Upper Midlands Weekly Recruiting Notebook

WR Alex Ofodile

The notebook this week consists of a big-time commitment from Missouri, some news on other premiere 2015 prospects, and a look ahead at some of the top underclassmen in the region.

The week that was in the Upper Midlands on the recruiting trail is recapped as the camp season approaches. Not a ton of action took place but an out-of-region team came into the area to steal a commitment from a four-star tight end.

Oklahoma City (OK) Millwood defensive end Joshua Little has seen his recruitment take off recently. His stock has undergone a rise as he's up to seven offers, including two from BCS programs Iowa State and Purdue. He was set to eventually commit to the Boilermakers but the Cyclones have altered those plans for the time being.

Kirkwood (MO) Vianney defensive end Jordon Hardwick has added his share of scholarship offers in recent weeks. He's up to 11 offers, including three from FBS schools. Miami (OH), Tulsa, and Ball State have all extended scholarships and he will hit the camp circuit to pick up a few more in the month of June.

Jefferson City (MO) Helias tight end Hale Hentges became a hot name this time last year and he chose to wrap up his recruitment earlier this week with a commitment to Alabama. He chose the Tide over Ohio State, Michigan, Florida State, and Missouri. The Buckeyes were once in a good position to land the four-star but Alabama made a move and were able to get him on campus a second time.

Four-star wideout Alex Ofodile has went silent with his recruiting process of lately but confirmed with Scout last night that a return trip to Notre Dame is very possible and thinks he will be making one. Oklahoma and Missouri are the other top suitors, with the Irish probably running third at this point.

Some underclassmen of note in the state of Missouri as we enter the camp part of the recruiting process are 2016 Independence (MO) Fort Osage quarterback Skylar Thompson, 2016 Kansas City (MO) Rockhurst running back A.J. Taylor, and 2017 Kansas City (MO) safety Djimon Colbert. All have the chance to be heavily recruited, and many more should emerge over the summer.

Outside linebacker Marcel Spears is a name of note that is beginning to see his recruitment take shape. The Olathe (KS) North prospect will be playing his college football at the FBS level. He already holds offers from Iowa State, Idaho, Wyoming, and Western Illinois.

Two other 2015 prospects that could see their first offers come in the future are Olathe (KS) North quarterback Cole Murphy and Shawnee Mission (KS) East linebacker Kyle Ball. Murphy has heard some from Kansas State and the Jayhawks have showed interest in Ball.

A few underclassmen names to know as their recruiting processes begin to surface are Olathe (KS) North safety Isaiah Simmons and Shawnee (KS) Mill Valley offensive lineman Ben Hecht. Both have bright futures and should see offers pile up this time next year, or possibly earlier.

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