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June 6, 2013

By the Numbers: Malik McDowell in rare company

Over the past 13 recruiting classes, dating back to 2002, 1,300 prospects have made a Rivals100 but only 30 have called the Great Lakes State home (2.3 percent).

  • Of those 30 Michiganders to rank in the Rivals100 (through this current 2014 cohort), the Wolverines have signed or received a commitment from 14 (46.7 percent). Michigan State has nabbed five, with Notre Dame securing two, Southern Cal two, and Purdue, Florida State, LSU, Penn State, Tennessee and Ohio State landing one each (Malik McDowell also remains undecided).

    The state has averaged just 2.3 top-100 prospects per class.

  • Over these past 13 years, Rivals has also bestowed its highest honor - a five-star ranking - on 371 prospects, of which seven resided in the state of Michigan. Among those, Gabe Watson (2002), LaMarr Woodley (2003), Kevin Grady (2005), Brandon Graham (2006) and Will Campbell (2009) signed with the Maize and Blue.

  • Ronald Johnson, who signed with Southern Cal in 2007, is the only Michigander to rank among Rivals top 10 prospects (of which there have been 130). Pulling in at No. 8, he ranks ahead of Woodley (No. 14), Graham (No. 15), William Gholston (No. 21) and Grady (No. 22) among the state's highest-ranked talents.

  • Michigan is one of 30 states nationally that has had at least one top-10 recruit call it home. Nineteen stats have had multiple top-10 recruits with California and Florida holding the No. 1 spot with 19 apiece and Texas in third with 15. The Big Ten's new recruiting targets of Maryland (nine) and New Jersey (four), rank fourth and ninth, respectively.

    State
    Top 10 Players
    State
    Top 10 Players
    California
    19
    Arizona
    2
    Florida
    19
    Missouri
    2
    Texas
    15
    Washington
    2
    Maryland
    9
    Washington D.C.
    2
    Virginia
    8
    Utah
    1
    Georgia
    8
    Minnesota
    1
    Louisiana
    6
    Nebraska
    1
    South Carolina
    5
    Arkansas
    1
    Alabama
    4
    Indiana
    1
    Ohio
    4
    Wisconsin
    1
    New Jersey
    4
    New York
    1
    Pennsylvania
    3
    Oregon
    1
    North Carolina
    3
    Michigan
    1
    Illinois
    2
    Oklahoma
    1
    Tennessee
    2
    Kansas
    1

    Top 100 Players All Time From The State Of Michigan
    Year
    Rank
    Recruit
    Hometown
    College Choice
    2002
    No. 33
    Gabe Watson
    Southfield
    Michigan
    2002
    No. 87
    Kyle Brown
    West Bloomfield
    Michigan State
    2002
    No. 92
    William Cooper
    Flint
    Michigan State
    2003
    No. 14
    LaMarr Woodley
    Saginaw
    Michigan
    2003
    No. 50
    Doug Van Dyke
    Marshall
    Purdue
    2003
    No. 89
    Jim Presley
    Highland
    Michigan
    2004
    No. 80
    Alex Mitchell
    Bay City
    Michigan
    2005
    No. 22
    Kevin Grady
    East Grand Rapids
    Michigan
    2005
    No. 49
    Antonio Bass
    Jackson
    Michigan
    2005
    No. 96
    Terrance Taylor
    Muskegon
    Michigan
    2006
    No. 15
    Brandon Graham
    Detroit
    Michigan
    2007
    No. 8
    Ronald Johnson
    Muskegon
    Southern Cal
    2007
    No. 40
    Dionte Allen
    Orchard Lake
    Florida State
    2007
    No. 67
    Joseph Barksdale
    Detroit
    LSU
    2008
    No. 44
    Boubacar Cissoko
    Detroit
    Michigan
    2008
    No. 40
    Dann O'Neill
    Grand Haven
    Michigan
    2008
    No. 56
    Nick Perry
    Detroit
    Southern Cal
    2008
    No. 72
    Jonas Gray
    Detroit
    Notre Dame
    2009
    No. 26
    William Campbell
    Detroit
    Michigan
    2009
    No. 57
    Edwin Baker
    Oak Park
    Michigan State
    2010
    No. 21
    William Gholston
    Detroit
    Michigan State
    2011
    No. 55
    Lawrence Thomas
    Detroit
    Michigan State
    2011
    No. 65
    Anthony Zettel
    West Branch
    Penn State
    2011
    No. 84
    DeAnthony Arnett
    Saginaw
    Tennessee
    2011
    No. 85
    Justice Hayes
    Grand Blanc
    Michigan
    2013
    No. 60
    Steve Elmer
    Midland
    Notre Dame
    2013
    No. 81
    Shane Morris
    Warren
    Michigan
    2014
    No. 23
    Malik McDowell
    Detroit
    Undecided
    2014
    No. 35
    Damon Webb
    Detroit
    Ohio State
    2014
    No. 57
    Drake Harris
    Grand Rapids
    Michigan



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