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Detroit, MI | 6022 | 186 | 4.56E | 2020
Donnie Corley immediately made an impact on the team as a true freshman, finishing second in receiving yards and third in receiving touchdowns in just two starts. Corley has adequate length for the position but also displays plus ball skills and impressive hand strength to rip the football away from defenders on contested passes. He is still a developing route runner but does a great job of baiting corners into his moves and gaining separation from opposing defensive backs. He shows great concentration locating the ball in the air, reaches out away from his body and plucks the football. Corley has tremendous running power after the catch, plowing through contact easily but he also has the elusiveness needed to put moves on defenders with the ball in his hands. He could potentially be a dynamic safety considering his physical playing style but his ball skills and playmaking upside are too great not be utilized at wide out. Corley is a naturally strong, thick built kid that arrived at East Lansing as instant coffee and should continue to refine his skills on his way to the NFL. UPDATE: Corley was dismissed after being accused of sexual misconduct and his football career has been put on hold for the moment. He is currently enrolled at Wayne County Community College.
2016: Freshman wide receiver is expected to contribute immediately in 2016 . . . enrolled at Michigan State on Jan. 11, 2016, for the beginning of the spring semester and participated in spring practice . . . named the top impact freshman for the Spartans by ESPN.com.
High School/Personal: Ranked among the nation’s prospects by Rivals.com (No. 70), PrepStar (No. 89), Scout.com (No. 100), 247Sports.com (No. 112) and ESPN.com (No. 275) . . . named to PrepStar’s Dream Team . . . rated among the country’s top wide receivers by Rivals.com (No. 14), PrepStar (No. 15), Scout.com (No. 16), 247Sports.com (No. 19) and ESPN.com (No. 47) . . . listed among the Midwest’s top seniors by ESPN.com (No. 26) . . . ranked among the state’s top seniors by The Detroit News (No. 1), Detroit Free Press (No. 1), Lansing State Journal (No. 1), Rivals.com (No. 2), 247Sports.com (No. 3) and ESPN.com (No. 6) . . . participated in the 2016 U.S. Army All-American Bowl (had a game-long 39-yard reception for the West) in San Antonio, Texas . . . named one of six finalists for U.S. Army National Player of the Year . . . MaxPreps.com All-American . . . played for Coach Dale Harvel at Martin Luther King High School in Detroit, Michigan . . . selected MLive Media Group Michigan High School Player of the Year in 2015 . . . had 59 receptions for 1,403 yards (23.8 avg.) and 16 touchdowns as a senior . . . also recorded 90 tackles and 10 interceptions, returning one for a score, as a senior . . . caught six passes for 108 yards and two scores in Martin Luther King’s 40-38 victory over Lowell in the 2015 Division 2 state championship game . . . scored on a 25-yard reception in the third quarter and his 40-yard TD grab as time expired proved to be the game-winner vs. Lowell as the Crusaders finished a perfect 14-0 . . . accounted for 141 all-purpose yards and contributed five tackles in the state title game against the Red Arrows . . . caught 47 passes for 1,087 yards (23.1 avg.) and 18 TDs as a junior at King and was named to the Detroit Free Press All-State Dream Team . . . posted nine interceptions in 2014 . . . had 23 catches for 466 yards (20.3 avg.) and four TDs as a sophomore . . . son of Donny and Tanica Corley . . . born Feb. 19, 1998 . . . business major.