The Class of 2016 could be very good in the state of Michigan. One of the big reasons is because of the talent at running back. Two outstanding Detroit-area prospects already have BCS offers and are ranked as some of the best in the nation.
Southfield’s Matt Falcon
The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Falcon is the more intriguing of the two prospects after missing his sophomore year with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Falcon burst on the scene in 2012 as a freshman at Southfield.
Falcon attended several camps and combines this past spring to showcase his ability. It didn’t take long for colleges to take notice — he now has scholarship offers from Ohio State, North Carolina State, Cincinnati, Wake Forest and several Mid-American Conference programs.
Rivals.com rates Falcon a three-star recruit and the No. 21 running back in the nation for the Class of 2016. His performance at the Rivals Camp Series in Detroit silenced doubters that he wasn’t 100% healthy after his injury.
Falcon is hearing from Michigan State and Michigan, and it might not be long before he is offered by one, if not both.
“I just visited Michigan on Thursday and Michigan State on Friday,” he said. “I like them both. I talked with both of them quite a bit, and I have a good connection with both running back coaches. They both say they are highly interested and offer talk will come with film from the first few games.”
St. Clair Shores South Lake’s Martell Pettaway
One of the first state players Michigan State offered for the Class of 2016 was Pettaway. The 5-foot-9, 205-pound prospect had an impressive sophomore season in which he rushed for 1,383 yards and scored 14 touchdowns. He followed that up with several strong camp performances. He attended the Best of the Midwest Camp, and Rivals Midwest recruiting analyst Josh Helmholdt said this the following day:
“The sophomore shows a ton of potential. He has a great running back build, but what caught our eye was his agility and change of direction in the position drills where he was not far behind Damien Harris’ effort.” (Harris is rated the No. 1 running back in the nation for the Class of 2015 by Rivals.com.)
The early offer from Michigan State has put the Spartans in a strong position with Pettaway, who said:
“I spoke with Curtis Blackwell, and they (the coaches) have said they like my versatility. I like the team as a unit. They seem to be building up a good dynasty up there.”
Pettaway is rated a three-star recruit and the No. 16 running back in the nation by Rivals.com. In addition to Michigan State, teams such as Ohio State, Michigan and Indiana are actively recruiting him.