Detroit area produces plenty of prospects

Originally Published: November 3, 2005
By Tom Luginbill | Scouts Inc.
After having lived there for more than two years, there are two things I know for sure about Michigan: it's very cold and the road ways are very bad. However, despite the cold weather and love of hockey, football still reigns supreme. Michigan is home to two premier Big Ten programs in Michigan and Michigan State, two top Division II programs in Grand Valley State (Grand Rapids) and Saginaw Valley State and three MAC programs in Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan and Central Michigan.

The city of Detroit and the surrounding areas possess a wealth of talent, enough to provide excellent prospects for more than just the instate programs. Detroit even produced a Hall of Fame NFL coach in George Allen. There are currently 16 players on NFL rosters from the Detroit area, including the "The Bus," Steelers running back Jerome Bettis. Michigan has a history of developing big, bruising running backs as both T.J. Duckett (Kalamazoo) and Tyrone Wheatley (Inkster) played high school ball in Michigan.