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Football Recruiting Round Up - Holiday Break Edition: Irving-Bey, Ward Go Big Ten

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Here’s some holiday season football recruiting news to devour in the wake of destroying that Christmas or Hanukah dinner of yours over the weekend:
 
Two of the best players in the state on the defensive side of the ball stuffed their stockings with college commitments when four-star Flint Southwestern senior defensive end Deron Irving-Bey (6-foot-5 , 260 pounds) committed toMichigan last week and three-star Muskegon senior linebacker Andrew Ward (6-foot-1 ½ , 210 pounds) committed toNebraska on Christmas Eve. Irvin-Bey chose the Wolverines over Michigan State, Iowa and Maryland. He had 85 tackles and 8 sacks this fall. Ward, fresh off helping spark his prep squad into the state finals at Ford Field, recorded 96 tackles and 10 sacks in 2016.
 
Ward’s teammate, Muskegon junior quarterback LaDarius Jefferson snared his first college offer earlier this month with Ball State coming in with a scholarship bid.
 
Iowa State keeps pounding the recruiting terrain in Metro Detroit and offered Rochester Adams junior cornerbackVince Gray last week, while Miami (OH) extended a bid to Belleville two-sport star Davion Williams, who lines up at cornerback on the gridiron and is one of the top point guards on the hardwood in the state’s Class of 2018.
 
From the DII ranks, Saginaw Valley State snagged a gem in Detroit Catholic Central senior tight end Jack Morris for its current recruiting class.