Scout On the Town: Midwest Preview

Nyles Morgan

There are some big showdowns this week that Scout's Midwest team will be seeing including a Motor City grudge match, Sectionals starting in Indiana, and more.

Allen Trieu - National Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Southfield (Mich.) at Clarkston (Mich.) at 7 p.m.
Tons of talent in this one as visiting Southfield has two four-star defensive linemen in Malik McDowell and Michigan commit Lawrence Marsall. They also have Western Michigan commits Chukwuma Okorafor at offensive tackle and wide receiver Jordan Billingslea. Okorafor was the recent recipient of several new offers including Arkansas. Quarterback Jalen Brady is committed to Bowling Green and they have several underclassmen being recruited as well. Clarkston has Michigan State commit David Beedle and Western Michigan commit Nick Matich leading their lines. Purdue commit Tim Cason will play cornerback for the Boilers but goes both ways at Clarkston. Kicker Shane Hynes is committed to Kent State and junior tight end Cole Chewins is being recruited by a number of programs.
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Bill Greene - Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary at Massillon at 7:30 p.m.
St. Vincent-St. Mary is led by their two four-star seniors, Dante Booker and Parris Campbell, and the two Ohio State commits have more than lived up to their rankings this season. Senior linebacker/fullback Newman Williams remains one of the more underrated players in the state, and it's unfathomable that he has no Division-I offers at this time. Sophomore defensive back Tyrece Speaight has a bright future. For Massillon, freshman quarterback Danny Clark has been tremendous, but he has not seen a defense like this one. Junior wide receiver Reggie Rogers and senior wideouts Marcus Whitfield and Beau Huffman must get open and give Clark a chance to complete passes. Should be the top matchup in Ohio this weekend.

Saturday: Cincinnati St. Xavier at Cleveland St. Ignatius at 2:30 p.m.
Two of Ohio's top programs enter this game with both having down seasons, but they are now pushing for the playoffs. St. Xavier is led defensively by two juniors, linebacker Justin Hilliard and defensive tackle Simeon Lane. Both hold BCS offers. St. Ignatius features a powerful offensive line led by Notre Dame commit Jimmy Byrne, and sophomore tackle Liam Eichenberg. 
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Dave Berk - Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: Kettering (Ohio) Alter vs. Middletown (Ohio) Fenwick at 7:00 p.m. TV: FOX Sports Ohio Game of the Week
Despite the loss of some outstanding talent from last year's squad, Alter continues to roll with a 7-1 record coming into this Greater Catholic League match-up. On offense we'll be watching senior wide receiver Jordan George. However, our real attention will be on the Knights defense line with senior Joseph Kraemer and junior Kraig Howe. Kraemer continues to go under the radar while Howe has picked up offers from Illinois, Pittsburgh, Toledo and Miami Ohio. Fenwick junior linebacker Billy Hinton is having a solid season and this will be our first time seeing him in action.

Friday: Dayton (Ohio) Chaminade Julienne vs. Dayton (Ohio) Carroll at 7:30 p.m.
Our eyes will be on sophomore quarterback Jacob Harrison who has already passed for over 2,100 yards with 16 touchdowns while also rushing for 492 yards and 10 scores while earning an early offer from Akron. Harrison is not the only sophomore we'll be checking out as running back Antwand Wilson and tight end/linebacker Tyler Traylor are both players having solid seasons. For Carroll we'll be checking out senior running back Cary Sullivan who is a solid player hearing from the service academies.
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Simone Scott - Midwest Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Dublin (Ohio) Scioto vs. Hilliard (Ohio) Bradley at 7:30 p.m.
Hilliard (Ohio) Bradley and Dublin (Ohio) Scioto both go into this game still in the mix for the playoffs. Setting the offense for Hilliard Bradley is senior center and Buffalo commit, Skylar Hartley. On the other side of the ball, defensive back Walker Hamilton is looking to continue his impressive play this season. Leading the attack for Dublin Scioto 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 continued to be one of the top running backs in central Ohio.
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Beth Long - Midwest Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Oak Park River Forest (Ill.) at Morton (Ill.) at 7 p.m.
Oak Park River Forest is a team who is having a big season, 7-1 going into the week with only one loss against defending 7A State champions Glenbard West. OPRF takes on a rebuilding Morton team who is 1-7 on the season with their lone win coming over Proviso East. The Huskies feature recent Purdue commit wide receiver Simmie Cobbs and senior defensive back/athlete Jamal Baggett who has offers from several MAC schools.

Saturday: Crete (Ill.) at Rich Central (Ill.) at 2 p.m.
The battle for the Southland conference title will take play Saturday afternoon. Crete, the defending 6A State Champions take on an undefeated Rich Central team who is 8-0 on the season. Rich Central features Central Michigan linebacker commit Malik Fountain. Crete is one of the most talent heavy teams in the area with four-star linebacker Nyles Morgan who has taken recent official visits to Notre Dame and Ole Miss, and defensive lineman Chris Slayton who will take officials to Illinois, Syracuse and Michigan State. Crete also has multi-talented junior Omari Stringer who plays anything from defensive end to defensive back.
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Anna Hickey - Indiana Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Carmel (Ind.) High at Hamilton Southeastern (Ind.) High
Headlining Carmel is wide receiver Austin Roberts, who committed to UCLA this fall. Also playing for Carmel is junior Isaac James, who splits time at wide receiver and quarterback. James holds an offer from Indiana. Hamilton Southeastern features one of the best wide receivers in the state, Louisville commit Cameron Polk. More offensive fire power comes from junior wide out Chris Ford and senior tight end Kyle Schrank. Both are looking for their first BCS offers.
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Ben Worgull - BadgerNation
Friday: Milton (Wisc.) at Monona Grove (Wisc.) at 7:30 p.m.
Monona Grove capped off its eighth unbeaten regular season in school history, thanks in large part to four-star offensive lineman Jaden Gault. The Wisconsin commit hasn't played at 100 percent at times this season, but the Silver Eagles have taken advantage with him in the lineup averaging 33.3 points per game and rushing for 34 touchdowns. The opening round of the division 3 playoffs is a rematch of a game two weeks ago where Monona Grove won, 14-7, with Gault limited because of an illness.
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Sam Webb - GoBlueWolverine
Thursday: Detroit (Mich.) Consortium at Warren (Mich.) De La Salle at 7 p.m.
2014 Warren De La Salle LB and Michigan commit Jared Wangler will sit this one out due to injury, but there will still be a college linebacker prospect in action. 2016 Consortium LB Eddie Rhodes is a big, physical defender that has generating buzz in this Great Lake State for well over a year. This marks our first opportunity this season to see what all of the fuss is about during a match-up with one of the better opponents on Consortium's schedule.
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Chris Emma - Boiler Sports Report
Friday: Rochelle (Ill.) at DeKalb (Ill.) at 7 p.m.
Win and you're in. Lose and you go home. That's what DeKalb (Ill.) High School and running back Dre Brown face in Friday's clash with rival Rochelle. The four-star running back has carried the Barbs throughout a rebound season, but it won't feel so positive if they fall to their nemesis with the playoffs on the line. Brown is one of the top running backs in the class of 2015, with his name only rising. Soon, the interest will turn into offers. But this game isn't just about recruiting. This one is all about getting that pivotal win. This should be some kind of showing from Dre Brown as DeKalb looks to reach the state playoffs.
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Kyle Bogenschutz - Michigan Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary's in CHSL Prep Bowl at 7 p.m.
Orchard Lake St. Mary's is a Catholic power in the state of Michigan and loaded with talent in all classes. Starting with senior athlete Jalen Watts-Jackson, a 2014 Michigan State commitment, Watts-Jackson is a plus player on both sides of the ball at wide receiver and defensive back. In the class of 2015 defensive back Tyson Smith is already commanding high Big Ten interest and is having a strong junior season. Looking ahead to the class of 2016, powerful running back and linebacker Daelin Hayes (6-foot-2, 200-pounds) has Michigan extremely interested at any position on either side of the football. And we would be wrong if we didn't mention 2017 linebacker Joshua Ross. Ross recently picked up his first two offers from Michigan State and Oklahoma and Michigan is another school that will be in this recruiting to the end.
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Josh Newkirk - GoBlueWolverine
Friday: Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech vs. Detroit (Mich.) King at Ford Field at 7 p.m.
Cass Tech (8-0) is the two-time defending Division 1 state champions. King (7-0) is the defending  Detroit Public School League champion. These bitter rivals square off in the PSL championship at Ford field Friday night in one of top games of the season. One thing is clear – someone is coming out of this game with a loss. The winner can use this game as a jump-start towards a state championship run, with the playoffs starting next week. This game doesn't lack talent either. Cass features 2014 four-star CB Damon Webb, who is arguably the top player in the Midwest. Other 2014 prospects to keep an eye on include: LB Deon Drake (Michigan State), DE Brian Sanders (Bowling Green), FB Gary Hosey (Eastern Michigan, LB William White (BCS offers) and TE Chris McDaniel (BCS offers.) Cass' 2015 class has equally amount of talent, with four-star RB Mike Weber and DE Joshua Alabi both holding offers from Michigan, Tennessee and Michigan State, among others. 2015 QB Jayru Campbell is committed to Michigan State. In 2016, Cass sophomores S LeVert Hill, WR Demetric Vance and DT Michael Onwenu are quickly moving up the recruiting radar. King is led by a talented senior class, which includes CB Jalen Embry (Iowa) and WR/CB Avonte Maddox (Pittsburgh.) Both are athletic and quick and have the ability to keep up with the Technicians.  Junior LB Tyriq Thompson holds a offer from Michigan State and other BCS programs.
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Ryan Easterling - Illini Playbook
Friday: Lisle (IL) Benet Academy vs. Joliet (IL) Joliet Catholic at Benedictine University:
Rudy, Rudy... ok, just kidding. But this is definitely a candidate for game of the week in the state of Illinois. Benet Academy was rolling all season until an October 12th loss to Nazareth Academy and an uncharacteristically bad game against Marist. Now at 6-2, Benet needs a win to really springboard them into the playoffs. The bad news is, Joliet Catholic is still running the ball just as well as they always have. The Hilltoppers are 7-1 with the only blemish being a one point loss to St. Patrick. Benet has gotten by without running back Porter Ontko, who started the year off strong for the Redwings, but as the season went on, his presence was definitely missed. Still, Benet has leaned on junior quarterback Jack Beneventi as well as possibly the surprise of the year in Benet kicker John Duvic, who has been money from 50 yards and beyond. Joliet Catholic has some offensive weapons of their own. Always known as a very running back-friendly offense, the Hilltoppers have Michael Ivlow, who eclipsed 300 yards in week 1 and hasn't slowed down a whole lot since. If Benet can stay disciplined on defense, maintain their keys on the JCA triple option offense, and hit a few big plays, they could get the win they're looking for. Likewise, if JCA can command the line of scrimmage, wear down Benet with the run game, and hit a few big run plays, too, then they could be the ones stealing momentum heading into November.
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