Michigan Countdown: 70-61

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Michigan Insider continues to countdown the best players in the wolverine state right up until signing day. In this edition, MAC committments steal the stage with players 70-61.

70 – Brandon Slater – LB/DE – Southfield Lathrup (6'3, 245)
A tweener type, Slater could play OLB or DE at the next level. He is an aggressive player with good athleticism and can play in a variety of systems in college.

69 – Kevin Pickelman – DE – Marshall (6'4, 240)
Pickelman has the frame to grow into a fine strongside defensive end. He plays hard and plays tough and that is just what Mark Dantonio was looking for when Pickelman committed to Michigan State.

68 – Chris Starkey – TE – DeWitt (6'4, 235)
Starkey can play defensive end as well, but his combination of in-line blocking ability and soft hands makes him a valuable commodity at tight end. Starkey has committed to Central Michigan.

67 – Dan Youssif – TE – Birmingham Brother Rice (6'4, 240)
Youssif is a big kid with good speed and athleticism for a player his size. He committed to Eastern Michigan where he has a great opportunity to play early and often.

66 – Lance Beers – DE – Dearborn Heights Crestwood (6'3, 240)
Undersized, but with a great motor and pass rush ability, the Chips of Central Michigan are hoping they can bulk him up and maintain his edge ability much like they did with Mike Ogle and Dan Bazuin.

65 – Andre Johnson – WR – Detroit Cooley (6'4, 200)
A rangy FS and athletic WR, Johnson slipped under the radar a bit this season. He has a ton of upside potential though and this may be a kid the bigger schools regret not paying more attention to.

64 – Terrell Willis – OLB – Jackson Lumen Christi (6'2, 210)
Willis played DE for Lumen Christi, but he projects best as a weakside linebacker at the next level. He has nice quicks and pass rush moves, but is the classic tweener which is why he doesn't rate higher. He received interest from Michigan and Michigan State among others but D2 remains a possibility.

63 – Mario Lulgjuraj – TE – Utica Eisenhower (6'5, 275)
Lulgjuraj is a monster who will likely bulk up into a tackle at the next level. He is also a strong post player in basketball.

62 – Brandon Miller – QB – Auburn Hills Avondale (6'2, 185)
Miller is a quick, athletic QB with a nice arm. He might be looked at as a defensive back or wide receiver as well, but he has shown that he can stay at QB. Teams running the spread will be happy to have him.

61 – Daniel Tate – G – Detroit Mumford (6'3, 320)
This massive road grader projects as a run blocking guard at the next level. Ball State and Indiana are the teams to beat for his services.

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