Weekly look at MSU football recruits

Grand Rapids Christian junior wide receiver Drake Harris was one of the big stories of the Michigan state football finals over the weekend at Ford Field.

He delivered a record-setting performance to help Grand Rapids Christian capture the Division 3 state title.

Below is a look at how Harris and MSU’s other football recruits performed over the weekend. Also postseason accolades won by Spartans recruits are listed.

Drake Harris – Had eight catches for a state-finals record 243 yards and a touchdown to help G.R. Christian to a 40-37 overtime win over Orchard Lake St. Mary’s in the Division 3 final on Saturday night. Harris finished the season with 2,016 receiving yards – a state single-season record, passing the old mark of 1,896 yards by Sterling Heights Stevenson’s D.J. Mershman in 2009. Harris was also recently named Division 3-4 First Team All-State.

Jon Reschke – The linebacker had nine tackles, a fumble recovery and a pass breakup to help Brother Rice top Muskegon 35-28 in the Division 2 state championship game. Reschke was also recently named First Team Division 1-2 All-State.

Deon Drake – Has four carries for 61 yards, including a 30 yard touchdown in Cass Tech’s 36-21 win over Detroit Catholic Central in the Division 1 state final. His teammate Dennis Finley, a MSU offensive lineman recruit, had a tackle in the win.

Shane Jones – The Cincinnati Moeller linebacker had seven tackles to in a 26-21 win over Pickerington North in the state semifinals. Jones was also recently named a Division I First Team All-State selection and the defensive player of the year. Jones has 121 tackles, 2 ½ sacks, 2 fumble recoveries, a forced fumble and an interception in 14 games this season.

Delton Williams – The Erie Cathedral Prep senior athlete scored touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams in a 48-14 win over General McLane in the District 10 Class AAA title game. Williams had a 2-yard touchdown run, a 56-yard punt return for a score and a 22-yard fumble return for a TD. Cathedral Prep (12-0) advances to the PIAA AAA quarterfinals to face West Allegheny

Damion Terry – The Erie Cathedral Prep quarterback was 4 of 8 passing for 80 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in a victory over General McLane.

Jalyn Powell – The Warren (Ohio) Harding safety was named Division I First Team All-State

Gerald Holmes – The Flint Carman-Ainsworth senior running back was named First Team Division 1-2 All-State

Byron Bullough – The Traverse City St. Francis linebacker was named special mention All-State in Division 7-8.

ALL-STAR NOTES: Williams and Terry will each be participating in the Chesapeake Bowl on Dec. 29. They will be members of the North team. … Jones will be playing in the Offense-Defense All-Star Bowl Game on Dec. 31 in Houston.

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19 Responses to Weekly look at MSU football recruits

  1. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    Terry to Harris 2014 explosion plays.

  2. avatar SpartanFan says:

    Terry comes in, redshirts and wins the starting job in 2014. Cook and O’Connor can’t beat him out, and Dantonio won’t start a freshman over a 5th year Maxwell.

  3. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Everyone please remember these are high school accomplishments, so lets take them for what they are: Indicators of excellence, not guarantees.

    • avatar GoSt8Go says:

      Very true, AND Maxwell may not be “the” guy these recruits are battling in 2014. IMO, Maxwell will have to earn the 2013 starting job this winter and spring. Cook or O’Connor may have a full season of experience when these guys become eligible.

    • avatar Spartan 81 says:

      I would say that Harris is a keeper as my godfather in GR said that Coach Izzo has come to watch some of his football games.

  4. avatar Breadtruck86 says:

    Let’s add U-Conn to the B1G, then Louisville or Pittsburgh (just seeing some chatter about U-Conn thinking about conferences……). We’ll throw a Pitino / Izzo matchup in our division each year – wow. Or Boston College?

    • avatar GoSt8Go says:

      Those would be some better names than what we had in the latest session (as teams, not the dinero). Not sure how the academics work.

  5. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Just watched a replay of GR Christians win, Drake needs to fill out or he’ll get killed. He do get separation, though. He had a long TD called back because he “pushed off”. Let’s just say that the DB’s future may not be in FB, but an Oscar should have been awarded for the flop – remember Adams flop? this one is better.

    Drake averaged 48+ per catch

  6. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    The new enforcement of the elbow throwing rule in Basketball is just plain WRONG

    • avatar GoSt8Go says:

      Agree. I get anything having to do with someone blatantly throwing an elbow, but this whole clear out thing is ridiculous.

    • avatar Spartan 81 says:

      Agreed there will be some academy award performances from little Timmy Doyle type guards. Timmy Doyle said once he did not like MSU because our guards play was too physical for him.

  7. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    Guys remember the 2008 season? A couple things go different and that team is a B1G championship team. And that was a team with no QB and a defense that gave up over 350 YPG. Then following a down year in 2009, MSU was back in contention for the conference. Even this year, despite injuries and lack of experience, this team was one score a game away from competing again. That is a relatively minor improvement to get back on top.
    This years team does not need to be completely revamped from top to bottom .
    MSU found some weaknesses in the program this year that exposed because of the transition from last years class. Those need to be corrected. But that does not mean that Dantonio has peaked. If those flaws are not corrected I will change that opinion but as it stands now he is doing exactly what I asked of him when he came in. He has raised the bar and hopefully will continue to raise expectations.
    In 2007 most of you were happy that we went 7-6. This year we have the opportunity to mach that record and add a bowl win to it, and we are disappointed. That’s what Dantonio has done since 2007

    • avatar '89 Chemistry says:

      Strenuously disagree with your recollection of 2008. Two of MSU’s conference wins were by a combined three points; if anything, their record would’ve been 5-3 instead of 6-2 under the likeliest coin-flip results.

      As for those two losses: MSU was outscored by 31 points in the close game!! There’s not enough cannabis in the world to make MSU “a couple things” away from a B1G Champion under those circumstances.

      And don’t get me started on that 45-7 loss to Ohio State again…

      P.S.: By “no QB” you mean the guy in the NFL, right? smh

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