Today, Scout named it's first two five-stars in the Midwest, Jalin Marshall and Shane Morris. Now we want to take a look at others who are on the cusp, and a few fellow juniors that are making noise.
The next guy in, as far as a five-star, would have been Jaylon Smith from Fort Wayne Bishop Luers. He's a fantastic athlete that I think will end up as a great edge rusher in college. He's 6'3, 220 now, but can easily carry a lot more weight.
Midland (Mich.) offensive tackle Steven Elmer has all the physical tools to be a top 50-100 national prospect. He's athletic and has a tremendous frame at 6'6, 300-lbs. What we need to see this season, is him being dominant on a consistent basis. If he does that, he'll be mentioned among the best in the country.
Ohio is always loaded, and Marlington's Dymonte Thomas, Trotwood-Madison's Cameron Burrows, and Austintown Fitch's Billy Price are three guys that I could see being considered for the top 50-100 next year. Thomas, a safety prospect, is a big hitter who can cover as well. Burrows is one of the top cover corners in the Midwest, and Price is one of the most relentless defensive linemen in his class. Of course, Ohio is always loaded and Hudson linebacker Ben Gedeon, Wayne lineman Lovell Peterson, Pickerington Central defensive end Taco Charlton and Hilliard Darby cornerback Caleb Day are among the others we hold in high regard.
In Illinois, Lemont offensive tackle Ethan Pocic, Bolingbrook quarterback/athlete Aaron Bailey, Joliet Catholic Academy running back Ty Isaac, and Maine South quarterback Matt Alviti are four guys I expect to end up very highly ranked.
Indiana is all about the defense, as Avon defensive end Elijah Daniel and Warren Central's hard hitting linebacker Tim Kimbrough are two of the state's top juniors.
In Kentucky, look no further than Trinity High School for junior talent. I think defensive end Jason Hatcher has the potential to be a top 50-100 prospect, and wide receiver James Quick is a Scout 300 candidate.
In Michigan, after Morris and Elmer, we like Detroit Catholic Central's multi-talented Wyatt Shallman, and linebackers Jon Reschke (Brother Rice) and Luke Maclean (Grand Blanc). We also will keep an eye on massive offensive tackle Riley Norman from Cadillac this year.
Of course, many juniors will emerge over the next few months, that may not be on the radar yet even. Stay tuned to Scout.com for much more on these exciting young prospects.