It was another take-on-all-comers summer for the Maximum Exposure program out of the Detroit Area.
Michigan TE commit Khalid Hill played really well at the IMG/Madden 7-on-7 National Championships.
Led by founder Curtis Blackwell and his coaches Rod Oden, Chan Brock, Abdullah Muhammad and Jermain Crowell among others, MaxEx traveled to cities near and far to compete and give local football prospects an opportunity to shine on the national stage.
For the second year in a row, the MaxEx boys took the chance and ran with it.
-After winning the 2011 IMG/Madden 7-on-7 National Championships in Bradenton, Fla., MaxEx returned to the Sunshine State this summer and placed second overall in the prestigious tournament. Michigan five-star quarterback commit Shane Morris and future Wolverine tight end Khalid Hill turned in big-time performances, and Bowling Green commit Teo Redding and under-the-radar receiver Jack Wangler shined as well.
-MaxEx took three teams to the New Level Athletics Pittsburgh 7-on-7 regional, where a relative unknown receiver at the time in Csont’e York dominated the weekend. It wasn’t long before he was landing BCS offers, and he quickly took Michigan coach Brady Hoke up on his full-ride opportunity. Morris and Jourdan Lewis were also named Top-10 performers from the event by 247Sports.
-Whether it was the Ohio Nike Football Training Camp or the Illinois Nike Football Training camp, MaxEx was well represented in Columbus and Champaign respectively, and four players from the group earned invites to The Opening which took place the first week of July at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore. The guys that headed out West were Morris, Lewis, Michigan offensive line commit David Dawson, and Iowa pledge Delano Hill. Per state rules, Michigan high school football players weren’t allowed to wear pads at The Opening, which limited Dawson’s activity in offensive line drills, but the other three were among the camp standouts, which compiled 150 of the best high school football players from across the country. Morris earned his fifth star from 247Sports after an outstanding 7-on-7 tournament. Lewis was among the top playmakers at the cornerback position and was named to the All-Camp Team. Hill tested among the elite safeties, which included a 4.4 electronic 40-yard dash, and also performed well during the 7-on-7 portion, which earned him a fourth star from 247Sports following the camp.
-MaxEx was in Indianapolis the weekend of July 14 for the National Guard NFL 7-on-7 National Championships held at the Indianapolis Colts complex. Led by Redding, Hill, Central Michigan commit Desmond King, and up-and-coming 2014 quarterback Ricardo Johnson, the kids from Motown represented the Detroit Lions and battled through the 32-team tournament to finish second overall.
-The big event of the summer was the Adidas Sound Mind Sound Body Football Academy held in Southfield, Mich., where Mark Dantonio, Brady Hoke and Urban Meyer were among the college coaches that attend.
This summer, Central Michigan CB commit Desmond King showed he's worthy of BCS offers.
-Morris was invited to the prestigious Elite 11 Camp this weekend to be held in the Los Angeles area.
-Morris and Michigan State four-star linebacker commit Jon Reschke will represent the Midwest squad at ESPN’s Gridiron Kings the weekend of July 28. Morris also participated last summer.
Next Year’s Elite
-Malik McDowell: Ranked as the nation’s No. 2 strong-side defensive end in the class of 2014, the Detroit (Mich.) Loyola standout already holds offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Oregon among others.
-Chance Stewart: Billed as a four-star quarterback in the class-of-2014, the strong-armed signal-caller out of Sturgis (Mich.) High earned an offer at Wisconsin’s summer camp and also holds a scholarship from Western Michigan. Just about every major program in the country is showing interest.
-Damon Webb: Over the last two summers, nobody in the MaxEx program attended more workouts, camps or 7-on-7 tournaments than the Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech athlete. A two-way standout, Webb has started to zero in on the cornerback position, where he really shined at the Sound Mind Sound Body/Adidas Showcase during the summer in earning offers from Michigan and Michigan State. The likes of LSU, Ohio State, Wisconsin and West Virginia have followed suit for Webb, who should find himself ranked inside the next 247Sports updated 2014 rankings.
Bowling Green is getting a steal in WR Teo Redding, who's ball skills are as good as anybody's.
-Committed to Central Michigan, Desmond King played as well as any Midwest cornerback, whether it was at the NLA, IMG, NFTC or NFL events. The Chippewas are getting a major steal, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see King score several BCS offers as a senior.
-The same can be said for Teo Redding, who time and again shined on the summer circuit. His ball skills are as good as anyone in the country, and Redding can really catch the pigskin in traffic. Schools that were reluctant to take a chance on Redding because of his thin frame, will likely regret it on the next level.
-Saint Clair Shores South Lake defensive end Jordan Culver is one of the most athletic pass rushers in the state. Already holding an offer from Youngstown State, the 6-foot-3, 230-pound Culver is also hearing from several Big Ten schools and MAC programs.
-Jack Wangler is in line for a big senior season after transferring from Royal Oak Shrine Catholic to De La Salle Collegiate, where he’ll play with Morris. Wangler and Morris were able to get comfortable playing together this summer. Wangler is receiving Ivy interest, and is a prospect capable of playing at the Division-I level.
Keep An Eye On
-St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham Hall quarterback Ricardo Johnson landed his first offer from Hawaii, and what he currently lacks in size, he makes up for with athletic ability, polish and a high football IQ. Grand Ledge (Mich.) signal-caller Jalen Brady was a sophomore starter in the fall and another MaxEx product getting major BCS looks.
-Cornerbacks Drew Jackson of Oak Park and Dillon Dixon of University of Detroit Jesuit, are two 2014 prospects Blackwell is high on. McDowell's teammate at Loyola, Ka'John Armstrong, is a talented offensive tackle already hearing from Michigan State and Notre Dame.
-Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech class-of-2015 quarterback Jayru Campbell is already on track to be the next blue-chip signal caller from the area, holding early offers from Alabama, Notre Dame and Eastern Michigan. Running back Romello Ross and Oak Park running back/cornerback John Kelly are two other 2015 prospects that are ones to watch.
-Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech’s Dennis Finley is the hottest offensive line recruit in the Midwest, recently landing offers from Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin. Those three schools along with Illinois make up his top four.
-One of the more overlooked athletes in the Detroit area is Grand Blanc High’s Luke Maclean, who is always among the standouts at the Sound Mind Sound Body/Adidas Invitational events. A tweener outside linebacker/defensive end, Maclean is an above-average athlete for his size and passionate football player. The likes of Cincinnati, Kansas and Pittsburgh have offered.
-Detroit Cass Tech defensive lineman Kenton Gibbs has been a MaxEx regular the last three summers, and is one of the most productive interior players in the Midwest. Currently committed to Illinois, Gibbs is still considering offers from Pittsburgh and Wisconsin and whatever else may come his way.
-Leading the MaxEx No. 2 team all summer was Brother Rice quarterback Cheyne Lacanaria, who throws one of the prettiest balls you're going to find. The 5-foot-9, 165-pound Lacanaria is a gamer that led MaxEx 2 to some big wins over teams like Michigan Elite. He'll play college football somewhere. This fall he looks to lead Brother Rice to a second-straight state title. His brother Corey Lacanaria battled injuries this summer, but when healthy, he's a big-time threat and very sure-handed receiver.
-Warren De La Salle receiver Brent Morris and linebacker Jared Wangler played in every 7-on-7 and attended each camp.