Midwest Recruiting Notebook

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Illinois and Michigan State made big moves this week and, as the spring evaluation period continues to move along, more offers are handed out, more schools are watching Midwestern kids workout and much more here in a comprehensive look at the region.

Illini Gaining Momentum
The rumblings have been heard in Illinois for a few months now -- that several major in-state prospects were talking about committing to the Illini together. Three commits in, all from in-state, those rumors are becoming reality.

The Illini landed four-star offensive tackle Gabe Megginson last week, beating Ohio State, Michigan State, Wisconsin and many others in the process. Could it be the start of a rush of high-profile commitments for Tim Beckman and his crew?

Fellow four-stars David Edwards and Miles Boykin, as well as highly-recruited counterparts Flynn Nagel, Cameron Green, Leon Thornton and Quinn Oseland all hold the school in high regard and the Illini could be considered the leader for several in that group. All of them, save Boykin, are expected be in Champaign this weekend and it is possible they will add to their class then.

In addition, the state's top prospect, East St. Louis defensive lineman Terry Beckner, his teammate, Natereace Strong, a running back committed to Missouri, and Wyandotte Roosevelt (Mich.) sophomore receiver Donnie Corley, who was offered by the Illini recently, are expected on campus.

Michigan State's Spring Game Proves Fruitful in Recruiting
While no one committed to Michigan State on Saturday, the Spartans enjoyed recruiting success as a result of having several major prospects on campus.

St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin Derham Hall defensive end Jashon Cornell declared MSU his leader following his visit and Hubbard (Ohio) running back L.J. Scott told Bill Greene he is close to committing to the Spartans. In addition, Noah Listermann, an offensive tackle from Cincinnati (Ohio) Winton Woods enjoyed his visit, which he recapped with Dave Berk, and holds the Spartans in very high regard.

It was previously thought that Cornell was favoring Notre Dame, Ohio State and Michigan, so that revelation this weekend was a major shakeup as far as his recruitment goes. Scott says he would like to take a few more visits, but grabbing one of Ohio's best, and one with an Ohio State offer, would be another significant victory for Mark Dantonio and the Spartans.

Spring Eval News and Notes

- Penn State stopped in Michigan to see Saginaw Heritage wide receiver-safety Brian Cole, the state's top player and also sophomores Jalen Martin, a wide receiver at Chandler Park and Daelin Hayes, a linebacker-running back at Orchard Lake St. Mary's.

- Brother Rice (Mich.) quarterback Alex Malzone has had a busy week. He threw for Michigan, Minnesota, Wake Forest, Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan and Cincinnati on Monday. Tennessee came Wednesday, but did not see him throw. They will return to see him workout before the end of the evaluation period. He throws for Vanderbilt and Toledo on Friday. His receivers for the workouts include Grant Perry and Delano Madison, who are both being recruited as well.

- Dewitt (Mich.) quarterback Jake Johnson threw for Minnesota and had Michigan in the school on Monday. He threw for Central Michigan and Buffalo on Wednesday, has Northwestern on Thursday, Toledo on Friday, then Miami (Ohio) and Kent State on Monday.

- Muskegon (Mich.) Mona Shores quarterback Tyree Jackson had Toledo stop in and they will be back to watch him throw in the coming weeks. Miami (Ohio) is watching him throw on Monday.

- Iowa State made several stops in Wisconsin including the state's top prospect on Scout, Seymour offensive lineman Jon Dietzen. They also dropped in on Mequon Homestead defensive end David Pfaff, who holds an offer and Green Bay Bay Port quarterback Alec Ingold. Trey Scott has more on that here.

- Wausau West (Wisc.) linebacker Jake Whalen had Bowling Green, Air Force, and Eastern Michigan stop in last week and North Dakota State this week.

- Maryland dropped in on Junior McMullen, a linebacker from Oak Park (Mich.) who is committed to Western Michigan. Highly regarded running back-defensive back John Kelly is also at the school and has an offer from the Terps.

- Livonia Churchill (Mich.) offensive linemen Nick Davis and Matt Skibinski had Indiana stop in for them this week.

- Indiana and Ball State stopped in to see Newburgh Castle (Ind.) defensive lineman Mason Wetzel this week.

- Western Michigan was in Indianapolis and made several stops including Noblesville High for linebacker Donavan Lynch and offensive tackle Brandon Knight and at Lawrence Central where defensive tackle Eric Whitehead and running back James Gilbert were offered.

- Purdue, Indiana and Toledo stopped at Detroit King for their bevy of prospects including linebacker Tyriq Thompson and sophomore defensive backs Jesse Johnson and Dontre Boyd.

Recent Commitments
- Northern Illinois added Macomb Dakota (Mich.) tight end Daniel Crawford this week. Likely an H-back in college, Crawford is sure-handed, athletic and should be a good one for the Huskies.

- Illinois, as mentioned above, added Gabe Megginson, a four-star offensive tackle from Jacksonville (Ill.). Megginson is an athletic kid with great feet who excels in pass protection. Commitment story | Analysis

- Toledo added massive (6'6, 280) Columbia Station (Ohio) offensive tackle Brandon Heidecker. He has great size and moves well at that size. He must continue to work on his technique, but has great upside. Commitment story

- Cincinnati St. Xavier's Ben Glines committed to Boston College over the weekend. A nice sized kid who also played running back for the Bombers, he is sure-handed, strong, tough and can make things happen after the catch. He did a lot of damage out of the slot last year and should produce similar results in college.

New Offers
- East St. Louis (Ill.) freshman receiver Jeff Thomas was offered by Ohio State, Nebraska and Michigan State bringing his total to eight.

- Ohio State offered Cincinnati Moeller (Ohio) sophomore tight end Jake Hausmann.

- Nevada offers Chicago Hales Franciscan (Ill.) safety Patrick Nelson and quarterback-receiver Dominic Christian.

- Plainfield North (Ill.) offensive tackle Cody Conway added offers from Western Michigan and Nevada.

- Park Tudor (Ind.) defensive lineman Brandon Tiassum was offered by Western Kentucky and Cincinnati. The Bearcats offered as an offensive lineman.

- Florida State extended an offer to Cincinnati Moeller (Ohio) defensive tackle Elijah Taylor.

- Florida and Marshall both offered Lakota West (Ohio) offensive lineman George Asafo-Adjei.

- Miami (Ohio) extended an offer to Clarkston (Mich.) tight end Cole Chewins. The Redhawks also offered West Lafayette (Ind.) offensive lineman Peyton Truitt and Frankin (Wisc.) offensive tackle Vincent Hughes.

- Michigan State was the latest offer for Springfield (Ill.) Sacred Heart Griffin offensive tackle Quinn Oseland.

- Illinois offered Seth Green, an early four-star sophomore quarterback from Woodbury (Minn.) East Ridge. The Illini also offered Wyandotte (Mich.) Roosevelt Donnie Corley, another one of the Midwest's top sophomores.

- Syracuse was the latest offer for Mundelein Carmel (Ill.) class of 2016 offensive tackle Sean Foster.

- Nebraska offered Hartland Arrowhead (Wisc.) sophomore offensive lineman Ben Bredeson.

- Northville (Mich.) offensive lineman David Moorman saw an offer come his way from Minnesota.

- Tennessee and Texas A&M both offered Indianapolis Ben Davis four-star linebacker Asmar Bilal.

- Northern Illinois offered Green Bay (Wisc.) Bay Port quarterback Alec Ingold. They also offered Oak Park-River Forest (Ill.) quarterback Lloyd Yates.

- Toledo offered Chandler Park (Mich.) Academy 2016 wide receiver Jalen Martin.

- Indianapolis Ben Davis (Ind.) defensive tackle Norman Oglesby added an Eastern Michigan offer.

Sleeper of the Week
Detroit King (Mich.) offensive tackle Eric Martin was at a school that did not have football the last two years, but he's now at King and quickly turning heads with his 6-foot-5, 290-pound frame and athleticism. The Crusader coaches believe offers are only a matter of time.

Underclassman of the Week

Mascoutah (Ill.) has a physical sophomore in Misikei Thomsen. A big hitter at linebacker and a hammer at fullback, his height (5'11, 220) will be a concern for schools looking at him as a linebacker, but there is no doubt that he's a tough football player who plays the game with great motor. Film

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