DETROIT ATHLETES ON THE MOVE

     When they drafted him out of Virginia in 2004, the Lions were hoping they'd found the next Barry Sanders.  Too many inijuries.  Jones scored 24 touchdowns over four seasons, but he was in and out of the line up often.  The Lions finally cut him but they'll likely see him again this fall.  Jones on Tuesday signed a one year deal with the Chicago Bears and the teams meet each other twice this fall since they're both in the NFC North division.

     After 16 NHL seasons and four teams, Dallas Drake has retired from hockey.  He began his career with the Red Wings and ended it with one more Stanley Cup winning season in Detroit.  Drake also played in Phoenix and St. Louis.  He scored 177 NHL goals after starring for Rick Comley at Northern Michigan during his college days.

     Michigan State is getting plenty of football recruiting plaudits for landing 12 verbal commitments thus far-- the latest is tight end Derek Hoebing from Vermilion, Ohio.  But some caution-- it's not who lands the class the fastest that has the best group.  Some marginal players declare early so they don't lose out later if they don't play as expected in their senior high school season in the fall.  I find many of the top players wait until the end-- January-- before finally commiting because they let everyone froth all over them hoping to gain their services.  That's not always the case, but often times it is.

     I have no idea how accurate the recruiting service PrepVolleyball.com is.  But it says Michigan State's incoming class of four recruits is seventh best in the country and tops in the Big Ten.  I guess that's good news but who really knows how good these players across the country are out of high school?  Fourth year head coach Cathy George can use any help she can find after going 21-14 last season.  Her first two years the Spartans were 12-18 and 19-12.  The Spartans play their green and white match on August 23rd in Jenison Fieldhouse then head to Oklahoma the following week for a tournament to open the season.

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