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Several top recruits across the state share what their mothers mean to them on this Mother's Day

   | Branden Hunter

Several top recruits across the state share what their mothers mean to them on this Mother's Day

NBA player, Kevin Durant, delivered a heart-warming speech about his mother, during the acceptance ceremony for his league MVP award, held earlier in the week. While hundreds of college football prospects hugged their mothers, after getting drafted into the NFL over the weekend.

The love and sacrifices that millions of mothers all across the nation give to their student-athletes, starts way before they ever reach the pros, or college. It's starts when she has to drive them to their little league games, or when she attends their first high school game of their careers. 

So in honor of Mother's Day today, I compiled a list of several of the top high school football and basketball, boy, and girls recruits in the area, and asked them why they are thankful for their mothers, and why they mean so much to their early success. 


Detroit Pershing 2015 SG Marquel Ingram (In the photo with his mother Annette): "My mom is the reason for me to live. She has given up so much for me, just to put me in the best positions in life for me to be successful. I will always love her for that."

Warren De La Salle 2016 PG Chris Rollins: "She's a great mom, who knows what is best for me in life, and in the long run also. She is my inspiration, seeing how much time, and effort she puts into my brother and I, in our attempts to achieve our goals. All in all, she is an awesome mom."

Detroit King 2015 PG Janae Williams: "My mom has taught me that in life, there will be a lot of ups, and a lot of downs. But with confidence, dedication, and a strong support system, anything is possible. Sometimes you have people in life that have children that play sports and don't support them, but my mom shows up to every game, and every practice, making sure that the dreams I want to come true will be accomplished.  
My mother is my hero and so far she has prepared me for life. My mother is always there when I need her whether it's with school or sports and I can count on her for support. My mother is the strongest women I have ever met in my life and I have a lot of reasons to have her as my role model and to become a phenomenal women just like her."

Detroit Renaissance 2016 PG Justin Turner: "I'm thankful to have her, because shes sacrifices alot for me. She's my No.1 fan and she always has my back no matter what."

Detroit Northwestern SG Terrence Sewell: "I'm thankful for my mother, because without her I wouldn't be here, and plus she made sure I was good and provided for me. She made sure I had all the things I wanted and so much more. I'm thankful for so much and she is my everything."

Detroit Consortium 2016 SF Josh Jackson: "She has taught me a lot of things and has always been there for me whenever I needed her."

UofD Jesuit 2016 SG Billy Thomas: "First of all you wouldn't be texting me asking me this question if it wasn't for my mother. My mother introduced me into the game that I love most, basketball. Other than sports, I wouldn't be half the man I am today. From putting me in schools that provided a higher education and opening doors for me to be successful, and giving me the strength that I have right now. That comes from my moms struggle and from her stories about growing up, living with a poor family that wasn't originally her family in a poor country called Haiti. I couldn't ask for a better mother and I love her more than anything in this world."

Clarkston 2015 PG Andrew Myers: "I'm thankful for all the little things. Driving me to games, getting my water/Gatorade, and the little motivational pep talks. Without her I wouldn't be playing the game I love!"

Detroit East English Village Prep 2016 SG Karmari Newman: "I'm thankful for my mom, because of all the things she has done for me  throughout my life. All of the sacrifices she has made for me and she always has my best interest. She always has my back, when no one else does."

Detroit Country Day 2017 SG Destiny Pitts: "I am thankful for my mom, because she spends a lot of time with me for basketball, like taking me and picking me up from practices and going to my tournaments. She also supports me in everything I do and it's hard to give a gift for Mother's Day, to a person who has done so much for you! Without my mom I wouldn't be where I'm at today."

Detroit Henry Ford 2015 SG Josh Davis: "My mom is like a bestfriend to me. I can go to her for anything. She has gotten me to the point where I am now, by telling me never to give up, pushing me as hard as she can, and doing whatever it takes too keep me going on the right path to be successful, on and off the court. I couldn't have asked for a better mother than her. I love her with everything in me and then some. She worked hard for me, so I'm going to do the same for her, and she doesn't have to worry about anything when I become successful. Anything she wants, she got it. That is why I am thankful for having my mom in my life."

Chandler Park Academy 2016 WR Jalen Martin: "I'm thankful for my mom, because she does it all for me. She makes sure I have the things I need with anything, not just sports, but everything!"

Detroit King 2015 LB Tyriq Thompson: "She's the greatest person on this earth. She's sacrificed so much for me. She goes above and beyond to make sure she's raising me the right way and she has done an excellent job in helping make me who I am today."

UofD Jesuit 2017 DT Bryce Brand: "Well first and foremost, my mom means the world too me. 
She's always been there for me whenever I needed her and she works her butt off everyday too provide for me and Ryan! Also she's my No.1 fan and is extremely quick too tell me when the performance wasn't good, but is also the loudest person in the stands. I can always hear her from the field! Everything she does is greatly appreciated and I love her more than anything!"

Southfield 2015 ATH Ray Buford Jr: "I'm thankful for my mom being the softer between herself & my dad, because sometimes you need that soft side, and not the hard screaming side. I'm also thankful for her creating this football beast I've become on the field."

Saline 2015 WR Cameron Cole: "I'm very thankful for my mom because she has always looked out for my best interests in my life and supported when no one else did. She's taught me all of my people skills and really wants me to excel as a great person. She wants me to do my best in school, because she knows I can always improve. Then when I'm on the field or the court, she's always my No.1 fan, and no matter what happens out there, she'll be behind me either way, and that's why I love my mom."

Mona Shores 2015 QB Tyree Jackson: "I'm thankful to have my mom, because growing up she's never missed a game, and has worked everyday of her life to give me everything I want. She never had me miss anything and is my biggest fan, and the reason for my success! Without her I couldn't do anything I've done."

Orchard Lake St.Mary's 2016 ATH Daelin Hayes: "I'm thankful to have my mother first and foremost, because she's my rock and foundation of which everything I do is built upon. She's the strongest person I've ever met.
Not to sound like a child, but but my mom is my hero."

Brother Rice 2015 QB Alex Malzone: "She's always been there for me. I can't remember the last time she hasn't been at one of my games. She is the best mom out there."

Northville 2015 OT and Wisconsin commit David Moorman: "I'm thankful for my mom, because she has been my biggest supporter through my entire career. She has come to every game and has driven me to every practice, even though she hates the idea of me playing a violent sport like football. She has helped me work through all of my injuries and has encouraged me to be the best at everything I do! And she will always be there for me no matter where football and life in general takes me."

Detroit East English Village Prep 2015 LB Michael Spencer: "It feels great to have my mother in my life. She supports me through all of my decisions. She encourages me to do great on the field, but also to be great in the classroom, because education is whats going to get me to the next level. Which is college football."

Orchard Lake St.Mary's 2017 WR Kahlee Hamler: "My mom means the world to me, because she is my number one fan. She supports me 199% with football and 200% with school. If I am struggling with a book, she reads it also so we can talk about it; that's how much she has my back. She makes sacrifices for me that are unexplainable. I could never thank her enough. Even growing up in the city of Pontiac was a struggle, but she always made sacrifices to keep me out of that bad crowd. All I can say is I love my momma and she encourages me, and she believes in me, that I will do great things in this life with school and football. She's my motivation!"

Oak Park 2015 ATH John Kelly: "I truly love my mom. Even though she doesn't really want me to play football, she still supports me and always tries to keep up with it."