- Indianapolis Pike (Ind.) senior Aloyis Gray pledged to Purdue over the weekend. We've had a chance to see him at quarterback this season after he played wide receiver almost exclusively a year ago. He has had a solid run as a quarterback so far this year, putting up nice numbers through the air and the ground. I believe part of his decision to choose Purdue was the opportunity to start out as a quarterback. I believe he has high potential as a receiver if that does not work out.
- Arkansas recently secured Chicago Simeon (Ill.) quarterback Robert Gregory. He's similar to Gray in that, I think he could play more than one position. He has been productive as a quarterback the last three seasons though. He is a fantastic athlete with great explosiveness and can take it the distance from under center. He has a strong enough arm to make all the necessary throws, he just needs to develop more consistency. He's a kid that will need some time to develop in college, but there is no questioning his physical talent.
- Iowa picked up Cass Tech (Mich.) safety Ruben Lile after his first game. Lile is a long, athletic kid at 6'2, 200-lbs. He has a lot of upside because he can play corner and man to man at that size. He's a really good athlete and my question on him was, would he come up and hit? That was because he plays deep safety for Cass, so we didn't get to see a lot of that last year. He showed in his first game against Farmington Hills Harrison that he was more than capable of being physical and coming up in run support.
- Northwestern picked up a strong defensive tackle prospect in Greg Kuhar from Lakewood St. Edward. A high school wrestler, he's a strong, active kid in the middle. He's somewhat limited in terms of upside, but you know what you're getting, a kid that will play hard every play and has great strength and technique.
- His teammate, Darryl Render chose Pittsburgh just before the season started. An excellent edge rusher, Render is currently a bit of a tweener, but can really get heat on the quarterback and we feel as though he will grow into a full time defensive end.
- Ball State continues to recruit Ohio well, adding Orrville defensive back Stewart Turner this week. He's a kid that could play corner or safety, but with his size (6'0, 170) and track speed, I think he'll start off as a cornerback for the Cardinals. He chose them over an offer from Toledo.
- Eastern Michigan picked up what I believe to be an under valued player in Lincolnshire (Ill.) Stevenson center Jake Hurcombe. He's a tough, hard working kid with excellent technique and motor. I think he'll be a kid who works his way into the lineup for the Eagles. He's a little limited in terms of size and upside, but he has a lot of intangibles.
- Buffalo recently landed Plymouth (Mich.) offensive tackle Robert Riche. We like his frame and ability to keep filling it out. This kid plays hard and moves people. He still has some development to do with his pass blocking, but this was a really good pick up for the Bulls.
News and Notes
- September 1st brought about a host of interest for the junior class. Here is some of the contact that has been made between schools and some of the top Midwest prospects in the 2013 class:
- Indianapolis Ben Davis (Ind.) safety Antonio Allen, who holds an Iowa offer, says Notre Dame has been the school turning up the heat the most. He says the Irish have been regularly sending mail since the contact period began.
- Notre Dame has also been one of the schools contacting Waukesha West (Wisc.) tight end Dylan Chmura. The son of former NFL tight end Mark Chmura, Dylan told us Nebraska and Michigan are among the bevy of programs who contacted him last week.
- Lake Central (Ind.) junior running back Riley Arvanitis has rushed for 209 yards on just 12 carries in two weeks, and has found the end zone three times. He has been invited to Cincinnati and Indiana for games this season.
- Crete-Monee (Ill.) wide receiver Laquon Treadwell reports that he will be at Michigan this weekend, as will Pickerington Central (Ohio) defensive end Taco Charlton.
- Hudson (Ohio) linebacker Ben Gedeon visited Ohio State last weekend and is scheduled to be at Michigan this weekend. He has heard from Penn State, North Carolina, Northwestern, Nebraska and Miami (FL).
- Avon (Ind.) defensive end Elijah Daniel says he has had a ton of contact since last week. Ohio State, Michigan State, Miami (FL), Louisville, Penn State, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Nebraska, and many others have sent mail and e-mails to the talented pass rusher.
Sleeper of the Week
Southfield (Mich.) safety Cedric Hill caught our eye when we saw the Blue Jays in week one, and he has continued his strong play since. At 6'2, 190-lbs, he has great size and plays at full speed the whole game. He's a big hitter, is aggressive, and also posted outstanding track times last year. I not only think he's a Division-1 prospect, but he could potentially be a BCS guy if the right school comes along.
Underclassman of the Week
Justin Brent from Speedway High in Indiana is an excellent basketball prospect, but he's also a great wide receiver. He uses his 6'4 frame and athleticism to create a big mismatch on the outside. Other Hoosier State hoopsters like Gary Harris have played football while focusing their recruitment on basketball. It's too early to know with Brent, but he has the talent to be a two-sport star if he wants to be.