Avonte Maddox | Detroit (Mich.) King
- A Pittsburgh commit, Maddox has established himself as one of the most explosive athletes in the Midwest. Recruited primarily as a cornerback, his ability as a return man and open field threat on offense has drawn some eyes his way. We knew he was a great athlete, but he's even better than we thought and the Panthers may have to fight to keep him.
Nile Sykes | Lombard (Ill.) Montini
- The question was, can Sykes transition from a defensive end, which he played at Oak Park River Forest, to an outside backer, which he is doing this year. So far, so good, as he has had a big start to the season. He can still come forward and rush the passer when asked to, but he has shown versatility and that has lead to some new offers with the possibility of more coming his way.
Dameon Willis | Cleveland (Ohio) St. Ignatius
- Our staff has seen Willis a couple times this year and he has stood out each time. He is always around the football. He is smart, instinctive, and great in run support. He could play strong safety, rover or WILL at the next level depending on the type of defense he goes to, but while exact position is a question, football smarts and skills are not.
Jametrius Crockham | Hamilton (Ind.) Southeastern
- Schools have waited to see how he would recover from a season ending injury, but Crockham has come back strong as a senior. He's having a big year at tailback, the position he originally made his mark at, but he's big enough and athletic enough to project to a number of other positions at the next level.
Curtis Brunson | Farmington (Mich.)
- Brunson impressed us this offseason and he has carried those camp performances over into this season where he has made plays, not just at his recruited position of cornerback, but also as a receiver and return man. An Ohio commit, word on the street is that the Bobcats may have a battle on their hands to keep him as BCS schools are taking note.
Jordan Hogue | New Haven (Ind.)
- Hogue is another who did well this summer, particularly at 7 on 7s. Turns out, he can play some football with the pads on too. He has his team at 5-0 and has eight touchdowns and 526 yards on the year. Ball State just came through with the first offer and schools like Michigan State, Indiana and Wisconsin are still keeping tabs on him.
Nacarius Fant | Bowling Green (Ky.)
- A Western Kentucky commit, Fant has made a lot of plays for his team so far this year, some in highlight reel fashion. He has shown his open field elusiveness and he should be a good one for the Hilltoppers.
Nick Carovillano | Cincinnati (Ohio) St. Xavier
- Carovillano committed to Indiana over the summer, and he has impressed as a senior, showing great technique, intelligence, and discipline. He has a big frame and can bend and move that frame. It appears as though the Hoosiers came into southwest Ohio and stole one.
Airius Moore | Beavercreek (Ohio)
- He was one of those guys who we had to see with pads on and in-game to appreciate, as he's not really a combine guy. He has been great as a senior though. A tackling machine, he is physical and willing to take on blocks. Popular opinion is that he will choose Indiana, but other schools may creep in on him.
Asantay Brown | Muskegon (Mich.) Mona Shores
- Brown, a Western Michigan commit, has had a big year for the Sailors, who appear headed for their first playoff appearance in some time. He has good size, ball skills, and could be a receiver or defensive back at the next level. Michigan State invited him to campus and other schools have inquired, but he remains committed to the Broncos.