Midwest: Camp Emergers - 2013
Demetrius Cooper
Demetrius Cooper
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Jun 29, 2012


These seniors to be raised their stock at Midwestern camps during the month of June.

 
Darron Lee | Safety | New Albany (Ohio)
Lee came into the summer holding a handful of BCS offers, including Boston College, NC State, Kentucky, Illinois, Purdue and others, but it was his performance at Ohio State's camp that ultimately found him a home. The multi-talented Lee showed athleticism in a big frame in front of the Buckeye coaches, and the versatility to play safety or potentially move to linebacker in college. He was offered following the camp and committed on the spot.

 
Channing Stribling | Cornerback | Butler (NC)
Stribling's length, athleticism, and even his elusiveness during games of Air Force football moved him from unknown to BCS prospect. At 6'2, 160-lbs, he needs to add weight, but his long arms and height make him an intriguing cornerback prospect. He was offered by the Wolverines just after their camp and after taking a day to think about it, pulled the trigger and became the latest Butler product to end up in the major college ranks.

 
Bryce Douglas | Def. Tackle | Plainfield Central (IL)
Even though he is an Illini legacy, Douglas still had to earn his way to an Illinois scholarship. He did just that at their Big Man Camp, displaying power and athleticism in a 330-lb body. Douglas was offered and committed on the spot, bring tears of joy to his mother's face. A strong, aggressive nose tackle, Douglas has a great chance to be Illini defensive line coach Keith Gilmore's next success story.

 
Danny Friend | Tight End | Morris (IL)
Friend recently earned an offer from Oregon as an offensive lineman, but no one had really seen him play the position until he tried it at Michigan State's camp. After spending most of the day at his natural tight end position, the Spartans moved him to tackle, where he showed the athleticism, strength and knack for the position that offeset his inexperience. After that showing, he's a guy who will move up the rankings, and we think, will earn some more offers.

 
Matt Harris | Wide Receiver | Lyons Township (IL)
Harris showed up to Illinois' satellite camp without a BCS offer to his name, but his sub 4.4 speed quickly earned him an offer from the Illini. He would subsequently add post-camp offers from Wisconsin and Northwestern as well as one from Boston College. It was not just his speed though, as Harris showed excellent hands and ball skills and the potential to play corner if wide receiver did not work out.

 
Demetrius Cooper | Defensive End | Chicago Julian (IL)
Cooper was a pass rushing animal at every camp he went to this summer. At the RAS and Sound Mind Sound Body camps, coaches began to see his speed and complement of pass rush moves. From there, he went to Michigan State, where we felt he was the toughest lineman to block all day, earning an offer from the Spartans. He kept that rolling by heading to Notre Dame, again doing what he needed to do to earn an offer.

 
Ike Boettger | Tight End | Cedar Falls (IA)
This is just the kind of kid Iowa seems to find and turn into good, productive college players. Boettger, a high school quarterback, didn't have a single offer when he came to the Hawkeyes' camp, but after moving to tight end and showing his natural athleticism and pass catching ability in a 6'5 frame, he was offered a scholarship and accepted shortly after.

 
Dennis Finley | Offensive Tackle | Det Cass Tech (MI)
Finley's continued improvement really showed itself at the Sound Mind, Sound Body Football Academy, where he had a great showing in one on ones, prompting several schools to see the potential in the 6'7, 280-lb Finley and extend offers. Wisconsin, Ohio State, and Michigan State offered in the days following, and Finley showed to the recruiting world that his stock is on the rise.



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