan. As a junior, he was an All-City performer, racking up 95 tackles, with 20 coming for loss including seven sacks in helping lead his team to the state semifinals.
Cincinnati landed three commitments in the form of Detroit (Mich.) King Top247 running back Dennis Norfleet, Southfield (Mich.) High cornerback Leviticus Payne and Grand Blanc linebacker Lester Liston.
The 5-foot-8, 175-pound Norfleet chose the Bearcats over offers from the likes of Tennessee, Michigan State and Pittsburgh. He is currently ranked as the No. 244 prospect in America by 247Sports. As a junior, the four-star standout rushed for almost 2,000 yards and over 30 touchdowns.
The 5-foot-9, 176-pound Payne heads to Cincinnati over scholarships from Iowa, Bowling Green, Toledo and Western Michigan. A two-way standout, he racked up 1,200 all-purpose yards and 14 touchdowns - seven rushing and seven receiving as a junior. On defense, he had 31 tackles and seven pass breakups.
The 6-foot-1, 211-pound Liston considered offers from Akron, Bowling Green and Western Michigan before opting for the Bearcats.
Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice running back/receiver Devin Church committed to Northern Illinois over offers from Boston College, Bowling Green and Toledo. As a junior, Church rushed for over 600 yards and seven touchdowns, while adding another 400 yards receiving and three scores
Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech cornerback Will Rembert gave his verbal to Buffalo and has plans to visit this weekend.
Detroit Crockett cornerback James White pledged to Bowling Green. He also had offers from Akron and Toledo. As a junior, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound White had 45 tackles and a team-high seven interceptions. An offensive threat, he caught 38 receptions for 617 yards and four touchdowns.