Clifton Garrett was the Midwest's lone five-star going into this week, but Scout added two more linebackers to the list today in Cincinnati (Ohio) Moeller's Sam Hubbard and Crete-Monee (Ill.) product Nyles Morgan.
Hubbard, an Ohio State commit, impressed throughout his senior season culminating in a big playoff run. Both Ohio analysts Dave Berk and Bill Greene had a chance to see him and believe he is one of the best in the state.
"I think he's number one in the state," Berk said. "He's a great athlete. He has a tremendous wing span. I think Ohio State has something special there with him. He's so athletic that he could even play tight end and be a big time player there."
Not only did Hubbard come up with his best when his team needed it most, but he consistently played outstanding competition. Combine that with his size and physical tools and we feel he has an extremely bright future.
Morgan, currently uncommitted, had a fantastic senior season. He has tremendous closing ability and packs a punch when he arrives to the ball carrier. More of a lanky, leaner kid when we saw him a year ago, his added size and strength as a senior allowed him to play a more physical game. Combined with his ability in space, we felt he rounded out his game and became a more complete linebacker this season.
Weishar Makes a Move
After a great senior year, Notre Dame commit Nic Weishar moved up to four-star range. He is big (6'5, 225), sure handed and showed athleticism and toughness as a senior playing linebacker. We believe he will continue to add weight and strength and become the next in a great lineage of tight ends for the Irish.
- Cleveland Glenville (Ohio) safety Erick Smith played great down the stretch and moved up nearly 20 spots in the Scout 300.
- Michigan State commit Vayante Copeland had a similarly strong season and moved up roughly 20 spots nationally as well.
- Pittsburgh commit Phillipie Motley (Hilliard Davidson) added a third star, as did several other Ohio products we feel are under-recruited: Kettering Alter defensive end Joseph Kraemer, Pickerington Central offensive tackle Brennan Dudziak, Kent State commit Reggie Howard, and Moeller quarterback Gus Ragland.
- Western Michigan commit Asantay Brown (Muskegon Mona Shores, Mich.) moved up quite a few spots positionally after his senior season. He is projected as a safety for the Broncos.