Midwest Recruiting Notebook
Jordan Diamond
Jordan Diamond
Midwest Regional Manager
Posted Sep 29, 2011


There are some big games taking place over the weekend, we take a look at some of the visitors and more.

Weekend Visits

- One of the biggest games of the week is Nebraska heading to Wisconsin for the Cornhuskers' Big Ten debut. A number of recruits will also be there to take in the contest. The biggest is five-star offensive tackle Jordan Diamond from Chicago Simeon, who has long had the Badgers high on his list. Another 2012 unofficial is Jeanette (Pa.) defensive back Demetrious Cox. On the 2013 side, several top Midwest juniors will be in attendance. Lemont (Ill.) OT Ethan Pocic comes in with a Badger offer. Maine South (Ill.) QB Matt Alviti, Brookfield Central (Wisc.) DE Chikwe Obasih and Walnut Ridge (Ohio) WR Rob Wheelwright are among the other juniors expected in Madison.

- Purdue hosts Notre Dame on Saturday and it will be something of an in-state junior day for the Boilermakers. Newly offered safety Antonio Allen from Ben Davis is expected in along with early four-star linebackers Jaylon Smith (Fort Wayne Bishop Luers) and Tim Kimbrough (Warren Central). Brownsburg receiver Chase Dutra will also be in attendance. Dutra told Scout that he will be at Northwestern the following week for their game against Michigan as well.

- A future visitor to Purdue is Lake Central (Ind.) running back-linebacker Riley Arvanitis. According to his father, the junior is going to Cincinnati on October 15th, Notre Dame on October 22nd and Purdue on November 12th.

- Michigan hosts Minnesota on Saturday. Birmingham Seaholm (Mich.) senior OT Dan Gibbs, who was offered a preferred walk-on spot and is still in contention for a scholarship offer, will be in the Big House. One top junior who confirmed his attendance is Birmingham Brother Rice (Mich.) linebacker Jon Reschke. Reschke has been invited to games at Notre Dame, Penn State, Iowa, Georgia Tech, Toledo, Connecticut, Stanford and Oregon, but because the Warriors often play on Saturday, making those will be tough. Penn State and Iowa are likely visits though, depending on Rice's playoff schedule. Holland (Mich.) junior cornerback-wide receiver Corey Willis may be heading to Ann Arbor this weekend as well.

- When Illinois takes on Northwestern, there will be a number of in-state recruits in house, but one out of state junior we've confirmed is Indianapolis Pike (Ind.) defensive lineman David Kenney. Kenney says he has future plans to visit Michigan, Iowa, Notre Dame and others as well.

- Indiana will have a junior day on Saturday for their home game. Two of the attendees will be cousins Jack Fordon and Brian Fordon, both linebackers from Providence Catholic (Ind.).

News and Notes

- According to Simone Scott, Wisconsin is the latest to offer Trotwood-Madison (Ohio) 2013 defensive back Cameron Burrows.

- Bill Greene reports that the Ohio Bobcats picked up a good one today in Mentor (Ohio) linebacker Kurt Laseak, who projects to defensive end for them at the next level.

- Hamilton Heights (Ind.) wide receiver Logan Cunningham has been offered by North Dakota and Illinois State. We hear that several FBS programs are still recruiting the speedy target and he may receive more offers soon.


Film Observations

- I had a chance to check out the first four games of Plymouth (MI) High. I really liked what I saw from Bowling Green commitment Tyler Goble. He plays fast and has a nose for the ball. Buffalo commit Robert Riche has had a good year too. He looks improved with his pass blocking and is still moving people in the run game. Running back Donte Fox has had a good year since taking over as the main back. He's been well over 100 yards each game, and while not a true burner, he is an instinctive runner who has a low center of gravity and good balance. The Wildcats have three junior receivers, Jamarl Eiland, Devin McMillan and Nate Emminger, who can all play in college. Of the bunch, Eiland has the best size/speed combo. He's a potential BCS guy from what I've seen.

- Chicago Harlan (Ill.) has an intriguing junior in offensive tackle Ki-jana Evans that I've seen briefly on tape. He's a good athlete and a kid that plays to the whistle. At 6'5, 280-lbs, he has solid size. He needs polish, but I saw enough to want to see more.

- I also had a chance to see four-star junior back Ty Isaac's junior footage recently. He is very impressive. For a taller kid, he's smooth and good in the open field. Because of his build, taller and longer, I don't see a guy who's going to necessarily be a pounder, despite being 6'2, 220-lbs, but he's definitely a dynamic back and his receiving skills are excellent.



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