Scout came out with initial ratings for the 2016 class today. While none of them are ranked yet, this allows fans to track prospects who are ahead of the game.
Six earned five-star status, and while none of them were from the Midwest, we did have four from the region earn early four-star status.
Downers Grove (Ill.) South offensive tackle Erik Swenson has been on the radar since his 8th grade season because of his unusual size. Now standing 6-foot-7, 290-pounds, he is in his second season of varsity and more than holding his own. To show for it, he already holds early offers from Ohio State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Illinois and others.
Hartland (Wisc.) Arrowhead's Ben Bredeson does not have any offers yet, and he may not have Swenson's size, but the 6-foot-4, 255-pound youngster is athletic and technically sound beyond his years. A tackle on the state's best team, he could project inside as well depending on how he grows over the next couple years. We have little doubt the offers will roll in for him the way they did for his older teammates.
How's this for a debut? East Ridge (Minn.) quarterback Seth Green threw a 71-yard touchdown against state power Cretin Derham Hall on his first varsity snap last year. Since them, the athletic 6-foot-2, 180-pound signal caller earned his first two offers from Minnesota and Louisville, and has garnered interest from around the country.
Of course, these are projections based on, not just what these young men have already accomplished, but what they are capable of in the future. With that in mind, no Midwestern sophomore may have the upside of Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy's Prince Michael-Sammons. While still raw and learning the game, his 6-foot-7, 260-pound frame, length, and the athleticism he has in that body make him a rare physical specimen. He could be a defensive end, where he currently lines up, or offensive tackle in college. Cincinnati already has offered and others like Ohio State and Michigan are keeping close tabs.
Martell Pettaway, RB, South Lake (Mich.)
Thiyo Lukusa, OG, Traverse City (Mich.) West
Zach Sandwisch, OLB, Elmore (Ohio) Woodmore
Kentrail Moran, RB, O'Fallon (Ill.)
Austin Mack, WR, Ft. Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Luers
Landon Young, OT, Lexington (Ky.) Lafayette
Tommy Kraemer, OT, Cincinnati (Ohio) Elder
Ethan Tucky, LB, Delware (Ohio) Hayes
Brendan Ferns, LB, St. Clairsville (Ohio)
Tyrece Speaight, S, Akron (Ohio) St. Vincent St. Mary's