Midwest Recruiting Notebook
David Perkins
David Perkins
Midwest Regional Manager
Posted Jun 10, 2011

We take a look at a couple of recent commitments, new offers, and offer a few news and notes.

  • Bedford (Ohio) defensive end Myles Hilliard, expected to announce yesterday, moved the date according to our Bill Greene. No exact date is planned yet, but it could be next week.

  • The mother of Chicago Simeon four-star OT Jordan Diamond tells me they will be in Southfield, MI for the Sound Mind, Sound Body camp. Jordan, however, will not participate, just ride along with teammates and visit family in the area. There was talk of him visiting Michigan or Michigan State while in town, mom says there are no other camps planned, but visits are possible.

  • Another Chicago product, Mt. Carmel defensive tackle Vontrell Williams, recently switched up his camp plans as well.

    "Actually I had to reschedule the Wisconsin camp and I'll be at Iowa, Purdue, Michigan State, Michigan, Notre Dame, and Georgia Tech."

  • Detroit Cass Tech's sophomore duo of defensive tackle Kenton Gibbs and offensive tackle David Dawson report they will both be at Michigan's camp on June 20th and 21st.

  • Kentucky landed Indianapolis Pike cornerback Jonathan Reed this week. Reed is on the smaller side, but has 4.4 speed and is aggressive and competitive. He's a true corner who can support the run. Given the numbers at the position, he has a good chance to be a contributor for the Cats.

  • David Perkins stayed local and picked Notre Dame on Tuesday. A versatile athlete, he will likely be an edge rusher for Notre Dame and is perfectly suited for that role. He is best when in attack mode, and has great quickness off the ball and the speed to track down ball carriers in pursuit. He may not be as long as some of the other Irish edge guys, but he's just as, if not more explosive.

  • Rockford Boylan defensive end Dean Lowry chose Northwestern this week. He was a great get for them to keep an in-state kid at home and away from other Big Ten schools like Iowa and Illinois who offered him. Lowry has a great frame at 6'5, 230-lbs and is a good athlete given that size. As he fills out, he has the potential to develop into a complete defensive end, as he is just as comfortable against the run as the pass.

  • Michigan State picked up their quarterback in this class with Lima Central Catholic's Tyler O'Connor. He's a good athlete with impressive improvisational ability. He makes a lot of plays when things break down and first options are taken away and can throw well on the run. He won't blow you away with his measureables, but he has a lot of intangibles.

  • Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward tight end Sam Grant committed to Boston College, an excellent fit for him and the Eagles. He's a good, powerful blocker and a sure handed receiver. He's not a field stretcher, but he'll be an asset as a blocker, move the chains, and be a redzone weapon.

    Trae Clark | DT | Cincinnati Colerain (OH)
    Schools were waiting on Clark's semester grades and he did exactly what he needed to do to earn some major offers. Michigan State, NC State and West Virginia are among the new suitors for this 6'4, 320-lb behemoth who can move for that size.

    James White | CB | Detroit Crockett (MI)
    White is a kid we liked going back to the winter showcases and recent 7 on 7's. Now we hear he had a great camp at Toledo and may be close to earning his first offers. A 6'1 cornerback who is physical and aggressive with good ball skills, he has a chance to emerge over the course of this month.

    Matt Snebold | OG | Onalaska (WI)
    Snebold is not a household name, but he's nasty and explosive on tape. At 6'4, 260-lbs, he's definitely an interior guy, but he'll be a good one, as he can pull, get to the second level, and he definitely finishes blocks.

  • Akron and Toledo both offered South Bend Washington WR Gehrig Dieter. He is camping at Northwestern today with many more to come.

  • The Zips also offered Carmel (IN) DE Langston Newton, Greentown Eastern (IN) DE-TE Josiah Price, Lyndhurst Brush (OH) CB Kevin Houchins, Indianapolis Cathedral (IN) S John Turner, and Dublin Coffman (OH) CB Taylor Williams.

  • Jennings County (IN) LB-RB Iyan Bass was offered by Ball State.

  • Illinois offered Osseo (MN) TE Will Johnson.

  • Purdue offered Gibraltar Carlson (MI) OT Kodi Kieler.

  • Miami-Ohio offered Avon (IN) OT DeAndre Herron.

  • Toledo offered Chicago Hubbard (IL) DT Mario Jones.

  • Kansas and Kentucky offered Grand Blanc (MI) S Jordan Fields.

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