Prep Kickoff Classic: U-M Recruits Rewind

Wayne State played host tot he Prep Kickoff Classic, which featured many top Michigan recruits of interest.

DETROIT – Wayne State once again played host to the Prep Kickoff Classic in the opening weekend of Michigan high school football. With so many of the top teams in attendance, naturally there were few that had players that have U-M recruiting interest. Below is a recap of how they faired.

Josh Ross started off his junior season with a bang – literally – with a couple highlight reel plays for St. Mary’s. Late in the first quarter he broke through the Detroit Loyola line for a key sack that forced a turnover on downs. Later in the game he recovered a fumble, as St. Mary’s went on to defeat Loyola, 24-12.

Not to be outdone, 2017 St. Mary’s WR K.J. Hamler walked away with the MVP trophy. He finished with four catches fro 52 yards. His speed was evident on the field and Loyola defenders had trouble catching up. He also shined on defense, lining up at cornerback and making a couple nice plays on the outside.

Playing for the first in a Detroit King uniform, LaVert Hill shined when his team needed him the most. He finished with two interceptions in King’s 12-10 win over defending state champion Warren (Mich.) De La Salle. His second interception ended a promising De La Salle drive with less than three minutes remaining. It was a big time performance for the Penn State commit.

King standout senior WR/DB Donnie Corley was every bit as good as Hill. He finished with one interception, and should’ve had two if not for a King penalty. He showed great field awareness in the King secondary, and De La Salle quickly learned not throw his way. He had a relatively quit night on the offensive side, as both team’s brought it defensively.

Ambry Thomas had one of the bigger plays for the King offense, taking a quick pass 50-yards for the score. That would eventually be the game winner. His speed on the field is so apparent, and is huge weapon on King’s offense. He also played a solid game in King’s secondary.

De La Salle’s junior running back Allen Stritzinger was bottled up all night offensively. Then, however, he took a run roughly 70 yards for the score late in the third quarter that would’ve put De la Salle up 16-6, but was called back due to a holding penalty. On defense, however, he made a nice play with an interception early in the game. He might end up being a top-flight corner when it’s all said and done.

Four-star junior WR Donovan Peoples-Jones didn’t have a huge night, however, still did enough in Detroit Cass Tech’s 27-0 win over Southfield. In Cass’ opening possession, he took a deep ball nearly 50 yards to Southfield 2. He also had a couple other passes, but Cass never really had to rely on him offensively in the relatively easy victory.

Junior safety Jaylen Kelly-Powell was a force all day in the secondary. He was in on number of plays, and ad a couple nice pass breaks up, too. He also made a couple of nice hits at the line of scrimmage. He scored Cass’ first rushing touchdown, as well.

Michigan 2016 OG commit Michael Onwenu played tackle for Cass, was never beaten throughout the game. He opened many holes, as Cass had a strong rushing performance as a team.


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