In a few weeks, when the high school season is finished with, expect some larger changes when it comes to the rankings. However, there were a few guys we wanted to have some recognition now.
Miami (Fl) commit Alex Gall has impressed all season. Where he really made his mark though, was a few weeks back when our Dave Berk saw him against USC commit Jason Hatcher and Gall did an outstanding job against the fellow future BCS player. Likely headed for guard at the next level, Gall is a technician with toughness and good feet, who we see a bright future for as a Hurricane.
Another committed offensive lineman who made a slight move was Ohio State commit Tim Gardner. The Lawrence Central product has had a really good season and we liked what we saw on his season film, as well as in person the two times Fox Sports NEXT staff have been out to to see him. He's not quite the finished product Gall is, but he shown much better movement and footwork than he did a year ago, and also showed us he has some "mean" in him in the way he's finishing his blocks.
Three kids who played in the PSL Championship a few weeks back earned bumps from us, not just because of their team success, but because of their individual play as well.
East English Village Prep's Desmond King, a Ball State commit, has been outstanding at running back, and also at cornerback, the position he is likely to play in college. A ball hawk who has always put up eye popping interception numbers, his playmaking knack has earned him the reputation for being one of the best pure football players in the state of Michigan. He may not be the biggest guy out there, but he has shown time and time again that he comes up big when it counts.
Detroit King had a great season and seniors Mycial Allen and Leon Alexander have had a lot to do with it. Alexander, an Ohio commit, was liste as a safety, but the more we've seen of him catch the ball, run over defenders in the open field, and shift into the backfield, the more we see him as an H-Back type. He was bumped to three-stars and move positionally to tight end in this update. Allen just made plays every week. Whether it was interceptions on defense or touchdown catches on offense, the Northern Illinois commit is a good athlete with good speed and quickness who can make things happen after the catch. He's likely a safety or a wide receiver, where he's currently listed, at the next level.
Last, Warren Harding (Ohio) running back LeShun Daniels, a Boston College commit was moved from two to three stars. Our Bill Greene has seen him in person several times this year and has noted his size, power and ability to run between the tackles. He's not a speed back, but he is a guy who can grind out yardage and wear down a defense.
OTHERS WITH STOCK UP
These guys weren't bumped up this time, but look for them to move in upcoming weeks:
Jon Reschke, LB - Birmingham Brother Rice (Mich.)
Got his senior film a little too late to get him in this time, but the Michigan State commit has been all over the field this season, showing less hesitation and more speed to his game. He has a great nose for the football and although he's already a 4-star, I expect him to move up at his position and within regional rankings.
Da'Mario Jones, WR - Westland John Glenn (Mich.)
A recent Michigan commit, Jones has been lighting it up all season. 6'2, 190-lbs with good speed, ball skills, and versatility, he has made plays as a receiver, safety, running back and kick returner.
Josh Jones, S - Walled Lake Western (Mich.)
Jones is an Illinois commit with great size and ability. We liked him last year and over the summer, but he has taken it to even another notch as a senior. He has been making a lot of plays, both in coverage and in run support with some devastating hits. The Illini are definitely getting a good one here.
Shane Jones, LB - Cincinnati Moeller (Ohio)
Moeller has played a murderer's row of opponents this year and Jones has come up with his best games against the best. The future Michigan State Spartan is a tackling machine who has also made a lot of plays in coverage, showing that he's a complete linebacker.
Deshai Powell, DE - Lawrence Central (Ind.)
Powell has impressed us on several occasions this year. He's not the biggest defensive lineman, and may have gotten a little overlooked because of that, but he has a great motor, makes a lot of plays in the backfield and we like how he uses his hands. A Western Michigan commit, we see him continuing a tradition of great defensive ends the Broncos have built.
Stay tuned, as more changes will be taking place as we continue to review film from this season.