Instate Jrs .: Antoine Howard and Nate Mason

Jim S. profiles a couple of in-state sleepers.

Michigan Junior to Watch: Antoine Howard

Name: Antoine Howard
School: Detroit Southeastern
State: Michigan
Position: Defensive Line/Offensive Line
Height: 6-5
Weight: 280
Forty: 4.75
Bench Press: 300
Squat: N/A
GPA: 2.5 core

2002 Honors: Detroit Free Press Second Team All-Detroit (DL)

2001 Honors: Detroit Free Press Honorable Mention All-Detroit

Antoine is a bit of a sleeper prospect. Southeastern is not know as a PSL football power, so he's a much lower profile recruit than prospects at programs such as King, Cass Tech, Ford, Renaissance, Pershing and Crockett. With all the talent in the PSL he may get lost in the shuffle. That would be a big mistake on the part of some schools. Read more below and you will understand why.

Southeastern head coach Donshell English had this to say about Antoine in mid-February: "Antoine was a junior two-way starter at tight end and defensive end. He was a sophomore starter for us as well. I'm not sure about his freshman year as I took over his sophomore season. He's 6-5, 280 and runs a 4.75 forty. He benched about 300 pounds last year. He has the body of a god. He's very fast and has a pretty decent work ethic, but it could be better. He's not as aggressive as I would like him to be but he's gaining more confidence so he will be very aggressive next year. He likes to catch the ball as a receiver, so we will try and get him the ball about 20 to 25 times next season. As a junior he had about 12 catches and on defense averaged 1 1/2 sacks per game. He also plays basketball. He's a definite U-M caliber prospect. He will probably go to the Michigan camp this summer. He didn't attend any camps last summer. In college he probably projects as a defensive end. He's currently hearing from the entire Big Ten and MAC. I know he has attended games at Michigan, MSU, WMU and EMU. Eric Campbell has received tapes on him. I think he likes him. He couldn't believe that he was so big. Everyone who sees him loves his size. He has about a 2.5 core GPA. He should qualify but he will have to work hard. There's no doubt that he could play anywhere in the nation if he qualifies. He's definitely a top 20 in-state prospect. Top 10? I really can't say as I'm not an expert on the other talent in the state, but I wouldn't trade him for anyone."

Michigan Junior to Watch: Nate Mason

Name: Nate Mason
School: Detroit Kettering
State: Michigan
Position: Offensive Tackle
Height: 6-4
Weight: 280
Forty: 5.0
Bench Press: 300
Squat: 535
GPA: 2.9 core

2002 Honors: None

Nate will be a three-year starter for Kettering as an offensive tackle. He is another in a long list of PSL linemen possessing a good combination of size and speed. He was a Michigan camper last summer and will be camping in Ann Arbor once again this summer. Kettering has several other Division 1 prospects, but Nate is certainly the best of the bunch.

Detroit Kettering head coach, Robert Hunt had this to say about him in early February: "Nate was a junior starter at right offensive tackle and played goal line on defense. He's 6-4, 280 and runs a 5.0 forty. He's a special kid. He's tenacious, very aggressive and a very good football player. He benches 300 pounds and squats about 535. He's a high level Division 1 prospect, the Michigan level. He's written to every day by everybody: Colorado, Nebraska, Michigan, Boston College. He has no favorites at this point. He should qualify. It won't be a problem. He has a core GPA of 2.9 and is waiting on the ACT. He went to the Michigan camp last summer and did well. They want to make sure he comes back this year. He definitely deserves to be on any list of the top kids in the state of Michigan. He's one of the better players around. He works at it both academically and physically. College coaches said that they will definitely be coming back to assess him."

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