Turel Scouts All The Instate Juniors

After seeing some of these kids last year as sophomores, and checking out them this year as top juniors, here are some of GBW's NFL Draft Analyst Josh Turel's thoughts on how this class is shaping up, and some of the players he's been out to see recently.

#1 Dionte Allen Orchard Lake St. Mary's Cornerback/Return Man, 6-0, 180, 4.5

Dionte has been a star for St. Mary's for quite some time and he was excellent as a sophomore starting at cornerback, wide receiver and as the teams return man. Allen may not be a total blazer but what I love about this kid is his instincts for the position. He has an excellent break on the ball and he's just so natural there. He plays physical but I certainly think he can make some strides there. We will have to see how Ronald Johnson comes back from his knee unjury, but I saw both of them multiple times as sophomores and I still think Allen has the edge.

#2 Ronald Johnson Muskegon Cornerback, 6-0, 190, 4.5

Ronald caught my eye last year when I went to scope out Terrence Taylor, and he's improved since I mentioned his name. At Michigan's camp he was well built and much bigger. He certainly looks like a top prospect now. Like Allen, he's not a blazer but Johnson can cover pretty well. I think he could have a future at strong safety as well. He suffered an ACL injury and didn't play much this season but I certainly expect him to come back strong.

#3 Keith Nichol Lowell Quarterback, 6-2, 185, 4.6

At the Michigan Camp Nichol showed a good arm and is mobile. Nichol has already committed to Michigan State.

#4 Darris Sawtelle Birmingham Brother Rice Offensive Tackle, 6-6, 285

I think what most schools see in Sawtelle is potential. I'll have more on him in the scouting section but he has a nice frame, decent mobility and the eye of many top programs.

#5 Justin Siller Orchard Lake St. Mary's Quarterback, 6-4, 185, 4.5

Siller, the transfer from DePorres, has a rocket arm and he's been pretty accurate the past two years as starter. He makes good decisions and has outstanding mobility and size. I rate him higher than other GBW staffers and say that with a little more polish he could be a very good prospect.

#6 Mark Dell Farmington Hills Harrison Wide Receiver/Defensive Back, 6-1, 170

Dell has really came on this season as a playmaker at receiver and starter on defense. Dell needs to get bigger and stronger but already holds an offer from Michigan State.

#7 David "Rocky" Weaver Harper Creek Tight End, 6-6, 210, 4.7

I went out to see Rocky earlier this season and he was impressive. I think his make or break point will be how his body reacts to putting on weight. His obvious college position is tight end and he could be an excellent receiver there if he can maintain his athleticism while adding bulk. Could rise or fall but should be one to watch.

#8 Taurian Washington Orchard Lake St. Mary's Wide Receiver, 6-2, 175, 4.6

Doesn't have burner speed but has a nose for the end zone. Has good size to work with, can get open and has reliable hands. Will need to prove himself working all depths of the field but he is one to watch as well.

#9 Chris Colasanti Birmingham Brother Rice Middle Linebacker, 6-2, 225

Colasanti is the best linebacker in this instate 2007 class. He's a monster at the high school level but I think his game can translate to college as well. I'll go in more detail in my scouting report of him but Colasanti is legit.

#10 Joseph Barksdale Detroit Cass Tech Defensive Lineman, 6-4, 300

Barksdale has had Michigan's eye since his sophomore year and has been a frequent visitor to games. He's also a two-time camper at Michigan. He certainly has great size and had a solid camp this year. He has decent mobility and upper body strength as well.

#11 Darius Johnson Highland Park Running Back/Linebacker, 6-1, 208

Contributor Paul Wezner went out to see Darius and was quite impressed. I've also heard some good things about this young man and I certainly think he has a good future in college as a linebacker or possibly running back.

#12 DeMarcus Grady East Grand Rapids Quarterback/Athlete, 6-2, 195

Kevin Grady's cousin has made quite a splash at quarterback. As with Kelvin, I've seen DeMarcus quite a bit and I really think he's a diamond in the rough. His offense doesn't call on him to throw the ball that much but he has an absolute rocket arm. His accuracy has been getting progressively better and he's very mobile. He needs to improve in his reads and moving defenders with his eyes but I think this Grady is legit as well.

#13 Kelvin Grady East Grand Rapids Running Back/Wide Receiver/Defensive Back, 5-10, 165

I was impressed with Kevin's little brother last year and he reminds me a little bit of Dionte Allen. Kelvin is a very good athlete who lacks what his older brother had plenty of ... size. Kelvin will most likely play basketball but he could play football at the next level if he wanted to.

#14 Brandon Reynolds Battle Creek Central Linebacker, 6-0, 230

Standout linebacker for Battle Creek Central who could certainly rise up this list in a hurry.

#15 Audie Cole Monroe Quarterback, 6-4, 190

Good prospect who could possibly get some Big Ten offers … whether from Michigan or not …

Others to Watch Closely:

-- LM Vince Helmuth (6-2, 250) from Saline.
-- QB James Stallons (6-3, 190) from Macomb Dakota.
-- OL Ryan Wheat (6-4, 285) from Flint Carman-Ainsworth.
-- LB Terrell Willis (6-2, 210) from Jackson Lumen Christi.
-- S/PK Shane Torzy (6-0, 180) from Warren DeLaSalle.
-- LB Ryan Van Bergen (6-3, 200) from Whitehall.
-- TE/LB Kevin Pickleman (6-4, 210) from Marshall.
-- OL Mike VanDerMeulen (6-5, 250) from Marshall.
-- QB Nate Smith (6-1, 180) from Harper Creek.
-- Ath. Chris Rucker (5-10, 170) from Detroit Country Day.
-- PK Dusty Greenbury (6-1, 205) from Birmingham Brother Rice.
-- WR/CB Brandon Carnegie (5-11, 170) from Novi.
-- LM Josh Droppers (6-2, 300) from Portage Northern.
-- LS/SS Justin Samland (6-2, 190) from Westland John Glenn.
-- WR Jerry Smith (6-4, 210) from Westland John Glenn.
-- DB Kaunda Hancock (6-0, 180) from Birmingham Brother Rice.
-- LM Joshua Allison (6-2, 255) from Lake Orion.

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