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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Under the radar players to watch

Football season is set to arrive on Thursday, and on this "2012 season eve," Kosmo wants to give some love to some players who might or might not get recognition from college programs. There are always invaluable high school players with big hearts who college coaches just don't feel have the right size, speed or technical ability to compete at the next level, but these are players Kosmo admires the most. They get the most out of their ability and are even more important to their teams than the ones going to Division I college programs. Here are some players that Kosmo hopes have big senior years and get a shot to play college football. Anthony Darkangelo, Novi Detroit Catholic Central - Wyatt Shallman (Michigan) and Derek Edwards (Central Michigan) may be the players with college scholarships in tow, but Darkangelo may be Catholic Central's best player. He's a two-way force at linebacker and running back who has great leadership skills also. He'll make plays all over the field. Greg Webber, Troy - Having four-year starters in high school is rare. But that's how good the 6-3, 295 pound Webber has been for the Colts. He's a masher who can easily play at the next level. Johnny Williams, Holly - Tough, physically strong and a great leader. He'll be a great quarterback and defensive back this year for the Bronchos. Evin Papuga, Holly - Williams' best friend, Papuga can play both running back and wide receiver on offense and is a tackling force at linebacker on defense. Derric Williams, Lake Orion - A leader of the Dragons' defense who'll be a big problem for opposing lineman. An impactful linebacker who'll have lots of tackles for loss this year. Kyle Niswonger, Rochester Adams - How can you not love how this kid plays? A battering ram at fullback and a hard-nosed linebacker. Manny Mendoza, Rochester - Hopefully college coaches notice his size (6-3, 200), speed and playmaking ability as both a wide receiver and defensive back. Craig Columbo, Clarkston - Has put on lots of bulk over the offseason and is now up to a cut 275 pounds. The Wolves have more than just Jesse Chadwell and Nick Matich up front with Columbo around. Jody Harrison, Pontiac - Look out for the Phoenix this year with the plays Harrison is capable of making every night at quarterback. Also keep an eye out for wideout Trajan Seay who is a burner. Michael Johnson, Auburn Hills Avondale - A three-year starter at running back who will be hard for anyone in the OAA Blue to bring down. Andrew Gikas, Bloomfield Hills Lahser - Not especially big at 245 pounds, but still a rock to rely on on both sides of the line for the Knights. Devyn Bogert/Mike Dobrowolski, Walled Lake Central - These pair of linemen will ensure the Vikings are their usual stellar selves up front. Matt Kosmalski, Walled Lake Northern - Maybe the most underrated player in the KLAA. Plays hard and competes all over the field.


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