Midwest Recruiting Notebook
Drake Harris
Drake Harris
Midwest Regional Manager
Posted Jul 12, 2011

Two sport star to try both. Decisions coming soon? Midwest's best to camp in the SEC, and more.

  • Grand Rapids Christian has a talented football team coming back and one of the key players is the state's top 2014 basketball prospect, Drake Harris.

    Coaches at the school and people around the program have been telling me for some time now, that Harris may also be a Division-1 football prospect. He was one of the stars of the school's freshman team last year, and is expected to play varsity this year.

    The interesting part, is that sources believe Harris will commit to Michigan State soon, possibly as soon as this weekend. In addition, the youngster has some interest in potentially playing both sports and has already spoken to Spartan basketball head man Tom Izzo about it. Stay tuned for more.

    In other news at Christian, safety Kavon Frazier recently earned his first from Central Michigan, and defensive end Wes Johnson was offered by Akron, his first as well.

  • Tennessee and Alabama host camps this weekend and some of the Midwest's top prospects are attending. Flint Powers (Mich.) four-star defensive tackle Danny O'Brien is one of them.

    "I'll be at Tennessee working out on the 19th," he said. "and I probably will just visit Alabama."

    Pickerington Central (Ohio) safety Sebastian Smith tells us he will be at both camps. The 6'3, 175-lb rising senior has an Indiana offer. Lastly, a contingent from Detroit that includes four-star tight end Ron Thompson, four-star running back Dennis Norfleet, defensive back Leviticus Payne, and more will be heading down to both camps as well.

  • Jason Spriggs is one of the top uncommitted prospects in Indiana, and it may not be long before he joins the ranks of the committed.

    The 6'6, 256-lb tight end and possible offensive tackle prospect recently added offers from Toledo and Western Michigan and says Michigan State, Wisconsin, Purdue, and Notre Dame are still in contact despite not offering just yet.

    Spriggs' lone Big Ten offer to date is Indiana, and he expects to see the Hoosiers again very soon.

    "Jason has been in regular contact with IU and is working on making a visit towards the end of the month," his father Rick Spriggs said.

    With AAU basketball and team camp also going, other visits will be tough, but a decision could still come before the first game.

    "I know he doesn’t want the process to distract from the High School program but he wants to make sure his commitment is solid."

  • Oak Forest (Ill.) three-star running back Tevin Coleman, who picked up several BCS offers in the spring evaluation period, tells us he will be visiting Indiana and Georgia Tech in the near future.

  • Michigan picked up five-star offensive lineman Kyle Kalis. Of course, he is significant, because he was once an Ohio State commitment and a sought after player. Kalis may not wow you with his athleticism, but he is a tough, strong, hard nosed kid and the type of lineman that is perfect for the more traditional running game the Wolverines will be employing. He adds to a strong class of offensive linemen for Brady Hoke and company and we see Kalis as a future right tackle, with the possibility of moving to the left side if 2013 quarterback and left-handed Shane Morris is the starter in a few years.

    Michigan also picked up Jarrod Wilson, a safety from Akron Buchtel. Wilson adds to a class of ball hawks. Between him, Terry Richardson and Anthony Standifer, the Wolverine secondary commits had 28 interceptions combined last year.

  • Jaleel Johnson, a four-star defensive tackle committed to Iowa last week. A huge pickup for the Hawkeyes, considering they beat many of their conference rivals for Johnson, and they also get a powerful interior lineman who dominated the U.S. Army Combine in January. We are interested to see what he does this year in a new school, Lombard Montini, against what should be better competition, but there is no doubting his physical talent.

  • Indiana landed three-star offensive lineman Wes Rogers this week. We believe Rogers could play guard or center at the next level. He joins Jacob Bailey and Dan Feeney as recent offensive line commitments. We see Rogers as a center and Bailey and Feeney as guards currently.

  • Central Michigan had a busy week with commitments. We believe Jordan Fields, a safety from Grand Blanc, was a tremendous steal and a high level prospect who should make a real impact for the Chippewas. While undersized, defensive tackle Jabari Dean was a quality get, who could have gotten several BCS offers had he just been a couple inches taller. Running back Saylor Lavallii is a sleeper, but was productive last season, rushing for over 1,800 yards.

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