Top football recruits are making their college decisions earlier nowadays. Not only do they want to secure their scholarship spot, but they often like to help recruit other players to their respective school. Here are the top 10 players in Michigan for the class of 2018 and where they stand in their recruitment.
Detroit Cass Tech cornerback Kalon Gervin
Committed to Notre Dame: The 5-foot-11, 180-pound prospect is the early pick for the top recruit in the state. He continues the tradition of elite defensive backs from Cass Tech.
Traverse City West offensive tackle Ryan Hayes
Uncommitted: The 6-7, 250-pounder has not played a lot of offensive tackle, but the raw tools are there for him him to develop in to the next great local OT like Jack Conklin or Eric Fisher.
Recruiting: U-M offers state’s best, Traverse City West OL Ryan Hayes
Muskegon offensive lineman Antwan Reed
Uncommitted: Another offensive line prospect with the physical tools to be an elite college player. The 6-7, 285-pound Reed returned to the Big Reds after a year at Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy.
Oak Park offensive lineman Marquan McCall
Uncommitted: The 6-3, 280-pound McCall is someone college coaches have been coveting for years. He could make a play for the top recruit in the state if he has a dominant senior season.
Dearborn Divine Child quarterback Theo Day
Committed to Michigan State: The Spartans see the 6-5, 195-pound Day as the perfect fit for the pro-style offense they run. He has already impressed at several camps and combines this winter. He will have a legitimate shot at Elite 11 status.
Dearborn Divine Child defensive end Aidan Hutchinson
Committed to Michigan: The son of former U-M All-America defensive end Chis Hutchinson, the 6-4, 227-pound prospect had an extensive scholarship offer list that included most of the Big Ten, including MSU.
Detroit Cass Tech linebacker DeAndre Square
Uncommitted: The 6-foot, 205-pound prospect may not be the biggest or fastest linebacker, but he might be the most productive. On a defense filled with Division I recruits, Square was constantly around the ball and making plays.
Recruiting: Michigan State eyeing Cass Tech LB Square for 2018
Farmington Hills Harrison linebacker Ovie Oghoufo
Committed to Notre Dame: There is a good reason why the 6-2, 207-pound prospect picked up early offers from MSU, U-M and Notre Dame. Oghoufo is an outstanding athlete that could play multiple linebacker spots.
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Birmingham Detroit Country Day linebacker Kolin Demens
Uncommitted: The 6-2, 200-pound linebacker is the younger brother of former Wolverine Kenny Demens. Kolin is not as big as his brother, but he has more athleticism and range.
Milan offensive lineman Michael Furtney
Committed to Wisconsin: The 6-5, 270-pounder saw his stock skyrocket this spring. He ended up selecting the Badgers out of close to 30 scholarship offers overall, including MSU and Nebraska.
The above list will almost certainly change over the next 10 months. As summer camps and the fall season unfold, expect new names to emerge and challenge for top 10 recognition.
Matt Dorsey is a recruiting analyst for SpartanMag.com and Rivals.com.