For a second year in a row, Detroit Cass Tech has brought home the 'ship. Tech took on Catholic Central (home of RB Wyatt Shallman), also for the second year in a row, and didn't waste anytime getting ahead and never looking back. DB Jourdan Lewis started the scoring with a TD reception from '15 QB Jayru Campbell (first play below). '15 RB Mike Weber added 186 yards on 20 carries, while DB Damon Webb had an INT and a fumble recovery. Check out the highlights yourself courtesy of Cityballers.com
I was able to have a little chat with DB Channing Stribling over the weekend. His team won it's semi-final game on Friday and advances to the State finals. Stribling played great and added another pick to his repertoire.
LB Mike McCray lived up to his Defensive POY (you'll see below) award by leading his team to its 3rd straight state title game. Trotwood-Madison will take on Toledo Central Catholic in the finals.
OL Patrick Kugler can say he is a State Champion. North Allegheny won it's third title in a row. Congrats Patrick, you did work to help bring home the 'ship:
4-star lineman Patrick Kugler is really dominating now. North Allegheny running behind him on this 70+yard drive. Ball on Woodland Hills 17St. Clairsville, home of '14 commit LB Michael Ferns, was able to make it to the Ohio state finals with a 40-27 semi-final win over Norwayne. Ferns did injure an ankle during the game, but it didn't stop him from making plays even though he had an apparent wobble the whole game.
— Adam Friedman (@Rivalsfriedman) November 23, 2012
A New Offer and Another On the Way?
OL Kenny Lacy is the newest offeree for the '13 class. Lacy is a current UCLA commit, but the staff feels they may have a shot at landing this kid. He has already scheduled an official visit to see AA for himself, not quite sure as to when yet though.
A new name has surfaced in regards to a final OL spot in the '13 class. OL Cameron Hunt is already committed to Cal and in the wake of Jeff Tedford's firing, Hunt may be interested in looking around. And Michigan is going to get a shot at this one. The Michigan staff will be giving Hunt's home a visit later on today to try and lure him away from the West Coast. OL Kyle Bosch believes the Hunt is at least thinking about it:
All Michigan fans give @cjhunt78 some love! He's an OL thinking about coming to #Michigan !! #goblue #GoBlueNation #hail
— Kyle Bosch(@Kyle_Bosch79) November 26, 2012
S Dymonte Thomas and his senior year highlights. He's fast!
DB Ross Douglas senior highlights
DL Henri Poggi senior highlights
S Leon McQuay second half senior season highlights
'14 DL Bryan Mone Jr. season highlights
Decisions and Awards
Current commit OT Denzel Ward helped me out a little bit this week (Thank You!!) when he got RB Derrick Green to respond to this question:
“@diezel75_: When you plan on making that decision bro @brookyln_boii27 ?” SoonSoon is very broad, but hey at least we know it's in the near future right? And sounds like Green will receive an in-home visit from the Michigan staff tonight:
— D.GREEN #⃣2⃣7⃣ (@BrOoKyLn_boii27) November 26, 2012
Coach jackson & coach montgomery from #MICHIGAN are Coming to the house to night!! #GOBLUE!This could be the Wolverines last pitch to Green before he makes his decision. Get 'em Hoke and Co.
— D.GREEN #⃣2⃣7⃣ (@BrOoKyLn_boii27) November 27, 2012
I put together a list of players (committed and uncommitted) who have received recognition for their outstanding season by making an all-state team or receiving an award. So here goes:
-RB Deveon Smith won Trumball County player of the year
-LB Mike McCray named Southwest Division player of the year.
-DE Taco Charlton, DB Jourdan Lewis, TE Jake Butt, LB Mike McCray, DB Ross Douglas, RB Deveon Smith, DB Gareon Conley, WR C'sonte York, and LB Ben Gedeon all made the all-state team in the division.
-WR LaQuon Treadwell was named 2012 Sun Times Player of the Year and Pepsi Cola/SouthtownStar 2012 Player of the Year
-'14 RB Jalen Hurd won Mr. Football in his home state of TN.
Looks like DB Gareon Conley has de-committed and will pursure visits to Ohio and Oregon. Been a crazy month or so with this kid and saw this coming. For a more in-depth look, click here.