Tyvis Powell from Bedford High showed Ohio State fans that life goes on this week, committing to the Buckeyes at his school. Powell is 6'3+ and played safety primarily in high school, but says he wants to play cornerback at the next level. Watching him on tape, he's athletic and has good range in coverage. He takes good angles and is a solid tackler, but is not a big hitter. Is he a corner? I think that remains to be seen. I tend to think he'll be more of a deep safety, but if he can prove he can play on the outside at that size, it will be a real asset. Currently he is unranked. Looking at the state of Ohio and reviewing all of the film, I believe he is certainly in the state's top 30 prospects. Just how high is still to be determined. Check out Bill Greene's story with Powell and his mom.
Not to be outdone, Michigan landed a big defensive back of their own this week when Crete-Monee (Ill.) cornerback Anthony Standifer committed to the Wolverines. He's over 6'1 and 185-lbs with great ball skills as evidenced by his nine interceptions a year ago. Some think he is a safety, but I've seen him play and he has the athleticism to be a cornerback. He fits in very well with current commitment Terry Richardson. They're different types of guys who will compliment each other well. The thing I like here? Both are playmakers. As I said, Standifer had nine picks last year, Richardson had eight. You'd have to go back to 2000 to find the last time a Wolverine corner had more than four in a season. We spoke with Standifer after his commitment.
The Wolverines also landed Sylvania Southview safety Allen Gant recently. A legacy recruit, Gant has been a starter and one of the best players in the Toledo area since his freshman season. He's a good sized, physical safety with underrated athletic tools. He'll be a good in the box type, but does show better range than he is given credit for on tape. He's another good pickup for Brady Hoke and company and is currently the only true safety prospect they have committed. Gant and his father spoke to Sam Webb following his commitment.
Central Michigan has had a nice start to the recruiting season. They landed a speedy back out of Chicago, Martez Walker this week and have a trio of offensive linemen to pave the way for him. In each of those cases, the Chippewas were the only offer, but we believe they identified several legitimate prospects before anyone else did and secured their commitments. Dylan Anderson and Kevin D'Arcy are two tough interior guys and Collin Goetz is more of a project, but has a great frame at 6'7, 240-lbs. We hear he is going to grow into an offensive tackle, and has been likened to Eric Fisher, a former in-state sleeper who is expected to be one of the top linemen in the MAC this year.
Camp season is approaching and one prospect who will have an interesting time is Lexington (Ohio) quarterback Collin Michael. We hear the 6'6, 225-lb junior is actually very close to his first BCS offer and it may come as soon as today or tomorrow. His camp schedule could bring more, but it won't be without some long days. He will camp at Cincinnati for half a day before hopping a plane to Iowa for the Hawkeyes camp, then flying from there down to North Carolina to rejoin his team's bus tour of various camps.
Another prospect we hear may be close to his first BCS offer is Indianapolis Pike's Pierre Aka. Aka has heard from Boston College among others this week, all interested in him as a defensive end. The 6'4, 253-lb junior was considered as more of a tight end prospect because of his lack of film on defense, but schools like his frame and athleticism when projecting him to the edge.
Ontonagon (Mich.) defensive tackle Corbin Fuller, way up in the Upper Penninsula has had a couple schools make it up his way. The 6'5, 290-lb junior was an All-UP selection last year, and says Wisconsin Badgers coach Paul Chryst stopped in to see him during the spring evaluation period. He will camp at Wisconsin on June 12th, head down state for the Sound Mind, Sound Body camp after that and swing over to Lansing for the Michigan State camps on the 17th, 22nd and 23rd.
Tyrone Williams - WR - Jeffersonville (IN)
Williams is just beginning to emerge, but his 6'2, 205-lb frame and physical play along with his ability to make tough grabs in traffic has gotten him noticed on film. Illinois, Purdue and Akron have offered and schools like Indiana and Cincinnati may be close behind.
Onyi Afoaku - DE - Bloomington North (IN)
Watch this one. He does not have any offers right now, but he's a 6'3, 235-lb athlete off the edge. He had 10 sacks a year ago and his trainer says he has consistently run electronic 4.6s in preparation for camp. He really caught our eye on film and his coach says every MAC school along with Indiana and Penn State have shown interest.
DeShawn Dowdy - OLB - Akron North (OH)
He's being recruited as a wide receiver too, but at 6'4, 225-lbs with what we've seen of him on tape, he looks like a big time linebacker prospect. He's an athletic kid for that size, and he simply plays at a school where it took colleges a little longer to find out about him, but they know now. He has four offers, Toledo, Western Michigan, Kent State and Akron and it sounds like Big East and Big Ten schools may soon join in.
Kelvontae McKinney - WR - Ann Arbor Skyline (MI)
Skyline put up a lot of points last year with the help of some great receivers. Jordan Woods gets a lot of attention, but the 6'4, 175-lb McKinney is an excellent athlete with good ball skills who should be hearing from more Division-1 schools soon.
Oak Forest (Ill.) running back Tevin Coleman was offered by Michigan State on Wednesday night he told our Dave Berk that he will be in East Lansing for a visit on Saturday.
Muskegon Heights (Mich.) DE Evan Winston has been on a roll, adding offers from Cincinnati, Houston, Syracuse, and others recently.
Detroit Cass Tech cornerback William Rembert and safety Brandon Berry were both offered by Buffalo. This is Rembert's first Division-1 offer and Berry's fourth.
Thomas Worthington (Ohio) cornerback Nana Kyeremeh was offered by Northwestern.
Pickerington North (Ohio) 2013 DE Jake Butt was offered by Bowling Green. That is his second offer. His first was from Buffalo.
Our Simone Scott caught up with some fast rising Ohio linemen this week. She filed this report on Kyle Williamson, who picked up offers from Pittsburgh and Illinois recently. Pittsburgh, West Virginia and Cincinnati are among the schools who offered Akron Manchester's Tony Matteo, featured here.
Oregon State offered Fenton (Mich.) punter Kenny Allen. That is his first offer.
Carmel (IN) DE Shawn Heffern was offered by Toledo, Western Michigan and Purdue this week. Teammate Langston Newton added Miami (Ohio).