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Detroit King Stars Hill and Corley Receive U.S. Army All-American Jerseys

DETROIT, Mich. – Every year, two teams comprised of the nation’s top prospects are selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American game shortly after New Year’s Day. On Tuesday, several prospects deemed worthy of that distinction were awarded jerseys at various press conferences across the country.

Starting in Detroit, Martin Luther King High School is commonly home to star-studded athletes. The class of 2016 is no different as both four-star cornerback LaVert Hill and four-star wide receiver Donnie Corley made the cut this season due to their dominance on the gridiron.

As the younger brother of Delano Hill, a current Michigan safety, LaVert Hill is a traditional cover corner that has strong ball skills and the athleticism required to take on a collegiate receiver in single man coverage. Although Hill isn’t a physically imposing defensive back at 5’10”, 176-pounds, he does have fluid hips, quick feet and is active with his hands, often knocking would-be receptions to the turf. These skills project well at the next level as athletic cornerbacks are in high demand.

Hill issued his commitment to Penn State at the beginning of the year on January 31. Since that time, offers have continued to roll in for the Detroit prospect including from programs such as Michigan State, UCLA, Nebraska, USC and Georgia.

As a committed prospect, Hill, who is ranked as the No. 6 cornerback in the country by 247Sports.com, has continued to take visits to Penn State but also to programs outside of the Nittany Lions. Two main schools that have caught Hill’s interest are Michigan and Michigan State. Hill sports an offer from both in-state powers and the two are caught up in a heated recruiting battle for the talented prospect.

This season, King faced Warren De La Salle in Week 1 at Wayne State and Hill caught up with Scout.com’s Josh Newkirk to talk about the latest in his recruitment from the Wolverines. Specifically, Hill spoke about the impact of new head coach Jim Harbaugh.

“He’s a good coach,” Hill said. “He coached at the next level. He knows what he’s talking about and what he is doing. I am just waiting to look at [Michigan’s] season. They just told me they want me there. Stuff like that. Its alright.”

At this juncture, it is likely that Hill could end up at Michigan, Michigan State or stick with Penn State and a final decision is not expected until after the season.

Hill’s teammate, Donnie Corley, also received his All-American jersey on Tuesday and the four-star receiver, who is ranked as the No. 14 wide receiver in the country by 247Sports.com, is also a highly sought after recruit on the trail.

Although Corley has received a good bit of interest at safety as well, Corley translates better to the offensive side of the ball at the next level. Corley has strong hands, quick footwork and is very efficient in his movement in and out of breaks. His route running is advanced for his age and he creates separation at will on the high school level and in the camp setting.

Corley holds offers from southern schools such as Alabama, Georgia, LSU and Ole Miss, but right now it appears that the dynamic wide receiver is considering scholarships from Ohio State, Michigan State, Tennessee, Michigan and Notre Dame.

With so many schools in pursuit, Corley is tough to read and is keeping his options close to the vest. Ohio State, Michigan State, Tennessee and Michigan have all received visits in recent months and Corley has had time to build a rapport with the coaching staffs at each school. It has been thought that Corley and Hill could be a package deal, which could still come to fruition, but it is not a guarantee at this point.

It looks like Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Tennessee will all receive official visits from the coveted wideout and these trips will play a large role in his commitment. Corley has the size to play outside wide receiver at the next level and each program is interested in Corley at that position, although Michigan State feels that he could be a potential fit on defense as well.

Corley also is in no hurry to wrap up his recruitment and it should stretch all the way until Signing Day. Even if he commits shortly after taking his officials, he still could take visits into February.

Both Corley and Hill are strong selections for the U.S. Army All-American game and the two King stars should matchup well against the country’s top players.

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