Michigan Countdown: Players 20-11

Vince Helmuth

Michigan Insider is nearly through its countdown of the top 100 prospects in the state of Michigan. Today, we go from 20 through 11 with some of the state's most impressive offensive talents on display.

20 – Kelvin Grady – RB/Ath – East Grand Rapids (5'10, 165)
Yeah, I know he's planning on only playing basketball at Michigan, but if Grady wanted to (and he may change his mind), he'd be an excellent change of pace back. He's shifty and quick and has outstanding acceleration…also a solid receiver out of the backfield.

19 – James Stallons – QB – Macomb Dakota (6'6, 180)
He's skinny and has awkward looking mechanics, but boy does the ball get there. Stallons will remind many Badger fans of Jim Sorgi, another Michigan product who had great success in Madison. Once Stallons adds some weight, he'll push for a starting job because of his accuracy.

18 – Taurian Washington – WR – Orchard Lake St. Mary's (6'0, 190)
Washington is very solid all around. He isn't too flashy or a big play kind of guy, but he should prove to be a reliable, move-the-chains type receiver for Ohio state.

17 – Derek Knight – SS – Detroit Renaissance (5'11, 190)
Knight is the ideal rover for West Virginia's 3-3-5. He is a linebacker trapped in a safety's body. Put in the tape and watch him crush opposing ballcarriers.

16 – Josh Allison – DT – Lake Orion (6'2, 275)
Allison is a tough guy to handle in the middle. He plays with outstanding leverage and uses his shorter build to penetrate and blow up plays in the backfield. He is just the kind of lineman that has flourished at Central Michigan recently.

15 - Rocky Weaver – TE – Battle Creek Harper Creek (6'6, 240)
Central Michigan got a steal with Weaver. He should have been on the radar of many more teams on the national scene. He has great speed for a player his size and can really go get the ball in traffic.

14 – James Rogers – WR/DB – Madison Heights Lamphere (6'2, 175)
Rogers was an electrifying tailback for Lamphere, but he projects best to WR or DB at the next level. Michigan, where Rogers committed after a strong summer camp, will actually try to use his 4.4 speed at cornerback.

13 – Mark Dell – WR – Farmington Hills Harrison (6'0, 175)
Dell is a speedy big play guy who is still learning to play the position. He is such a gifted athlete that he picked up the game quickly and his ceiling is high. Expect him to contribute as a return man early at Michigan State and develop into a top receiver for the Spartans.

12 – Quincy Landingham – RB/DB – Bloomfield Hills Lasher (5'10, 202)
Landingham was an elusive tailback for Lasher, but his athleticism might have him better suited for defensive back. He committed to Michigan State early but switched to Wisconsin where the Badgers could deploy him at several different positions.

11 – Vince Helmuth – FB – Ann Arbor Saline (5'11, 230)
Helmuth is a bull of a ball carrier who actually shed weight and was much lighter on his feet as a senior. He will be counted on as a lead blocker at Michigan, something he did well at in high school.

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