Michigan commitment Shane Morris didn't have to attend Adidas Maximum Exposure Combine, but the competitor in him just couldn’t stay away. And the southpaw form Warren De La Salle didn't disappoint. In the testing phase he acquitted himself well running a 4.7 forty (all times were hand-timed) and a 4.06 shuttle. As one would expect, when it came time to throw Morris truly shined. He threw the ball well all day, but showed especially good touch on his deep throws. He was working on all the throws a big time quarterback needs at all levels of play. Whether it was a backside fade, hitch & go, deeps outs, or skinny post, the five-star junior showed the goods to be great. He also demonstrated the commitment to take his game to that level. The Warren De La Salle standout made it known that he is no longer playing basketball so he can focus solely on getting better and winning a state championship next year.
The other notable signal caller at the combine was Manchester junior quarterback Nate Bossory. The lengthy 6-3, 215-pounder, was throw for throw with Morris and definitely enjoyed the competition with his more ballyhooed counterpart. Bossory possesses a strong arm and good foot work. He also has a great head on his shoulders, evidenced by the fact that he is getting looked at by Stanford, Duke, and Harvard.
Detroit Cass Tech continues to churn out the defensive backs. Junior Delano Hill is a big ball hawking safety that physically can impose his will on receivers. He is not getting huge publicity right now, but he could really be a gem for a Division-1 program. He currently is receiving interest from Iowa. Michigan commitment Terry Richardson singled out Hill as the headliner of next the next crop of big-timers coming out of the Technician program.
Farmington Hills Harrison sophomore linebacker Gary Hosey is a physically strong and looks every bit of 230-pounds. He had a good day of workouts and should be another division-1 prospect coming out of Harrison. His favorite school is Oregon and is the cousin of Ducks defensive back Dior Mathis.
Chelsea running back Berkley Edwards answered once and for all any questions there were about his speed. He ran a 4.35 forty time, which was the best time of the combine. He showed good route running skills as a receiver, but will need to continue to hone his pass-catching ability. He will be attending the Army All-American combine in two weeks and could really boost his stock even further with a strong performance there. Michigan is his dream school, but his ideal situation is to attend a school with a NFL pipeline. Notable schools showing interest include, Stanford, Oregon, Penn State and Notre Dame.
Howell tight end Pete Cender is a big target at 6'5 and will shield a defender to make the catch. He has size and strength that scouts are looking at the position. He is getting looks from Syracuse and Michigan State, and has legit size, speed and strength to play at the next level.
The up-and-comer of the day was Walled Lake Western cornerback Joshua Jones. The 6-2, 194-pound defensive back has the size defensive coordinators dream about. He ran a 4.5 forty, 4.41 shuttle, and 7.34 three-cone drill. He has obvious length, good enough speed to close on the ball, and hips of a defensive back three inches shorter. He has a tendency to grab or hold, but nothing good coaching couldn't fix. He has tremendous upside and is a name worth noting. He is currently receiving looks from Michigan State, Central Michigan and Grand Valley State, but expect the attention paid him to rise in the coming months.
Grand Blanc Wide receiver Alton Yarbrough made some heads turn with a blazing sub 4.4 forty time. He has the speed to separate and made some nice catches. The knock on him is his size and playing experience. He was a role player this past season and sat behind a heavy senior laden receiver corps. He only stands at a wiry 5-11, 170-pounds, but again his raw speed is what makes him attractive. If he continues to impress at combines and camp this summer, he could rise up the charts. That said, he must still must produce on the field, with a nice senior year. He also must add some muscle to his frame.
Grand Blanc linebacker Luke Maclean had a strong day. He is very athletic and strong and is most likely to play defensive end in college with his huge 6'3 frame. He tested decently with 14 reps at 225 LB bench press and turned in forty times of 4.75 and 4.9. He was there to practice for his appearance at the Army All-American combine. Having seen him play live, Maclean’s consistent motor is one of his best attributes. The question on his continues to be will he play linebacker or defensive line in college? If he stays at linebacker he’ll have to continue to hone his skills in space. If he plays defensive line he’ll have to get bigger. Either way he is an intriguing prospect. He has visited Michigan numerous times this past fall and is also looking at Michigan State and Georgia Tech.
Detroit Cass Tech’s Devonte Malcolm is a pure cover corner. His is a name no one outside of the program knows because he played junior varsity last year. After watching him in Pontiac Saturday it is clear that he would have been on varsity and likely even started for many high school teams in the state. It’s clear not every high school team has division-1 talent in the secondary like Cass Tech. Malcolm caught everyone's attention when he intercepted three straight passes in the one- on-one drills. Like most Cass Tech corners, he is small in stature coming in at 5'8, 155-pounds.
Detroit Crockett wide receiver/defensive back Kahlil Hill showed nice speed (4.5 forty) and agility on the day. He was able to make plays on both sides of the ball, and is currently getting looks from both Michigan and Michigan State. But whichever side of the ball he winds up on he’ll need to add weight to 5-9, 150-lb. frame.
The other Hill at Crockett, Khalid Hill, already has good size. At 6-2, 230 he is big enough to be a good blocker in the run game, but what is most intriguing about him is his ability to run routes and catch passes like a receiver. Hill was clearly one of the top pass-catchers in attendance and has seemingly developed a real chemistry with Shane Morris.
There was only one receiver that caught the ball better than Hill and that was Southfield tight end, Aaron Thompson. The youngster put on a pass catching clinic all day long. Only sophomore, Thompson played junior varsity this past season. Despite his age, Ron Thompson’s younger brother has mitts big time receivers drool over. Aaron is a little soft around the edges. That said, is still growing and with a good conditioning program could become a beast. He runs decent, but his knack to always come down with the ball stole the show.
Another notable pass-catcher on the day was Michigan Collegiate’s Teo Redding. Standing at around 6-3, and weighing in at a slender 165-170-lbs., Redding displayed great leaping ability. He is not a burner, but showed tremendous ball skills in jump-ball scenarios. No one high-pointed the pigskin better than this young man.
One more name to file away for future reference in Jake Johnson. The 6-0, 170-lb, DeWitt signal caller was dubbed the top freshman quarterback in the state by the combine organizers.
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