Midwest Recruits: Back in the Day
Jaden Gault
Jaden Gault
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Feb 5, 2014


As another class of recruits prepares for one of the biggest moments of their lives, we look back at where it all began for a handful of the Midwest's top recruits.

By the time the letters of intent are faxed, the 2014 recruits will have been analyzed, re-analyzed and over-analyzed by fans, recruiting experts, coaches and the like. They carry on their shoulders the hopes of entire fan bases and institutions, and many of them look so much like grown men that we forget they are kids, and that they all were once toddlers with a football and a dream.

Being a new father, I have a new perspective on what the parents must feel going through the recruiting process. The joy of seeing them get scholarships and I'm sure the mixed emotions that come with having them be poked, prodded, tested and told they're not good enough in some cases.

The sheer joy many parents show when I ask for these photos and the sheer volume I get when I ask for "a couple" is all I need to know about how they feel about their babies.

And to the class of 2014, I hope this gallery serves as a reminder to never forget where you came from, and best of luck on your journey.




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Clifton Garrett - LSU
Clifton Garrett - LSU
Clifton Garrett - LSU
Clifton Garrett - LSU
Jamarco Jones - Ohio State
Jamarco Jones - Ohio State
Brandon Lee - Missouri
Brandon Lee - Missouri
Brandon Lee - Missouri
Malik McDowell
Malik McDowell
Malik McDowell
Jaden Gault - Wisconsin
Jaden Gault - Wisconsin
Jaden Gault - Wisconsin
Matt Sokol - Michigan State
Matt Sokol - Michigan State
Matt Sokol - Michigan State
Damon Webb - Ohio State
Damon Webb - Ohio State
Damon Webb - Ohio State
Dareian Watkins - Wisconsin
Dareian Watkins - Wisconsin
Dareian Watkins - Wisconsin
Ian Bunting - Michigan
Ian Bunting - Michigan
Ian Bunting - Michigan
Danny Burns - Louisville
Danny Burns - Louisville
Danny Burns - Louisville
Enoch Smith Jr. - Michigan State
Enoch Smith Jr. - Michigan State
Enoch Smith Jr. - Michigan State
Dominique Booth - Indiana
Dominique Booth - Indiana

Clifton Garrett - LSU
Clifton Garrett - LSU
Clifton Garrett - LSU
Clifton Garrett - LSU
Jamarco Jones - Ohio State
Jamarco Jones - Ohio State
Brandon Lee - Missouri
Brandon Lee - Missouri
Brandon Lee - Missouri
Malik McDowell
Malik McDowell
Malik McDowell
Jaden Gault - Wisconsin
Jaden Gault - Wisconsin
Jaden Gault - Wisconsin
Matt Sokol - Michigan State
Matt Sokol - Michigan State
Matt Sokol - Michigan State
Damon Webb - Ohio State
Damon Webb - Ohio State
Damon Webb - Ohio State
Dareian Watkins - Wisconsin
Dareian Watkins - Wisconsin
Dareian Watkins - Wisconsin
Ian Bunting - Michigan
Ian Bunting - Michigan
Ian Bunting - Michigan
Danny Burns - Louisville
Danny Burns - Louisville
Danny Burns - Louisville
Enoch Smith Jr. - Michigan State
Enoch Smith Jr. - Michigan State
Enoch Smith Jr. - Michigan State
Dominique Booth - Indiana
Dominique Booth - Indiana

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