We’re in the first week of October, which means we’re about halfway through the high school football season, depending on which state you’re following. This makes it a good time to check in on the Michigan Wolverines’ class of 2022 commits to see how they’re faring in their senior seasons.
Like almost all of these high school updates, most of the statistics will be incomplete, but there will be a midseason highlight video attached if the prospect has made one, so you can watch and try to count if you’re really interested in how many touchdowns or interceptions a guy has.
QB Jayden Denegal (Apple Valley, CA)
After an 0-2 and shaky start to the season, Apple Valley has ripped off four straight wins, with none of them being particularly close. Unsurprisingly, the team’s performance has risen with Denegal’s, who has shaken off four interceptions in the first two games to put up a 15-5 touchdown-to-interception ratio. He’s completed 66.9% of his passes for 1,165 yards. There are four games left in his regular season.
RB CJ Stokes (Hammond School, SC)
The Hammond School is off to its usual start, undefeated at 6-0 and blowing out most teams they play. This has given Stokes little time to rack up yards, but he still has 527 yards and 12 touchdowns while often being pulled early in games. He even managed to run for more than 100 yards in the first quarter of a game before resting for the remainder.
WR Tyler Morris (Nazareth Academy, IL)
Morris has unfortunately been sidelined all year with the ACL injury he suffered last spring. Nazareth has definitely been hurting without his presence, sitting at 2-4 on the season.
WR Tayshawn Trent (Harper Woods, MI)
Transferring from East Detroit to Harper Woods this offseason, Trent has helped lift the latter to a 5-1 record on the season. His incomplete season statistics so far include 215 receiving yards and four touchdowns.
TE Marlin Klein (Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School, GA)
Rabun Gap-Nacoochee is 5-1 but don’t rely on the pass game much to win. Klein has done the best he could with his targets, catching nine balls for 104 yards and a touchdown.
TE Colson Loveland (Gooding, ID)
As you’d expect for a Power 5 prospect in Idaho, Gooding is outmatching his opponents physically week after week. He’s caught 28 passes for 400 yards and seven touchdowns in Gooding’s 5-0 start. Loveland also contributes on defense, with 17 tackles, six tackles for loss and three sacks.
OL Alessandro Lorenzetti (Loomis Chaffee School, CT)
Northeastern high schools usually start their seasons later, so Loomis Chaffee has only played three games. They are undefeated so far, but as an offensive lineman it’s hard to tell how Lorenzetti is doing from the box score.
OL Connor Jones (Palmer Ridge, CO)
Ditto for Jones, who has helped his team get off to a 5-1 start while locking down left tackle. Palmer Ridge has four games left in the regular season before the playoffs start.
DL Kenneth Grant (Merrillville, IN)
Grant is in the middle of a season that has seen his stock rise greatly. For the 7-0 Merrillville Pirates, Grant has had 16 tackles, including 8.5 for a loss and 2.5 sacks. He’s blocked a mind-boggling six kicks already, which is almost one per game! That asset will help him see the field early at Michigan. If you’re going to watch any of these highlight videos, watch this one.
DL Mason Graham (Servite, CA)
Michigan’s other defensive line commit is having a similarly excellent senior campaign against some tough competition in Southern California. He’s racked up nine sacks and 13 tackles for loss as part of his 29 tackles on the season. Servite is 6-0 but the schedule only gets harder against the likes of Mater Dei and St. John Bosco to cap off the regular season.
LB/EDGE Micah Pollard (Bartram Trail, FL)
While listed as a linebacker, Michigan wants Pollard to play the edge ideally, which is reflected in his stats on the year. So far, Pollard has 21 tackles through five games, with eight for a loss and one sack. He’s also forced a fumble and recovered two, reflecting his ability to cause havoc. Bartram Trail is off to a 4-1 start, with only two opponents scoring above double digits.
EDGE Kevonte Henry (Leuzinger, CA)
Henry is off to a hot start, even though Leuzinger is only 3-3 on the season. He has 22 tackles, which includes 12.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. He also contributes on offense, carrying the ball 16 times for 70 yards and two touchdowns.
LB Deuce Spurlock (Madison Academy, AL)
Michigan’s newest commit has had an excellent season so far in Madison’s Academy 5-1 start. He’s had 50 tackles, including an eye-popping 21 in one game. He’s also added three sacks to his total, which were also in the team’s 33-0 shutout over North Jackson.
LB Aaron Alexander (Belleville, MI)
I have no idea about how well Alexander is doing this year because I’ve been unable to unearth any statistics from his season. But Belleville is 5-1 with three shutouts on the year, so the defense is obviously performing well.
CB Will Johnson (Grosse Pointe South, MI)
It’s also been tough to get stats on Johnson, even though he’s a five-star prospect. He transitioned to playing more safety this year since teams were avoiding him in the pass game. We at least know he’s contributing in all three phases of the game, with evidence of one interception, a punt return touchdown and acting as the offense’s main weapon.
CB Kody Jones (Germantown, TN)
Jones’ stats are incomplete as well, but he has two interceptions, including one for a touchdown. He’s also returned a kickoff for a score. Germantown is 5-2 so far this season, with three games left before the playoffs.
CB Myles Pollard (Ravenwood, TN)
Like the other two cornerbacks, Pollard is helping out in multiple phases of the game. While I could only find he has 8.5 tackles on the year, Pollard has also caught seven passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns.