Thirty high school football players from the state of Michigan are on the watch list for the Sports Illustrated All-American team for 2020, SI.com announced today.
“Michigan produces significant numbers of Power 5-caliber football prospects every year, but this particular crop stands out because the top of the class -- roughly the 10 guys most-coveted by college recruiters at this stage -- appear to be truly elite on a national scale,” said John Garcia Jr., SI’s director of football recruiting. “And a side note to it all that might concern Wolverines fans is that most of those at the top are leaving, or strongly looking to leave, the state.”
The 30 student-athletes from Michigan are the ninth-most from a single state behind Florida (142), Texas (129), Georgia (84), California (79), North Carolina (55), Alabama (44), Ohio (37) and Virginia (31). After Michigan, the top 10 is rounded out by Maryland (28).
The SIAA candidates from Michigan are:
- David Holloman - 5-10 / 189 / RB from Auburn Hills, Mich.
- Damon Payne - 6-4 / 295 / DT from Belleville, Mich.
- Jamari Buddin - 6-2 / 210 / OLB from Belleville, Mich.
- Austin Roon - 6-4 / 220 / LB from Byron Center, Mich.
- Garrett Dellinger - 6-5 / 280 / OT from Clarkston, Mich.
- Rocco Spindler - 6-4 / 315 / OT from Clarkston, Mich.
- Brendan Sullivan - 6-3 / 180 / QB from Davison, Mich.
- Brandon Honorable - 6-7 / 280 / OL from Detroit, Mich.
- Davion Weatherspoon - 6-2 / 310 / OC from Detroit, Mich.
- Derrick Harmon - 6-3 / 320 / DT from Detroit, Mich.
- Jaylen Reed - 6-0 / 190 / S from Detroit, Mich.
- Kalen King - 5-11 / 170 / CB from Detroit, Mich.
- Kobe King - 6-0 / 223 / ILB from Detroit, Mich.
- Raheem Anderson II - 6-3 / 298 / OC from Detroit, Mich.
- Robert Army - 6-0 / 186 / WR/DB from Detroit, Mich.
- Terrence Enos - 6-5 / 317 / OT from Detroit, Mich.
- Andrel Anthony - 6-2 / 175 / WR from East Lansing, Mich.
- Ethan Boyd - 6-7 / 285 / OT from East Lansing, Mich.
- Josh Thompson - 6-4 / 290 / OG from Fenton, Mich.
- Ru'Quan Buckley - 6-6 / 260 / DE from Grand Rapids, Mich.
- Jace Williams - 6-3 / 185 / WR from Grand Rapids, Mich.
- Caleb Tiernan - 6-7 / 280 / OT from Livonia, Mich.
- D.J. Stepney - 6-0 / 180 / S/RB from Macomb, Mich.
- Davion Primm - 6-0 / 201 / RB from Oak Park, Mich.
- Jaylin Mines - 6-1 / 190 / S from Oak Park, Mich.
- Anthony Tyus III - 6-1 / 207 / RB from Portage, Mich.
- Armorion Smith - 6-2 / 190 / S from River Rouge, Mich.
- Caleb Banks - 6-6 / 255 / OT from Southfield, Mich.
- Giovanni El-Hadi - 6-5 / 285 / OT from Sterling Heights, Mich.
- Tyson Watson - 6-6 / 260 / DE from Warren, Mich.
- Donovan Edwards - 5-11 / 195 / RB from West Bloomfield, Mich.
Video highlights, scouting analyses and a list of each player’s college verbal commitment and/or top college contenders can be found on their bio pages, broken down by state, at SIAllAmerican.com.
For a breakdown of which of the 1,000 SIAA nominees from around the nation have verbally committed to or are considering Michigan as their college choice, head to:
The evaluation process will continue throughout the season “until the list of 1,000 contenders coalesces around just 25 young men who can say proudly they are the best of the best -- they are Sports Illustrated All-Americans,” said SI Director of Football Recruiting John Garcia, Jr.
Sports Illustrated will narrow the 1,000 All-America candidates to 250 in October, 99 in November and then announce a first-team of 25, second-team of 25 and an honorable mention group in December. The first-team selections will be invited to the SI Sportsperson of the Year banquet.
Over the coming weeks, SI will unveil its preseason top 10 for each of 14 position groups (kicking off with quarterbacks this week). SI will unveil its initial preseason top 99 ranking, the SI99, on August 24.