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January 20, 2014

Who's Winning the In-State Recruiting Battle?

The state of Michigan is a goldmine of football talent, and with signing day just weeks away it's interesting to see how the in-state schools have fared at keeping the talent inside the mitten. For years, Central Michigan has dominated in-state recruiting in the MAC and Michigan has had a lock on Detroit, but things are changing quickly.

For the Class of 2014, Michigan doesn't have a single commit from a Detroit Public School. The hiring of former Sound Mind Sound Body camp director Curtis Blackwell, however, has given MSU a huge boost in the city. Still, they only have one signee from the D, signifying that this might be somewhat of a down year for the PSL.

Western Michigan has made a dramatic shift in their recruiting scheme under new coach P.J. Fleck. WMU already has 13 in-state signees - more than we've seen in years. This has cut deeply into CMU's complete domination of recruiting MAC-level in-state talent. CMU still has 11 in-state signees, but there is now some serious competition for the same kids.

Eastern Michigan was absolutely horrible at in-state recruiting under Ron English, but new coach Chris Creighton has signified a very different approach. Already, he has his staff combing Michigan for talent, and we should see a big difference next year.

At this point, it seems as though Michigan State and Western Michigan hold the in-state recruiting momentum. Add three big 2015 commitments to Michigan State, and it looks like they are winning the battle.

We don't expect any changes on signing day, but if Southfield DE Malik McDowell chooses Michigan or Michigan State, his commitment will create a big swing in that school's direction.

Below are all of the in-state verbal commitments at this point. Take a look for yourself and let us know on the Message Boards which school you think is winning the in-state recruiting battle.

Michigan
LB Jared Wangler - DeLaSalle
DE Lawrence Marshall - Southfield
WR Maurice Ways - Detroit Country Day
WR Drake Harris - GR Christian

Michigan State
OT Nick Padla - Berrien Springs
DT David Beedle - Clarkston
DB Jalen Watts-Jackson - Orchard Lake St. Mary
TE Matt Sokol - Rochester Adams
LB Deon Drake - Cass Tech
DB Byron Bullough - Traverse City St. Francis

Central Michigan
QB Alex Briones - Ishpeming
OT Brandon Keen - Waterford Our Lady
DE Jeremiah Harris - Temperance Bedford
P Cooper Mojsiejenko - Bridgman
TE Clay Walderzak - Standish Sterling
DE Nate Brisson - Ferndale
OG Hunter Lassitter - Portage Central
DB Amari Coleman - New Lothrop
DE Alex Neering - Garber
DB David Basirico - Macomb Dakota
DB Trent Grimes - Flint Powers

Western Michigan
LB Delshawn Phillips - Cass Tech
TE Chris McDaniel - Cass Tech
WR Jordan Billingslea - Southfield
S Asantay Brown - Muskegon
DT Nick Matich - Clarkston
OT Elliot Jordan - East Kentwood
DE Jacari Faulkner - U of D Jesuit
DT Kenny Finley - Muskegon
OT Curtis Doyle - Alma
QB Chance Stewart - Sturgis
TE Lucas Bezerra - Troy Athens
OL Jordan VanDort - Zeeland West
OT Chukwuma Okorafor - Southfield


Eastern Michigan
TE Mitch Stanitzek - GR West Catholic
RB Ian Eriksen - Clarkston


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