NEXT: Sophomores To Watch in Michigan

Michigan has been gaining more and more respect as a producer of talent. The 2009 class is one of the strongest the state has seen in recent years. The cupboard will be far from bare next year though as there are a number of sophomores who are ready to make some noise. Here are a few to remember.

William Gholston - DE - Detroit Southeastern
When we saw Gholston last summer, he was big, but still seemed to be growing into his body. Now at 6'6, 235-lbs, he just finished a year where he had nine sacks for Mumford and is now taking his talents to Southeastern.
Austin White - RB - Livonia Stevenson
The youngest of the White brothers, Austin was arguably the most feared last season. A threat to score from anywhere on the field, he is already hearing from a number of Big Ten schools.
Devin Gardner - QB - Inkster
An athletic, 6'5, 200-lb quarterback, Gardner has transferred to Inkster from U of D Jesuit. He has a strong arm to go along with escapability and playmaking skills and is already attracting schools from across the country.
Nick Hill - RB - Chelsea
Hill may be the best pure football player in the class. He isn't the biggest or fastest, but he is a great running back with feet and vision to spare. He reminds us of Mike Hart, he turned out ok didn't he?
Max Bullough - LB - Traverse City St. Francis
A product of a football family, Bullough already has an offer from Michigan State, where his dad played. A 6'3, 210-lb tackling machine, it would be surprising if the Spartan offer were his last.
Tony Lippett - QB - Detroit Crockett
Taking the reigns as a sophomore last season, Lippett responded well as he threw 13 touchdowns and only five interceptions. Now with another summer of work, that ratio should get even better.
Dior Mathis - CB/ATH - Detroit Cass Tech
Mathis is all potential right now. He has speed to burn (4.37) and is getting bigger (5'9, 170). With a host of players off to the college ranks, Mathis will be counted on to step up on both sides of the ball.
Robert Bolden - QB - Orchard Lake St. Marys
With his size (6'3, 190) and speed (4.7), Bolden is primed to be a top recruit. He ran the offense well a year ago and the gloves will come off a bit this year as he will be counted on more as a playmaker.

*Bullough and White photos by Sports XTraHS


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