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Michigan is deep this year. You might have 80 kids sign Division-1 in the state. James Ross remains the state's top prospect in the Michigan Top 80, although Aaron Burbridge has a big spotlight game against Cass Tech in week one that could help him work towards overtaking that spot. You also have some guys just outside four-star range like Ben Braden, Jamal Lyles and Ruben Lile that could potentially add stars with good seasons.Ohio is its usual fertile recruiting ground, particularly at the defensive end position this year. I don't believe there is a clear, consensus number one, but we love Adolphus Washington's upside and he tops the Ohio Top 100. He put on a great performance at The Opening, as well as the Columbus NIKE Camp and coupled with what he did last season, he remains right at the top. Pharaoh Brown, Frank Epitropolous, Cameron Wilson and Tyler O'Connor are the next four outside of four-star range.
Tommy Schutt keeps his top spot in the Illinois Top 65, although Jordan Diamond will have a chance to overtake him this year. I think the state is strong in the middle, with a cluster of guys that are really good players in the late four-star, early three-star range. Antonio Morrison, Wes Lunt, Anthony Standifer, J.J. Robertson and Maurice Fleming are five guys we will watch this year as potential movers into the Scout300. Lunt has broken his foot and won't play until later this season, but if he comes back strong, he still has a chance to move up.
It's a good year in Indiana. It looks like the state will have over 50 FBS signees. The nation's top quarterback Gunner Kiel keeps his spot in the Indiana Top 60, with fellow five-star Sheldon Day close behind. John Turner, Josiah Price, Jason Spriggs, Adam Kranda, Shawn Heffern and Jimmy Herman are all guys who moved up after impressing this summer.
Minnesota has the big guys this year, as massive tackles Nick Davidson and Jonah Pirsig top the charts in the Minnesota Top 30. The one surprise may be Emeche Wells in the top ten. He is without an offer, but we really like his size/speed combination on tape and think he may be a diamond in the rough. The same goes for offensive tackle Ben Lauer, who was injured last year, otherwise he may have some offers too.
I think the state of Wisconsin may be just a tad down in talent this year, but the top two in the Wisconsin Top 10, Vince Biegel and Vonte Jackson can play with anyone. I saw Josh Ruka and Levon Meyers this summer and like what they did. Matt Snebold and Cameron Hehn are two sleeper offensive linemen who may add offers this season.
Amara Darboh is the best prospect in the Iowa Top 10, but Charles Rogers closed the gap some with a great summer. Darboh's size, hands and ability to get open and make plays should keep him up there for awhile though.
It is a solid year in Kentucky overall. Zeke Pike is no longer a five-star, but we're still high on his potential and want to see how he does this season after recovering from shoulder surgery.
Pike leads the Kentucky Top 30. The second guy, Patrick Towles, had a really nice summer as well and is on his way up.