May 25, 2011

Post NIKE Camp rankings

Post NIKE Camp rankings

This past weekend several of the top players in Michigan participated in the NIKE Camp that was held in Columbus. SpartanMag.com was on hand and has out updated in-state rankings based on our evaluation. See who moved up and who moved down.




1) LB James Ross of Orchard Lake Saint Mary's High School

Still the top player in Michigan after a solid NIKE Camp performance. The gap between Ross and the others is not wide, but his consistent level of play will make it difficult for anyone to bump him off this perch.


2)DT Danny O'Brien of Flint Powers High School

Strong performance at Nike moves him up to the #2 spot. O'Brien showed a lot of quickness for a 300-pound prospect. He has the power and speed to be a Jerel Worthy type of tackle if he continues to develop.


3)WR Aaron Burbridge of Farmington Hills Harrison High School

Did not show up at Nike and we moved him down a spot. Nothing has changed in our assessment of this talented player, it is just that O'Brien has gotten out and competed this spring at the Michigan Showcase and Nike Camp.


4)CB Terry Richardson of Cass Tech High School

A hamstring injury prevented Richardson from participating in some of the drills at NIKE, but Richardson has grown since we last saw him. He is not the biggest cornerback, but the couple of inches he has added should allow him to fill out nicely.


5)RB Dennis Norfleet Detroit King High School

Norfleet was not at the Nike Camp and we would have liked to have seen him display his skills. SpartanMag.com has always been high on Norfleet's ability and believe that he will have a huge season this fall for Detroit MLK.

6)Ross Jenkins-Stone of Cass Tech High School

Jenkins-Stone has all the tools to be a standout linebacker. He did not make the NIKE Camp which prevented us from being able to evaluate him head to head with a player like Ross or an athlete like David Perkins.


7)DT Matthew Godin of Detroit Catholic Central High School

The future Wolverine should have a solid future for the Maize and Blue. Godin has good size and strength. If for some reason he does not stay on the defensive line, he has the skills to play on the other side of the ball as well.

8)LB Riley Bullough of Traverse city Saint Francis High School

SpartanMag.com is one of the few sources that has seen Bullough perform in a camp setting. He will play outside linebacker at Michigan State and should have no problem making the transition from safety.


9)OL Ben Braden of Rockford High School

Braden made an early commitment to the Wolverines over an offer from Michigan State. Braden is a quality line prospect that comes from an outstanding high school program.


10)Mario Ojemudia of Farmington Hills Harrison High School

Ojemudia participated in the NIKE Camp in Columbus and had a solid performance. The main question with Ojemudia is how big will he get? He may be best suited to playing a linebacker in a 3-4 scheme.


11)LB Jamal Lyles of Southfield High School

Lyles is seeing his tock rise this spring after performing well at several events. Lyles has an excellent frame and should be able to easily add 20+ pounds at the next level without losing any speed.

12)TE Devin Funchess of Farmington Hills Harrison High School

Funchess is a quality prospect that could end up playing either tight end or wide receiver at the next level. Much will depend on how much weight he is able to gain and if he loses speed when doing so. We project him as a tight end.



13)DB Ruben Lile of Cass Tech High School

Has recently come on strong as prospect. Has excellent size and should fill out and be a strong safety at the next level. Was quick enough to workout as a cornerback at the NIKE camp and more than held his own.


14) OL Kodi Kieler of Carlson High School

Lineman who is seeing his stock rise this spring. Already has an offer from Minnesota and a host of MAC programs. Camps could land him several more scholarships this summer.


15)OL Kyle Knapp of Portage Central High School
Was named the MVP of the OL group at the NIKE Camp this past weekend. Knapp has good feet and technique. He will need to add a bit more size in order to play in the Big Ten, but he could be a fast riser this summer.


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