A school located in Midtown Detroit obviously hits up home first on the recruiting trail. But Wayne State’s 2011 national runner-up team gives coach Paul Winters’ program the bona fides to pull from anywhere in the state. It is quality over quantity for the Warriors in the Lake Michigan area for 2013, pulling two top 25 players overall, linemen Bobby Drew and Blake Mazur, and the No. 2 QB, Trevor VanTubbergen.
Drew and Mazur were the two best linemen at our December camp. While Mazur’s path to signing day included an all-state senior season for Comstock Park, Drew fell off the recruiting radar after moving to Saugatuck, but not playing. His junior year he was a standout on the best team in Holland history, and a MAC recruit at least. Drew was surprisingly sharp at our Uncommitted Seniors Camp, given his time off. He’s 6-4, 250 with moves and a motor.
“Bobby has the prototypical size for the defensive tackle position,” Winters said at Wayne State’s Signing Day press conference. “He also has really good movement and athleticism for someone his size. Bobby will really improve with college coaching and a college strength and conditioning program. His potential is unlimited.”
Mazur, 6-2, 260, was a two-way stalwart on some terrific CP teams. He’s fast off the line, light on his feet and knows when to pick his battles. He projects on the interior D Line for the Warriors.
“Blake shows a knack for anticipating the throw and timing his jump to block passes,” Winters said. “He uses his hands well to disengage from blockers and uses excellent speed to run down the ball carrier. Blake is very athletic, intelligent and was a leader of his team.”
VanTubbergen had a breakthrough senior season, thanks to consistency and confidence, flourishing in offense that was prolific by O-K Red standards. He threw for 2,071 yards and 27 TDs to just four pikcs. He’s got nice physical tools, 6-3, 180 with a deep ball. His brother Tyler VanTubbergen is Western Michigan’s starting QB.
“Trevor has all the requisite skills to run our offense,” Winters said. “He has a strong arm and a quick release. Trevor has the ability to run the ball and he does everything effortlessly. Trevor has played against some of the best teams in the state of Michigan with great success. He has an outstanding future.”
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