Recruiting & Scouting

FOOTBALL RECRUITING: Bevy of rising stars dot state's prospect landscape

Football   | Scott Burnstein

FOOTBALL RECRUITING: Bevy of rising stars dot state's prospect landscape

To catch a glimpse at a rising star these days you don’t have to look far. Up-and-coming college football recruits are popping up all around the state. These uncommitted playmakers won’t be unattached for long.

Grant Perry (Birmingham Brother Rice Sr. WR) Could easily be the fastest-rising recruit in the state right now, the sleek and rock-steady Perry (6-foot-0, 185 pounds) is tearing up the stat sheet. His 14 grabs for 257 yards receiving in No. 1 in the state Brother Rice’s 28-20 defeat of Orchard Lake St. Mary’s last Friday night, broke his own single-game school record in yardage and tied the mark for catches. He’s already caught 11 touchdowns and will almost-certainly eclipse the 1,000-yard plateau this coming weekend versus Birmingham Detroit Country Day (he’s currently sitting at 977). Versatile (he’s equally dangerous going deep and across the middle), coachable and deceptively quick, Perry has a half-dozen mid-major Division I scholarship offers from the Mid-American Conference, but according to several scouting experts, the University of Michigan is beginning to get seriously interested in possibly bringing him on-board alongside Brother Rice’s Ann Arbor-bound all-state senior quarterback Alex Malzone. Perry and Malzone has helped lead Brother Rice to back-to-back Division 2 state crowns. The Warriors have not lost since 2012.

Johnny Kelly (Oak Park Sr. RB ) – Probably most highly-touted uncommitted player in the state’s Class of 2015, Kelly (5-foot-11, 195 pounds) is a game-changing talent in the backfield with a chiseled frame, breakaway speed and excellent field vision and durability. Conventional wisdom at this point in Kelly’s recruitment says the race is down to Michigan State and the University of Minnesota. He recently visited East Lansing and this weekend he’s going to check out Minnesota. But these past couple of weeks there’s been word out of Ann Arbor that Michigan might be making a late-push in the courting process.

Donnie Corley (Detroit King Jr. WR) – Maybe the hottest recruit in the state’s Class of 2016, Corley (6-foot-2, 185 pounds) is a fleet-footed, big-play split end with electrifying swagger and field-presence. Starting his prep career at Wyandotte Roosevelt, he transferred into the PSL and is burning up the terrain.  He already boasts more than a dozen scholarship offers, including pick-ups this past week from Maryland, N.C. St and Wake Forest. A visit to Notre Dame is on the slate for Corley this weekend. Michigan State (the frontrunner in the race for his services per a number of national scouts), Arizona State, Iowa, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati are said to be in eager-pursuit as well.

Dez Fitzpatrick (Farmington Jr. WR) – Outside of Corley, Fitzpatrick (6-foot-2, 180 pounds) is the most-coveted wide receiver in the state’s Class of 2016. He’s got superb hands and is an exceptional route-runner. Louisville extended an offer to him this week, the most-recent of a scholarship parade that just reached double-digits (10). Fitzpatrick visited Notre Dame last weekend. Purdue, Kentucky, Indiana and Wake Forest are all said to be coming at him hard, too.

Matt Falcon (Southfield Jr. RB) – Blue-chipper with all the tools –size, speed, strength, etc. –, Falcon (6-foot-2, 215 pounds) is a college recruiter’s dream. Last Friday in a 41-0 torching of Birmingham Seaholm, he rushed for 160 yards and two touchdowns on just 11 carries and added a 25-yard receiving touchdown. Iowa and Wake Forest both offered last week. Ohio State, N.C. State, Illinois and Vanderbilt, among others, all offered this summer. Michigan and Michigan State could be next.

Wes French (St. Joseph Sr. OL) – Checking in at an agile 6-foot-5, 300 pounds, French’s recruiting has really been picking up steam lately. He’s set to visit San Diego State this weekend and visited Michigan State last weekend. On Sunday, Illinois offered, Scouts in Columbus are reporting that Ohio State is beginning to look in his direction.