The Detroit News continues its countdown of the top 15 Blue Chip recruits for 2016 with Demetric Vance of Detroit Cass Tech at No. 7.
It’s easy to understand why Demetric Vance is headed to Michigan State to play college football.
Vance is proud that the Spartans began recruiting him after Detroit Cass Tech’s season opener his junior year. He had just finished his best game, coming through with a pair of 42-yard receptions during the fourth quarter, one in double coverage, to help Cass Tech battle back from a 19-6 deficit for a 27-26 win over Oak Park.
And receiver wasn’t even Vance’s primary position.
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Vance committed to Michigan State last May and has stayed 100 percent behind his decision while dozens of players have decommitted from their original choices since that time.
“The big thing about Demetric is how he wants to outshine the player he’s up against and that really makes the difference between Player A and Player B,” Cass Tech coach Thomas Wilcher said. “He’s a track runner that uses his speed to pull balls out of the air and close in to stop the running attack.”
Vance, a four-star recruit, had 16 offers, including additional Big Ten offers from Michigan, Ohio State, Nebraska and Penn State. He will play safety at MSU, but showed he still has the ability to come up with the big catches, grabbing a 17-yard TD pass in a Division 1 state championship game loss to Romeo this past November at Ford Field.
Vance was in on 58 tackles and forced multiple turnovers with his big hits to earn a spot on The Detroit News Dream Team.
It was easy to see how much Vance meant to Cass Tech’s success. He didn’t play in the opening quarter of a 62-19 win over Detroit Renaissance in Week 4, and Renaissance score all of its points in that quarter. He returned to the lineup in the second quarter to make a difference.
Vance said his best game his senior season was Cass Tech’s 16-10 win over Macomb Dakota for a regional championship.
“I came up with a bunch of big hits,” said Vance, who was invited to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl earlier this month in San Antonio, making a pair of tackles against the nation's top competition.
Vance says that big-play ability will be on display at Michigan State.
“I see myself making big plays at Michigan State,” Vance said. “I love being a game-changer, flying around and hitting people, forcing turnovers.
“I’ve built relationships with their coaches, love guys like Coach (Terrence) Samuel and Coach (Harlon) Barnett. Coach (Curtis) Blackwell is like my godfather. I met him way back in eighth grade.”
DETROIT NEWS BLUE CHIP COUNTDOWN
No. 7 Demetric Vance, Detroit Cass Tech (Michigan State)
No. 8 Michael Jordan, Plymouth (Ohio State)
No. 9 Cedrick Lattimore, Detroit East English (Iowa)
No. 10 Trishton Jackson, West Bloomfield (Michigan State)
No. 11 David Reese, Farmington (Florida)
No. 12 Brandon Randle, Battle Creek Central (Michigan State)
No. 13 Josh Jackson, Saline (Virginia Tech)
No. 14 Martell Pettaway, Detroit King (West Virginia)
No. 15 Brad Tanner, Romeo (Western Michigan)