Here are five Detroit King players to watch in Saturday’s showdown against No. 2 Cass Tech:
Donnie Corley, 6-3, 185, Sr., WR/CB
Corley is known to be the state’s top player and wanted by college coaches from around the country, including Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State, Alabama, Notre Dame, Tennessee, LSU and Georgia.
Corley has been outstanding on both sides of the ball, getting 26 tackles and four interceptions 4 defensively while grabbing 15 passes for 249 yards and four touchdowns offensively.
Corley has been invited to compete in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 9, 2016, at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
LaVert Hill, 5-10, 175, Sr., CB
Hill is a shut-down corner, showing his ability to be a difference maker in the season opener when he intercepted a pair of passes in a 12-10 comeback win over defending Division 2 state champion Warren De La Salle.
Hill transferred to King after helping Cass Tech reach the Division 1 state semifinals a year ago.
A Penn State commit, Hill also will represent King in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio.
Ambry Thomas, 5-11, 170, Jr., WR/CB
Thomas is a four-star cornerback and No. 2-rated player in the state for his class by Rivals.com.
Thomas is known for his presence on defense, but showed he is also a factor at receiver by hauling in a short pass and turning it into a 50-yard touchdown to start the comeback in a 12-10 win over Warren De La Salle.
Thomas has already been offered by Ohio State, LSU, Michigan State, Michigan and Wisconsin.
Martell Pettaway, 5-10, 210, Sr., RB
Pettaway has been a force for King, giving the Crusaders the running game they were lacking a year ago.
Pettaway, a West Virginia recruit with 4.5 speed, has rushed for 466 yards and seven touchdowns, including a 256-yard, three-touchdown effort in last Friday’s 41-0 rout of Denby. He showed he also can pick up the tough yards, grinding it out for 60 on 16 carries against DeLaSalle.
Armani Posey, 6-1, 200, Sr., WR/QB/LB
Posey has displayed his ability to play nearly any position on the field.
Posey transferred from Detroit East English Village where he had 46 receptions and 11 tackles for loss yardage last season.
Posey already has 34 tackles, 10 tackles for loss yardage, including six sacks this season. In a 20-15 win over East English, he had 12 tackles, two sacks and a key stop on a fourth-and-1 play at the King 20 with less than two minutes remaining.
Posey, a three-star recruit who has yet to be offered, filled in at quarterback last week against Denby and completed 6-of-9 passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns without turning the ball over.