Recruiting & Scouting

FOOTBALL RECRUITING: Max Ex 7-on-7 League Is Open For Business

   | Branden Hunter

FOOTBALL RECRUITING: Max Ex 7-on-7 League Is Open For Business

Pontiac,Mich - The high school football season ended nine days ago, but there really is no offseason. With camps and 7-on-7 leagues going on throughout the winter and spring, recruits are still able to get some work in even after the season. Maximum Exposure held it's first 7-on-7 competition yesterday at the Pontiac Silverdome, and here are a few of the prospects that stood out to me.

2016 Warren (Mich.) Mott wide receiver Tylen Redding: If the last name sounds familiar, Tylen is the younger brother of former Warren (Mich.) Michigan Collegiate, and current Bowling Green wide receiver Teo Redding. Just like Teo, Tylen is a thin receiver at 6-1, 150-pounds, but just like his brother, he is athletic as they come. Redding "mossed", a few defensive backs with his excellent jumping ability, and has the speed to get down field. It'll be interesting to see how bigger he gets in two years.

2015 Troy (Mich.) Athens quarterback Alex Mussat: The junior quarterback class in Michigan is a deep one! Jayru Campbell, and Alex Malzone headline the class, but Mussat can be mentioned in that next group. The 6-2,185-pounder threw for 1,187 yards and 10 touchdowns this season, and spun the ball well today. He has good size for his position, and is a good decision maker.

2015 Southfield (Mich.) safety Dior Johnson: The Bluejays defense was anchored by defensive linemen Malik McDowell and Lawrence Marshall this season, but Johnson was also a key component. At 6-2, 194-pounds, Johnson is physically impressive and is a big hitter. He couldn't showcase that in a 7-on-7  setting, but did show his ball skills, recording a couple of interceptions.

2016 Detroit (Mich.) King safety Jesse Johnson: One of just two participants to hold an offer (Toledo), Johnson has the potential to be elite. He's only 5-11, 180-pounds, but has range and a knack for being around the ball. The Crusaders lose two Division 1 defensive backs in Avonte Maddox and Jalen Embry, so look for Johnson to break out next year.

2015 Saline (Mich.) wide receiver Cameron Cole: It was my first time seeing Cole in person, and he was impressive. He has the size at 6-2, 200-pounds, runs his routes well, and catches the ball cleanly with his hands. Cole will surprise you with his speed because of his size, and averaged. 17.5 yards per catch this season, so the production is there. With a heavy camp season, look for Cole to get his name out there more.

2015 Southfield (Mich.) athlete Ray Buford: Buford is so athletic and versatile, that he doesn't possess just one position. The 6-1,189-pounder can play either wide receiver or cornerback, and holds several offers for both. I thought Buford looked better as a cornerback in 7-on-7 competition with his big body and ball skills. Buford has a high ceiling, and could be a steal once he chooses one position and works on it.

2017 Warren (Mich.) De La Salle quarterback Tyler Pardon: The 2017 class in Michigan is already shaping out to be a good one, and Pardon is apart of it. The Pilots have had two pretty good quarterbacks succeed Pardon, in Shane Morris and Giovanni Rescigno, and he could become a Division 1 talent as well over time. He's already 6-0, 180-pounds, and threw the ball well in 7-on-7 competition. Look for him to start at De La Salle in the fall as a sophomore.

2015 Ypsilanti (Mich.) Lincoln linebacker Jeffery Stokes: I've seen Stokes before at a few camps over the summer, and he always had a good showing. Stokes doesn't play at a powerhouse school, so he's a bit off the radar. The linebacker group wasn't as a deep, but Stokes played well, and runs like he's not 6-0, 225-pounds. Stokes can also play some defensive end, despite his size.

2015 Saline (Mich.) cornerback Tyrone Miller: When you see Miller on the field he automatically passes the eye test. Miller is a big kid at 6-1, 185-pounds, who can run. He covers pretty good for his size, and uses his height to his advantage. Miller might be a safety down the road if he continues to improve, and has a good senior year. He and his teammates from Saline played well in the 7-on-7 competition.

2016 Farmington (Mich.) safety Jakkar Jackson: Arguably the most competitive underclassman around, Jackson has that swagger you need as a defensive back. At 5-10, 170-pounds, Jackson has good size for a sophomore and should continue to grow. He's physical with wide receivers and isn't afraid of contact. He could be one of the top defensive backs in Michigan in 2016.