Versatile 2016 4-Star Recruit Donnie Corley Releases Top 5

Brian Pedersen@realBJPFeatured ColumnistJanuary 27, 2015

2016 4-star WR/CB prospect Donnie Corley
2016 4-star WR/CB prospect Donnie Corley247Sports

One of the most intriguing prospects of the 2016 recruiting class has narrowed his college choices down to five, setting up a battle between Big Ten and SEC schools and the country's most notable Independent.

Donnie Corley, a 4-star wide receiver/cornerback from Michigan, has offers from 19 schools but has whittled his list down to five: LSU, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Tennessee.

The 6'2",180-pound athlete is rated by 247Sports as the No. 120 overall prospect in the 2016 class, as well as the nation's 27th-best cornerback. He had nine interceptions last season for Martin Luther King High School in Detroit, where he also caught 47 passes for 1,087 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Corley has had a busy past two months, making unofficial visits to Michigan and Ohio State in January and also getting home contact with coaches from those schools, while in December he took an unofficial visit to Michigan State and met with coaches from Tennessee. He's also expected to attend Notre Dame's Junior Day on Jan. 31, per Tom Loy of 247Sports.

LSU and Notre Dame were among the first schools to offer Corley, though he's yet to make any visits to Baton Rouge or meet with LSU coaches.

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With blazing speedโ€”he reportedly ran a 4.28 while visiting Michigan earlier this month, per Michigan high school sports site TheDZone.netโ€”and a knack for getting his hands on the ball regardless of what side of the field he's on, Corley figures to find himself rising up the rankings as he heads toward his senior year.

Though the process is still very early, 247Sports' Crystal Ball predictor is giving a heavy edge to Michigan State. Eight of 10 projections have him joining the Spartans for 2016, where he could be the next Tony Lippett and possibly replicate what Lippett did late this past season when he started lining up at both receiver and cornerback.

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