First Look: 2016 Class in Michigan

Who are some of Michigan's top sophomores? Several of the state's best already have offers at this early point in time, but there are plenty of other primed to join them. Here is an early list.

Thiyo Lukusa, Offensive Tackle | Traverse City West
Lukusa already has offers from Michigan, Michigan State and Indiana. He was one of the best linemen regardless of class that I saw at MSU's camp last summer. He's big and powerful and has good footwork for a kid of his size. He struggled with injury last season, but he's a talented kid who will be in contention for the state's top spot.

Martell Pettaway, Running Back | South Lake
Pettaway is a nice sized back and is strong for a kid his age. He's had two good varsity seasons for South Lake and I believe he will end up as a BCS kid. He does not have any offers yet, but they'll come eventually.

Desmond Fitzpatrick, Wide Receiver | Farmington
For a sophomore, Fitzpatrick is very polished. He runs good routes and catches the ball very naturally away from his body. He's grown and filled out this offseason. He already has four offers and is definitely a BCS level kid. If he keeps growing and keeps working, he has a chance to be a national recruit.

Daelin Hayes, Linebacker | Orchard Lake St. Mary's
Injuries kept him out for much of last season, but he's such a physically talented kid that Tennessee, Michigan State and Michigan have already offered. He has great size, athleticism and strong work ethic. The question will be, what is his best position? Right now, it looks like linebacker, but there will be a lot of interested eyes on him this fall.

LaVert Hill, Cornerback | Detroit Cass Tech
The next in Cass Tech's line of great cover corners, Hill already flashed big time ability last season and during the camp circuit. He probably won't get as big as brother Delano Hill, a safety at Michigan, but he is a very good athlete with advanced man to man cover skills for a young kid and he has shown good ball skills. No offers yet, but he's a high-level prospect.

Donnie Corley, Wide Receiver | Wyandotte Roosevelt
Corley has impressed me by going up against good competition and doing well every time we've seen him. He's a long kid with very good hands and ball skills. I think a good forty at camps this summer and the offers could start to flow. He's definitely very skilled and will be heavily recruited though.

Kalebb Perry, Wide Receiver | Mount Pleasant
Perry is a playmaker with good speed and elusiveness. He has to get stronger, but is starting to turn heads playing 7 on 7 with Star Studded Elite. Central Michigan has already offered and we believe there will be more before it's all said and done.

Tru Wilson, Safety | Warren De La Salle
This kid plays the game the right way. He goes 100 mph and although he's not huge (5'11, 178) he hits like a linebacker. He made a lot of plays for the Pilots as a sophomore.

Michael Robb, Wide Receiver | Midland Dow
6-foot-6 with good ball skills and surprising run after the catch ability for such a tall kid. He's on the thin side right now, but has a chance to keep growing into a tight end or big wideout. That height and what he can do at that size are rare.

Jalen Martin, Wide Receiver | Chandler Park
Big (6'2, 190) and physical kid who can use his size to outbody defenders and go up and get the football. I also think timing well in the 40 will be important for him, but he's already receiving a lot of college interest after putting together a good sophomore season.

Armani Posey, Wide Receiver | East English
He has not gotten a ton of national pub yet, but he was one of the city's best sophomores last year. A former quarterback, he catches the ball well and is physical and strong after the catch. He has a chance to be a highly recruited kid.

Eric Rogers, Linebacker | Warren De La Salle
Rogers has size (6'2, 230) and impressed us last year with his physicality and ability to run to the football. He has some early interest from Michigan and Michigan State, but should see others come in on him throughout the next year.

Matt Falcon, Running Back | Southfield
Falcon had the look of a kid who would be the favorite for #1 prospect in the state before a knee injury cost him all of last season. He's working hard on his rehab and should be ready to show this season that he's back and every bit the blue-chip he was projected as. He's big, but explosive and catches the ball well. Physically, he's as gifted a kid as we have in the state, so we're excited to see him back out there this year.

Michael Onwenu, Defensive Tackle | Detroit Cass Tech
A big nose guard type, Onwenu moves well for a kid of his size. He had a good varsity debut for the Technicians and space pluggers are rare, so he should draw a lot of college interest and already has to this point.

Ostell Martin, Offensive Tackle | Detroit Cass Tech
The staff at Cass say he's the next highly recruited offensive lineman they'll have. He has not played extensively yet but is a big (6'5, 320) youngster with upside.

Hunter Broersma, Wide Receiver | Mona Shores
He made a lot of plays for the Sailors last year. He's dangerous in the open field and as he gets stronger, he'll only round out his game more. He'll be the man this year with three receivers graduating.

Stefan Claiborne, Wide Receiver | Chippewa Valley
Claiborne is a good athlete with good speed. This summer will be his chance to show his skills against top competition at camps.

Juanye Johnson, Offensive Lineman | Muskegon
Had a good sophomore season for the Big Reds. 6-foot-4, 275-pounds and plays a physical game.

Demetric Vance, Wide Receiver | Detroit Cass Tech
Two years on varsity with Cass and has the size (6'2, 180) and natural pass catching skills to catch the eye of college coaches.

Tommy Roush, Guard | Traverse City West
Tough, technically sound kid who could be a guard or center, but has done well at camps and during the season.

Jake Cerny, Guard | Traverse City West
Lukusa and Roush get a lot of attention, but the 6-foot-4, 265-pound Cerny is an FBS prospect as well. He's an athletic, lean kid.

Lawrence Gordon, Defensive End | Saginaw Arthur Hill
Great size (6'5, 235) and physical tools, just needs to keep working on technique. Has a lot of early interest.

David Reese, Linebacker | Farmington
Physical inside backer is comfortable taking on blocks and putting big hits on ball carriers. He has early interest from Michigan, Michigan State and others.

Jesse Johnson, Safety | Detroit King
Has an early offer from Toledo and will be able to be the man back there for King this year without Avonte Maddox and Jalen Embry.

Tony Poljan, Defensive End | Lansing Catholic
Big frame (6'6, 220) and is also the quarterback, but shows a lot of upside on the defensive side of the ball but will likely get recruited on both sides of the ball.

DB Jakkar Jackson, Farmington
CB Dontre Boyd, Detroit King
CB Gourney Sloan, East Grand Rapids
CB Lucas Thompson, Grand Rapids Christian
OT Trenton Fincher, East Kentwood
RB Nolan Meekhof, Grandville
QB Joshua Jackson, Ann Arbor Huron
S Alex Bock, Detroit Catholic Central
DT Blake Roe, Haslett
DE Jaylen Browder, Saginaw Arthur Hill

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