E: Dez Fitzpatrick
Waterford Mott, senior, 6-foot-2, 195 pounds.
Highlights: With 60 receptions and 25 touchdowns, Fitzpatrick totaled 1,350 yards in 10 games played, and made two pick-sixes on defense. Offers are flowing in from Big Ten and Pac-12 schools. “I think he is the best receiver in the state of Michigan, by far, and the game tapes match what he accomplished on the field,” said coach Chris Fahr.
OL: Carl Myers
G.R. West Catholic, senior, 6-3, 265.
Highlights: The Michigan commit was a 3-year starter and helped West Catholic win three state championships. All three years he played lineman, West Catholic racked up an average of over 400 yards per game. Team MVP, the first time a lineman won the honor from peer voting. “He has great feet, movement and balance,” said coach Dan Rohn.
OL: Michael Onwenu
Detroit Cass Tech, senior, 6-3, 365.
Highlights: The Michigan commit led a team effort of more than 2,800 yards rushing and over 3,000 yards passing on the way to a state championship runner up finish. Onwenu only gave up two sacks all season and provided 10 pancakes. “He’s a very strong guy, quick, fast, runs a 5.2 in the 40, benches over 400 pounds,” said coach Thomas Wilcher.
OL: Dan Perry
Lapeer, senior, 6-3, 275.
Highlights: Perry, a Div. 1 defending state champ in wrestling who will extend his heavyweight mat career at Michigan, was the beefy part of Lapeer’s line, where over 90% of the Lightning’s rushes went behind him. Was voted league MVP, a rare feat for a lineman. “He is of course physical, strong, quick and his wrestling really helped his football skills,” coach Mike Smith said.
OL: Michael Jordan
Plymouth, senior, 6-6, 300.
Highlights: Jordan averaged six pancakes a game and didn’t give up a sack all year, leading a line that helped Wildcat teammates rush for over 2,400 yards and pass for over 1,000 in 10 games. Headed to Ohio State to study international business and Mandarin Chinese. “Michael is one of those players that only comes around about once a decade if you’re lucky,” said coach Mike Sawchuk.
OL: Tom Kowalkoski
Novi Detroit CC, senior, 6-5, 285.
Highlights: The All-Catholic League player is headed to Boston College. He anchored a line that allowed teammates to rush for 2,820 yards. When playing defensive tackle, Kowalkoski made 4.5 sacks, eight solo tackles, 22 assisted tackles and a blocked punt. Coach Tom Mach: “ He did an outstanding job of creating opportunities for our backs.”
E: Donnie Corley
Detroit King, Sr. (captain), 6-3, 200.
Highlights: Corley had 59 receptions, 1,408 yards and 16 touchdowns. Coach Dale Harvel: “I think he’s the most explosive athlete in this class in the state on offense and defense, and he’s going to attack the ball all the time. He’s a great kid and a true pleasure to coach the past two years.”
Slot: Emanuel Jackson
Novi, senior, 6-0, 180.
Highlights: In 11 games, the Western Michigan commit had 92 receptions for 1,065 yards and nine TDs, and he was called upon to rush 147 times for 959 yards and 18 touchdowns. “Emanuel’s biggest quality is he’s one of the most unselfish superstars you could ever envision,” said coach Jeff Burnside. “All he cared about was getting this program back into the playoffs.”
QB: Josh Jackson
Saline, senior, 6-2, 205.
Highlights: Jackson holds the school record for passing yards in a game (354) and passing TDs in a season (22). The Virginia Tech commit went 137-for 231 passing for 1,780 yards with 21 TDs against just six pickoffs. Coach Joe Polka said: “He made good decisions and really became an excellent run threat in addition to being a strong armed quarterback who could make all the throws.”
RB: Antjuan Simmons
Ann Arbor Pioneer, junior, 6-1, 205.
Highlights: Simmons rushed for 1,112 yards on 148 carries for 18 touchdowns and added seven receptions for 72 yards. He also earned state-wide recognition at linebacker, making 65 tackles, eight for loss, and one forced fumble. Coach Jari Brown: “He knew he’d have to play both sides of the ball so he worked really hard in the off-season to handle the load.”
RB: Markus Sanders
Canton, junior, 5-8, 180.
Highlights: Sanders dashed his way to three school records this season at one of the state’s annual top rushing programs: 266 carries for 2,495 yards at an average of 191.9 yards per game. Coach Tim Baechler said: “He has very strong legs so that helped him gain several more yards after first contact. He has great quickness, balance and vision.”
K: John Camilleri
Walled Lake Western, senior, 6-0, 160.
Highlights: Set school records of nine PATs in a game, 63 PATs in a season, 12 FG in season (24 FG in career) and 99 kicking points in a season. Camilleri also punted 24 times, pinning the opponents inside the 20 yard line 10 times. His longest punt went 52 yards. On 58 kickoffs, 28 were touchbacks. Coach Mike Zdebski said: “He makes the big field goals, and not when we’re up by a lot of points, but in close games.”