With Thanksgiving around the corner, high school football playoffs are in full swing across the country. Some teams of special interest in the various states’ playoffs are the ones which field members of Michigan’s 2018 football recruiting class. Here’s an update on a few future Wolverines and their progress in the playoffs.
The four-star tight end out of Missouri City, Texas, Mustapha Muhammad, is gearing up for his first playoff game of the 2017 season. This Friday, November 13, Muhammad and the 8-1 Ridge Point Panthers will be taking on the also 8-1 Cinco Ranch Cougars at 7pm.
Joe Milton, the highly anticipated four-star, pro-style quarterback, ended high school football career on Friday, November 11. The Olympia Titans, Milton’s team, lost in the regional semi-finals 42-19 to Vero Beach Senior High School. This was the second time in the past three years the Titans had appeared in regionals.
Losing to Ben Davis in the first round, a 12-0 team now in the Indiana High School football state championship semi-finals, was Cameron McGrone and the Lawrence Central Bears. McGrone is a four-star outside linebacker who committed to Michigan at the end of July, 2017. The star linebacker capped off his senior season with a 6-5 record for the 2017 season.
In Georgia, Otis Reese, another four-star outside linebacker, and the Lee County Trojans won their first playoff game against the Richmond Hill Wildcats 29-21. The 9-1 Trojans will continue their journey to the AAAAAA Division Championship by facing the 6-4 Grovetown Warriors.
Jalen Mayfield and the Grand Rapids Catholic Central Cougars are playing in the Michigan High School Division IV state championship semifinals on Friday, November 18 against an Upper Peninsula team, Escanaba. Mayfield is a four-star, offensive tackle who committed to Michigan back in May, 2017.
Another Michigan native, Ryan Hayes, and the Traverse City West Titans were in the Michigan High School football Division II playoffs. Hayes, also a four-star offensive tackle, helped his team to the district finals, but the Titans fell 17-14 to cross town rivals, the Traverse City Central Trojans, in a rematch from the regular season.
Make sure to continue to follow Michigan recruits as they make their way through playoffs. Or try and catch a game if you’re in the area.
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