Michigan Countdown: 40-31

Michigan Insider continues the countdown of the state's top football recruits. Today, we give you players 40 through 31.

40 – Zachary Easterly – LB/SS – Detroit Cass Tech (6'1, 198)
Easterly played both linebacker and safety for Cass Tech, he's a great tackler who is always around the ball but doesn't have the coverage skills to play safety in college.

39 – Cameron Joplin – TE – Ann Arbor Pioneer (6'6, 245)
Joplin is a big target with nice soft hands and the size to develop into a premier blocker. Some schools recruited him as an offensive tackle prospect, but he'll head to Northwestern to be a tight end.

38 – Mike Van Der Meulen – OT – Marshall (6'6, 270)
Van Der Meulen is a kid with a great frame who could develop into a top left tackle if he can add some weight and not lose too much quickness. He will be headed to Toledo in the fall.

37 – DeMarcus Grady – QB – East Grand Rapids (6'3, 190)
A dual threat QB who has started for three years, Grady should fit in well at Northern Illinois. He has a strong arm and can move, but must improve his consistency and not baby his passes too much.

36 – Cameron Merchant – DT/OT – Lansing Sexton (6'4, 300)
Merchant is a big kid who can move, he has been viewed as somewhat of an underachiever but we'll put him here based on the potential he has shown to be a top collegiate lineman.

35 – Brandon Reynolds – FB – Battle Creek Central (5'11, 230)
A punishing runner as a fullback, Reynolds turned in a great senior campaign for one of the state's most talented backfields. He will attend Northern Michigan next year and was a big pickup for them.

34 – Darrell Davis-Budanauro – OT – East Grand Rapids (6'5, 360)
A big lineman who projects to either guard or right tackle in college, Budanauro originally committed to Michigan State but will attend Eastern Michigan in the fall.

33 – Alex Delisi – LB – Orchard Lake St. Mary's (6'2, 221)
Delisi is a physical, intelligent linebacker who should be a solid contributor for Brian Kelly and the Cincinnati Bearcats.

32 – Josh Rooks – TE – Holland Christian (6'6, 245)
A big athlete who can move, Rooks could play tight end or defensive end for Northwestern.

31 – Audie Cole – QB – Monroe (6'5, 215)
A big passer with good athleticism, Cole is actually such a good athlete that there is talk he may try defensive end or linebacker at NC State.

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