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Football Recruiting Notebook — Dakota’s Malone Makes It MSU, Dotson, Vaughan Commit Too

The definition of speed, power and finesse sideline to sideline, Macomb Dakota junior linebacker Di’Mari Malone (6-0, 200) committed to Michigan State last week for first-year Spartans head coach Jonathan Smith
Malone chose MSU over Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Rutgers and Pittsburgh. As a junior, he sheeted 76 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries.
“I felt an instant connection with the new coaching staff, they are building something in East Lansing that I want to be a part of,” he said.
Steel City bound baller alert
Belleville safety Elijah Dotson committed to Pittsburgh this past week, getting his college plans in order after his winter transfer from Detroit UD-Jesuit where he tore up the CHSL on both sides of the rock.
Dotson (6-2, 190) was the leading receiver in the Catholic League last fall, hauling in 43 catches for 1,655 yards and 18 touchdowns. On defense, he collected 66 tackles, 4 picks and 11 pass deflections. Besides Pitt., Dotson held elite offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Tennessee. Wisconsin and Louisville.
Pancake King headed for Kalamazoo 
Eat ’em while there still here in the D. The flapjacks. They’re quite delicious the way they serve them in Walled Lake off Beck Road.
Walled Lake Western junior offensive lineman Liam Vaughan committed to Western Michigan over last weekend, taking an early 2024 Anvil Award frontrunner off the recruiting board and sending his pancake-cooking ways to the KZoo area/
Vaughan (6-3, 285) entered the ’23 Anvil race mid-campaign as he stacked pancake blocks at a prolific clip for the LVC and D3 district champion WL Warriors.
“Liam is what the game of football is all about, he’s gritty, he’s a perfectionist, he’s a great teammate, he outthinks and outworks his opponent,” WLW head coach Kory Cioroch said.

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