Recruiting & Scouting

FOOTBALL RECRUITING: Uncommitted senior gridders no group of slouches

Football   | Scott Burnstein

State Champs! Sports Network

Heading into 2015, there remain plenty of sought-after college-football prospects at the local prep level who are uncommitted to colleges.

Here are ten to keep an eye out for in the days leading up to Signing Day in February:

1 Johnny Kelly (Oak Park RB-CB) – The current hottest commodity in the senior class, Kelly (5-foot-10, 195 pounds) is a playmaker in the open field and in between the tackles, an enticing blend of speed, strength and instincts. He has offers from Michigan State, Michigan, Iowa, Tennessee, Maryland, Minnesota and Cincinnati. The frontrunners in the race for his services remain Michigan State and Minnesota. Michigan has only offered as a defensive back.

2 Mike Ojemudia (FH Harrison LB) – Almost a clone of his big brother Mario (UofM defensive lineman) but in linebacker form, the younger-version Ojemudia (6-foot-2, 210 pounds) might have been more overall impactful at the prep level, headlining one of the best defenses in the state the past two years. Recently de-committed from Eastern Michigan and several larger FBS schools are circling, including Boston College and Pitt.

4 Lazon Hicks (Ypsilanti Lincoln WR) – Huge target (6-foot-6) with wheels and steady hands, Hicks is beginning to generate late interest from recruiters. Will be a steal for a mid-major Division I program.

5 D.J. Zezula (Clarkston QB) – Arguably one of the top prep quarterbacks in Metro Detroit history, Zezula (6-foot-2, 200 pounds) took Clarkston to back-to-back Class A state titles, throwing for over 5,000 yards and accumulating a 38-2 record as a starter, however is just starting to see schools coming into the picture to recruit him. Reportedly, he is leaning towards playing both football and baseball at Saginaw Valley State University.

6 Trevon Avery (Grand Blanc ATH) – Electrifying dual-threat quarterback at the high school level, Avery (6-foot-1, 170 pounds) will most likely move to the secondary or one of the other skill positions in college. A number of MAC schools are showing interest.

7 Caldin Rogers (Detroit King) & 8 Keontae Appling (Detroit Cass Tech) – Intriguing sleeper prospects from the PSL at the linebacker spot, both these kids could be making impacts on Saturdays in the future.

9 Brian Fortin (Birmingham Brother Rice TE) – Possessing possibly the biggest upside in the state right now, this raw 6-foot-5, 235-pound pass-catcher of a tight end hasn’t played a lot of organized football – this past fall was his first varsity campaign at Brother Rice – but had a great 2014 season, showing the ability to stretch the field and convert in the red zone. Eastern Michigan offered mid-season and more MAC scouts are sniffing.

10 Sean Bunting (Chippewa Valley WR-CB) – Spry, slippery and sticky-handed on offense, ball hawk on defense, Bunting (6-foot-1, 195 pounds) is getting looks from the MAC and the GLIAC.