SAN ANTONIO – Four-star wide receiver Donnie Corley is going to break some hearts Saturday, but he will do so without breaking stride.
For Corley, each time he steps on the football field is a chance to get better. He will take the next step in his quest to improve when he announces what university he plans to attend during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl at the Alamodome.
“I am just really happy to get out here and compete with some of the best guys in the country and get myself better,” Corley said.
247Sports has Corley ranked as the 19th best wide receiver in the Class of 2016 and the nation’s 112th best overall prospect. A senior at Detroit’s Martin Luther King High School, he is rated as the second-best prospect in the football-crazed state.
Corley is expected to decide between Michigan State, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan and Tennessee, according to 247Sports.
“It’s been really tough trying to knock down the teams that I had,” Corley said. “I’ve just been trying to talk to my parents.”
He possesses a quick burst and great leaping ability at 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, which makes him an ideal outside and end-zone target.
Those are the qualities that led dozens of the nation’s top offenses to actively recruit the 17-year-old. Corley is also being recruited by fans of each university and even his All-American Bowl teammates. Almost on cue as he’s talking about his recruitment, a West teammate shouts “Go Green,” in support of Michigan State.
“That happens a lot,” Corley said, laughing. “You might hear, ‘Come here. Come here.’ I get that a lot.”
The courtship has been even heavier on social media, where Michigan and Michigan State fans are pleading for him not to leave his home state.
“I get a lot of them saying, ‘Stay home, stay home. Stay in state,’ ” Corley said. “But just as much as the fans from instate say that, a lot of fans from out of state say ‘you should leave.’ ”
In the end, only one set of fans will get their wish to have the talented Corley play for their school.
Corley’s family will be in town to support him along with high school teammate Lavert Hill and friends Michael Onwenu and Demetric Vance of Cass Technical (Detroit). The trio are also members of the West, with Hill and Vance playing defensive back and Onwenu on the offensive line.