Michigan Full of Hidden Gems

Even though last year was one of the best recruting years in Michigan, the state still is not known as one of the top talent producers nationally. The numbers tell a little different story though. We take a look at those and some in-state sleepers as proof of the depth of talent.

In Jamie Newberg's recent article (seen HERE), he includes the number of players from each state who signed with Division-1 schools in 2005. The state of Michigan came in 13th, with 48.

In the NFL's 2004 list of the states with the most NFL players, Michigan came in 12th with 45.

Not bad for a state that doesn't tend to be considered one that pumps out recruits. Of course, California, Texas, Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Ohio etc will always be at the top of the list, but there is a lot of talent that goes unnoticed in Michigan.

So now that we have that out of the way, here are a couple of seniors who are severely under the radar and are going to be steals for some lucky school:

ANDREW HALL - ILB - Detroit Cooley
Hall is a solid kid with great strength. He hits like a truck and really does a great job of sticking his nose into the middle of plays and stopping the run. He has good speed as well (4.6).

Here's a kid with legit 4.4 speed at 6'1, 205, good athleticism and has the versatility to do a lot of different things on the football field. Junior teammate Edwin Baker gets the headlines (and deserves them), but Hoesay is an outstanding athlete who will probably be a defensive back at the next level.

BILL YOUNG - RB - Battle Creek Central
When Larry Caper went down last year, Young stepped up and really impressed me and this year, he's doing it again. Splitting carries hasn't slowed either back down and Young is averaging an incredible 16.8 yards a carry. The question is whether he'll choose to play basketball in college.

FREDDIE BISHOP - LB/TE - Carleton Airport
Bishop is a 6'3, 240-lber who can run in the 4.6s and has good hands. He could be a linebacker or defensive end as well at the next level, but the main thing is that he is a physical speciman with a lot of potential.

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