After having an opportunity to see the majority of top prospects in the state of Michigan perform at some type of camp or combine, here is the updated top player list for the class of 2014 from SpartanMag.com:
1) DB Damon Webb of Detroit Cass Tech High School: Ohio State
The future Buckeye put in dominant performances at multiple camps this spring. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Webb sought out the best competition at every event and was equal to the task.
2) DL Malik McDowell of Southfield High School: Uncommitted
At 6-foot-6, 290-pound his size and athletic ability has coaches from around the country intrigued. McDowell plans a post-season decision.
3) LB Byron Bullough of Traverse City Saint Francis High School: Michigan State
His camp performance last week at the Spartan Camp solidified that the 6-foot-2, 215-pound linebacker could be the next outstanding Bullough to wear green and white.
4) WR Drake Harris of Grand Rapids Christian High School: Michigan
Harris did not do a lot on the camp scene this spring. The one he did attend he was solid, not spectacular. This fall is when the 6-foot-4, 185-pound prospect will continue his assault on the record book.
5) DE Lawrence Marshall of Southfield High School: Michigan
Marshall’s recruitment was hotly contested between Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State. Briefly a Buckeye commitment, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound prospect will now chase OSU and MSU quarterbacks.
6) LB Deon Drake of Detroit Cass Tech High School: Michigan State
He has been recovering from knee surgery the past few months, but is closing in on 100%. The 6-1, 215-pound Drake hopes to help Cass Tech win a 3rd straight championship.
7) WR Maurice Ways of Detroit Country Day School: Michigan
Ways has had several strong performances this spring elevated his stock. At 6 feet, 195-pounds he has a physical build similar to Wolverines great David Terrell.
8) TE Matt Sokol of Rochester Adams High School: Michigan State
The 6-foot-5, 225-pound TE prospect stood out at the Rivals Camps Series, Sound Mind Sound Body and Michigan State camps. Now, it is back to quarterback this fall.
9) QB Tyler Wiegers of Birmingham Detroit Country Day: Rutgers
Solid pro-style quarterback that showed well at Rivals Camp Series. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound prospect has all the tools to be an exceptional quarterback for the Scarlet Knights.
10 ) DT David Beedle of Clarkston High School: Uncommitted
The 6-foot-5, 285-pound prospect performed well at multiple camps and his offer list has expanded accordingly. He now holds more than 15 scholarship offers.
The Spartans and Wolverines each have 3 of the top ten. What Malik McDowell does will likely determine who ends up getting the decision in the in-state recruiting battle. McDowell is viewed by most as a strong lean to the Wolverines. McDowell transferring to Southfield from Detroit Loyola to play with Lawrence Marshall should do nothing but enhance the chance he ends up in Ann Arbor.
The Spartans offered Beedle earlier this week after having an opportunity to see him at their camp and at Sound Mind Sound Body. Beedle is one of the fastest rising recruits in the state along with Ways and Sokol.
One aspect not noticeable in the list is the fact that the University of Pittsburgh has done a nice job of recruiting in Michigan this year. The Panthers currently have commitments from OL Connor Hayes of Traverse City West High School and WR Avonte Maddox of Detroit King High School. Those two players are ranked just outside the top 10 at No. 12 and No. 14, respectively.
Matt Dorsey is a recruiting analyst for SpartanMag.com and Rivals.com