Country Day’s Brandon Mann picks up D1 offers – Daily Tribune
Birmingham Detroit Country Day senior Brandon Mann may not only be Oakland County’s best quarterback, he could also be the best quarterback prospect in the local college recruiting market.
The scouts of the university are finally starting to understand this notion. Mann’s advantage is substantial and growing every day. People credit him as a major league sleeper.
The 6-foot-4 double-threat shooter has just won a state title during his junior campaign and some quick offers to kick off the summer. Kent State and Northern Illinois offered last week. Bowling Green was the first school to offer. 24/7 sports recently raised Mann’s prospect level to 3-star status. Buzz is building in the recruiting world that a number of Big Ten Schools are spinning and may soon enter the scene.
“Brandon is everything you want in a quarterback, he’s the definition of an athlete, an academic and a leader,” said longtime Country Day head coach Dan MacLean , which has sent dozens of Division I college players over the past two decades. âAnd he does it all. His arm is a gun, it’s quick in its deployments and scrambles, and it’s as physical as it gets. It will bring down your block. Because we didn’t introduce him to his second year job, I think the scouts were a bit slow to see what he had to offer. I think there should be no doubt at this point. He’s just an impact player in every way.
With Mann in his first year as a full-time Country Day starter under center, the Yellowjackets went 9-2 in the 2020-2021 campaign driven by COVID-19 and won the State Championship of Division 4. Mann showed his efficiency, completing 11 of 14 passes for 110 yards in the 13-0 Country Day shutout against Cadillac at Ford Field. Mann racked up 1,500 yards and scored 10 touchdowns last season. He completed 65% of his passing attempts and made 40 tackles from his safe position in defense.
Mann’s father, Steve, is an assistant coach at Country Day and a distinguished alumnus. The elder Mann is one of the program’s greatest receivers of all time, winning a state title in the 1980s before playing at the University of Wyoming. Brandon’s older brother Steve served as Country Day quarterback before signing with Duke to play college baseball. Brandon plays left field for the Country Day baseball team, which went 26-4 last spring.
Farewell to the falcons nest
Farmington Falcons boys basketball coach Terrance Porter resigned last week after 11 years of service. Porter has coached and developed Michigan State’s new freshman Jaden Akins (Ypsilanti Prep-Sunrise Christian Academy). When Akins was in freshman in 2018, Porter’s Falcons team won a Class A district crown. Porter’s 2017 team hoisted an OAA Gold Championship banner.
In 2010, Porter replaced Steve Norgrove after Norgove left for Stoney Creek. His 2021 club was led by Oakland County top scorer Robert Davis (26 points per game), who was rumored to follow Akins’ lead and possibly end his high school career out of the league. ‘State in a preparatory school.
Blooming at Blacksburg
Pontiac Notre Dame Prep volleyball star Josie Bloom recently pledged to play at Virginia Tech University starting in fall 2022.
âI am SUPER happy to report that I have made a verbal commitment to Virginia Tech to play D1 volleyball and further my college career. Thank you very much to all of my coaches, family, friends, teammates and my support system !! Come on Hokies, âBloom tweeted last week.
The Irish defensive specialist was the Division 2 second-team for 2020, leading Notre Dame Prep to a semifinal appearance for the state.
Tweet of the week
âLove camp week,â Brian Sopata, Royal Oak girls’ basketball coach, spoke about off-season training at his annual community basketball camp.