Grosse Pointe South's Jimmy Saros managed to turn a year of adversity into a record setting season.
Saros endured the death of his team's longtime head coach Mike McLeod, prior to the beginning of the season and his team stumbled to a 2-7 mark, but that didn't stop him from persevering and having individual success on the football field.
Saros snared 75 balls for 986 receiving yards and eleven touchdowns to lead the state and that effort got him a spot on the coveted first team all-state team.
Now heading into his senior season, the 6-3, 180-pound wideout needs just 73 catches to break the state's all-time mark, and barring injury, he's a lock to snare the 35 he needs to move into second place all-time.
You'd expect a player with those kinds of eye-popping numbers to have offers all over the place, but that is not the case.
"I've heard from close to like 100 schools that have sent e-mails or letters, but I don't have any offers. I haven't gone to any camps or any combines that far, so the Scout.com combine (Dupage, IL) this weekend will be my first one."
Despite the lack of offers, Saros isn't worried. "Most of the coaches that I've been talking to have told me that they want to see me in their one-day camps and then we're going to go from there," said Saros.
He says he will attend MSU's one-day camp on June 9th.
"The one-day camps I've already committed to attend are Vanderbilt, Northwestern, Michigan State,Lousiville, Northwestern, Iowa, Purdue, Illinois, Florida State, Boston College, Western Michigan, Miami of Ohio and a two-day passing camp at Notre Dame and then their senior day camp is the next day, so I'm probably going to attend that. Those are all in the month of June."
Saros says "I'll see which of those schools offer me something then I'll be able to tune my list up."
The big wide receiver, who many say, compares favorably to former Notre Dame standout Jeff Samardzija, says he enjoys watching Big Ten, MAC and SEC football and explains why.
"I like Big Ten football because their like one of the best football conferences in the coutnry. Seems like in the MAC, a lot of teams in the MAC like to throw the ball around, at least the teams in the MAC I'm talking to that are MAC teams and I like the SEC."
When talked turned to Michigan State, Saros' comments were enlightening.
"I've obviously gotten to know Dan Enos quite a bit, he's our recruiting coach and (Michigan State) has invited me up a few times. I've gotten to go to their junior day, which they had during spring practice, then I'll be going up to their camp in June, so MSU is up there on my list."
GSN will keep tabs on this outstanding prospect as he attends several camps in June and as he narrows his lists of perspective schools.