Midwest Rankings Changes

Jon Bezney

Scout continues to update rankings in all classes and in the Midwest, two seniors saw a rise to four-star status and there were some minor changes in other classes as well.

Two New Four-Stars in the Midwest
After seeing Frank Ragnow in person last week, we made the decision to move him up to a four-star. He's improved his technique, and his ability to move at his size was impressive. I believe he is a right tackle or a guard at the next level and could be a very good one at either one of those spots. He remains uncommitted with Florida State, Arkansas and Wisconsin among the teams in consideration.

We always say that where a prospect commits does not affect his ranking, so while it may raise some eye brows that we elevated a Yale commit to four-stars, we felt Mariemont (Ohio) guard Jon Bezney deserves it. He drew high praise from area scout Dave Berk who has seen him in person multiple times.

"He's gotten bigger physically and as far as his weight and strength. He's explosive. He plays hard. He plays hard every play and the fact that he's made the move to his more natural position of offensive line compared to where he was a year ago at tight end shows what growth potential still remains. I think he could be a pro."

Seniors Going Up
- On the strength of an improved season, Southfield (Mich.) offensive tackle Chukwuma Okorafor has earned a bevy of new offers. We have seen the Western Michigan commit three times and based on his upside and that improvement he has shown, moved him up to the three-star range.

- Minnesota commit Brandon Lingen is a kid we believe the Gophers stole. He's an extremely tenacious blocker with good feet and explosiveness in that department. The Gophers do use the tight end quite a bit, so do not sleep on Mr. Lingen.

Juniors Going Up
- Two in Michigan rose, as Detroit Cass Tech running back Mike Weber and Saginaw Heritage wide receiver prospect Brian Cole both made upward moves on the strength of great regular seasons. Cretin Derham Hall (Minn.) defensive end Jashon Cornell made a slight move forward. He has added weight and is now up to 260-pounds and still moving well at that size.

- Three Midwestern offensive tackles, Indianapolis (Ind.) Bishop Chatard's Adam Solomon, Sacred Heart Griffin (Ill.) product Quinn Oseland and Minneapolis (Minn.) De La Salle's Drayton Carlberg all debuted as three-stars.

- Four quarterbacks, Jake Johnson of Dewitt (Mich.), Green Bay (Wisc.) Ashwaubenon's James Morgan, Mankato (Minn.) West's Ryan Schlichte, and Decatur (Ind.) Central's Tommy Stevens also earned early ratings at three-stars.

- Carmel (Ind.) receiver Isaac James, an explosive multi-talented athlete also debuts at three-stars.

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