Cranbrook Football Commits for Spring '18
The Cranbrook Football program takes pride in announcing its football commits that occurred in the spring of 2018. Four Cranes found an opportunity to play college football in the fall.
QB Trevor McConnell will play college football at Ohio Northern University.
A four year varsity player at Cranbrook, Trevor made significant contributions on offense, defense, and special teams in his career with the Cranes.
Trevor played defense his first two years on varsity. As a defensive back he rotated between cornerback and free safety. He played defense the most in 2015, his sophomore year. That season he had 12 tackles including 4 TFL, and a key interception against Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes.
On special teams, Trevor contributed greatly as a punter, kicker, and place holder all four years at Cranbrook.
As a punter, Trevor kicked 55 punts for a total of 1618 yards. He averaged nearly 30 yards a punt, with his longest at 55 yards.
As a kicker, Trevor converted 4/5 FG’s and 48/56 PAT’s, scoring 60 points for the Cranes. His most notable kick was the PAT to seal an improbable 27-26 victory over perennial power house Royal Oak Shine in 2015. Trevor had 33 kickoffs for 1198 yards, averaging nearly 40 yards.
Trevor actively kicked his first two seasons, and then became a place holder for teammate Pierson Cooke. Cooke became a nationally recognized kicker and will play in the SEC in the fall.
“Trevor has been the most unselfish player. He did everything we asked him to do over the years,” said Cranbrook former head coach Joe D’Angelo. “His contributions on special teams and defense helped us win close games. He was effective in all three phases of the game.”
Trevor took the field as the starting QB midway through his junior year.
Stepping in, Trevor led the team to several key victories, including Cranbrook’s first ever victory over WOLL, and its first ever victory in the Prep Bowl.
Trevor completed 50% of his passes, going 51 for 101 and 574 yards. He had 6 passing TD’s and 11.3 yards per catch. He finished the season with a quarterback rating of 107.9.
“Trevor showed great poise,” said D’Angelo. “He came in and won some tough games
for us. It showed he had greatly matured and was ready to lead our team at a moment’s notice.”
Named a captain in the off-season, Trevor became a force in motivating younger players, leading workouts and 7 on 7 drills. He committed himself to improving his team and improving his play. His work ethic produced results noticed by the local media.
“Cranbrook-Kingswood 2018 QB Trevor McConnell split time as a junior, but performed at a high level when he did play”, wrote the D Zone in their QB review from Camp Pride in 2017. “McConnell possesses good football IQ and seemed in sync putting the ball in locations his receivers could make plays on the ball and defenders couldn't.”
During his senior year, Trevor proved to be a competent threat. He completed 55% of his passes, going 89 for 161 and 1561 yards. He had 24 passing TD’s and 17.3 yards per catch. He finished the season with a quarterback rating of 177.2.
As 2017 Catholic League Champs and 2017 MHSAA District Champs, the Cranes finished the season 10-2, the most wins ever by a Cranbrook team.
“Trevor’s leadership presence on the field cannot be understated,” said Coach D’Angelo. “He acted as a field general for us, following the game plan and keeping his team mates focused.
Trevor was awarded the following honors: 2017 AP Honorable Mention, 2017 Detroit News All-North Honorable Mention, 2017 Detroit Free Press North Honorable Mention, 2017 All-Catholic, 2016 All-League, CHSL; 2017 Cranbrook Co-Offensive MVP.
Trevor received offers from DePauw, Mt. Union, Oberlin, Elon, John Carroll, and Ohio Northern.
Aaron Wiggins will play football at Concordia University in Ann Arbor, MI.
A four year varsity player for Cranbrook Football, Aaron played a significant role in creating the offensive firepower for an explosive Cranes offense. In the last 3 seasons Aaron amassed 2776 yards All-Purpose yards and 37 TD’s. He is Cranbrook leading scorer over the last 4 years.
Aaron has had many memorable performances through the years. He was named Overall MaxPreps Player of the Game eight times and Offensive Player of the Game three times.
In his sophomore season against Allen Park Cabrini, he scored three touchdowns on runs of 70, 68, and 41 yards- all in the 3rd quarter. That same year, he caught 3 TD passes verses Madison Heights Bishop Foley. In the Cranes playoff victory over St. Clair Shores South Lake in 2015, Aaron scored touchdowns on each of his first two plays from scrimmage- each over 70 yards. Cranbrook rolled on to win 35-14.
“Aaron is probably the most exciting player that I have coached in my career,” said Cranbrook Head Coach Joe D’Angelo. “He reads his blocks well and has great separation speed. He has the potential to score any time he touches the ball.”
Aaron was awarded the following honors: 2017 All-League, CHSL 2017; 2017 Detroit Free Press All North Honorable Mention; 2017 Cranbrook Co-Offensive MVP 2016 AP All-State Honorable Mention Team . 2016 All-Metro North Team by the Detroit News, 2016 All-County Team Honorable Mention Team; The Oakland Press, 2016 All-Catholic Team by the CHSL, Class of 2018 Watch List by The D Zone.
Aaron received college football offers from Mt. Union and Concordia.
The Special Dimension
Pierson Cooke will play football at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.
A two-year starter who played his first down of football in his junior year, Pierson was the sharp point on the Cranes special teams attack. A converted soccer player who was a Director’s League level soccer player for Vardar FB, Pierson has found a home on the gridiron.
As a place kicker, he made 53 of 55 PAT’s, for a 96% conversion rate. Pierson scored 53 points through field goals and extra points, and was the Cranes 4th leading scorer.
In Pierson’s first year of playing organized American football, Pierson kicked a 47-yard field goal vs. Detroit University Prep Academy; a 41-yard field goal vs. WOLL, a 42-yard field goal vs. Macomb Lutheran North; and a 41-yard field goal vs. Detroit Loyola.
Additionally, he put 45 of his 64 kickoffs through the end zone for touchbacks. He averaged 56.8 yards per kickoff.
As a punter, he averaged 44 yards a punt with his longest being 64 yards. Of his 23 punts, 12 of them placed the other team inside their 20 yard line.
“Pierson gave us an added dimension with his strong special teams play,” said Cranes Head Coach Joe D’Angelo. “His kicking ability allowed us to put our opponents in tough field position. He also gave us the ability to score from longer distances with field goals. He’s been a great asset in just his first year.”
Pierson was awarded the following honors: 2017 AP All State Honorable Mention, 2017 All-State. Michigan High School Coaches Association, 2017 Detroit News All North 2nd Team; 2017 Detroit Free Press All North Honorable Mention; 2017 Special Teams MVP, Cranbrook Football; 2016 All-State First Team by the Associated Press (AP), 2016 All-Division D4 by the Detroit Free Press, 2016 All Metro-North Honorable Mention by the Detroit News, 2016 MLive Defensive Dream Team, Second Team; 2016 All-County Dream Team by the Oakland Press and 2016 All-League Team by the CHSL.
He was ranked at the Kohl’s Kicking Camp as 10th in the nation on kickoffs, and 20th in the nation on punts.
Pierson was selected to play in the nationally televised Blue Grey All-American Bowl Game held in Tampa FL.
Pierson was recruited by Harvard, Michigan, Bowling Green, and Vanderbilt.
The Battle-Tested Factor
Adam Samet will play football at Kenyon College in Gambier, OH.
Adam was a three year varsity player for Cranbrook Football, playing the OL/DL for all three seasons. Always in the rotation of linemen, he developed into a two-way starter his junior year.
“Adam was a late bloomer, but came on strong at the end of his career” said Coach D’Angelo. “We moved him around a lot because he had flexibility. He could do multiple things well.”
His presence on the offensive line helped to bolster of the most potent offenses Cranbrook has ever seen.
In his 3 years, the Cranbrook offense amassed 5655 yards passing and 6263 yards rushing, averaging just under 3000 total yards per season.
“Our ability to pass and run effectively grew over the last 3 years. Adam was a key factor in the improvement”, said D’Angelo.
Playing through injuries, he provided senior leadership and experience at the defensive tackle position. He would play a key role on a defense that posted six shutouts and a 10-2 record.
“He was a battle-tested player that motivated the others that he played with”, said D’Angelo.
Adam was offered by Wooster and Kenyon.