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Midwest: Final State Rankings
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Jan 27, 2012
Our complete rankings for the Midwest broken down by each state.
Lead by a strong group of linemen like Jordan Diamond, Dan Voltz, Tommy Schutt and others, the Land of Lincoln was once again a place schools went to fortify their frontlines, but don't forget about guys like Jordan Westerkamp and Wes Lunt who can light up a scoreboard.
The top two guys on the board both went to Ohio State, but there was plenty of talent to go around this year, with over 80 BCS commits coming from the state. Adolphus Washington, Brionte Dunn and Kyle Kalis were the three who earned five-star status.
An even ten players from the Great Lakes State cracked the Scout 300 and we believe there are even a few more impact players than that in this loaded year for the state. Michigan kept eight of the commitments at home, but heated rival Michigan State landed the top prospect in the state in WR Aaron Burbridge.
The same three that started the year up top, finished it as Gunner Kiel, Sheldon Day and David Perkins came in the exact order now as they did on day one. Kiel, the nation's top quarterback, leads what was a good year in the state, as there were 27 BCS commits as of this writing.
The Gopher State always produces linemen and there were two at the top this year in Nick Davidson and Jonah Pirisig. We also like a couple sleeper linemen like Ben Lauer. It isn't all just up front though, as we believe wide receiver Andre McDonald is a big time prospect.
The state's top prospect was wide receiver Amara Darboh, who committed to Michigan. Safety Charles Rogers, off to Iowa State is one we like, and there will be an interesting storyline around running back Barkley Hill for the next few years, as he flipped from Iowa State to Iowa.
The Badgers are always good at locking down their home-state and did it again this year by getting commitments from the state's top two players, Vince Biegel and Vonte Jackson. As usual, there are some linemen here. Josh Ruka, a Northern Illinois commit, was a great get for them, and Gabe Roberts and Levon Myers both earned late BCS offers.
Two quarterbacks lead the way in Zeke Pike and Patrick Towles. Pike is off to Auburn, while Towles, one of the more under-appreciated players in the Midwest, in our opinion, is staying home and playing for Kentucky. The Wildcats won the in-state battle, earning six commitments from home-state prospects.
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