Top recruits still weigh their op­tions

Gervin, Collins and De­mens among those who haven’t de­cided

The Detroit News - - Front Page - BY DAVID GORICKI The Detroit News david.goricki@de­troit­ twit­

The ma­jor­ity of the top foot­ball play­ers in Michi­gan for the 2018 class al­ready have found their fu­ture col­lege homes.

Traverse City West tackle Ryan Hayes is com­mit­ted to Michi­gan. Oak Park guard Mar­quan McCall is headed to Ken­tucky. Dear­born Di­vine Child de­fen­sive end Ai­dan Hutchin­son, Michi­gan; Grand Rapids Catholic Cen­tral tackle Jalen May­field, Michi­gan; Muskegon tackle Ant­wan Reed, Penn State; Detroit East English cen­ter Ty­rone Samp­son, Syra­cuse; Farm­ing­ton Hills Har­ri­son line­backer Ovie Oghoufo, Notre Dame; Dear­born Di­vine Child quar­ter­back Theo Day, Michi­gan State; Detroit Cass Tech line­backer DeAn­dre Square, Ken­tucky.

Mi­lan tackle Michael Furt­ney has de­cided on Wis­con­sin and will be joined there by River Rouge safety Reg­gie Pear­son, Gi­bral­tar Carl­son re­ceiver Jay­lan Franklin, and West Bloom­field re­ceivers Taj Mustapha and A.J. Ab­bott.

Rock­ford quar­ter­back Ja­son Whit­taker is headed to North­west­ern and Sa­line tackle Dim­itri Dou­glas com­mit­ted to Michi­gan State.

More than two-thirds of the top 20 play­ers in the state al­ready have made up their minds, but still there are elite ath­letes still need­ing to de­cide.

The top player still avail­able is Cass Tech four-star cor­ner­back Kalon Gervin, who de­com­mit­ted from Notre Dame.

He has nar­rowed his field to five, but Michi­gan is no longer in the mix.

“I came up with a top five: Ok­la­homa, Ore­gon, Louisville, Michi­gan State and Vir­ginia Tech,” said Gervin who has a 3.5 grade­point av­er­age. “Michi­gan of­fered me, but things just fell off af­ter I first com­mit­ted to Notre Dame. I hope to make my de­ci­sion by the end of July or early Au­gust.

“All of the schools have re­cruited me as cor­ner­back. They all fit my sys­tem, what I want to do ed­u­ca­tion-wise, ev­ery­thing. I want to ma­jor in jour­nal­ism, be a sports an­a­lyst.”

Gervin al­ready has par­tic­i­pated in the Un­der Ar­mour camp in Chicago and plans to com­pete in The Nike Open­ing, an in­vi­ta­tiononly high school camp which show­cases some of the na­tion’s elite ju­nior and se­nior prospects, in Beaverton, Ore.

“I’m on my way to The Nike Open­ing on Fri­day,” said Gervin, who runs a 4.41 40. “It’s go­ing to be a lot of fun.”

Oghoufo, Samp­son and Belleville ju­nior tackle Devon­tae Dobbs will join Gervin at The Open­ing.

U-D Je­suit run­ning back Eli­jah Collins was a no-star re­cruit as a ju­nior, but now is con­sid­ered by as a three-star re­cruit, the No. 1 run­ning back in the state, and No. 4 in the Mid- west.

“I haven’t gone to any camps lately, just a lot of work­ing out,” said Collins, who is a 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds with 4.6 speed. “I’ve taken vis­its to Iowa, Wis­con­sin, Michi­gan State and Notre Dame. I went to Notre Dame just be­fore school ended.

“I plan to make my de­ci­sion by the end of the sea­son. I’m still eval­u­at­ing ev­ery­thing right now. Some schools have of­fered me for de­fense, some of­fense. My most re­cent of­fer, Mis­sis­sippi State, is of­fer­ing me for like a line­backer/ safety po­si­tion, and schools like Wis­con­sin and Michi­gan State have of­fered me as a run­ning back.

“It’s very in­trigu­ing, the Michi­gan State of­fer be­cause grow­ing up I watched Michi­gan State foot­ball and liked watch­ing Le’Veon Bell run for them. Notre Dame hasn’t of­fered me yet, wait­ing for my test scores from the ACT. I just got them back, got a 23. Notre Dame likes my speed, how I could play safety or line­backer.”

Detroit Coun­try Day three­star line­backer Kolin De­mens is cur­rently in Scotts­dale, Ariz., work­ing out and get­ting ready to take vis­its to UCLA and USC next week.

“I’m work­ing out at PEP (Per­for­mance En­hance­ment Pro­fes­sion­als), a train­ing fa­cil­ity a lot of NFL play­ers work out at,” De­mens said. “I’ll be here un­til midJuly. I’m go­ing to LA next week­end and will be vis­it­ing USC and UCLA.

“I’m just tak­ing things slow, wait­ing to take all my vis­its. I’ll take them dur­ing the sea­son or in the spring. Michi­gan’s still high on my list. I grew up around the pro­gram when I was lit­tle since my brother (Kenny De­mens) played there. It just feels like home to me.

“I’m still in­ter­ested in Michi­gan State, too. I’m lov­ing that coach­ing staff. Me and Coach (Mark) Dan­to­nio have a good con­nec­tion.”

Day, who com­mit­ted to Michi­gan State in late Fe­bru­ary, has been el­e­vated from a three-star to a four-star re­cruit af­ter strong show­ings in two re­gional camps for The Open­ing, as well as the Un­der Ar­mour camp in Chicago. He is now the No. 12 ranked pro style quar­ter­back by 247Sports.

Todd McIn­turf/Detroit News

Detroit County Day's Kolin De­mens is the younger brother of for­mer Michi­gan line­backer Kenny De­mens.

Rachel Woolf/Spe­cial to The Detroit News

U-D Je­suit run­ning back Eli­jah Collins has been a late bloomer on the re­cruit­ing trail.

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