There have been a number of twists and turns in the recruitment of Detroit King wideout Donnie Corley, but the winding road in his recruitment may be close to its end.
Big plays through the air were in short supply in Detroit King’s 12-10 victory over Warren De La Salle Saturday, but that didn’t stop Donnie Corley from leaving his mark on the game. The four-star wideout picked off two passes (though one was nullified by a dead ball penalty) and was a physical presence versus the run.
“Last year he did an outstanding job at corner… he had nine picks… but this year he is playing safety,” Corley’s father Donnie Sr. said. “So that’s something new to him. He hasn’t played that probably since little league. I’m just so proud of the fact that we’ve got a young quarterback and we’ve got to deal a few things, but he ever got frustrated. He never got discouraged or nothing like that and he played a nice game.”
It’s a possibility the talented youngster is open to.
“I think whatever the school wants,” said Mr. Corley. “Whatever school he decides he wants to go to, I think he is going to be happy with whatever decision (they make). If they want to move him over to corner or safety, he is going to be happy with that. And if he plays receiver he is definitely going to be happy with that also.”
Ohio State, Tennessee, and West Virginia are among the standouts on Corley’s list that are still courting him exclusively as a pass-catcher. Michigan also covets the King standout for his offensive ability, but the Wolverines had been on the outside looking in at his recruitment until recently.
“They’re Michigan,” Mr. Corley said explaining the Maize & Blue’s sudden presence. “You’ve got to give those guys a chance. We had an opportunity to go down there and meet with the coaching staff, go on a tour of the Ross business school, talk to Coach Harbaugh, Coach Fisch… and they’re Michigan. They’ve got a pro style system.”
The Wolverines can thank dad for the opportunity to take another run at his son. Had it not been for some fatherly advice young Corley’s recruitment would probably have been over a while ago.
“He was on the verge (of committing to a school) in the past,” Mr. Corley said.
“I just told him to be 100% sure. Don’t jump in the pool and jump back out. Just be 100% sure about what you want to do. Then he really got a chance to think about it. Then he said okay I’ going to really wait to decided. My whole thing is think twice and commit once.”
With the college football season now set to get underway, the time to commit once may now be fast approaching.
“He was talking about taking all five official visits, but I think after the first month we’ll get a chance to see a lot of (teams) play,” said Mr. Corley. “I think we can go ahead and make a decision after the first month of college football. We’ll get to see a few games… about three games in the first month. So I think he can see how some of the offenses run, how they use their guys, and I think that could be good from there.”
It would be even better if his good friend LaVert Hill… a Penn State commit that still fielding interest from other schools… joins him at whatever school he commits to.
“(Donnie) and LaVert talk a lot about being together,” Mr. Corley admitted. “That could be something on the horizon.”
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