High-SchoolMichigan: Terry Richardson

Cass Tech stars earn spots on ESPNHS All-American team

December, 22, 2011
Cass Tech seniors Royce Jenkins-Stone and Terry Richardson have a new accolade to go with their championship hardware, as both players earned a spot on the ESPNHS All-American football team.

Jenkins-Stone made the first team as a linebacker. According to the list...

"(The) Michigan pledge led Cass Tech to its first state title, recording 145 tackles and five sacks while rushing for 12 touchdowns on offense."

Richardson, a defensive back, made the second team.

For the full list of ESPNHS All-Americans, click here.

Five Days of List-Mas: MI's A-List

December, 12, 2011

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Whether you’re putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you’re making that special list for Santa, there’s nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we’re bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: Michigan's A-Listers.

In the NFL, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers are A-Listers. In the NBA, it’s LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. But who are the A-Listers in Michigan? That’s where today’s list comes in. Regardless of sport, here’s our list of the top five A-List athletes in the state. Can you think of an A-Lister we didn’t mention? Let us know in the comments.

5. Zach Carroll (SR), Grand Blanc, Soccer
Credentials: ESPNHS All-State first-teamer, Michigan Mr. Soccer, nation’s No. 9 recruit in ESPNU 150: 2012, Michigan recruit

4. Denzel Valentine (SR), Lansing Sexton, Basketball
Credentials: State champ, nation’s No. 87 recruit in ESPNU 100, Michigan State recruit

3. Taylor Massa (SR), St. John’s, Wrestling
Credentials: Three-time state champ, Michigan recruit, nation’s top wrestler at 170 pounds by InterMat

2. Matt Costello (SR), Bay City Western, Basketball
Credentials: ESPNHS Holiday cover, Michigan State recruit, nation’s No. 85 recruit in ESPNU 100

1. Terry Richardson (SR), Cass Tech, Football
Credentials: Michigan recruit, nation’s No. 67 recruit in ESPNU 150, state champ

Click here to check out some of the other states in our Five Days of List-Mas.

Tomorrow: The top underclassman football players from Michigan.

All-State Stock Watch: Preseason Edition

August, 24, 2011
Each week, we’ll take an in-depth look at our All-State preseason football team and let you know how a few of those athletes are faring as the season progresses.


UP — Terry Richardson, Cass Tech (Detroit), DB

Richardson was already considered the state's top player in the ESPNU 150. But the consensus has been reached by The Detroit News — they've named him the state's No. 1 player in the preseason. Richardson earned 30 scholarship offers — the first from Alabama — before finally committing to Michigan. He was also one of the most impressive defensive players at the Gridiron Kings 7-on-7 tournament at the ESPN RISE Games in Orlando, Fla.

DOWN — Brian Blackburn, Crockett Tech (Detroit), QB

Blackburn had a tremendous junior season. He transferred to Crockett Tech from Warren Cousino, threw for more than 3,000 yards, led Crockett to the Division 4 semifinals and earned a scholarship offer from Toledo. But in The Detroit News list of the state's top 20 players, Blackburn was nowhere to be found (in fact the only QB to make the list was Gabe Dean of Lowell). This isn't a referendum on Blackburn; we simply think The Detroit News got it wrong on this one. Expect Blackburn to prove his critics wrong this season. (In fairness, The Detroit Free Press had Blackburn No. 24 in their top 25.)

UP — Dennis Norfleet, Detroit King, RB

Detroit King had a respectable season last year at 7-4. But the Crusaders have high expectations this year, and a preseason coaches' poll had them No. 2 in the PSL (behind Richardson's Cass Tech squad but slightly ahead of Blackburn's Crockett team). The main reason? It's got to be Norfleet. Last season the 5-foot-7 Norfleet rushed for more than 1,900 yards and 31 touchdowns. He's committed to Cincinnati. Nobody's looking at his height anymore. They're looking at a kid who can play.