Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics
A week after severe winter weather forced cancellation of the Detroit Public School League’s National Letter of Intent Signing Day ceremony, the PSL’s 23 college football scholarship recipients had their day in the sun Wednesday in front of parents, family, administrators and coaches.
The scholar-athletes and their supporters filled the Albert Kahn Building library for the PSL recognition program, which was widely covered by the media. Each college-bound player was introduced and ceremoniously signed a poster with their college’s name and emblem.
Renaissance High’s Lawrence Thomas, ranked the top recruit in the state by both the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News, and Southeastern High linebacker Ed Davis both signed with Michigan State.
Cass Tech High, which posted a 12-1 record for the best season in school history, had 10 players signing, including defensive back Delonte Hollowell, who is headed to Michigan, lineman Kenneth Nelson (Illinois), defensive back Kishon Wilcher (Toledo), and lineman John Jackson (Western Michigan). Five other Technicians – quarterback Keith Moore, wide receiver Blake Blackwell, safety Sekou Shorter, receiver Keenan Smith and lineman Abiodun Sanusi – are headed to Saginaw Valley State, while running back Christian Burks will join Wayne State.
Other scholarship recipients and their college choices include Central High offensive tackle Eric Crume (Syracuse); Cody High defensive end-linebacker Jarrell McKinney (Western Michigan); King High offensive tackle Montel Roberts (Indiana State), offensive guard Kevin Rubin (Northwood) and defensive back Ellis Ewing (Northwood); Crockett High linebacker Bilaal Collins (Northwood); Finney High’s Keyshawn McDaniel (Langston University) and David Payne (Iowa Wesleyan); Renaissance High offensive lineman-defensive tackle Quinten Boddie (Michigan Tech); Southeastern High defensive back Brandon McKay-Lee (Wayne State); and Ford High running back Malcolm Morris (Notre Dame College in Ohio).