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FOOTBALL: Grid stars changing locales in aftermath of 2014 campaign

Football   | Scott Burnstein

FOOTBALL: Grid stars changing locales in aftermath of 2014 campaign

The transfer train on the Metro Detroit prep gridiron picked up a few new passengers these last few weeks.

Three big-name college recruits have changed schools since the conclusion of the regular season, two of them enrolling at Detroit King.

The Crusaders have added the services of Martell Pettaway and Lavert Hill, a pair of the most highly-sought prospects in the state’s Class of 2016.

Bryce Brand, one of the top sophomores in the state, transferred from Detroit U-D Jesuit to Walled Lake Western.

Hill came over to King from Detroit Public School League-champ Detroit Cass Tech and is a 5-foot-11, 170-pound defensive back. He already has scholarship offers from the likes of Michigan, Ohio State, Miami (FL), Penn State, Illinois, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Tennessee and is slotted in the Top 100 in the country for the junior class by ESPN.

At the high school level, Hill also plays wide receiver. Cass Tech made its fifth straight appearance in the Division I state semifinals last month.

Pettaway lands at King from St. Claire Shores South Lake and is locomotive in the backfield, a 5-foot-10, 200-pound mixture of speed and power that loves to go up the middle in between the tackles and bang pads. He rushed for 1,400 yards and 17 touchdowns this fall on a 4-5 South Lake squad. Michigan State offered him before the 2014 season even started.

Brand is a 6-foot-2, 270-pound agile and aggressive defensive lineman and already has offers from Louisville and Air Force. His big brother, Ryan Brand, U-D Jesuit’s star quarterback the past two years, is committed to play his college pigskin under center at the Air Force Academy.

Walled Lake Western went 9-2 in 2014 and captured the Kensington Lakes Activities Association title.

King finished 8-2 this season and is no stranger to getting help from transfers. Senior defensive lineman Kyonta Stallworth (committed to Michigan State) arrived at King last year from South Lake, as did highly-touted junior receiver Donnie Corley (more than a dozen major-college offers) from Wyandotte Roosevelt.