Midwest Recruiting Notebook

We buzz around the Midwest for the latest news and notes on the top prospects in the region, as well as some lesser known players.

  • As reported by Scout and several other news sources today, Barrington (Ill.) OG Dan Voltz has committed to Wisconsin. The four-star guard visited Madison two Saturdays ago, and that visit was part of what sealed the deal. This is a great early pick up for the Badgers, as Voltz is a national top 100 candidate.
  • East Detroit (Mich.) tight end Ron Thompson told Scout that he is close to receiving new offers. Shamrocks assistant coach Avante Mitchell confirmed that today, saying Oregon, Michigan State, Miami (FL), Western Michigan, Bowling Green, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Stanford have all made recent inquiries about his 6'4, 225-lb pass catcher. Thompson says he is visiting Michigan State this week, Bowling Green next Saturday and has future trips planned to Central Michigan and Indiana.
  • Lyndhurst Brush (Ohio) defensive end Pharaoh Brown, who came in #28 in Scout's Ohio rankings today, reports that Connecticut is the latest program to offer him. Cincinnati and Colorado are other recent offers for the 6'7, 225-lb Brown.
  • Another of Ohio's top prospects, #31 Mason Monheim reports that he is now up to 215-lbs after Winter conditioning work. Monheim, who holds an offer from Illinois among others, is slated to visit Champaign on April 2nd, Northwestern on April 1st, and Boston College on April 4th and 5th.
  • Ruben Lile, a safety from Detroit Cass Tech who recently earned his first offer from Western Michigan, believes more could be on the way. The 6'3, 200-lb Lile spoke to Scout recently.

    "I'm on the verge of getting the Iowa offer," he said. "They just want me to come and visit the school. I know for sure I'm going to the spring game, but I'm going to try to go before that."


  • One sleeper prospect to watch is Brebeuf Jesuit (Ind.) offensive lineman Jon Toth. The 6'5, 290-lb Toth does not have any offers, but according to head coach Ryan Gallogly, there is a lot of interest coming there way.

    "Since signing day, he has received to date, junior day invites from Notre Dame, Purdue, Indiana, Miami (Ohio), Ball State, and has several more camp invites on top of that from schools like Oregon, Boston College, Buffalo, Northern Illinois and on and on."

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