There is a new player in the state about to take center stage -- Grand Rapids Christian.
"We've got a brand-new football stadium for $6 million, a brand-new basketball stadium," said football coach Don Fellows. "Now we're doing the school. The DeVosses and Amway and the Van Andels and the Meijers -- all their kids go to school here and there's just a ton of support for Grand Rapids Christian.
"It's one of those places no matter if it is band, choir, academics, athletics, curricular, they want to be the best."
Christian was the best in baseball, where former major leaguer Brent Gates coached the Eagles to the Division 2 state championship in the spring.
Christian's boys basketball team was good last season and will be even better now that Steve Majerle has been hired as coach.
"I'm the worst coach on our staff," Fellows said, laughing.
This is Fellows' third season at Christian. A year ago the Eagles were 10-0 before being upset by East Grand Rapids, which they beat in the regular season, in the second round of the state playoffs.
Christian features 6-foot-4 junior Drake Harris, who was in the unusual position of being offered scholarships by Michigan State in basketball and football and by Michigan in football, before committing to MSU.
"We were down at Michigan and Brady Hoke said: 'You're our No. 1 prospect for 2014,' " Fellows said. "I didn't get home until 9:30 and (Tom) Izzo called: 'What the hell's going on?' "
Harris is a dangerous receiver in the Calvin Johnson mold. His leaping ability separates him from the crowd.
"When I was at the College of the Canyons in California we had 22 NFL kids, 120 Division I kids," Fellows said. "I had Jason Pierre-Paul who was the No. 15 draft pick, and right now I don't know if I've coached better kid.
"We were at the Michigan camp and there was a kid who had an offer from Florida and Alabama, he was a defensive back. He went to jam Drake, Drake misses him and ran past him by 10 yards. He's that good. He's just that kid."
The good thing for Christian is that Harris isn't the only kid. Quarterback Alex VandeVusse is an excellent passer and junior offensive tackle/defensive end Tommy Doles has been offered a scholarship by Michigan.
"We've got Dwayne Barfield, who is a junior, and we've got other kids, it's not going to be Alex and Drake," Fellows said. "We legitimately have five or six kids that can make a ton of plays. I'm really excited."
That excitement might be tempered a bit in Week Two when the Eagles play at perennial power Cincinnati Moeller on Sept. 1.
"We couldn't find a game," Fellows said. "We offered a lot of money to a lot of people to come and we'd split the gate with them. We told our kids we'd either have a bye or we can go to Cincinnati Moeller and play, and all our kids wanted to go."
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More Details: Scouting the Eagles
Coach: Don Fellows, third season at Christian.
What makes 'em so good: There are as many as 16 players on the roster who will eventually be offered college scholarships. This is the rare case in high school football where the pass sets up the running attack.
Main man: Drake Harris. The 6-foot-4 junior receiver is a game-changer -- and not just in one sport. He will play football and basketball at Michigan State. As a sophomore he caught 58 passes for more than 1,100 yards and 16 touchdowns.