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FOOTBALL RECRUITING: Two is the number these days, as another pair of stars in Wiegers & Van Dort commit to D1 schools

   | Scott Burnstein

FOOTBALL RECRUITING: Two is the number these days, as another pair of stars in Wiegers & Van Dort commit to D1 schools

Good things come in pairs.

That’s the old saying.

And it’s definitely ringing true across the statewide college football recruiting landscape lately.

For the second week in a row, two in-state Division I recruits committed to programs at the next level, with Birmingham Detroit Country Day all-state quarterback Tyler Wiegers making a commitment to play in the Big 10 at Rutgers and Zeeland West all-state tight end Jordan Van Dort committing to Western Michigan of the Mid-American Conference.

That gives the state nine verbal commitments so far to Division I colleges in its Class of 2014.

Last week, Macomb Dakota’s David Basirico (safety) committed to Central Michigan and Southfield’s Chukes Okorafor (offensive lineman) committed to Western Michigan, giving the Broncos two in-state recruits in the past 10 days.

Wiegers (6-foot-3, 215 pounds) is one of the state’s most prolific prep field generals. As a junior last fall in his first year starting under center for Country Day, he threw for 2,500 yards and 22 touchdowns, spurring the Yellowjackets into the Division 5 state finals.

Before Wiegers even took a varsity snap, he was a known commodity. His performance at a series of offseason combines and 7-on-7 camps spread the word about his talent tossing the pigskin. He was offered a scholarship by Western Michigan last summer, prior to him starting a game on the varsity level.

Returning Wiegers and a number of other Division I prospects led by wide receiver Maurice Ways and running back Richie Wilson, Country Day will be a favorite to once again play for a state crown come Thanksgiving weekend this November.

Van Dort (6-foot-5, 275 pounds) broke onto the recruiting scene in a big way in 2011 as only a sophomore under the bright lights of Ford Field. A sticky-handed Gronkowski-type catching passes, he snagged 5 balls for 105 yards and a touchdown in Zeeland West’s win in the Division 4 state championship game. Not afraid to go at it in the trenches, he also can and often does play guard on the offensive line.

This past winter, Van Dort put in an all-league campaign on the basketball floor, further displaying his well-established versatility.

Western Michigan went 4-8 last year, while Rutgers, set to enter the Big 10 in 2014, was 9-4 under first-year head coach Kyle Flood.