Scout On the Town: Midwest Preview
Jack Beneventi
Jack Beneventi
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Sep 20, 2013


Among the 11 stops in the Midwest Scout.com's staff will make this week, a big showdown in Chicago featuring a four-star junior quarterback going against two of the top senior defenders in the state. We also see several Big Ten commits this week.

Allen Trieu - National Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Rochester (Mich.) Adams at Southfield-Lathrup (Mich.) at 4:30 p.m.
Adams has a player who has moved up the rankings quickly this off-season in Matt Sokol, who plays quarterback but will play tight end at Michigan State, where he has committed. We will be getting a closer look at him to see if he deserves further rise as things continue to be updated. We will also be looking at younger brother Mark Sokol, a defensive lineman.
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Dave Berk - Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Loveland (Ohio) vs. Cincinnati (Ohio) Glen Este at 7:00 p.m. Glen Este High School
The FOX Sports Ohio game of the week has a pair of Eastern Cincinnati Conference teams battling as the Glen Este Trojans (1-2) take on an undefeated Loveland Tigers (3-0) team with a lot of offense. The Trojans will look to sophomore quarterback Tyler Pilcher who has passed for 410-yards and three touchdowns on the season to lead them. Senior running back Jordan Harris may be short in stature at 5-foot-5, 165-pounds, but he’s averaging 146-yards per game with four touchdowns. The Tigers counter with a dynamic running duo of junior Nate Slagel who has rushed for 527-yards and nine touchdowns and freshman Luke Waddell who is a player to keep an eye on in the future. Waddell has already rushed for 340-yards on only 31 attempts and scored three touchdowns on the ground and has proven to be just as effective catching four balls for 66-yards and another score. We’ll also be keeping an eye on under the radar tight end Jake Elfers who is listed at 6-foot-5, 235-pounds.

Friday: Louisville (Ky.) St. Xavier vs. Cincinnati (Ohio) Moeller at 7:30 p.m. Lockland Stadium
This should be a great cross-state battle as the Louisville (Ky.) Tigers travel up to Ohio to take on defending big school champion Cincinnati (Ohio) Moeller. Things start up front for the Tigers as offensive tackle John Kurtz, who at 6-foot-5, 255-pounds, is a prospect to watch holding offers from Western Kentucky and Ball State. Senior quarterback B.J. Nagle is a name familiar to Louisville fans as his father Browning Nagle was a standout for the Cardinals program. The Crusaders will counter with Ohio State pledge Sam Hubbard and junior defensive tackle Elijah Taylor who holds early offers from Michigan State, Illinois, West Virginia and Louisville to name a few. Moeller also has several other prospects to watch including senior defensive end Chalmer Frueauf (3.5 sacks) and senior wide receiver Isaiah Gentry who holds a couple of Mid American Conference offers and is picking up interest. We also hope to get a chance to see sophomore tight end Jake Hausmann.
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Simone Scott - Midwest Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Westerville (Ohio) Central vs. Dublin (Ohio) Scioto at 7:30 p.m.
Westerville Central will be on the road this week to take on a talented Dublin Scioto team. Scioto is coming off of a 30-28 loss in week two and is hoping to bounce back. Leading the attack will be linebacker Nick Conner. The junior holds offers from Illinois and Kentucky and has been hearing from Ohio State. On the offensive side of the ball, running back Darius McDonald has over 300 yards and three touchdowns so far this season. Kentucky commit Nick Richardson will be the star on the line for Westerville Central. Also keep an eye out for cornerback Eldin Anu. The senior holds offers from Kent State and Savannah State and is hoping to continue his impressive play this season.
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Derek Young - Midwest Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Pickerington Central (Ohio) at Lancaster (OHIO) at 7:30 p.m.
Pickerington Central is lead by senior running back Tawain Gordon who has heard from Kent State, Akron, Pittsburgh, Toledo, and West Virginia. Wide receiver Andrew Meyer is off to a good start to his senior season as well. Senior linebacker Isaiah Richmond has heard from a few MAC schools and Indiana but is still waiting on his first offer. Junior wideout Eric Marshall is another prospect to watch for Pickerington Central. Lancaster is anchored on the offensive line by Ohio State commit Kyle Trout. He had a great summer camp circuit and has impressed early on in his senior campaign.
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Beth Long - Midwest Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Benet (Ill.) at Crete-Monee (Ill.) at 7:30 p.m.
Two of the most talented teams in the Chicagoland area match up Friday night, defending 6A State champions Crete-Monee take on state semi-finalist Benet Academy. Crete-Monee features one of the top uncommitted prospects in the Midwest, four-star linebacker Nyles Morgan matched up against four-star junior quarterback Jack Beneventi of Benet. The Warriors also are led by senior defensive lineman Chris Slayton who has offers from all across the country including Wisconsin, Nebraska, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and more. Slayton has also lined up as a tight in in the first several weeks of the season to help Crete-Monee remain undefeated. Another top prospect on the team is linebacker Omari Stringer, who just picked up his first offer from Toledo. Benet lost one of their top players to injury, Porter Ontko, but looks to use Beneventi and several other younger prospects to create mis-matches against Crete-Monee.
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Anna Hickey - Indiana Recruiting Reporter
Friday: West Lafayette (Ind.) Harrison at Fishers (Ind.) High
Fishers is not short on talent on the offensive side of the ball, featuring play-makers such as seniors wide receiver J-Shun Harris and running back Harvey Allen, and juniors wide receiver Josh Lloyd and running back Maurice Campbell. Harris is a three-star prospect and Indiana commit. Allen and Campbell have yet to pick up interest from schools, but that should soon change with how the duo has been performing so far this season. Offensive guard Drew Broughton for Fishers is a three-star prospect who holds an offer from Massachusetts.
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Ryan Easterling - Illini Playbook
Friday: Ottawa (Ill.) at DeKalb (Ill.) at 7 p.m.
Last season, this game featured two of the state's top running backs in Ottawa senior Miguel Hermosillo and DeKalb sophomore Dre Brown. Now, Brown has his chance to prove himself as a back against an Ottawa team that went undefeated in the regular season last year. Both teams come in with a 1-2 record, making this game a must-win for both teams as far as playoff hopes are likely concerned. First year DeKalb coach Matt Weckler is taking over a football team that had a head coach per year the prior two years and is looking to add some stability to the Barbs' program. Ottawa dropped their first two, including a week 1 loss in overtime to Yorkville, but the Pirates got a win last week and may have the momentum coming into this one.
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Mike Wilson, Spartan Digest
Friday: Clarkston (Mich.) at Rochester (Mich.)

Clarkston has Michigan State commit David Beedle and Western Michigan commit Nick Matich leading the way up front. Senior corner Tim Cason is committed to Western Michigan as well, while 6-foot-7 Junior Cole Chewins is drawing looks as a tight end. Senior running back Ian Eriksen is committed to Eastern Michigan.

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Rob Howe, Hawkeyeinsider.com/Iowa Preps
Thursday: Dubuque Senior at Cedar Rapids Kennedy 7:00 p.m.

Senior has class of 2014 offensive lineman Lucas LeGrand, who has verballed to Iowa. .

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