Michigan’s high school football recruiting Class of 2020 is full of talent
There is no lacking of football talent when it comes to the Class of 2020 in Michigan.
The following is a list of the top football players in the Class of 2020. The list was compiled from polling Michigan high school football coaches, Sound Mind Sound Body football camp coaches and composite rankings from 247Sports.com.
Port Huron Northern, 6-5, 225, DE
The buzz: Has an impressive list of suitors as a strong side defensive end. He listed Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Toledo, Purdue, Nebraska and Iowa as schools who have offered.
Oak Park, 6-4, 300, OG
The buzz: Oak Park coach Greg Carter said he’ll leave Rogers at right tackle for now unless quarterback Dwan Mathis needs more protection. He recently dominated at The Opening in Canton, Ohio, and was named MVP for linemen. The 4-star recruit is not just considered the top prospect in Michigan, but nationally, at his position. Has offers from Michigan, Georgia, Ohio State, Alabama and Kentucky, among others.
West Bloomfield, 6-3, 185, S
The buzz: After Monday’s Detroit Metro Showcase he picked up offers from Ohio State, Penn State, Maryland and Missouri. Also has an offer from Michigan. Long and rangy with lots of athleticism.
Oak Park, 6-2, 175, WR/DB
The buzz: Played as a freshman and plans to move from cornerback to safety this year. Likes to hit. His eyes light up when talking about striking someone. Recently received an offer from Ohio State.
East Kentwood, 6-6, 235, DE
The buzz: A terror coming off the end, Mostella has drawn the interest of Big Ten schools like Michigan, Penn State and Ohio State. Plenty of room to pack on more weight the next two years.
Detroit King, 6-0, 188, WR
The buzz: Shifty with plenty of speed, Williams will be one of Dequan Finn’s favorite targets. He has more than 20 offers, including Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri and Ohio State. Had 26 receptions a year ago for 433 yards and seven touchdowns.
Detroit King, 6-1, 210, RB
The buzz: King’s running game is in good hands with Boone in the backfield. A powerful frame lets him break tackles and he has the speed to take it to the end zone. Coach Tyrone Spencer said Iowa, Kansas, Kansas State, Boston College, Iowa State and Purdue have offered. Rushed for 773 yards last year and scored nine touchdowns on the ground and two receiving.
Detroit King, 6-5, 265, OL
The buzz: King will have no problem running the football with Buford opening holes for Boone. The big offensive tackle loves to run over people. Coach Tyrone Spencer said Kentucky, Pitt, Cincinnati and Iowa have expressed interest.
Detroit King, 5-11, 170, WR/DB
The buzz: “I don’t think you can have a list without Lemuel on it,’’ said coach Tyrone Spencer. Neely-Watley can take it to the house at any time with his shifty moves. Michigan State, Kentucky, Indiana, CMU, WMU and Toledo have offered. Had 53 receptions last year for 747 yards and 11 touchdowns. Had 13 pass breakups and two interceptions as a defensive back.
Belleville, 5-8, 165, DB
The buzz: Four of his former teammates in the secondary are now playing Division I football and he’s next in line. Runs a 4.5 second 40-yard dash and showed flashes against the run and the pass. Not afraid to hit a running back. His recruiting list is growing with MAC schools showing interest.
Gibraltar Carlson, 6-3, 190, WR/TE
The buzz: Michigan State has shown interest. He can catch the football and is tough. The offense uses him in a variety of positions to take advantage of his speed and quickness. Most recent offers include Cincinnati, Northern Illinois and Ball State.
Muskegon, 5-11, 180, ATH
The buzz: A key performer on the state championship team, Martinez can be plugged in anywhere and get the job done. Can cover in the secondary and can take it the distance as a wide receiver or running back. Accounted for 2,000 all-purpose yards last season and more than 20 touchdowns. CMU, Buffalo, Syracuse, Indiana and WMU are keeping an eye on him.
Muskegon, 6-4, 250, DE
The buzz: Likes to hit and is a star on the Muskegon defense. Tough to block. He lists Indiana, Purdue, Western Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee and Syracuse as suitors.
River Rouge, 6-1, 225, RB
The buzz: “He deserves to be on the list,’’ said coach Corey Parker. Has breakaway speed, but isn’t afraid to run the ball between the tackles.
West Bloomfield, 6-1, 215, ILB
The buzz: Key member of the team’s Division 1 runner-up finish. Missouri came in and offered this week after watching him at the Metro Detroit Showcase.
Walled Lake Western, 6-1, 180, WR
The buzz: He’ll be an inviting target for Sam Johnson III (Boston College) with his speed and ability to get open. Maryland, Boston College, Iowa, Iowa State and many MAC schools have shown interest.
East Kentwood, 6-5, 265, OT
The buzz: He’ll be the anchor for the team’s run game this year and already has received plenty of attention from Michigan State, Kentucky, Purdue, Indiana, Pitt and Syracuse.
Mt. Pleasant, 6-3, 235, DE
The buzz: Central Michigan has shown the most interest so far but his list is getting ready to grow after the summer because of his size and speed.
Oak Park, 6-5, 200, WR
The buzz: The problem is which sport will he play? He has double-digit offers in basketball and football. Is explosive and catches the ball at its high point. He’ll be unstoppable this season with Dwan Mathis throwing him the ball. Just growing into his body.
Southfield A&T, 6-3, 255, RB
The buzz: Is listed as an inside linebacker and running back. He has put on weight, which will make him a terror to tackles. SEC schools and Big Ten schools are starting to show interest.
Farmington, 6-3, 220, TE/OLB
The buzz: He’s getting it done in the classroom and on the field as an outside linebacker and tight end. Carries at 3.8 grade-point average. MAC schools have expressed interest along with Boston College and Syracuse.
Detroit Jesuit, 6-0, 180, WR/DB
The buzz: Voted All-Catholic League last year. Has offers from CMU, Cincinnati, Purdue and Syracuse. A play maker at receiver and defensive back.
Bay City Central, 6-4, 200, WR
The buzz: Mr. Excitement. He can go get the football and is explosive once he gets downfield. A nightmare for defensive backs. MSU, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Toledo are in the picture.
Belleville, 6-3, 320, OL
The buzz: Played guard and center last year. Has dominated opposing lineman at spring camps because of his strength and versatility.
Belleville, 6-4, 215, TE
The buzz: Recently put on a show at the Nike Opening against some of the best defensive backs in the country. Great size and utilizes his jumping ability to fight defenders for the ball. An all-around solid athlete.
Flint Carman-Ainsworth, 6-3, 205, QB
The buzz: A pocket passer who can buy time with his feet. He may already be leaning toward MSU (no offer yet). Central and Eastern Michigan have offered.