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What can’t Cody White do?
The 3-star Michigan State receiver commit, currently a senior at Walled Lake Western (Mich.), was called upon to play quarterback after an injury to the Warriors starter, and he’s taken on the challenge with aplomb.
On Friday, White and Western took on the state’s No. 7 team in Northville, and he led the Warriors to victory behind 210 yards and three touchdowns on 11-of-16 passing, per freep.com’s Mick McCabe.
One of those scores came on this beauty of a throw to make it 27-0. Western would ultimately win 48-34.
— SportsintheD ™ (@Sportsinthed_) Sept. 10, 2016
And White wasn’t the only future Spartans receiver who stood out Friday. Another in-state prospect, 3-star Hunter Rison of Skyline (Mich.), came up just short of leading his team over powerhouse Saline, but not for lack of effort.
Rison made waves with an eyebrow-lifting one-handed touchdown grab, one of two scores on the night. He leaped up, volleyed the ball into the air and then somehow reeled it in with the same hand as he fell to the turf amid pressure from two defenders.
Michigan didn’t have all the fun, of course. Out in West Des Moines, Iowa, 3-star MSU quarterback commit Rocky Lombardi overcame early struggles to lead No. 2 Valley on a game-winning drive against No. 1 Dowling. The 16-9 result was Dowling’s first loss since 2014, per The Des Moines Register, following a string of three straight state titles.
Down inside Dowling territory, Lombardi kept it on an option and burst through the middle for 37 yards down to the 6-yard line. Valley scored two plays later.
Fortunately for Lombardi, he didn’t have to deal with 3-star Spartans DE commit Donovan Winter out of Bishop Moore Catholic in Orlando, Fla. In a 38-33 loss to University High School, Winter posted a pair of sacks. He shared one of them on Twitter.
Top plays from top prospects
I guess you’d expect top football prospects to dominate high school opponents, right? Right. But not the way Lynn Bowden did Friday.
The 4-star athlete from Harding (Ohio) High School went out and completely emasculated the Massillon Washington defense with one play. He had five other touchdowns, but this run alone is just about enough for a season-long highlight tape.
Just in case y'all ain't see pic.twitter.com/FtLpCAjBNi
— Marcus (@H_Huncho) September 10, 2016
Not too far away at Cleveland Heights High School, 4-star receiver Jaylen Harris was embarrassing opponents in a similar manner. Impressive enough was his grab over top of the defender, but then he proceeded to drag the defender a good 15 yards farther down the field.
— Matt Goul (@mgoul) September 10, 2016
Should either of these Ohio playmakers end up in East Lansing, the Spartans will definitely have some firepower in their offense.
MSU target visiting South Bend
Harris’ Cleveland Heights teammate, 2018 defensive end Tyreke Smith, announced Sunday that he will be at the Michigan State vs. Notre Dame showdown Saturday.
Notre dame ? vs. Michigan state?
Next week ?
— Tyreke Smith (@T_23_baller) September 11, 2016
Obviously, the Irish will have the advantage of getting Smith on their sideline for the game. Smith holds a Michigan State offer, per Scout, and has taken an unofficial visit, but this will be Notre Dame’s chance to show off to him.
However, a Michigan State win could do wonders to influence Smith. Seeing two of your top schools battling it out can have a profound effect on your decision.
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