Michigan storms to Big Ten title, eyes College Football Playoff

King star Donnie Corley will be early enrollee

David Goricki
The Detroit News
1. Donnie Corley, Detroit King (Michigan State, enrolled) – WR/CB/6-3/190. Corley, a member of The Detroit News Dream Team, had 59 receptions for 1,403 yards and 16 TD as a receiver. He also had 80 tackles and 10 interceptions from his cornerback spot to help the Crusaders to a Division 2 state championship. He hauled in a 39-yard TD reception from Armani Posey on the game’s final play in the dramatic 40-38 title game win over Lowell at Ford Field. He was one of the state’s representatives in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl last month, then announced he was going to play at Michigan State. “He’s the best player in the state with his ability to play multiple positions well on both sides of the ball,” Coach Dale Harvel said.

Donnie Corley has helped Detroit King to the No. 1 ranking in The Detroit News Super 20. The Crusaders have earned wins over defending Division 2 state champion Warren De La Salle, Detroit East English and Detroit Cass Tech on their way to a 6-0 record.

Corley, a senior receiver / cornerback, was The Detroit News' No. 1 player in the state heading into the season and he has lived up to the hype.

Corley still has to make up his mind on where he will play at the next level. He said he took his first official visit to Michigan State last month and plans to take his second this weekend in Tennessee when the Vols host No. 19 Georgia. He has yet to set a date to make his decision, but knows time is running out, especially since he plans to graduate early.

"I'm graduating early, in January, so I do have to make up my mind pretty soon," Corley said Monday night. "I'm going to Tennessee for an official visit this weekend. I've already been there twice. I love the coaches, have good relationships with them. I like a lot of things about the school. They have some good facilities there."

Corley said Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State, Notre Dame and USC are still in the running, as well as the Vols.

When asked what he would like to play in college, receiver or defensive back, Corley replied: "That's been the question I've started really asking myself the last week. I've been thinking about it more lately and I'm still deciding."

Corley has been outstanding on both sides of the ball, coming up with 25 receptions for 502 yards (20-yard average) and seven TDs as receiver, with seven interceptions as a corner.

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Corley has been a part of a secondary that has 12 interceptions, three returned for TDs, while allowing just one passing TD.

"We have some great players and great coaches and it's all about the little things," pointed out Corley of a secondary that includes Penn State commit LaVert Hill, Western Michigan commit Dontre Boyd and four-star junior corner Ambry Thomas. "Really, it all comes down to good technique and good ball skills."

In the last two weeks, Corley had four receptions for 65 yards and a TD, along with a pick in a 31-28 overtime showdown win over Cass Tech, then six catches for 188 yards and two TDs with two interceptions last Friday in a 34-0 rout of Cody.

Corley has always had high praise for Mark Dantonio and what he has done with MSU's program, but he is impressed with what Jim Harbaugh has done in his short time with the Wolverines.

"I love what he's doing there," said Corley of Harbaugh. "They had a great win at Maryland and I feel they've been throwing the ball well."

While Corley will be taking another trip this weekend, he is shocked King 6-foot-2, 205-pound senior Armani Posey is still without a Division 1 offer.

"I don't understand why he doesn't have an offer yet," said Corley of Posey, who has played quarterback the last few weeks. "He makes plays everywhere -- receiver, linebacker, quarterback ... all over the field. I'm not surprised he's played well at quarterback because I played with him in Little League and he was a quarterback back then and did well."

Posey has completed 28-of-51 passes for 595 yards and seven TDs in three games, helping King average 35 points during the victories.

The PSL playoffs begin Oct. 16 with the championship game set for Ford Field on Oct. 23.