Cass Tech’s Demetric Vance and Michael Onwenu named U.S. Army All-Americans

Chuck Johnson
Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics

More than 30 players with Division 1 college scholarships offers were on the field Saturday when King defeated Cass Tech 31-28 in overtime, showcasing the Detroit Public School League as one of most talented prep football leagues in the country.

Further evidence of that talent came Monday at Cass Tech High School where teammates and classmates celebrated senior safety Demetric Vance and senior lineman Michael Onwenu on being chosen to play in the 2016 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

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Demetric Vance (left) and Michael Onwenu

The game, which features 90 of the top high school football players in the country, will be held Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Tx., and will be televised live on NBC.

King senior wide receiver Donnie Corley and senior cornerback Lavert Hill will receive their Army All-American jerseys Tuesday in a ceremony at their school.

“I thank my coaches and the people at Cass tech for putting me in this position,’’ said Onwenu, a 6-4, 365-pound nose guard and defensive tackle headed to Michigan next fall. “I’m looking forward to playing with the best in the country and to show I can play with the best.”

“It’s a blessing and a great opportunity to play in this game,’’ said Vance, a 6-2, 200-pound free safety and Michigan State recruit. “It feels good to know that the four years and all the hard work have paid off.”

Cass Tech has had more than a dozen previous high school Army All-Americans. Running back Mike Weber and defensive back Damon Webb, both now at Ohio State, played in the 2014 and 2013 game, respectively, and linebacker Royce Jenkins-Stone (Michigan) played in 2012.

“It shows that this program is still moving forward and in the right direction,” Cass tech coach Thomas Wilcher said. “We’re always trying to make the city, DPS and the PSL proud. Having these two outstanding young men represent us is another bright spot. They’ve made a great impact on our program.”


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