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Michigan’s top ’18 player Marquan McCall sizing up colleges

David Goricki
The Detroit News
Marquan McCall

Marquan McCall has dreamed of playing college football, and he could get that opportunity in the Big Ten, SEC or Big 12.

McCall, a four-star offensive linemen at Oak Park, is the No. 1 ranked player in the state for the 2018 class by Scout, Rivals and 247Sports. He is ranked the No. 2 guard nationally by Scout.

Michigan, Michigan State, Tennessee and Iowa State are high on his list. He took a trip to Iowa State this past weekend, when Oak Park sophomore quarterback Dwan Mathis committed to the Cyclones.

McCall has taken a few trips to Tennessee, since former Oak Park standout running back John Kelly plays for the Vols. He’s planning on making another trip to Knoxville this spring.

McCall’s former teammate and good friend, tackle JaRaymond Hall, signed with Michigan earlier this month.

McCall, 6-foot-4 and 320 pounds, made a name for himself at Sound Mind Sound Body Academy prior to his sophomore year, then had an outstanding season.

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Don’t expect McCall to make another trip to Sound Mind Sound Body this summer. He suffered a season-ending knee injury in a Week No. 3 win over Farmington and had surgery (ACL, meniscus on left knee) in early October.

McCall plans to be ready for the season opener, but won’t rush things.

“It’s perfect, I’m healing quick, the doctors say things are going fine,” said McCall of his knee. “I’m doing a lot of stretching. I hope to start running soon. I don’t feel any pain so I should be ready for the season, just taking things slow.”

McCall provided an update on his recruiting.

“I always wanted to play football for a Big Ten school, really just play college football, so to have all these offers is a blessing,” McCall said. “I’m taking it (recruiting process) slow, just want to experience things because it’s such a blessing, and you only get one time at this.”

McCall says he likes Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and MSU coach Mark Dantonio.

“Coach Harbaugh is an excellent coach and Michigan’s loaded this year,” McCall said. Coach Drevno (offensive coordinator Tim Drevno) is really cool too.

“Coach Dantonio is a great coach too, and he’s got a lot of great players over there. I took a visit to both schools last summer.”