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Harbaugh, Dantonio get thumbs-up from King star Ambry Thomas

David Goricki
The Detroit News
Ambry Thomas pauses during Detroit King's win over Warren De La Salle on Saturday.

Detroit – It's easy to see why Detroit King junior Ambry Thomas is getting offers from nearly all the major national powers, including defending national champion Ohio State and Michigan State.

Thomas, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound defensive back / receiver and four-star recruit, made outstanding plays on both sides of the ball in King's 12-10 season-opening win over defending Division 2 state champion Warren De La Salle Saturday afternoon in the Prep Kickoff Classic at Wayne State.

Thomas hauled in a short pass from sophomore quarterback El-Julian Jordan late in the third quarter and turned it into a 50-yard TD to pull King within 12-6, starting the comeback.

King forced four turnovers, including three interceptions, with the defensive front putting pressure on De La Salle quarterbacks Josh Wilk and Ricardo Marble, especially during the second half, and the secondary – which includes four-star players in Donnie Corley, LaVert Hill (Penn State) and Thomas – doing its job.

"I knew our defense had to make a statement and come out and hit people," said Thomas, who then added about the secondary, "We're like Miami in the 1980s."

Thomas also has offers from Michigan, LSU, Missouri, Penn State, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Arkansas and Pittsburgh.

"LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Arkansas and Tennessee are some at the top of my list," said Thomas. "I plan on visiting LSU with Donnie Corley on his official visit, like in a couple of weeks."

Thomas is impressed with new Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh.

"I like him a lot," said Thomas of Harbaugh. "He's a very exciting guy, cool to be around."

And MSU's Mark Dantonio?

"Coach Dantonio is like a laid-back coach, so I like being around him too," he said. "He's just chilled."

Thomas is also building a relationship with Ohio State cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs: "Coach Coombs is my guy."

Hill had two interceptions, including the final one to end a De La Salle threat at the King 18 with two minutes remaining.

Hill, who also had a 33-yard kickoff return, said he is still solid with his decision to play at Penn State.

When asked if he would take official visits to other schools, Hill replied: "I don't know. I have to talk to my mom about the situation. But as far as that I'm just committed to Penn State right now."

Orchard Lake St. Mary's four-star junior linebacker Josh Ross is also getting heavily recruited, including offers from Ohio State, MSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Tennessee.

"I'm trying to get down to Notre Dame and also to the Michigan State-Oregon game," said Ross, who had a fumble recovery in OLSM's 24-12 win over Detroit Loyola Saturday.

Ross said his favorite schools are "the Midwest schools -- Ohio State, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Michigan."

Ross' older brother, James Ross III, is a linebacker for Michigan, so there's a natural connection to the Wolverines. Regarding Harbaugh, Josh Ross said, "He's a different character. It's hard to explain. He's just a different guy."