Donnie Corley was supposed to have his long-anticipated news conference to announce where he was going to play college football on Tuesday.
Instead, Corley was finishing his three-day tour of New York City as one of six finalists for the 2016 U.S. Army Player of the Year award.
The award goes to the nation’s most outstanding senior in high school, and Corley is definitely in the conversation after leading Detroit King to the Division 2 state championship last month, hauling in a 39-yard touchdown pass from Armani Posey on the game’s final play to power the Crusaders past Lowell, 40-38, at Ford Field.
So, where will Corley end up? Well, he recently accepted a Player of the Year award for the top player in the state wearing an Ohio State sweartshirt. He is frequently wearing Michigan State gear and said Tuesday during a phone interview that he plans to take an official visit to Notre Dame this weekend.
“No, I’m not announcing today because I’m not at home so I’m going to have to reschedule,” said Corley, adding he has set no date even though he plans to enroll early and start school in January. “I’m going to Notre Dame this weekend.”
Is Michigan and Michigan State still in the picture for the four-star receiver/defensive back who earned a spot on The News Dream Team after grabbing 59 passes for 1,403 yards and 16 touchdowns and getting in on 80 tackles while intercepting 10 passes from his cornerback spot?
“Yes, Michigan and Michigan State are still in the mix,” Corley replied.
Corley took the trip with defensive lineman Derrick Brown (Lanier High) of Buford, Ga.; receiver Simi Fehoko (Brighton High) of Cottonwood Heights, Utah; quarterback Shea Patterson (IMG Academy) of Bradenton, Florida; and quarterback Brandon Peters (Avon High) of Avon, Indiana, who is committed to play at Michigan. Quarterback Jacob Eason (Lake Stevens High) of Lake Stevens, Washington, didn’t take the trip.
Corley said they stayed at the Hyatt Regency in New York City and “ate a lot.”
The purpose of the three-day tour was “to congratulate the finalists on their accomplishments and participate on a media tour,” said Anna Negron, a public relations representative for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, which will be played Jan. 9 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
Negron added that the finalists also attended a Knicks game at Madison Square Garden, visited the 9/11 Memorial, the Top of the Rock as well as the set of Saturday Night Live and NBC Sports, where they met Rodney Harrison and Tony Dungy.