December 24, 2013
SpartanMag.Com's Annual top 25
1) DL Malik McDowell of Southfield High School - Uncommitted
Ht: 6-foot-6, Wt: 292-pounds
The Skinny: McDowell gets out top spot due to his potential. With his combination of size and speed, McDowell has the tools that college coaches love to see.
2) DB Damon Webb of Detroit Cass Tech High School - Ohio State
Ht: 5-foot-11, Wt: 180-pounds
The Skinny: Webb might be the prospect who is ready to make an impact early on in college. In the right situation he should see the field early.
3) LB Byron Bullough of Traverse City St. Francis High School - Michigan State
Ht: 6-foot-2, Wt: 205-pounds
The Skinny: It is hard to argue with the Bullough gene line. Byron can best be described as a cross between Riley and Max. Though not as big as Max, he is more athletic.
4) WR Drake Harris of Grand Rapids Christian High School - Michigan
Ht: 6-foot-4, Wt: 185-pounds
The Skinny: Hard to get an accurate read on Harris simply due to him having not really done anything over the last 9 months besides running mediocre 40 at NIKE
5) DE Lawrence Marshall of Southfield High School - Michigan
Ht: 6-foot-4, Wt: 230-pounds
The Skinny: Marshall was highly coveted by the Spartans, Buckeyes and Wolverines.
6) TE Matt Sokol of Rochester Adams High School - Michigan State
Ht: 6-foot-5, Wt: 232-pounds
The Skinny: Great combination of size and speed. If he had film at tight end he would be one of the highest rated in the Midwest.
7) LB Deon Drake of Detroit Cass Tech High School - Michigan State
Ht: 6-foot-1, Wt: 215-pounds
The Skinny: Like Harris, Drake missed much of his senior year due to injury and we did not see what he is fully capable of.
8) WR Maurice Ways of Detroit Country Day High School - Michigan
Ht: 6-foot-3, Wt: 197-pounds
The Skinny: Big, physical WR prospect who could grow into a hybrid type of TE/WR for the Wolverines
9) QB Tyler Weigers of Detroit Country Day High School - Iowa
Ht: 6-foot-4, Wt: 213-pounds
The Skinny: Weigers threw for over 2000-yards with a 19/6 TD to INT ration. De-committed from Rutgers only to commit to Iowa earlier this week.
10) DL/OL David Beedle of Clarkston High School - Michigan State
Ht: 6-foot-5, Wt: 285-pounds
The Skinny: Beedle has shown an impressive amount of improvement over the last 12-months. He could project on either side of the ball
11) LB Jared Wangler of Warren De La Salle High School - Michigan
Ht: 6-foot-2, Wt: 215-pounds
The Skinny: A blue-collar type of player who has good instincts and is a student of the game.
12) DB Jalen Watts -Jackson of Orchard Lake Saint Mary's High School - Michigan State
Ht: 5-foot-10 ,Wt: 175-pounds
The Skinny: Showed explosive ability at the Spartan Camp and secured his scholarship
13) OL Chukwuma Okorafor of Southfield High School - Western Michigan
Ht: 6-foot-5, Wt: 280-pounds
The Skinny: Saw his stock skyrocket this fall dues to his size and ability to move his feet.
14) WR Avonte Maddox of Detroit King High School - Pittsburgh
Ht: 5-foot-9, Wt: 170-pounds
The Skinny: What he lacks in size he makes up for in speed. Arguably the fastest player in the Midwest, Maddox should excel as a slot receiver
15) WR/DB Jalen Embry of Detroit King High School - Iowa
Ht: 5-foot-11, Wt: 180-pounds
The Skinny: The Spartans looked closely at Embry and likely would have offered if they had more spots for the class of 2014
16) QB Travis Smith of Ithaca High School - Toledo
Ht: 6-foot-2, Wt: 195-pounds
The Skinny: Smith does nothing but win football games, he has never lost a game in over 40 starts. Could he be the next Jordan Lynch?
17) OL Nick Padla of Berrien Springs High School - Michigan State
Ht: 6-foot-6, Wt: 275-pounds
The Skinny: The Spartans scouted and evaluated Padla for over 14 months before they offered him a scholarship this fall.
18) OL Tommy Doles of Grand Rapids Christian High School - Northwestern
Ht: 6-foot-5, Wt: 255-pounds
The Skinny: Doles will need to spend a year at the training table and in the weight-room, but he is athletic and has good feet.
19) DE Johnathan Williams of Berrien Springs High School - Notre Dame
Ht: 6-foot-6, Wt: 230-pounds
The Skinny: Williams is all about potential. His athletic ability is unquestioned it is just a matter of it translating onto the football field on a regular basis.
20) RB Richard Wilson of Detroit Country Day High School - Boston College
Ht: 5-foot-10, Wt: 210-pounds
The Skinny: The Eagles made Wilson a priority and he committed to them early in the process. He has to be excited seeing Andre Williams run wild this fall.
21) QB Chance Stewart of Sturgis High School - Western Michigan
Ht: 6-foot-6, Wt: 205-pounds
The Skinny: At one point Stewart was committed to the Wisconsin Badgers. The coaching changed, in Madison negated that and Stewart ended up being a big coup for the Broncos.
22) DB Tim Cason of Clarkston High School - Purdue
Ht: 6-foot-1, Wt: 185-pounds
The Skinny: Cason hit the camp scene hard this spring and had some solid performances. We see him more a s asafety prospect due to his size and speed.
23) LB Paris Bennett of U of D Jesuit High School - Syracuse
Ht: 6-foot-0 Wt: 215-pounds
The Skinny: The Orange made some in-roads in Detroit due to the work of Tyrone Wheatley. That paid off with Bennett deciding to take his high-motor play to the ACC
24) DE/TE Dylan Roney of Detroit Catholic Central High School - Navy
Ht: 6-foot-2, Wt: 235-pounds
The Skinny: Roney probably would have gotten a BCS offer or two if he held out until after his senior year. He opted to serve his country and play football for the Midshipmen.
25) WR/DB Amari Coleman of New Lothrop High School - Central Michigan
Ht: 5-foot-11, Wt: 175-pounds
The Skinny: Coleman could end up being a steal for Coach Enos and the Chips. A dynamic open-field runner with the speed to go the distance.
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