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2016 Michigan High School Football Watch List - Linebackers

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2016 Michigan High School Football Watch List - Linebackers

The 2016 season kicks off in a couple of days and now it's time to break down who some of the top Linebackers in the state of Michigan are.

 

 

Josh Ross – Orchard Lake St. Mary’s

Ross and Antjuan Simmons (Pioneer) are without a doubt, the two top linebackers in Michigan. What sets Ross apart from the rest of the linebackers is his ability to not only defend against the pass and run, but in certain situations, he can also rush the passer. Committed to Michigan, Ross is about as complete of a linebacker as you can find. (Antjuan Simmons is listed in the Running Backs section of my Positional Watch-List Blogs)

Andrew Ward – Muskegon

A two-way standout player for the Big Reds, playing running back along with linebacker, Ward has already picked up several big time Division 1 offers, including offers from Arizona, Nebraska and Virginia Tech. Much like Ross and Simmons, Ward is a complete linebacker against the pass attack and running game, but Ward’s coverage ability is what helps set him apart from most linebackers.

Derrick Hubbard – Ann Arbor Pioneer

Committed to Western Michigan, Hubbard playing alongside Simmons, helps form a dangerous duo at the linebacker position for Pioneer. Hubbard, an outside linebacker, has proven he’s one of the best at getting after the quarterback and stopping the run.

Treshaun Hayward – Ann Arbor Skyline

A hard-hitting middle linebacker, Hayward totaled over 100 tackles and nine sacks a season ago and figures to continue putting up big numbers this fall for the Eagles. Hayward is the definition of a big-hitter, making opposing receivers think twice about running over the middle and has also been a big time run stopper as well. Hayward is committed to Western Michigan.

Zach Morton – Cass Tech

A nightmare for opposing quarterbacks, Morton has shown he’s more than capable disrupting the backfield, whether he’s lining up at linebacker or on the defensive line. The Technicians will have several big time names on their defense this fall and look for Morton to get plenty of attention as well. Morton is committed to Syracuse.

Dwayne Chapman – Orchard Lake St. Mary’s

A hard-hitter capable of stepping up against the run as well as dropping back in coverage, Chapman, along with Ross, helps form one of, if not the top linebacking pair in the state. Committed to Western Michigan, Chapman will also be a key contributor on the offensive line for the Eaglets.

Ovie Oghoufo – Farmington Hills Harrison

Already committed to Notre Dame, where he will join former teammate Khalid Kareem, Oghoufo has shown in just two seasons that he is one of the state’s best defensive football players. Quick, agile and strong, Oghuofo totaled 66 tackles last season to go along with 19 tackles for loss and could be the top junior linebacker in the state.

DeAndre Square – Cass Tech

Entering his junior season with offers from Kentucky, Cincinatti and Michigan State in hand, Square is yet another difference maker on the Cass Tech defense. Very good in pass coverage, he has also showed the ability to rush the passer from his outside linebacker position.

Kolin Demens – Detroit Country Day

One of the faster linebackers that you’ll find in Michigan, Demens has shown the ability to be a big time hitter as well as being versatile enough to stop the pass and run. Also a key contributor on offense, Demens will be a weapon in the passing game for the Yellowjackets. Demens has been offered by Michigan, Michigan State and Nebraska.