​Game Preview and Prospects The D Zone will be seeing at Dakota and Romeo (Story)

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Jeff Corrion
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This matchup has emerged as a major Macomb rivalry and will only be fueled by last year's dramatic playoff win for Romeo. Dakota leads the all-time series 11-8.

Below are the prospects we're aware of entering the game. We look forward to discovering more talent.


2022 RB Caiden Sloan - Is an absolute work-horse for the Cougars. He is a standout RB and LB who is coming off a big junior season last year. Sloan will take snaps as a wildcat QB too.

2022 CB Keyone Nixon - The Akron PWO commit is an outstanding cover corner who can defend opposing top receivers and play in man coverage.

2022 OT/OG Cooper Phillips - Grand Valley State commit who is a solid prospect who picked up 4 offers this summer before deciding on GVSU.

2022 OC/OG Riley Smalarz - The Northern Michigan commit also had a good summer which saw him earn 6 offers. He looked solid in off-season camps as well this winter.

2022 DT Jayden Giles - Very active DL who can move well and be used at times for pass rush at DE.

2022 S Aidan Mata - A good safety prospect who reacts well and can make tackles in the open field.

2023 WR Corey Royster - An absolute speedster who should see his interest rise this year.

2023 DE/DT Michael Pittiglio - An upcoming prospect at 6'4 230 is coming off a very disruptive performance vs. Anchor Bay.

2023 WR Owen Colpaert - Dual-sport athlete who is 6'3 200 lbs and has tremendous ball-skils and athleticism. Certainly in line for a breakout junior season.

2022 LB/S Aiden Dale - Versatile hybrid prospect at 6' 190 who can read/react well and has good ball skills.

2022 DT/DE Luke Wheeler - High-motored prospect at 6' 255 who can force a lot of trouble for opponents.

2023 QB Ethan Hamby - 1st-year starter at 6'2 190 who has some good tools and it'll be interesting to see him develop.

2023 OG Bo Wheeler - A solid prospect at 6'2 260 who can pull well and be aggressive off the snap.

2023 TE Quest Williams - Athletic 6'2 230 lbs prospect who is emerging on the scene and a name to know.

2022 CB/WR Dario Lucci - Good prospect who was solid when we saw them play last year and a strong defensive back piece for Dakota.

2023 TE/ATH Diandre Lawrence is a nice looking prospect at 6'3 200 lbs and should open eyes this season.

2023 OG Joey Pruchnic - Monster prospect at 6'4 280 who will be a name to keep track of.

2022 DB Nico Vitale - Really good cover corner who is quick to react and break on routes. Good ball-skills too with several PBU's last season.

2023 OLB Calvin Watson - An upcoming junior at 6'1 200 lbs and is starting to make a name for himself this year.


2022 S/RB Joey Kostrubiec - Super talented Safety prospect who is 5'10 190 and has 2 interceptions through 2 games. Good instinctive Safety who also can come up and provide excellent run support. Provides good offense production running and blocking.

2024 OLB/RB Victor Earl - Is a solid young prospect at 6'2 180 and provides tremendous speed, athleticism, and length for Romeo at LB. It certainly appears he'll be on his way to be highly recruited.

2022 DT/OT Douglas Malcolm - Makes the move this year to becoming a key piece to the Romeo offensive line. 6'5 309 lbs prospect who moves well and can get upfield to make blocks.

2023 WR/CB Santino Palazzolo - 5'10 175 lbs has emerged as a big play threat for Romeo. A talented shifty player who can make plays in space at receiver and in the return game. Missed part of the summer with an injury so he'll definitely be a name to know as the season goes on.

2023 OT/OG/OC Nathan Joseph - Versatile lineman who is developing nicely and is strong off the snap. 6'2 245 lbs.

2022 QB Logan Rolfs - Good game manager who can be a threat in the pass and run game. Very accurate passer.

2023 MLB/RB Anthony Lomakoski - 6' 215 lbs freight train hitter at MLB. Has good speed which makes him good on edge plays and also sideline-to-sideline tackle plays. Very solid sure tackler and also can provide solid runs at RB.

2022 OG/OT/DT/DE Cole Tinson - Does well in their offense, pulling and delivering key blocks. 6'2 220.