24. Martin Luther King
Location: Detroit, Mich.
18-19 Record: 12-2
Final Super 25 Rank: Unranked
Why them: In the last four years, the Crusaders won three championships and went 49-6 overall. They’re losing some of those key players from the stretch, but there’s talent that can help them remain in the upper echelon of teams.
King has maybe the best wide receiver and the best running back in the state of Michigan with four-star WR Rashawn Williams and three-star RB Peny Boone. Offensive tackle Deondre Buford, listed at 6-foot-4 and 273 pounds, can provide a boost at the line.
There are also a couple strong secondary pieces, most notably 2021 four-star safety Jaylen Reed, who has 20 offers, according to 247Sports, and is ranked the No. 6 safety in the class. Additionally, Joseph Frazier has upside at cornerback as a two-star player in the 2020 class.
With all that said, King is losing important pieces, particularly three-star dual-threat quarterback Dequan Finn. If the team finds a suitable replacement for him, there’s upside around the field that can help them continue to produce at a high level.
8/31 at Catholic Central (Novi, Michigan)
9/6 Muskegon (Michigan)
9/13 at Osborn (Detroit)
9/20 Cass Tech (Detroit)
9/27 Western (Detroit)
10/4 at Denby (Detroit)
10/11 East English (Detroit)