Dandridge No Longer a Secret

Even with two great seasons on the Highland Park varsity, Jonathan Dandridge ended the year without a lot of recruiting hype. But word is starting to get out and after two sterling combine performances and his tape getting in circulation, he suddenly finds himself as one of the hot prospects in the Midwest.

Highland Park has been one of the state's toughest programs over the last few seasons. The Polar Bears had an 11-2 season last year, but lost in the 2nd Round of the playoffs to eventual state champion Zeeland West. Star CB/WR Jonathan Dandridge was a big part of that success and he figures to be again this season.

" We're looking good," he reported, "we should go about the same distance, we have enough talent to go somewhere in the playoffs. I don't know if we can go all the way though, because it takes experience to get there and we don't have a lot of experience coming back."

As a sophomore, Dandridge picked off seven passes and made 60 tackles. His junior season, he followed up with five interceptions, 71 tackles and also added over 500 all-purpose yards and 3 touchdowns on offense. His impressive defensive statistics all came from the corner position, where is mainly being recruited at, but he will have to adjust to a new position this season.

"I'm going to be moving to safety to help out our new corners. We didn't have anyone else really experienced at corner, so they're moving me to safety so I can kind of watch over our new corners."

At 6'1, 175, Dandridge has the size to play multiple positions in the secondary at the collegiate level. He impressed at both the Midwest Elite Combine and the Scout.com combine in Chicago with his coverage ability and aggressiveness. Both of those performances and him getting his tape out to schools has produced a number of offers from Michigan State, Toledo, Ball State, Purdue, Minnesota and Colorado. In addition, he has been in contact with Cincinnati, Illinois, Bowling Green, Iowa and believes those schools are close to offers.

"I'll be going to a few camps this summer," he said, "I'll be at MSU, Purdue, Cincinnati, and Illinois."

Dandrdige doesn't have a top five at this point in time, but he does know that he wants to take as much time as possible before making a decision in hopes of getting a certain offer.

"I want to wait it out and see how many offers I can get. Ohio State is my top choice, I've been an Ohio State fan, I know I'm from Michigan, but I love Ohio State. They're the one school that if they offered, I might make a quick decision."

As a Buckeye fan, Dandridge has had to deal with a bit of a family rivalry as a certain family member and fellow top defensive back recruit has already pledged to the Wolverines.

" Me and Boubacar [Cissoko] are kind of like cousins. His stepfather is my uncle's cousin, so I've known him from when he first came from Africa. We always used to hang out with each other. I was always like he's a good soccer player, but then he transferred to football and he's good there too."

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