Midwest Recruiting Notebook

Midwest Recruiting Notebook

The spring evaluation period means in-school visits, new offers and lots of news. Several highly regarded Midwestern prospects made their decisions recently as well. Catch up on all the latest in the region.

Buckeyes for Boykin
Ohio State started off their spring evaluation period extended an offer to New Lenox (Ill.) Providence Catholic four-star wide receiver Miles Boykin (6'4, 210). Boykin was one of the top performers as last weekend's NIKE Football Training Camp and IMG 7 on 7, both in Illinois.

He has been to Ohio State before and talked to Beth Long about the offer in this premium update.

Boykin also heard from Alabama recently and Michigan was in the school as well. He is expected to speak with the Wolverines further this week. He has 13 total offers incuding Florida, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ole Miss and others.

Spring Eval News and Notes
- Saginaw Heritage (Mich.) wide receiver Brian Cole has been busy. He saw Ohio State, Michigan State and Wisconsin stop in on Wednesday and Tennessee is expected in on Thursday.

- Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward linebacker Troy Henderson says Ohio State and Cincinnati both stopped in to see a morning workout at the school. Henderson (6'1, 210) visits Syracuse this weeked. The Orange have offered along with several other schools.

- Noblesville (Ind.) offensive tackle Brandon Knight had Miami (Fla.), Michigan State and Illinois stop in to see him. Both the Illini and Hurricanes have offered the 6-foot-5, 265-pound junior. He also said at his Miami visit, he measured with a 6'8 wingspan, 33-inch arms and 9 7/8 hand size.

- Cincinnati was active in Michigan yesterday. The Bearcats stopped at Oak Park, where running back-defensive back John Kelly may receive an offer and they are showing interest in Western Michigan linebacker commit Junior McMullen, the MVP of last weekend's NFTC. The Bearcats were also at Farmington High, home of 2016 receiver Desmond Fitzpatrick and Northville High, where they have offered offensive tackle David Moorman.

- Brother Rice (Mich.) also hosted the Bearcats along with Miami (Ohio). The Redhawks offered quarterback Alex Malzone. They also offered Decatur Central (Ind.) quarterback Tommy Stevens. Avon (Ind.) defensive end Joe Belden reports to Scout that he will visit Oxford this Saturday as well. The Redhawks will host 52 juniors for Saturday's practice which will also include John Harbaugh being inducted into their cradle of coaches.

- Louisville stopped to see Stevens on Wednesday, while Ohio State, Michigan State and Tennessee are all expected in on Thursday and Indiana is coming in on Friday.

- Muskegon (Mich.) Mona Shores quarterback Tyree Jackson will throw for Eastern Michigan next Wednesday. He was one of the top performers at Saturday's Elite 11 Regional. Jackson (6'4, 200) is still waiting for his first offer, but says he is throwing for at least five more schools this spring.

- Michigan State was also at Oak Park for John Kelly, who they have offered and Junior McMullen.

Recent Commitments
- Nebraska picked up Oak Lawn (Ill.) Richards wide receiver Spencer Tears on Wednesday. Tears (6'2, 165) made a quick decision after visiting Lincoln over the weekend. He chose the Huskers over offers from Purdue, Indiana and others. He spoke with Beth Long about his commitment.

- Northwestern has been on a roll, landing several commitments in the span of a few days. Saturday, Tommy Vitale kicked off the run. A 6-foot-2 and now 220-pound linebacker from Wheaton (Ill.) Warrenville South, he is the younger brother of Wildcat superback Dan Vitale. Tommy is an athletic linebacker who has played in a variety of roles and has shown great versatility in his high school career. It is no surprise then, that the Wildcats told him he could play inside or outside. Full story on his commitment here.

The Wildcats also picked up four-star Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward twins Andrew Dowell and David Dowell. Andrew is a physical, 205-pound running back while David is a long, athletic defensive back and wide receiver. Both had several other BCS offers and are great pickups for the Wildcats. Ohio analyst Bill Greene has seen a lot of both and broke down Andrew here and David in this piece. David also spoke with PurpleWildcats.com's Nick Medline about why he chose Northwestern.

- Ball State landed a commitment from New Carlisle (Ind.) New Prairie offensive lineman Grant Williamson (6'4, 265). Williamson is a throwback tough-guy with a high motor and plenty of run blocking experience. He's best suited for the interior at the next level. He spoke with Andy Thorpe about his commitment.

- Eastern Michigan received their first verbal in the 2015 class when Neenah (Wisc.) offensive tackle Rob Pavletich committed. Pavletic (6'5, 260) visited earlier in the month and was offered on the visit. He is a lean kid who will easily be able to add weight and be able to keep the athleticism that was evident on tape.

New Offers
- Ohio State offered New Lenox (Ill.) Providence Catholic WR Miles Boykin.

- Indiana offered Indianapolis (Ind.) Arsenal Tech cornerback Adonis Williamson.

- Miami-Ohio offered Brother Rice (Mich.) QB Alex Malzone and Decatur Central (Ind.) QB Tommy Stevens.

- Northern Illinois offered Northville (Mich.) OT David Moorman, TE Ryan Roberts, and Gurnee (Ill.) Warren Township TE Caleb Reams. Reams, a Western Michigan commit, was also offered by Illinois.

- Western Michigan offered Livonia Churchill (Mich.) OT Matt Skibinski and Grand Rapids (Mich.) South Christian QB Jon Wassink.

- Illinois offered Plainfield North (Ill.) OT Cody Conway and East St. Louis (Ill.) freshman WR Jeff Thomas.

- Memphis offered Nixa (Mo.) RB Alec Murphy.

- Cincinnati extended an offer to Hilliard (Ohio) Davidson LB Markus Bailey.

- Wisconsin was the latest offer for Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary's 2016 LB-RB Daelin Hayes, who has now postponed a planned April 27 announcement.

- The Badgers also offered Michigan State CB commit Tyson Smith from St. Mary's.

- Mississippi State offered Warren Central (Ind.) safety Mykelti Williams.

- Wake Forest offered Westfield (Ind.) DE Jacob Robinson and Mequon (Wisc.) Homestead DE David Pfaff.

- Syracuse offered Lincoln Way West (Ill.) 2016 offensive lineman Bryan Brokop and Walnut Ridge (Ohio) 2015 LB Anthony McKee.

- Eastern Michigan offered Detroit Loyola linebacker and Toledo commit Paul Engram.

- Miami (Ohio) offered East Grand Rapids (Mich.) linebacker Carter Masek on his weekend visit to Oxford.

- Prior Lake (Minn.) linebacker Alex Hart added a North Dakota State offer.

Sleeper of the Week
Niles West (Ill.) wide receiver Quran Spillman is an athletic junior who makes a lot of plays on tape. At 5-foot-11, 165-pounds, he doesn't appear to have blazing top end speed, but shows good open field elusiveness and great hands. Film

Underclassman of the Week

Defensive end Khalid Kareem, a 2016 prospect, played last year at West Bloomfield (Mich.) before transferring to Farmington Hills (Mich.) Harrison. A 6-foot-4, 235-pound kid, he is athletic and still growing. Michigan, Michigan State and others already showing interest. Film


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