Goricki’s prep picks: Thomas ready to lead King against Birmingham Groves
The end of Detroit King receiver/defensive back Ambry Thomas’ high school career is near.
But there’s a good chance he’ll show several schools why he’s a four-star recruit.
Beginning with Saturday’s 1 p.m. Division 2 semifinals against Birmingham Groves at Dearborn High, Thomas has possibly two games remaining before finally making his college choice.
The schools in the mix include Arizona, Florida, Louisville, Michigan and Michigan State.
“Ambry dropped a couple of passes (in the regional victory over Temperance Bedford), so I’m sure (he’s) feeling he has something to prove,” said coach Tyrone Spencer, whose King team is 10-2. “We have to be physical from the beginning because they have some good team speed and they fly to the ball.”
Groves (11-1) has limited opponents to an average of 10 points, including a combined 25 in three postseason victories.
Pick: King by 6
Other top games
All games 1 p.m. Saturday
■River Rouge (11-1) vs. Detroit Country Day (12-0) at Hazel Park:River Rouge runs behind senior dual-threat QB Jairus Grissom (1,967 yards, 23 TDs; 1,369 rushing yards, 18 TDs). But he’ll run right into a strong Country Day defense led by junior LB Kolin Demens and senior DB Chris Bergin. River Rouge by 2
■Detroit Cass Tech (12-0) vs. Utica Eisenhower (12-0) at Troy Athens:Cass Tech survived a scare from Saline last week, but now faces an Eisenhower team that has dominated its postseason opponents, including consecutive 42-7 victories the last two weeks. Cass Tech by 8
■Dearborn Divine Child (10-2) vs. Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (8-4) at West Bloomfield: Divine Child won its first regional title since 1985, knocking off previously unbeaten and No. 9 Allen Park. St. Mary’s is the two-time defending Division 3 state champion and is led by a host of Division 1 players on defense. St. Mary’s by 4