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Donnie Corley, star target for UM and MSU, might delay decision

David Goricki
The Detroit News
Donnie Corley

The recruiting journey for Detroit King star receiver Donnie Corley continued with a visit to Tennessee on Saturday.

"It was kind of a chill day," said Corley, a four-star prospect who could be The Detroit News' No. 1-ranked player in the state heading into his senior season. "I talked to some other recruits. Coach (Butch) Jones is kind of a laid-back guy, doesn't seem arrogant, just wants to win."

Corley said he originally planned to announce his college choice July 7 at Nike's The Opening, an elite invitation-only camp in Oregon for the nation's top players.

"I was thinking about making it at The Opening until going to Tennessee," said Corley, ranked the No. 1 receiver in the state by Scout.com. "They (Vols) grabbed my interest. Now, I'm not so sure when I'm going to make it."

Corley said he didn't have a top-five list, but said he would like to visit USC, Florida State and LSU before making his decision. Michigan State, Michigan and Notre Dame are still in the mix.

"I'm hoping I can at least visit two of the three between USC, Florida State and LSU before then (July 7)," Corley said. "I've been up to Michigan State a lot. They're (Spartans) winning and I really like what Coach Dantonio's doing there. Plus, we have two guys (Tyriq Thompson, Kyonta Stallworth) who played with me last year."

New Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh also has made an impression on Corley.

"I like Coach Harbaugh and how he opens up to everybody," said Corley. "He also knows what it takes to get to the NFL. He's definitely making a change there."

Washington heads to Virginia

Detroit King has more than a handful of transfers joining the football program, but a big one transferred out -- rising senior quarterback Mikale Washington.

Washington transferred to Clover Hill High in Midlothian, Virginia, after visiting his mother during spring break. Clover Hill was 3-7 last season.

Mikale Washington

Washington was outstanding in King's spread offense last season, throwing for 1,839 yards and 27 TDs with just four interceptions while helping the Crusaders reach the PSL championship game and a state playoff appearance.

Clover Hill will be the third high school in three years for Washington, who transferred to King from San Diego ahead of the 2014 season. He will be leaving an all-star cast of receivers behind in Corley, Armani Posey and Lavert Hill (Penn State). Posey is a transfer from Detroit East English and Hill transferred from Detroit Cass Tech.

"He kind of left before we knew about it," said Corley. "He really didn't give us a warning. He's a great quarterback, but were not going to dwell on it. We have a quarterback in El Julian Jordan, who will be a sophomore, and he's going to be great too."

King was arguably the No. 1 team in the state -- before Washington's departure. The Crusaders will still be a dominant team and a threat to end Cass Tech's PSL championship run.

Corley had a good connection with Washington, grabbing 62 passes for 1,100 yards and 16 TDs.