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FOOTBALL RECRUITING: GLIAC raids OAA for gridiron talent

Football   | Scott Burnstein

FOOTBALL RECRUITING: GLIAC raids OAA for gridiron talent

The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference feasted on the Oakland Activities Association during the recently-concluded holiday season, gobbling up some of the league’s best football talent. More than a half-dozen senior standouts on the gridiron from the OAA made college-commitments within the GLIAC in December.

Here’s a look at some of the most notable connections (listed in alphabetical order):

Aaron Cooper & Aaron Turner (Southfield DL) – A pair of ferocious run-pluggers in the trenches that helped Southfield to a repeat OAA White title and Division 2 district and regional crowns committed to Grand Valley State. They both racked up 70 tackles and seven sacks apiece.

Tiroca Battle (AH Avondale DE) – Athletically-gifted edge-rushers with excellent blitzing skills and a natural instinct to get to the ball and disrupt things up front with his tall frame and strong motor, Battle committed to Wayne State. He posted 75 tackles and eight sacks in 2014.

Jake Bills (Berkley DE) – Aggressive, agile and relentless coming after the quarterback, Bills committed to Grand Valley State. He had 90 tackles and six sacks in 2014 Berkley club that made the playoffs for the first time in four years.

Michael King (West Bloomfield WR-RB) – Pure electricity with the ball in his hands, King, a versatile terror in the open field, committed to Saginaw Valley State, fresh off helped lead West Bloomfield to a 9-2 record and the school’s first-ever win in the playoffs. He had 62 receptions for 850 yards, rushed for 450 yards and 16 scored touchdowns.

Dakota Kupp (Waterford Mott QB) – One of Oakland County all-time most prolific passers, throwing for 6,111 yards (only two people have thrown for more in county history) in four years starting for the Corsairs, Kupp (6-foot-3, 210 pounds) committed to Wayne State. The prototypical drop-back gunslinger, he took Mott to a KLAA North championship back in the fall and chose WSU over Grand Valley State and Saginaw Valley State.

Jalen Lewis (West Bloomfield DE) – “Sleeper” on the line who emerged as one of Metro Detroit’s top pass-rushers off the edge, Lewis committed to Saginaw Valley State after seeing a late-stampede of GLIAC recruiters to his doorsteps in the weeks following the end of the season. Lewis registered 90 tackles and 10 sacks in 2014. Against Livonia Stevenson in the first-round of the playoffs, he dominated play at the point of attack, recording 15 tackles and 2 sacks to help spearhead the Lakers to the comeback-victory.

Jack McKillop (Clarkston LB) – Tenacity and intelligence personified at the middle linebacker spot, McKillop committed to Saginaw Valley State on the heels of captaining the Wolves to a second straight Division I state championship at Ford Field in November. Rebounding from a broken leg suffered in Week 9 of the 2013 campaign that kept him on the sidelines for the team’s first run to the title last year as a junior, he tallied 110 tackles, seven pass break-ups and five sacks in 2014.