The Midwest 150

National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Jan 27, 2012


It was a good year in the Midwest, with several players finishing near the top of their national position rankings. Here is a look at the top 150 in the region and some of the storylines around the region this year.

Storylines

  The Song Remains the Same
It was status quo, as from our initial Midwest 100 to this Midwest 150. The top seven players remained the same even though they changed order slightly.The region finished with those same seven as five-star prospects, and another 38 earned four-star status by Scout.com. As usual, the Midwest had the bigs. Six of the top eight players are linemen.

  Buckeyes Land Top Two
Ohio State came away with the top two players in the region this year and both from their home-state, Cincinnati Taft defensive end Adolphus Washington (1) and Canton Glenoak running back Brionte Dunn (2). The last time any team did this was these same Buckeyes in 2008, when they signed Mike Adams and DeVier Posey.

  Highest Ranked Non-BCS Commitments
Four players off to the MAC made the 150. Grand Blanc (Mich) safety Jordan Fields, a CMU commit, is the highest (77). Detroit Crockett (Mich) cornerback James White (123) and quarterback Brian Blackburn (149) off to Bowling Green and Toledo respectively made it with NIU pledge, O'Fallon (Ill) linebacker Mike Cotton (150). SMU has two players on the list, South Bend (Ind) Washington receiver Gehrig Dieter (92) and Oxford (Mich) linebacker Prescott Line (123).

  Pools of Talent
Warren Central (Ind.) has the most players on the list with seven. They are followed by Lakewood St. Edward (Ohio) with five. Two programs, Cleveland Glenville (Ohio) and Detroit Cass Tech (Mich.) have four. Four schools check in with three: Indianapolis Pike (Ind.), Carmel (Ind.), Cincinnati Colerain (Ohio), and Farmington Hills Harrison (Mich.).

Looking Back


2007
1. Josh Oglesby - OT - Wisconsin
Will be in this year's draft. Consensus All Big Ten as a senior after starting 12 games.
2. Ronald Johnson - WR - USC
Drafted last year by 49ers in the 6th Round, but was cut before the season.
3. Martez Wilson - LB - Illinois
Drafted in 3rd Round by New Orleans Saints and had 10 tackles and a sack as a rookie.
4. John Clay - RB - Wisconsin
Enjoyed a fine career at Wisconsin and is currently with the Steelers.
5. Ben Martin - DE - Tennessee
Started 18 games in Tennessee career and is projected as a free agent in the NFL Draft.
 



2008
1. Mike Adams - OT - Ohio State
2nd team All-Big Ten as a senior and projected as a 2nd Round draft choice.
2. Devier Posey - WR - Ohio State
Despite being suspended for part of senior year, is projected as a 3rd-4th Round pick.
3. Michael Floyd - WR - Notre Dame
Made an impact during his four years and is projected as a 1st-2nd Round pick .
4. Kyle Rudolph - TE - Notre Dame
2nd Round pick by the Vikings and caught 26 passes and three TDs as a rookie.
5. Garrett Goebel - DT - Ohio State
Has been in the rotation for the Buckeyes and still has one year of eligibility left.
 


2009
1. William Campbell - DT - Michigan
14 tackles (2.5 for loss), two sacks and a fumble recovery in 2011 .
2. John Simon - DT - Ohio State
All Big Ten 1st team in 2011 after recording seven sacks and 15 tackles for loss.
3. Marcus Hall - OT - Ohio State
Made one start as a true freshman, but redshirted in 2010 and was suspended for part of 2011.
4. Melvin Fellows - DE - Ohio State
Career derailed by injuries.
5. Morgan Newton - QB - Kentucky
Played in 23 games so far, passing for 1,764 yards, 14 touchdowns and ten interceptions.
 






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 -by BuckeyeSports.com  Feb 1, 2012
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 -by BuckeyeSports.com  Feb 1, 2012

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