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Groves has three solid prospects

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Brian Wyckhuyse has a good problem.
The assistant coach at Birmingham (Mich.) Groves has three players he believes are worthy of Division I attention and the attention has been rather steady for them over the past few weeks, making things busy in the coaches office.
While all three are solid players, it's 6-foot-6, 300-pound offensive lineman Deon'tae Pannell that has drawn the lion's share of attention early on.
"He's been already offered by Michigan State," Wyckhuyse said.
"He is going to move to center this season after two years at left tackle. He also plays defensive tackle and is really good there. He's very versatile, aggressive and has a great frame. Purdue, Iowa and Michigan are also all over him."
Pannell isn't the only player on the Groves roster with an offer.
Athlete Bruce Horner (6-1, 175) has been offered by Eastern Michigan and is getting serious looks from Michigan State, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Central Michigan. At 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds, Horner has played running back, receiver and outside linebacker in his career. He started out as a sophomore at outside linebacker and then moved to free safety, receiver and linebacker last season.
"He led the team in receptions and touchdown receptions," Wyckhuyse said. "He'll probably be a safety or a receiver in college, but he's definitely a very good athlete."
The final major college prospect at Groves is offensive guard Erik Radzilowski. The 6-foot-3, 300-pounder started as a right tackle as a sophomore and junior, but likely projects as an inside guy because of his size. He's getting interest from Michigan State, Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, Central Michigan and Toledo.
Wyckhuyse believes all three players are special and should be very successful college players.
"All three are captains for the upcoming school year, and all three have started since their sophomore year," Wyckhuyse said.
"As players, I have coached them all and they are all outstanding men as well as players. I am very excited to have had the opportunity to work with all three and any program will be ecstatic to have them as well."
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