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FOOTBALL RECRUITING: Bevvy of commitments highlight April in the state gridiron ranks

   | Scott Burnstein

FOOTBALL RECRUITING: Bevvy of commitments highlight April in the state gridiron ranks

The race to the next level is on.

The state’s prep football ranks has had more than a half-dozen gridiron stars commit to colleges so far this month.

Here’s a rundown;

Alec Hullibarger (Temperance Bedford RB) – Gritty as can be rushing the rock in between tackles, Hullibarger (6-foot-3, 225 pounds) signed with Eastern Michigan University. Helping lead Bedford to a Division 1 district crown as a senior last fall, he ran for 1050 yards and 20 touchdowns.

Paul Engram (Detroit Loyola LB) – An outside linebacker with wheels and instinct galore, Engram (5-foot-11, 190 pounds), one of the premiere small-school players in the state’s Class of 2015, committed to the University of Toledo. Last season, he helped spark Loyola to its second straight appearance in the Division 7 state finals.

Johnny Keenoy (East Kentwood OL) – A monster in run protection, Keenoy committed to Western Michigan University. The prototypical “pulling guard”, Keenoy checks in at a rotund 6-foot-5, 290 pounds.

Carter Masek (East Grand Rapids LB) – Sporting a nifty combination of size athleticism and intelligence, Masek (6-foot-3, 235 pounds) committed to Miami (OH). Fearsome presence in the middle, calling signals for the defense, he collected 110 tackles and eight sacks as a junior in 2013.

Andrew Robinson (Troy Athens LS) – One of the premiere prep long-snappers in the nation's Class of 2014, Robinson (6-foot-1, 225 pounds) accepted a preferred walk-on spot in the Big Ten with the University of Michigan. Making a name for himself on the summer-camp circuit the past couple offseasons, Robinson could play early for the Wolverines and earn a scholarship soon rather than later in his collegiate career.

Logan Slaughter (Mendon OL) – Maybe the top terror on the trenches in the state at the small-school level for the Class of 2015, Slaughter (6-foot-5, 290 pounds) committed to Central Michigan University.  Slaughter can line up at guard or tackle and is a self-starter and emotional leader in the locker room.

Leondre Terry (Lansing Everett WR) – Productive and speedy slot receiver that is outstanding breaking tackles after the catch, Terry (5-foot-11, 185 pounds), know as "Damon" to friends and family, committed to Central Michigan University, as well. He had 900 yards and 12 touchdowns last fall as a junior.