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Elite 11: Michigan recruits August 12, 2007

Posted by City Hoops in Preps, Rankings, recruiting.
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Each year, the state of Michigan produces a solid number of high-major football recruits – typically enough to support our pair of in-state Big Ten powers and supply the rest of the country with its fair share of talent.

Nationally, Michigan would rank near the top of the second tier – behind first-tier states Florida, Texas, California and Ohio – every year in terms producing the best football talent.

The Elite 11 list – namesake ripped off from the EA Sports-sponsored quarterback camp each year in California – is a ranking that I have put together for quite some time since I started following recruiting in 2002.

This ranking takes the best 11 Michigan recruits after the season concludes – bar none, with no regard for position, high school performance or commitment. These are Michigan’s top football prospects with the best shot at becoming collegiate All-Americans.

These rankings have yet to be published anywhere – until now. I apoligize for posting backdated material that has rested in purgatory on my computer until this Web site was established in January.

Click through to find out Michigan’s top 11 recruits for the past five years, this year’s top 11, and a bonus Elite 11 for the rising junior class.

Elite 11 – Class of 2008 – Preseason 2007

1. Boubacar Cissoko – CB – Detroit Cass Tech (Michigan)
2. Jonas Gray – RB – Detroit Country Day (Nebraska)
3. Fred Smith – WR – Detroit Southeastern (Michigan State)
4. Dann O’Neill – OL – Grand Haven (Michigan)
5. Mike Martin – DT – Detroit Catholic Central (Michigan)
6. Tyler Hoover – TE/DE – Novi (Michigan State)
7. Nick Perry – DE/LB – Detroit King
8. Kenny Demens – LB – Detroit Country Day
9. Jonathan Dandridge – RB – Highland Park
10. Corey Johnson – WR – Muskegon
11. Charles Burrell – DB – Detroit Southeastern (Michigan State)

High Honorable Mention: Anthony Hollis, Rocko Khoury, Deon’tae Pannell  

Elite 11 – Class of 2009 – Preseason 2007

1. Larry Caper – RB – Battle Creek Central
2. Dion Sims – WR/TE – Orchard Lake St. Mary’s
3. Hershey Jackson – RB – Allendale
4. James Jackson – CB/WR – Grand Ledge
5. William Campbell – DT – Detroit Cass Tech (Michigan)
6. Cameron Gordon – WR – Melvindale
7. Andrew Maxwell – QB – Midland
8. Mike Schaaf – QB – Saginaw Arthur Hill
9. Shamari Benton – LB – Birmingham Brother Rice
10. Torsten Boss – DB/WR – Lowell
11. Rickey Clemons – OT – Flint Carman-Ainsworth

High Honorable Mention: Reid Fragel, Brock Reynolds, Isaiah Grimes, Adrian Bouyer, Dennis Martin, Teric Jones, Chris Norman

Elite 11 – 2007 – Final

1. Ronald Johnson – WR/CB – Muskegon (USC)
2. Chris Colsanti – LB – Birmingham Brother Rice (Penn State)
3. Keith Nichol – QB – Lowell (Oklahoma)
4. Dionte Allen – CB – Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (Florida State)
5. Joseph Barksdale – DL – Detroit Cass Tech (LSU)
6. Mark Dell – WR – Farmington Hills Harrison (Michigan State)
7. Darris Sawtelle – OL – Birmingham Brother Rice (Tennessee)
8. Steven Threet – QB – Adrian (Georgia Tech)
9. Taurian Washington – WR – Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (Ohio State)
10. Martell Webb – TE – Pontiac Northern (Michigan)
11. Cedric Everson – WR – Detroit Mumford (Iowa)

High Honorable Mention: Ryan Van Bergen, Quincy Landingham, Derek Knight, Justin Siller

Elite 11 – 2006 – Final

1. Brandon Graham – LB – Detroit Crockett (Michigan)
2. Eric Gordon – LB – Traverse City West (Michigan State)
3. Charlie Gantt – TE – Birmingham Brother Rice (Michigan State)
4. Jeff Lindsay – ATH – Macomb L’Anse Creuse North (Purdue)
5. Anthony Bowman – QB – Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (Iowa)
6. Adrian Cannon – WR – Pontiac Northern – (Maryland)
7. Dominique Douglas – WR – Detroit Murray-Wright (Iowa)
8. Patrick Rigan – DE – Traverse City St. Francis (Michigan State)
9. Quintin Patilla – LB – Flint Carman-Ainsworth (Michigan)
10. Quintin Woods – DE – Flint Southwestern Acadmey (Michigan)
11. Aaron Gant – RB – Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (Ohio State)

High Honorable Mention: Neli A’asa, Obi Ezeh, John Goebel, Sidney Stewart

Elite 11 – 2005 – Final

1. Kevin Grady – RB – East Grand Rapids (Michigan)
2. Antonio Bass – WR – Jackson (Michigan)
3. Terrance Taylor – DT – Muskegon (Michigan)
4. Evan Sharpley – QB – Marshall (Notre Dame)
5. Chris McClaurin – WR – Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (Michigan)
6. David Grimes – WR – Detroit DePorres (Notre Dame)
7. Ryan Allison – WR – Lake Orion (Michigan State)
8. Andrew Hawken – LB – Grandville (Michigan State)
9. Carson Butler – DE – Detroit Renaissance (Michigan State)
10. Malcolm Arrington – LB – Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (Northwestern)
11. Otis Wiley – DB – Flint Carman-Ainsworth (Michigan State)

High Honorable Mention: Joel Nitchman, Talonnie Russell, Ross Weaver

Elite 11 – 2004 – Final

1. Alex Mitchell – OL – Bay City Central (Michigan)
2. Will Johnson – DT – Lake Orion (Michigan)
3. Morgan Trent – WR – Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (Michigan)
4. Carl Grimes – WR – Detroit DePorres (Michigan State)
5. Justin Hoskins – RB – Grand Rapids Creston (Notre Dame)
6. Charles Stewart – DB- Farmington Hills Harrison (Michigan)
7. Roger Allison – RB – Lake Orion (Michigan)
8. Kellen Freeman-Davis – TE – Adrian (Michigan State)
9. Vernon Gholston – DB – Detroit Cass Tech (Ohio State)
10. Jeremy Orr – WR – Detroit Henry Ford (Colorado)
11. Dwayne Holmes – ATH – Detroit Henry Ford (Michigan State)

High Honorable Mention: Issac Price, Trent Varva, DeWayne Roland, Bernard Faithful, Deon Curry

Elite 11 – 2003 – Final

1. LaMarr Woodley – LB – Saginaw (Michigan)
2. Doug Van Dyke – DE – Marshall (Purdue)
3. Jake Long – OL – Lapeer East (Michigan)
4. Jerome Jackson – RB – Saginaw (Michigan)
5. Lonnie Hurst – WR – Detroit U-D Jesuit (Illinois)
6. Jim Presley – FB – Milford (Michigan)
7. Pat Sharrow – OL – Monroe (Michigan)
8. Marcus Woods – RB – Farmington Hills Harrison (Missouri)
9. Anthony Rogers – LB- Saginaw (Central Michigan)
10. Dajuan Warren – QB – Southfield (Illinois)
11. Garret Bushong – TE – Ionia (Purdue)

High Honorable Mention: Deaudre Perry, Kaleb Thornhill, Anthony Thornhill, Derrick Outlaw

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