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FOOTBALL RECRUITING: Detroit King Athlete Omari McCauley Picks Up First Offer From Ferris State

   | Branden Hunter

FOOTBALL RECRUITING: Detroit King Athlete Omari McCauley Picks Up First Offer From Ferris State

Transferring over to Detroit King from divisional rival Detroit Frederick Douglass last year was a smart business decision for Omari McCauley. The 6-1, 175-pound senior earned himself a starting spot on the team, and his hard work is starting to payoff.

"That was the best move I ever made," McCauley said of his move. "I love all the coaches there, because they are real men. They understand it's more to it than football ,and it's a family here."

McCauley helped lead King to a 10-2 record, before losing to Brother Rice in the Division 2 state semifinals this season. 

The Crusaders didn't accomplish what they sought out to do, win a state title, but this season was something McCauley might not have ever experienced elsewhere.

"I had a great season this year," he said. "I didn't understand the true meaning of playing every play like it's your last play untill my senior year."

Avonte Maddox and Jalen Embry were arguably King's top two playmakers this season, but McCauley was no slouch either.

He caught 27 balls for 21 yards and six touchdowns, and had 28 tackles and three interceptions on defense, and made all-city.

In the city title game against Detroit Cass Tech, McCauley scored two 60-yard touchdowns, and had an interception, showcasing his versatility on a big stage.

For his efforts this season, McCauley was offered a scholarship from Ferris State on Monday, his first one. 

It may not be a Division 1 offer like Maddox and Embry have, but McCauley said he'd be more than happy to accept it.

"I was happy to get my first offer," he said. "The defensive back coach from called me and told me himself."

"He asked me how did I feel about Ferris State, and I told him I liked it. He said great, and said well you're offered."

McCauley said he had talked with Ferris State a lot over the summer, and he likes what they have to offer. 

"I like that it's not in Detroit," he said with a laugh. "The coaches there love to win just as much as the players, and they have the specific major that I want."

Demetrius Stinson is a freshman running back at Ferris State, and played alongside McCauley at Frederick Douglass. So that certainly ups the Bulldogs chances of landing McCauley. 

National Signing Day isn't until early February, but McCauley said he plans to make his decision in mid-January. He expects to receive more offers as time goes along, and wants to weigh all of his options.

"Grand Valley State University, Bowling Green, Toledo, Howard, Illinois State and Wayne State are all looking at me," he said. "My major, the enivornment and my relationship with the players and coaches will be my deciding factors."

McCauley is versatile, and skilled enough to play on either side of the ball in college, but wants to play cornerback in college. 

Ferris State offered him at that position, and he said he wouldn't forget that they offered him first.