Chris McLaurin, Dionte Allen Keep OLSM Undefe

Two of the top unofficial visitors at the Michigan-Minnesota game were Orchard Lake St. Mary's stars Chris McLaurin (U-M commitment as an OLB, pictured above playing hoops last winter) and soph. CB Dionte Allen (considered one of the top 3-5 sophs. in the state if not THE top). So GoBlueWolverine had its correspondent/scout Josh Turel (who does NFL scouting for several publications) at Friday night's OLSM game. Here is Josh's report.

With Orchard Lake St. Mary's (6-0, 3-0) set to duke it out with Birmingham Brother Rice (6-0 at press time) next week for the Catholic League Central Division title, it appeared as if 3-3 Warren De La Salle would be a stepping stone for the Eaglets. However, De La Salle came awfully close to pulling off the upset. The first quarter saw both teams getting on the board, De La Salle off a Jr. QB Cecil St. Pierre pass and St Mary's off a Chris McLaurin (playing at TE, he also played DE on defense) touchdown catch. But turnovers hurt Orchard Lake in the 1st half and De La Salle tailback John LaRocca made them pay with a eight yard touchdown catch and two yard touchdown scamper. OLSM's Sr. FB Jeremiah Reed ran for a TD to bring the Eaglets within a touchdown at the half 21-14. St. Mary's, led by Sr. linebacker Malcolm Arrington, defensive end McLaurin and sophomore cornerback Dionte Allen came out very strong defensively in the second half and did not allow a score the rest of the way. Arrington was key in stopping the run and Dionte Allen was a shutdown corner all night. Arrington also carried the ball 22 times at tailback but didn't find his usual success, only gaining 74 yards. Luckily for the Eaglets Jeremiah Reed was having a solid night and tied the game up on a touchdown run with 8:24 left in the 4th. Warren De La Salle made the game-altering mistake deep in their own end and late in the 4th quarter where a fumble gave St. Mary's the ball on the Warren 14. Two plays later (3:32 left) McLaurin ran a seam route and was virtually wide open in the end zone for the go ahead score ... but the extra point was blocked. And the drama wasn'tover. With De La Salle backed into their own zone, a St. Pierre tipped pass turned into a freaky play as the high tip landed right in the hands of a in stride De La Salle receiver who took it to the Orchard Lake 14. After a couple of no gainers, St. Pierre had a receiver on a slant route in the end zone but Dionte Allen saved the game by batting it away. The following 4th down pass was incomplete. And OLSM had the victory, 27-21.

Scouting Report on Chris McLaurin:

Game Stats: as a TE, 3 rec. for 34 yards and 2 touchdowns
I think you will see Chris play outside linebacker at Michigan. You don't need a program to figure out who he is on the field; the only kid close to his size was Malcolm Arrington. McLaurin's 6-4, 225 pound listing is definitely accurate, although he may be few pounds lighter. He's not a real strong kid, which is one of the reasons I doubt he will remain at end in college. The thing that makes Chris special is how athletic he is for a big man. His quickness off the line is very good, and he hits top acceleration really quick. A problem is that he lets lineman into his body; he's got a large wingspan but he doesn't extend or create separation with his arms. He needs to play lower and with better leverage. He also needs to play with more control and keep his feet better. Chris has a nice array of moves which includes a very effective swim move. He's a pretty solid tackler: he doesn't have a lot of power but he wraps up well. He played some rush linebacker in the De La Salle game and I really liked what I saw. He was a lot more effective rushing the passer from linebacker than end in the game. Chris didn't record a sack, but then again he faced a double team including a fullback block on most occasions so he had his work cut out for him. There is a possibility he could play in college at tight end but, again, I don't think he has the strength and drive block ability to be used there. One last thing I really liked about Chris is this kid is a hustler, he is very urgent getting to the football and he is a hungry defensive player. Overall he's a good role player who will find a niche at outside backer and would work out best in the 3-4 system. Some players he reminds me of are Kansas City's Scott Fujita, Arizona's Raynoch Thompson and Former Wolverine Larry Foote (not size wise obviously).

Scouting Report on sophomore WR/CB Dionte Allen (6-0, 170 lbs.) ... if not the #1 soph. in the state, certainly one of the top 3-5.

Dionte has all the makings of a future big time corner prospect. His speed is undeniable, he's a fast kid that easily stayed with the receivers he covered. Two things that stands out about Allen are his body position and ball skills. He's got some great quickness off his plant and he reacts well to the ball in general. WDLS threw his way all game long but he wasn't having any of it, in fact only one ball was completed on him which was a five yard gain. Several of his breakups were from him getting position inside of the receiver and getting his hand on the pass. I was surprised on how physical he was, he had some of the hardest hits of the night next to Arrington ... the kid is not afraid to be physical. He does a lot of things right for a kid his age and I suspect if he continues playing as well as he has he will be one of the top kids in his class, possibly thee top sophomores in Michigan.

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