Instate Jrs .: Brad Jones and Andrew Allen

Jim S. profiles a few more of the state's most notable. He also provides the latest on one of the state's most heralded underclassmen and clues us in on why that player won't be going to Michigan.

Michigan Junior to Watch: Brad Jones

Name: Brad Jones
School: East Lansing
State: Michigan
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6-4
Weight: 210
Forty: 4.7
Bench Press: N/A
Squat: N/A
GPA: 3.4

2002 Honors: Detroit News Honorable Mention Class A All-State (LB); Associated Press Honorable Mention Class A All-State (LB); Lansing State Journal All-Area Dream Team (LB)

2001 Honors: Lansing State Journal Honorable Mention Class A All-Area (LB)

East Lansing head coach Jeff Smith had this to say about Brad in mid-February: "Brad was a sophomore starter for us at inside linebacker and started as a junior at both inside linebacker and tight end. He is a definite linebacker prospect in college. He's 6-3 or 6-4, 210 and runs a 4.7 forty. He does a great job for us. He's a very good player. He's strong, instinctive and a good hitter. He was our leading tackler as a junior and I think he had two interceptions. He also has good grades. We've had a lot of kids who have played Division 1 ball and he definitely ranks right with them. Kirk Carruthers was a four-year starter at linebacker at Florida State a few years ago. Steve Maidlow played at Michigan State in the late 1970s and had a six-year career in the NFL. Brad is in their class. He's a definite top 15 in-state prospect. I guarantee you that he can play at the highest level in the Big Ten. For sure. Michigan and Michigan State are real positive on him. Nobody has offered him yet and he has no favorites at this time. He has a 3.3 or 3.4 GPA and will have no problems qualifying. His brother, Preston Jones, was a 5'7, 175 senior running back for us this past season. There is a good possibility that Preston will receive a late scholarship offer from either Arizona State or Florida. The big schools like him because he's a unique kind of running back. He can cut on a dime and still go full speed."

Here is what the Lansing State Journal had to say when naming him All-Area Dream Team: LB Bradley Jones, East Lansing, 6-4, 210, jr. Jones had 98 tackles and two interceptions and earned Class A all-state honorable mention. He also averaged 15.6 yards a catch on 11 receptions. He is a Division I prospect. He is a two-year all-Capital Area Conference player.

One final note. In speaking to Coach Smith, I also asked about highly regarded rising senior two-way line prospect Simeon Wade (DT/OT,6-4,300,5.4). According to Coach Smith, Wade's family has moved to the Atlanta area and he will be attending a suburban Atlanta school next year. Wade is a Big Ten-caliber athlete, however at this point it looks as though he will have to go the junior college route due to academics so you can pretty much cross his name off of any in-state wish list.

Michigan Junior to Watch: Andrew Allen

Name: Andrew Allen
School: Macomb Dakota
State: Michigan
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6-1
Weight: 215
Forty: 4.80 electronic
Bench Press: 270
Squat: N/A
GPA: 4.0

2002 Honors: Detroit Free Press Honorable Mention All-State, Detroit News Honorable Mention Class A All-State, Associated Press Honorable Mention Class A All-State, Detroit News Honorable Mention All-Metro Detroit, Detroit Free Press First Team All-Metro East; Detroit News Second Team All-Metro East; Macomb Daily First Team All-Macomb County (all honors as a LB).

Macomb Dakota has established itself as one of the premier programs in Macomb County in recent years. Allen has the unique distinction of having been the first freshman to ever play a varsity game at Dakota and he has been a key performer since being called up to the varsity for the third game of his freshman season.

Macomb Dakota Head Coach Giannoni had this to say about him in late January: Andrew was a junior starter at middle linebacker and also played running back in short-yardage situations. He's 6-1, 215 and runs a 4.8 electronic forty (Coach Giannoni is very conservative with his forty times; a PSL coach would probably tell me he runs a 4.5 forty). He bench presses 270 pounds. He has great lateral movement and is a hard hitter. He's a hockey player. He's just a good athlete. He's also an excellent student - third in his class. Everybody's looking at him - Duke, MSU, CMU and more. I'm not sure at what level he can play. I'm not a college recruiter so I don't make those calls. Jim Herrmann stopped by the other day and will be looking at him on film. He would love to go to Michigan or Michigan State. He's good friends with (MSU's) Kyle Cook."

The Detroit Free Press had this to say about Allen in naming him First Team All-Metro East: LB ANDREW ALLEN School: Macomb Dakota. Year: Junior. Size: 6-1, 205. Highlights: Two-year starter. Led the Cougars with 114 tackles through 10 games (the team played 13 games). Also ran for 230 yards, eight TDs in short-yardage situations. Coach Mike Giannone: "He has a quiet nastiness to him. When he plays, he has that intensity level that brings violent hits. He hits players pretty good." 4.0 GPA

In my view, Allen is a very productive high school player. He is certainly one of the elite prospects in Detroit's eastern suburbs. The question is whether he's tall or fast enough to develop into a high-level Big Ten caliber recruit. I think his performance in the summer camps will go a long way in answering that question.

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