Friday, April 3, 2009
QB Gardner set to announce
Rich Rodriguez is expected to land a huge commitment today as quarterback Devin Gardner (Inkster, Mich./Inkster) will announce his college choice at 2:00 pm EST at a press conference in his high school library.
The 6-foot-4 and 205-pound Gardner threw for 1,886 yards and 26 touchdowns during his junior season. He rushed for 1,401 yards and 22 touchdowns.
Gardner has scholarship offers from Michigan, Michigan State, LSU, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Iowa, Cincinnati and others.
Gardner is seen as a perfect fit for Rodriguez' Michigan 'spread' offense. Providing he does announce he is headed to Ann Arbor, Gardner could turn a position of weakness for the Wolverines into a position of strength.
Michigan struggled greatly at quarterback this past season. However, Rodriguez signed one of the country's top 2009 quarterbacks in Tate Forcier, as well as another talented 2009 quarterback, Denard Robinson. A trio of Gardner, Forcier and Robinson should give Rodriguez a much more secure feeling than he had in his first year in Ann Arbor.
Cass Tech boasts strong trio
Year in and year out, a must stop for recruiters headed to the state of Michigan is Detroit Cass Tech. This year is no exception. The No. 1 class of 2010 prospect at Cass Tech is Dior Mathis. But teammates Daniel Easterly and Chris Devezin are attracting their share of attention as well.
Mathis is one of the top cornerback prospects in the Midwest. The 5-foot-9 and 170-pounder has close to 20 scholarship offers including Michigan State, Michigan, Florida, Miami, Oregon, Minnesota, Tennessee, Iowa and Cincinnati.
"I think Ohio State and Illinois are about to offer," Mathis said. "I'm waiting on USC too."
Mathis plans to attend Michigan's spring game on April 11 and Michigan State's spring contest on April 18. He might attend Ohio State's spring game April 25.
Mathis says he does not have a favorite and will not select a college any time soon.
The 6-foot-5 and 200-pound Easterly, a safety, had an outstanding junior season. Easterly made 58 solo tackles and had 15 assists as Cass Tech finished with a 9-3 record. Easterly intercepted three passes and broke-up 15 others. He also forced four fumbles and recovered two.
Easterly is a talented athlete who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds. He is being recruited as an "athlete" who could play safety, wide receiver or linebacker in college.
Easterly has scholarship offers from Illinois, Minnesota and Toledo.
"I'm looking at those three," he said. "And Michigan and Michigan State, and some others are talking about offering soon. I'm interested in any school that is interested in me. Alabama, Florida, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Hawaii and USC are some others."
Easterly plans to attend spring games at Michigan State, Michigan and Toledo. He is going to try to visit Illinois this spring as well.
The 6-foot-2 and 315-pound Devezin played center his sophomore season. He played center and defensive tackle during his junior season and had 14 tackles for loss. Devezin is expected to play on the defensive side of the ball in college.
He is drawing interest from Michigan State, Notre Dame, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Syracuse and Ball State among others, though none of those schools has offered a scholarship to this point..
"Those are the main ones showing a lot of interest right now," Devezin said.
Devezin, who says his favorite school is Michigan State, plans to attend spring games at Michigan State, Michigan and possibly Toledo.