Personal: Full given name is Alan Sheffield Ball ... Born March 29, 1985 in Detroit, Mich. ... The son of Lorenzo and Cheryl Ball ... Sister, Tracy, ran track at SMU and holds the state high school record in the 200 and 400 meters ... A four-year honor roll student ... Lists favorite athlete as Michael Jordan ... Biggest thrill in sports was winning a state title in the 110-meter hurdles ... Enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
High School: Intercepted 15 passes in two years at St. Martin De Porres, including six in the postseason of his senior year ... Prep Star and SuperPrep All-Region selection ... Named to the Lansing State Journal "Catch 22" list ... Helped lead his team to the 2001 state championship ... Named a Top-50 defensive back recruit nationally by Rivals.com ... Won back-to-back 110-meter hurdles state titles as a junior and senior ... Garnered All-State honors ... Earned two varsity letters in football and three in track ... High school coach was Greg Carter.
DaJuan Warren #8 WR - University of Illinois
Personal: Full given name is DaJuan Avery Warren ... Born March 9, 1984 ... The son of David and Mary Warren ... Enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences ...Has one brother ... Is a member of the Positive Peer Influence Program ... Enjoys cooking and shopping ... Lists Terrell Owens as his favorite athlete because of his rise to stardom despite going unnoticed during the early part of his career.
High School: Three-year starter at quarterback for Southfield High School ... Threw for 4,400 yards and scored 42 TDs in his prep career ... Threw for 1,400 yards and scored 10 TDs as a senior ... Six of those scores came on the ground ... Also made 30 tackles on defense ... Racked up 1,500 yards passing and 16 touchdowns during both his sophomore and junior campaigns ... Listed among the Top-30 dual-threat quarterbacks in the country by Rivals.com ... Was an All-Conference, All-Area, All-Region and All-State quarterback as a senior ... Outstanding athlete who won letters in basketball and track as well as football ... Averaged 16 points, six assists and five boards for Southfield as a junior ... Also registered a 10.8 100-meter-dash time on the track ... High School coach was David Reese.
Earnest Jackson #14 WR - University of Cincinnati
Born Feb. 18, 1986...son of Earnest and Denise Jackson...has two sisters...cousin JoVaugh Bowden played football at Morehouse College...enjoys collecting sports cards...marketing major.
Four-time letterwinner and three-year starter at quarterback at Detroit Country Day High, coached by Dan MacLean...earned all-county and all-area honors as a quarterback and was a first team all-state selection as a defensive back...rated as the No. 27 player in the state by the Detroit News...earned all-county, all-area and first team all-state honors as a quarterback in 2002...rushed for over 1,500 yards and passed for over 4,800 yards and 54 TDs during his career...helped school to the semifinals of the state playoffs as a junior...has earned three letters in basketball and two in track...helped track team claim the regional title in 2003...Cum Laude student in high school...participated in the Ceramics Club and the Sports Club...has volunteered as a youth football coach.
Charles Stewart #5 DB - University of Michigan
Personal... Charles Rudolph Stewart was born March 11, 1986 ... was on the Honor Roll in high school and was a recipient of the Presidents Award ... attended the Michigan Football Camp in 2003.
Prep... attended Harrison High School coached by John Herrington ... ran 40-yard dash in 4.45 seconds and bench presses 310 pounds ... Key Statistics ... recorded 117 solo tackles and 15 assists and had six interceptions in his two-year career ... rushed for 1,506 yards and had 289 receiving yards for 30 total touchdowns his senior season ... scored a school-record seven touchdowns in one game as a senior ... made 50 tackles to go along with four interceptions and ten pass break-ups his senior season ... registered 59 tackles as a safety with two interceptions during his junior season ... had 40 tackles with 150 yards receiving as a sophomore ... Honors and Rankings ... rated as nation’s No. 22 safety by Tom Lemming ... rated No. 7 prospect in Michigan, No. 17 cornerback in the nation and No. 46 prospect in the Midwest by Rivals100.com ... listed as the No. 27 player in the Midwest by SuperPrep ... rated as No. 23 cornerback in the nation by Collegefootballnews.com ... rated No. 30 free safety in the nation by MaxEmfingerRecruiting.com ... graded a four-star prospect by MaxEmfingerRecruiting.com ... rated No. 22 cornerback in the country by TheInsiders.com ... listed as the No. 4 player in Michigan by The Detroit News ... rated the No. 17 player in Michigan by the Detroit Free Press ... named All-State by The Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press as a senior ... named All-North and All-Oakland County First Team as a senior ... recognized on the Detroit Lions Tremendous 26 list as a senior ... selected as the Gatorade Offensive Player of the Year as a senior ... earned team Most Valuable Player honors as a senior ... selected to play in the Michigan East vs. West All-Star Game in 2004 ... was a varsity starter at Detroit Country Day as both a freshman and sophomore ... named All-County Honorable Mention as a sophomore ... Other Sports ... made varsity basketball team as a freshman at Detroit Country Day ... was an All-State performer in track anchoring the 4x100 state champion and 4x200 All-State teams ... clocked at 22.4 seconds in the 200-meters and 10.9 seconds in the 100-meters.
Derrick Johnson #51 LB - Michigan State University
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Three-year starter at linebacker for Coach Dan Shrewsberry at West Bloomfield (Mich.) High School . . . also started at fullback as a junior and senior . . . honorable mention all-state selection in 2002 . . . earned all-county and all-area honors as a senior . . . recorded 85 tackles in 2003, including four sacks . . . rushed for 500 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior . . . produced 106 tackles as a junior . . . high school teammate of current Spartan wide receiver Kyle Brown . . . won two letters in track, competing in the long jump, 4x100 and 4x200 relays . . . son of Darron Coleman and Kimberly Johnson . . . born Jan. 26, 1985 . . . majoring in kinesiology.
Third-year walk-on provides depth at linebacker . . . AS A FRESHMAN: Named co-recipient of the Jim Adams Award (unsung hero) after being selected Scout Team Offensive Player of the Year in 2004 . . . valuable scout team member saw action at fullback, running back and linebacker . . . earned Scout Team Offensive Player of the Week honors four times (vs. Rutgers, Indiana, Minnesota and Ohio State) . . . did not see game action in 2004 . . . 2003 SEASON: Redshirted . . . selected Scout Team Offensive Player of the Week vs. Indiana . . .
Vince Hicks #9 -DB - Central Michigan University
PERSONAL: Born 6/9/86 ... parents are Tamara Williams and Weylin Hicks.
HIGH SCHOOL: Ranked No. 46 in Detroit Free Press Fab 50 and No. 51 in Detroit News Blue Chip ... earned three letters in football and two in track at Southfield High ... also played tailback where he ran for 800 yards ... made 65 tackles ... finished career with 100 tackles and four interceptions ... ran a leg on state 4x100m state championship relay team.
Robert Boyer #11WR/ DB - Wayne State University
Personal: Full name--Robert Boyer ... born March 14, 1983, in Detroit ... son of Lawrence and Robin Boyer ... has an older sister, Kelly ... is majoring in management ... named to the Athletic Director's Honor Roll (term gpa 3.5+) for Fall 2004.
High School: A 2001 graduate of Southfield Lathrup ... was a three-year letterwinner for the Chargers and coach Stephen Thompson ... led SLHS to a second-place finish in the Oakland Athletic Association in 2000 ... earned all-league honors in football ... named all-state in track (fourth place in 4x200) ... lettered last two years of high school in track as a sprinter ... served as team captain in both sports his senior year.
John Smith #8 DB - Grand Valley State University
Personal: Son of John and Angelena Smith...Born 7/12/83.
Prior to GVSU: Prepped at Birmingham Groves High School...Earned All-Oakland Athletic Association laurels as a senior....Participated in the orchestra for four years. Brother Jerrett was also a quarterback/defensive back with the Falcons and Birmingham Groves.
Stephon Thompson #42 DB - Bowling Green University
Personal: Full name is Stephon M. Thompson II...son of Stephon and Beverly Thompson...born Jan. 26, 1987...National Honor Society member...father played football at Western Michigan from 1978-1982.
High School: A 2005 graduate of Southfield-Lathrup High School...earned four letters for the Chargers...coached by Stephon Thompson and Frank Czapski...named All-State, All-County and All-League...named to the 2004 Top-50 Blue Chip list in Michigan...team's most valuable player his final two years...recorded 1,781 yards passing and 681 yards rushing to go along with 14 passing touchdowns and eight rushing touchdowns in 2004...also recorded 26 tackles and four interceptions his senior year.
Jarrett Beavers #7RB - Gannon University
Background: Played for Stephon Thompson at Southfield-Lathrup High School ... transferred from Rock Valley (Ill.) College, where he was named to the all-conference first team ... earned all-state and all-conference accolades at Southfield-Lathrup ... named team MVP as a senior ... selected to the 2004 all-area first team ... named to the Detroit Metro Top 20 ... is an Undecided major ... has two brothers ... son of Jacklyn and Willie Beavers.
Austin Hughes #84 TE - Northern Michigan University
Hometown Beverly Hills Mich.
High School Birmingham Groves
2006: Lettered for the first time. Hauled in 10 receptions for 132 yards.
High School: Lettered twice at Birmingham Groves High School under Brendan Flaherty. Named as the most improved lineman. Team was district champs twice during high school career. Captain of basketball team.
Personal: Likes to listen to music and lift weights. Majoring in criminal justice. Son of Cynthia and Gus Hughes. Uncle, Rod Jones, played in the NFL with three teams. Born on February 19, 1987.
Ben Holloway #81 WR - Long Beach City College
81 Ben Holloway WR/KR 6-0 180 Fr. Detroit, MI (Southfield-Lathrup)
Eric Lee #92 DL - Saginaw Valley State University
92 Eric Lee DL 6-0 270 FR Southfield, Mich./Lathrup
Brandon Wilkins #96 - DL - Olivet College
6-1 220 Fr. DL Detroit/Orchard Lake St. Mary's
Bryan Houston #86 WR - Olivet College
6-1 180 Fr. WR Detroit/Southfield
Derrick Hunter #34 -Eastern Michigan University
#34 Derrick Hunter
Position: Defensive Back
Hometown: Southfield, Mich.
High School: Southfield
PERSONAL: Full name: Derrick Hunter, Jr....Son of Derrick and Cynthia Hunter...Born 1-31-88...EMU: One of the 2006 recruits...HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Southfield H.S. in Southfield, Mich....Senior Year: Chosen No. 47 on Detroit Free Press writer Mick McCabe’s Fab 50 list of the top seniors in the state of Michigan...Rushed 178 times for 1,112 yards, and had 10 receptions for 300 yards...Scored 12 touchdowns...Named his team’s Offensive Player of the Year...Turned in 66 tackles with two interceptions on defense...Junior Year: Caught 37 passes for 550 yards and rushed 20 times for 220 yards...Accounted for 22 tackles with one interception on defense...Selected to the All-League football squad...Named All-State, All-County and All-League in track as a 400-meter dash runner...Sophomore Year: Turned in 12 receptions for 200 yards on offense and had 20 tackles with one interception on defense...All-State and All-County as a trackman...Freshman Year: All-State trackman after running on the 4 x 200-meter relay team that finished runner-up at the state championships.
Tim Fort #57 - Eastern Michigan University
PERSONAL: Full name: Timothy Earl Fort, Jr....Son of Timothy E. Fort, Sr. and April Fort...Born 6-8-88...EMU: 2006: Redshirted as a freshman and will have freshman eligibility in 2007...Practiced with the team all year and was singled out by the coaching staff as one of the Practice Players of the Week for the Louisiana Lafayette (Sept. 30) game...HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Southfield High School where he played football for head coach Tim Conley...Member of the Academic Honor Roll.
Branden Bufford #27 - Howard University
Hometown High School/Previous School
Detroit, MI Cass Tech
Sidney Stewart #5 - Northwestern University
The 2007 Scouting Report: Extremely talented receiver who has a bright future ahead of him ... Continues to mature and grow ... Could be one of NU's surprise performers this fall.
2006: Did not see action ... Named team's special teams practice player of the week vs. Iowa.
High School: Ranked the 17th-best player (third-best receiver) in Michigan by Rivals.com ... SuperPrep All-Midwest Region wide receiver ... Ranked 114th in the Midwest Region (six states) by SuperPrep ... Named a top-25 player in Michigan by Detroit Free Press, Oakland Press and Lansing Journal ... An all-metro, all-district and All-Oakland County selection ... Led the Hawks with a team-best 1,200 all-purpose yards in 2005 ... Caught 40 passes for 600 yards ... Helped lead Harrison to a 10-3 record and the state playoffs ... In a playoff game vs. Center Line, notched five receptions for a single-game best 156 yards (1 TD) and added 70 rushing yards (four carries) and an interception ... Also lettered in track, running hurdle events ... Hails from the same high school that produced Michigan State quarterback Drew Stanton ... Honor roll all four years ... Coached by John Herrington.
Personal: Born Sidney Curtis Stewart on 10/30/88 ... Son of Darcel and Charles Stewart ... His brother, Charles, plays defensive back at Michigan ... Undeclared major
Isiah Osborne #11 WR - Savannah State University
Brandon Slater #96 DL - Eastern Michigan University
#96 Brandon Slater
Position: Defensive Line
Class: Redshirt Freshman
Hometown: Southfield, Mich.
High School: Lathrup
PERSONAL: Full name: Brandon Slater...Son of Danny Simpkins and Esther Slater...Born 4-20-89...Mother, Esther, is an EMU graduate...Has one brother, Brian...EMU: One of the 2007 recruits...HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Lathrup H.S. in Southfield, Mich. where he played football for head coach Stephon Thompson...Member of the Academic Honor Roll.....Senior Year: Recorded 106 tackles with 54 solos, had seven sacks, four pass deflections and three forced fumbles as a senior defensive lineman...Also played tight end on offense and had 20 receptions and scored eight touchdowns in his final season...Named first-team All-League...Junior Year: Started on both offense and defense and recorded 61 tackles with four sacks and three pass deflections a defensive end...Caught 10 passes and scored five touchdowns as a tight end on offense...Sophomore Year: Earned varsity letters in football and track...Freshman Year: Won varsity letters in cross country and track.
Diallo Johnson #9 WR/DB - University of Michigan
Dominique Darden DB - Grand Valley State University
Hometown: North Beverly Hills, Mich.
Height / Weight: 6-0 / 170
Monte Perkins #25 DB Northwood University
17 Monte Perkins RFR DB 6-2 190 Bloomfield Hills, Mich. (Lasher)
Bruce Horner #31 DB University of Cincinnati
Harrison High School: A three-year letterwinner at linebacker and wide receiver ... collected 223 tackles, six interceptions, and 12 forced fumbles over his prep career ... tallied 60 catches for 933 yards, including 19 for touchdowns over three seasons for the Hawks ... one of eight defensive backs named to the Great 8 Football Awards by the Mid-Michigan Touchdown Club ... a two-time all-Oakland Activities Association and Detroit News All-Metro North selection ... coached by John Harrington.
Bruce Vincent Horner, Jr.: Born Feb. 3, 1990 ... son of Bruce Horner, Sr. and Courtney Ritchie.
Academic Major: Undecided.
George Winn #21 RB-University of Cincinnati
George Winn, Class:Freshman, Hometown:Southfield, Mich., High School:U. of Detroit Jesuit, Height / Weight:5-10 / 194, Position:RB, Experience:HS
University of Detroit Jesuit High School: Three-year letterwinner at running back ... paced the Cubs in rushing in each of his fi nal three seasons ... averaged better than 8.0 yards per carry as a senior en route to Detroit News All-Metro second team honors ... received first-team Detroit all-Catholic League as a senior ... gained more than 3,000 yards, approximately 8.0 yards per carry on the ground for his career ... ranked as the No. 35 Blue Chip by the Detroit News ... coached by Paul Windham.
George Edward Winn: Born Nov. 10, 1990 ... son of George and Verita Winn ... cousin Derrick Mason is a wide receiver with the Baltimore Ravens in the NFL.
Academic Major: Undecided.
Darwyn Fair #59 DL-John Carroll University
Darwyn Fair #59 DL-John Carroll University
Personal: Darwyn Prentiss Fair, II…Born October 25, 1990… Intends to major in Business…Son of Darwyn and Volante Fair.
High School: Lettered three times and was second team all-area as a senior for Detroit Country Day, helping the Yellow jackets advance to the Michigan Division IV state title game in 2007. Earned two varsity letters in track…Biggest thrill in sports was playing at Ford Field for the state championship.