Jim S' Instate Junior Super Seven
We will not begin with the obvious Top Two, Kevin Grady and Terrance Taylor. Rather, here are two top prospects that our readers may not have heard of – until now!
Note: the rest of the text that follows is Jim S speaking.
TE/DL/LB/RB Carson Butler (6-5, 228 lbs., 4.6 in the 40) from Detroit Renaissance
Carson has been my super sleeper prospect in this class for over a year now. Well, the cat is about to be let out of the bag now that he's playing hoops together with Malik and Joe at Renaissance. Carson has only played a few games of varsity football as he was down on the JV team for much of his sophomore season at Lansing Waverly and had to sit out his junior season after transferring to Detroit Renaissance. Thus far, he has made more of a name for himself in basketball, just becoming eligible this month to play for the state's top-ranked team, Renaissance, after being named Honorable Mention Class A All-State in hoops as a sophomore at Waverly.
Shifting to the gridiron, Butler's high ranking is based on his outstanding athleticism and future potential. Waverly head coach Devin Pringle had this to say about Carson to me last winter, before he transferred to Renaissance: "Carson Butler is incredible. We bought him up to the varsity as a sophomore midway through the season because we were blessed with three gifted senior running backs. He still ended up rushing for over 150 yards in each of his last two games. He's a freak of nature. By the end of the season he was starting at Fullback and inside linebacker. He's 6'5, 228 and runs a 4.6 forty. He has an incredible combination of size and speed. He's still growing. He could end up 6'5, 260 before he's done. We haven't seen a combination of size and speed like him at Waverly since (former MSU star and current NFL star WR) Muhsin Muhammad, and Carson is ahead of Muhsin at the same stage. He has a 2.5 GPA and has to work at academics. He's a definite, no-brainer, Division 1 player at the very highest level. I've never seen a kid with his combination of size and speed. He was a breakaway type of runner as a sophomore. He's playing varsity basketball as a sophomore and is leading mid-Michigan in rebounding".
Lansing Everett head coach Marcelle Carruthers had this to say about him last spring: "He's the real deal. He was a junior varsity fullback and played varsity basketball. He's exceptional. He doesn't know his potential. That kid, when he breaks the line of scrimmage you can't catch him. He's a big-time player at the highest level, no question. He can run. He's solid."
Lansing Sexton head coach Daniel Boggan had this to say about him last spring: "He's a very good athlete. He's a big, strong kid. He's more of a LB/DE than RB, although he played fairly good for them at RB. He runs hard for them."
Watch out for Carson. He won't be a sleeper for long!
WR/DB Talonnie Russell (5-11, 175 lbs., 4.4 in the 40) from Detroit DePorres
Talonnie is the next great skill player to emerge from DePorres. He is a more highly regarded college prospect than DePorres senior Carl Grimes (MSU signee). He was a First Team Class C All-State selection at wide receiver as a sophomore. Some prefer him as a college prospect at DB.
DePorres Head Coach Gregory Carter had this to say about him to me last year: "Talonnie was First Team All-State as a sophomore starter at WR. He's 5'11, 175 and runs a 4.4 or 4.5ish forty. He's one of our fastest kids. He's my number 1 underclass prospect. Ohio State, Michigan State and others have expressed interest in him."
Talonnie reportedly likes Ohio State and Michigan State. I'm not sure how heavily Michigan is recruiting him, but in my view he is the least likely of the super seven to sign with Michigan.