Here are the Free Press selections for the Michigan prep football All-State Dream Team offense for the 2012 season:
E: Drake Harris
School: Grand Rapids Christian.
Vitals: 6-feet-4, 175 pounds, junior.
Highlights: Made a finals-record eight catches for 243 yards and a score. Had 91 receptions for 2,015 yards, giving him 148 career catches for 3,133 yards, 37 TDs and 222 points. Committed to MSU. Coach Don Fellows: “As great a player as Drake is, he is a better teammate. He has worked hard to polish his game.”
OL: Nick Matich
Vitals: 6-3, 255, junior.
Highlights: Three-year starter. Played offensive line and defensive tackle, recording 58 tackles and four sacks. Coach Kurt Richardson: “His motor is always running. He doesn’t take plays off. He’s always leading by example and is the complete player.”
OL: Riley Norman
Vitals: 6-8, 315, senior.
Highlights: Four-year starter helped team amass 3,254 yards (2,405 rushing). Made 71 tackles, 16 for loss, forced two fumbles, recovered one and blocked a punt. Committed to MSU. Coach Jim Webb: “Riley is a phenomenal big man, the best I have coached in 30-plus years”
OL: David Dawson
School: Detroit Cass Tech.
Vitals: 6-5, 285, senior.
Highlights: Returned to Detroit from Texas to solidify ground game and help the Technicians earn a second straight Division 1 title. Coach Thomas Wilcher: “He plays with emotion, tenacity, aggression and a competitive edge, which makes him a great offensive lineman.”
OL: Steven Elmer
Vitals: 6-6, 305, senior.
Highlights: Two-time Dream Team player dominated opponents for three years. Committed to Notre Dame. Coach Eric Methner: “Steven’s performance on the field showed his obvious outstanding ability. But what continues to impress me about Steven is his character.”
OL: Cameron Dillard
Vitals: 6-4, 290, senior.
Highlights: Three-year starter, two-time Dream Team player is a powerful run blocker with great feet. Committed to Florida. Coach Tim Baechler: “The best thing about Cam is that he plays to the whistle and finishes blocks on every play. He loves to knock guys down, not just block them.”
E: Jourdan Lewis (Captain)
School: Detroit Cass Tech.
Vitals: 5-11, 165, senior.
Highlights: Had 751 receiving yards and six TD catches. Scored three TDs on special teams. Gained 405 yards on kick returns and 337 on punt returns. Helped Cass Tech repeat as Division 1 state champ. Committed to Michigan. Coach Thomas Wilcher: “He’s an explosive, dynamic playmaker.”
QB: Garrett Pougnet
School: Flint Powers Catholic.
Vitals: 6-2, 195, senior.
Highlights: Was 121-for-183 passing for 1,856 yards and 16 TDs. Ran for 556 yards and 10 TDs. Had two-year totals of 1,500 yards rushing (22 TDs) and 3,481 passing (31 TDs). Coach Bob Buckel: “From the first day I met Garrett Pougnet, he was the driving force that led Flint Powers Catholic to a school-record 19 consecutive victories and a state championship (2011).”
RB: Grant Niemiec
School: Orchard Lake St. Mary’s.
Vitals: 6 feet, 220, senior.
Highlights: Three-year starter was two-time All-Catholic and set school single-season rushing record with 1,910 yards on 277 carries and scored 28 TDs. Made 77 solo tackles, 51 assists, 6 1/2 sacks, 11 tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries. Coach George Porritt: “Grant just loves to play our style of football. He’s tenacious and just a throwback football player.”
RB: John King Jr.
Vitals: 5-11, 210, senior.
Highlights: Had 149 carries for 1,623 yards and 21 TDs to lead Big Reds to Division 2 state title game. Coach Shane Fairfield: “John is an incredible young man with a great big work ethic. Comes from a very good family and has been the heart and soul of our team.”
RB: Romello Brown
School: Livonia Churchill.
Vitals: 5-11, 240, senior.
Highlights: Rushed 242 times for 1,843 yards and 29 TDs. Caught 12 balls for 151 yards and two TDs. Coach John Fillatraut: “People don’t know what this kid has been through. He has gone through a tremendous transformation since he has been here. He’s one of the most powerful kids I’ve ever coached.”
K/P: J.J. McGrath
School: Macomb Lutheran North.
Vitals: 6-2, 220, senior.
Highlights: Has kicked three of the longest field goals in Michigan history (57, 54 and 52). Was 7-for-11 on field goals and 25-for-26 on extra points this season. Averaged 41 yards per punt and had 35 touchbacks.
FREE PRESS’ 2012 PREP FOOTBALL HONORS