Jim S' Top 45: Who Are the Super <b>Sleepers</b>?

Who as the instate "Super Sleepers" who may end up in Jim S' "Super Seven?" Here are four to keep a particular eye on early.

We're 'pulled' Jim S' profiles on four of his Top 45, and added some 'editor's comments'.

Ryan Allison WR 6'3 195 4.50 Michigan Lake Orion

Roger's "little" brother has emerged as an in-state top 15 prospect, especially after wowing people at the U.S. Army junior combine in San Antonio recently. Ed. addition: At San Antonio, Allison measured 6-2 1/2, 192 lbs. and had the second best 40 time of all the wide receivers, 4.59 secs. (all the times in San Antonio were very slow ... making the top time, Derek Williams' 4.40 all the more impressive!), and added a 4.47 shuttle, a 29 inch vertical jump; and what had us who were there taking the most notice at the time was that he had by far the most bench press reps of all the WR's, 16 (he must be training with Roger and Will!). Ryan is a different sort of athlete than his brother, not a bruiser but smoother.

His head coach, Steve Bell, had this to say about him last winter (a year ago): "Ryan is the younger brother of Roger Allison. He's more of a refined athlete than Roger. He's a hurdler in track and runs very well. He's 6'4, 190 and runs about a 4.7 or 4.75 forty. He's a smooth player and is still growing. He had about 15 catches as a sophomore before being hurt in game 7. He will be a very good college prospect due to his size and speed."

Ryan has shown tremendous improvement over the past year, is filling into his body and has gotten faster. He went to the state finals in the 400 meter hurdles as a sophomore.

Second Ed. addition: we expect to see Ryan at the U-M Junior Day on Leap Day, Feb. 29 for the OSU game.


Nick Lawrence LB 6'3 215 4.70 Michigan Brighton

Listed by the Sporting News before his junior season as one of the top 100 juniors in the nation. Has received all-area honors as a sophomore and junior. Receiving interest from such programs as Michigan, Texas A&M, Ohio State, Tennessee and UCLA. One of the state's top 15 prospects.


Ahmed Gause OL/DL 6'4 320 Michigan Harper Woods Trinity

Ahmed could be a big-time recruit if he watches his weight -- and works on his grades. He played at Detroit King as a freshman before transferring to Trinity. Former Trinity head coach George Sahadi had this to say about him last year: "Ahmed was a sophomore starter at OT and played some DT. He will start both ways as a junior. He's 6'5, 280. He's Jamaal's younger brother. He will also be a big-time player. He and Antonio Hinton are stud recruits for next year. Ahmed has a GPA just above 2.0 but is a bright kid. He's tough, strong, has good reaction speed and is really determined. He's as good as any of the kids we have sent to U-M. He already benches over 300 pounds and is only 15 years old. He camped at Michigan but came in weighing over 300 pounds, which didn't help."

Detroit King head coach Jim Reynolds had this to say about him last spring: "He's real aggressive and big. He's a big-time player."


Emmanuel Southern TE/LB 6'4 220 4.60 Michigan Saginaw

One of several talented prospects at Saginaw High, Southern is a potential in-state top ten prospect. Southern earned Honorable Mention All-Saginaw Valley as a junior.

Former Saginaw head coach Donald Durrett had this to say about him last winter: "Emmanuel Southern was a sophomore starter for us at tight end. He's 6'4, 220 and runs a 4.6 forty. He also plays outside linebacker. He's a real good-looking player. He's a cousin of Otis Washington (currently at Vanderbilt) and is definitely a Big Ten level Division 1 prospect. He will be a top ten player in the state by the time he's a senior. He also starts on the JV basketball team."

Ed. addition: A well-known instate scout told us about Southern recently: "He is somewhat like Hinton and Butler in that he could really rise up the charts this year. People in Saginaw think he could be the next "great one" from Saginaw -- he goes to same high school as Woodley.

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