Instate Juniors: Det. Pershing

Instate guru Jim S.' junior profiles continue. The Detroit Pershing varsity jacket was seen at Michigan games last fall. Will Michigan offers be in the offing?

Michigan Junior to Watch: Carvin Nash

Name: Carvin Nash
School: Detroit Pershing
State: Michigan
Position: Defensive Tackle/Offensive Tackle
Height: 6-3
Weight: 265 lbs.
Forty: 4.8 in the 40
Bench Press: 320 lbs.
GPA: 3.2

Carvin should emerge as one of the premier linemen in Detroit and the Michigan staff has already taken an interest.

Pershing head coach John Hunter had this to say about Carvin in late January: "Carvin was a two-way starter as a junior at defensive tackle and offensive tackle. He's 6-3, 265 and runs a 4.8 forty. As a sophomore he was a backup on the varsity. He bench-presses 320 pounds. His core GPA is 3.2. He has good quickness, moves well and has a good pad level. He plays low. He also hustles well and uses his quickness well. He's a Division 1 prospect and the Big Ten schools like him. Michigan, MSU and Iowa (really likes him) are in contact. He likes Iowa a lot because they've expressed interest. He's one of our top two prospects on the team along with Quinton Gray. (Michigan assistant coach) Eric Campbell is looking at both of them."

Carvin was spotted by Tom Beaver at both the Penn State and Iowa games last fall, which shows that he has an early interest in Michigan and also perhaps partially explains the interest in Iowa. I suspect that he may be more of a wait-and-see prospect due to his lack of great size. Summer camps and combines will be critical in determining at what level he will play college ball.

Michigan Junior to Watch: Quinton Gray

Name: Quinton Gray
School: Detroit Pershing
State: Michigan
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6-3
Weight: 235 lbs.
Forty: 4.8 in the 40
Bench Press: 300 lbs.
GPA: 2.5

2002 Honors: Detroit News Honorable Mention All-Metro Detroit (LB); Detroit News Honorable Mention All-Detroit (LB)

You may recognize Detroit Pershing as being the alma mater of Maurice Williams and Larry Foote. Next year Pershing will have another pair of Division 1 prospects. I'm not about to say they are in the class of Foote and Williams (I doubt it), but then again, who is? Probably Pershing's top prospect is linebacker Quinton Gray. He will be a three-year starter. He´s your prototype middle linebacker with a nice combination of size, strength and speed.

Quinton's head coach at Pershing, John Hunter, had this to say about him in late January: "Quintin is the top senior prospect for next year on my team. As a junior he started at middle linebacker and played some tight end. He's 6'3, 235 and runs a 4.8 forty. He bench presses 300 pounds. He's very physical and has good range. He plays sideline-to-sideline and between the tackles. He has a knack for the ball. He can run, can hit and is very physical. Michigan, MSU, Wisconsin, Illinois and Penn State are looking at him. Eric Campbell said: 'I want number 5 (Quinton's number). I really want him. Let him know. I'll be back next year.' He has a 2.5 GPA and needs to take the ACT. If he passes the test Michigan should offer him. I'm unsure who his favorite is but he's a big-time ballplayer. The sky is the limit if he handles the classroom."

A word of wisdom: The Detroit PSL coaches really love to market their players. I've already spoken with coaches at about six PSL schools and can list about thirty seniors who the respective coaches call Big Ten prospects, 15 of whom are supposedly Michigan caliber. Of course, this isn't the case, and at the end of the day there will be at best four or five Michigan caliber prospects in the PSL. Keep that in mind when reading what Coach Hunter said. Nevertheless, Quinton looks to be a solid prospect who has certainly attracted the attention of Michigan. If he keeps his grades up who knows, perhaps he will be offered by the Wolverines down the road. The fun part will be in figuring out which of those 15 Michigan caliber PSL prospects will indeed be offered by Michigan. And believe me when I say that we will be right on top of things in piecing together the puzzle for you.

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