DETROIT – Donnie Corley put on a show on both sides of the ball his senior year at Detroit King to lead the Crusaders to the Division 2 state championship game.
Corley, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound receiver/cornerback, had 53 receptions for 1,295 yards and 14 TDs while getting in on 75 tackles and making 10 interceptions.
“He’s a great kid, very easy to coach,” praised King coach Dale Harvel of Corley. “We want to put the ball in his hands and let him use that 4.5 speed.”
For his outstanding season, Corley was named the Associated Press Player of the Year in Division 1-2 by a panel of sportswriters covering high school football throughout the state.
Detroit Cass Tech junior Donovan Peoples-Jones, Waterford Mott senior Desmond Fitzpatrick and Ann Arbor Skyline junior Hunter Rison join Corley as first-team receivers.
Peoples-Jones, one of the top athletes in the country with his 42-inch vertical and 4.4 speed, had 58 receptions for 898 yards and 15 TDs to lead the Technicians to the Division 1 state title game.
Fitzpatrick was a big-play man for Mott. He had 60 receptions for 1,317 yards and 23 TDs before moving on to Louisville. He also had seven interceptions, returning one for a 90-yard TD and another for a 99-yard TD. He also broke up 12 passes.
Rison, the son of former Michigan State and NFL star Andre Rison, had 48 receptions for 1,046 yards and 10 TDs.
Saline senior Josh Jackson and Midland Dow junior Bruce Mann were first-team quarterbacks. Jackson, a Virginia Tech commit, threw for 1,780 yards and 20 TDs while rushing for nearly 500 yards for the top-ranked Hornets, which reached the Division 1 regional championship game. Mann threw for more than 2,700 yards and 30 TDs for Dow, which had its season come to an end in a Division 2 regional championship game.
Canton junior Markus Sanders, Detroit King senior Martell Pettaway, Utica senior Kumehnnu Gwilly, Novi senior Emanuel Jackson, Brighton senior Joey Clifford and Lapeer senior Mike Marston were first-team running backs.
Sanders rushed for a school-record 2,512 yards for Canton which advanced to the Division 1 state semifinal. Pettaway, a West Virginia commit, rushed for more than 1,600 yards and 22 TDs to help King reach the Division 2 championship game. Gwilly, a Central Michigan commit, had 1,497 yards rushing and 20 TDs, averaging more than eight yards per carry before missing the final game of the regular season due to an ankle injury.
Jackson, a Western Michigan commit, averaged more than 185 yards of total offense. He had 90 receptions for 1,064 yards and rushed for nearly 1,000 yards and 18 TDs and Clifford ran for more than 1,600 yards to lead Brighton to a state playoff appearance. Marston helped a Lapeer team average 40 points en route to a Division 1 district final appearance.
Farmington Hills Harrison senior Khalid Kareem, Detroit East English seniors Cedrick Lattimore and Chauncey Golston, Detroit Cass Tech senior Michael Onwenu, Plymouth senior Michael Jordan, Muskegon senior Derices Brown and Oak Park junior JaRaymond Hall are first-team linemen.
Kareem, a Notre Dame commit, was a force as a pass rusher, run-stopper, getting in on 56 tackles, 36 for lost yardage, including 16 sacks. He also forced five fumbles.
Lattimore and Golston — both Iowa commits — were defensive ends for East English in helping The Ville reach the Division 2 regional title game. Lattimore had 44 tackles, 17 sacks, with Golston in on 37 tackles, nine sacks.
Farmington senior David Reese, Battle Creek Central senior Brandon Randle and Muskegon Mona Shores senior Dom Shermeta were first-team linebackers.
Reese, a 6-1, 230-pound Michigan commit, had 150 tackles, including 91 solos. He had five sacks and forced four fumbles. Randle, a Michigan State commit, had 79 tackles, 10 for lost yardage. Shermeta was a dominant force on both sides of the ball for Mona Shores.
The first-team secondary was made up of Clinton Township Chippewa Valley senior Stefan Claiborne, Detroit King seniors LaVert Hill and Dontre Boyd and Detroit Cass Tech senior Demetric Vance.
West Bloomfield senior Trishton Jackson was the first-team specialist and Clarkston senior Alex Kessman, the first-team kicker.
Romeo co-coaches Jason Couch and Curt Rienas joined Jamie Grignon of Lincoln Park and Scott Farley of Jackson as first-team coaches. Couch and Rienas guided the Bulldogs to their first Division 1 state championship game appearance. Grignon ended Lincoln Park’s 66-game losing streak two years ago, then directed the Railsplitters to their first state playoff appearance since 2002 this year. Farley took over an 0-9 program at Jackson in 2013 and led the Vikings to an 8-3 record this season.
The 2015 Associated Press Division 1-2 All-State football team, which is selected by a statewide panel of Michigan sports writers:
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Donnie Corley, Detroit King, Senior
Josh Jackson, Saline, Senior
Bruce Mann, Midland Dow, Junior
Emanuel Jackson, Novi, Senior
Mike Marston, Lapeer, Senior
Martell Pettaway, Detroit King, Senior
Markus Sanders, Canton, Junior
Joe Clifford, Brighton, Senior
Kumehnnu Gwilly, Utica, Senior
Donnie Corley, Detroit King, Senior
Desmond Fitzpatrick, Waterford Mott, Senior
Hunter Rison, Ann Arbor Skyline, Junior
Donovan Peoples-Jones, Cass Tech, Junior
Khalid Kareem, Farmington Hills Harrison, Senior
Michael Onwenu, Cass Tech, Senior
JaRaymond Hall, Oak Park, Junior
Chauncey Golston, Detroit East English, Senior
Derices Brown, Muskegon, Senior
Michael Jordan, Plymouth, Senior
Cedrick Lattimore, Detroit East English, Senior
Brandon Randle, Battle Creek Central, Senior
Dom Shermeta, Muskegon Mona Shores, Senior
Antjuan Simmons, Ann Arbor Pioneer, Junior
David Reese, Farmington, Senior
Demetric Vance, Cass Tech, Senior
Dontre Boyd, Detroit King, Senior
LaVert Hill, Detroit King, Senior
Alex Kessman, Clarkston, Senior
Brayden Smith, Byron Center, Junior
Trishton Jackson, West Bloomfield, Senior
TRI-COACHES OF THE YEAR
Scott Farley, Jackson
Curt Rienas and Jason Couch, Romeo
Jamie Grignon, Lincoln Park
Special Mention (nominees receiving two or more votes from the voting panel)
Mike Robb, Midland Dow; Jeb Palka, Saline; Keegan Cossou, Greenville; Jordan Asbury, Warren De La Salle; Tom Kowalkoski, Detroit Catholic Central; Dan Perry, Lapeer, Senior; Stefan Claiborne, Clinton Township Chippewa Valley; Navon Mosely, West Bloomfield; John Camilleri, Walled Lake Western; Hunter Broersma, Muskegon Mona Shores.
Honorable Mention (nominees receiving one or no votes from the voting panel)
Payton DeWildt, Midland; Paul Hurley, Romeo; Jacob Baldwin, Waterford Mott; Kyle Thomas, Walled Lake Western; Reagan Cotton, Traverse City Central; Carson Rosa, Traverse City West; Cameron Hill, Swartz Creek; Josh Czarnota, Fenton; Eli Hunt, Lapeer; Brendan McRill, Davison; Rodney Hall, Cass Tech; Steve Glenn, Lincoln Park; Delvin Washington, Detroit East English; Ryan Stevens, Lowell; Nate Moore, Saginaw Arthur Hill; Charles Jones, Ann Arbor Skyline; Trent Stone, Holt; Shonte Suddeth, Jackson; Corey Pryor II, Jackson; Dre’On Kemp, Battle Creek Lakeview; Kaiser Carleton, Macomb Dakota; Ernest Allen, Birmingham Groves; Kyle Brunson, Farmington; Kane Williams, Clio; Dylan Crankshaw, Fenton; Jordan Cooper, Davison; Nate Boleware, Detroit East English; Scott Nelson, Detroit Jesuit; Nolan Meekhof, Grandville; Zach Kohn, Gibraltor Carlson; Darron Wheeler, Belleville; Daryn Snow, Portage Northern; Brad Tanner, Romeo; Nolan Givan, Berkley; Devante Walker, Traverse City Central; Derrick Ross, Swartz Creek; Brett Pero, Swartz Creek; Lindrell Mitchell, Detroit East English; Gabe Steed, Lowell; Devin Carson, Lincoln Park; Dylann Otolski, Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central; Jamari Collins, Ypsilanti Lincoln; Wallace Hall, Ypsilanti; Jaylin Jones, Ypsilanti Lincoln; Mike Bordeaux, Muskegon Mona Shores; Eric Eldridge, Southfield; Theo Majette, West Bloomfield; Jacob Steelman, Traverse City Central; Christian Thorn, Flint Carman-Ainsworth; Jaylen Bradley, Flint Carman-Ainsworth; Chase Lynch, Fenton; Zach Slezak, Davison; Aleric Jackson, Detroit Renaissance; Emani Mason, Detroit East English; Leon Page, Detroit King; Ian Woodruff, Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern; Gabe Baumann, Rockford; Justin Williams, Belleville; Cooper Alspaugh, Grand Ledge; Jalen Wilkerson, Monroe; LeAndre Wright, Lansing Everett; Terrion Hill-Mckay, Muskegon; Lorenzo McCaskill, Southfield; Fitz Doud, Traverse City Central; Tanner Thomas, Davison; Jalen Cochran, Canton; Max Dean, Lowell; Jared Cutlip, Sterling Heights Stevenson; Cedric Boswell, Birmingham Groves; John Pupel, Traverse City Central; Tim Gabryel, Lapeer; Hassan Hachem, Dearborn Fordson; Jaylen Kelly-Powell; Cass Tech; Jared Stephens, Canton; Tyler Thorington, Wyandotte; Ambrey Thomas, Detroit King; Cooper Cecchini, Hudsonville; Tyler Bradfield, Rockford; Keyante Carpenter, Muskegon; Marquis Smith, Ypsilanti; Arnani Posey, Detroit King.
Eric Schugars, Traverse City Central; Matt Bird, Grand Ledge.
Voting panel: Bill Broderick, Battle Creek Enquirer; James Cook, Traverse City Record-Eagle; Dave Goricki, The Detroit News; Brian Calloway, Lansing State Journal; Steve Kaminski, MLive.com-The Grand Rapids Press; Mark Opfermann, MLive.com-The Muskegon Chronicle; George Pohly, The Macomb Daily (Mount Clemens); Eric Woodyard, MLive.com-The Flint Journal; Dan Chalk, Midland Daily News; Jason Schmitt, The Oakland Press.