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September 4, 2014

Weekend Preview: Sep. 5-6 2014

Only a couple Michigan commitments have yet to begin their seasons, and the majority of the 2015 and 2016 Wolverine pledges are in action this weekend. Previews for their games, who we'll see, and more.

Commit Schedules

Saginaw (Mich.) Heritage wide receiver Brian Cole: Saginaw Heritage will try to improve to 2-0 on Sep. 5 as they host Powers Catholic.

Massillon (Ohio) Washington kicker Andrew David: David and his Washington Tigers look to remain undefeated in the young season when they travel to Canton to battle the GlenOak Golden Eagles.

Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne safety Tyree Kinnel: Kinnel's Wayne Warriors welcome an opponent from north of the border when Oakridge makes the trip to Huber Heights down from Ontario on Sep. 5 at 7 p.m.

Indianapolis Lawrence Central linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr.: Despite two stat-filled games Kirkland will try to help his team earn their first victory of the season as Lawrence Central hosts Lawrence North in another battle of Indianapolis schools.

Bloomfield Hills (Mich.) Brother Rice quarterback Alex Malzone: Brother Rice will once again face an out-of-state opponent when they travel to Toledo to take on St. John's Jesuit looking for their second-straight victory.

Lincolnton (N.C.) defensive end Darian Roseboro: The Wolves are set to host the Wildcats of North Gaston in their third game of the season as they try to get over the .500 mark.

Philadelphia St. Joseph's Prep offensive lineman Jon Runyan Jr.: Big games are just what they do at St. Joseph's Prep and this weekend is no different … The Hawks will host New Jersey powerhouse Don Bosco Prep in a big interstate matchup.

Richmond (Va.) St. Christopher's School cornerback Garrett Taylor: Taylor's St. Christopher's Saints will take on the Saints of St. Stephen's & St. Agnes on Sep. 6 at 1 p.m. in their season-opener.

Detroit Cass Tech running back Mike Weber: The Technicians will travel to Pershing High School to take on the Doughboys in a mid-day tilt Friday at 4 p.m.

Trotwood (Ohio) Madison quarterback Messiah deWeaver (2016): The Rams of Trotwood-Madison must invade enemy territory at Thurgood Marshall High School in search of their second victory of the season.

Downers Grove (Ill.) South offensive lineman Erik Swenson (2016): Downers Grove South will host Proviso West where Swenson's Mustangs look for their first victory of the young season.

Where We'll Be


Tim Sullivan: Downers Grove (Ill.) North v. Darien (Ill.) Hinsdale South
"Downers Grove North boasts Wisconsin tight end commit David Edwards at quarterback. He picked up some Michigan interest early in the process, but wasn't willing to wait around for it to materialize into an offer. Hinsdale South has the headliner in this game, however. Defensive end Josh King is one of the Midwest's top 2016 prospects, the No. 50 overall player and No. 3 strongside end nationally. The 6-6, 250-pounder contributes on offense at tight end, but will ply his trade on D at the next level. He's a terror off the edge there, and is hoping to set a school record with 16 sacks this year (he was shut out in his season opener last weekend, so he'll be hungry."

Tim Sullivan: Downers Grove (Ill.) South v. Hillside (Ill.) Proviso West
"Downers Grove South offensive lineman Erik Swenson was Michigan's first commitment in the 2016 class, and he's been more impressive in game action than camps - an encouraging sign for the future. He's big and powerful, and is capable of dominating opposing defensive linemen. We should see more of the same this weekend."

Brandon Brown: Detroit King v. Detroit Central
Two Michigan State commits will suit up for Detroit King when they take on Detroit Central. Senior offensive lineman Kyonta Stallworth and fellow senior linebacker Tyriq Thompson both received Michigan interest, Thompson more so with an offer, but eventually both chose the Spartans. 2016 wide receiver Donnie Corley may be the main attraction though as he tries to solidify his status as top wide receiver in the state. Throwing the ball to Corley will be junior quarterback Mikale Washington, a transfer from California, who is also getting some division one attention.

Brandon Brown: Southfield (Mich.) @ Rochester (Mich.) Adams
Southfield is a loaded team looking to rebound after suffering a tough loss in their season opener. Southfield running back Matt Falcon is trying to prove to everyone that he is one of the top junior running backs in the country and is deserving of big time offers. The 6-1, 210-pounder holds one from Ohio State already and that has put them in the driver seat for his services. On the Adams side 2017 quarterback Kyle Wood is starting to garner attention from the in-state Wolverines and Spartans. At just 6-0 and 170 pounds he'll need to sprout up a bit more before big time programs feel comfortable offering him.


Tim Sullivan: East St. Louis (Ill.) @ Lombard (Ill.) Montini Catholic
East St. Louis boasts the nation's top 2015 four-star in defensive tackle Terry Beckner Jr. He'll be a load for the Montini Catholic offensive line (while also contributing on his own team's offensive line). Teammate Jeff Thomas, a 2017 wide receiver, already holds offers from Michigan and several others, and is hopefully healthy enough to play after getting banged up in his team's season-opener last week. Montini Catholic is led by Indiana receiver commit Leon Thornton, who will get service from junior quarterback Justin Blake."

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