Columbus Elite 11 Regional Preview

Columbus Elite 11 Regional Preview

The Columbus Elite 11 Regional should be a very interesting one as kids will travel from around the country and among the group will be several who have already recruited, some who have big offer lists and young prospects who are already pulling them in as well.

It is appropriate that on Ohio State's practice field, with the Horseshoe nearby, that future Buckeye Joey Burrow (Athens, Ohio) will compete with Alex Malzone (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), a Michigan commit as the two will square off in the future as part of one of the greatest rivalries in sports. A second future Buckeye, highly regarded class of 2017 prospect Danny Clark (Massillon, Ohio) will also get a chance to show he belongs among the best in the country.

Speaking of future rivals, a trio of SEC commits, South Carolina verbal Lorenzo Nunez (Harrison, Ga.), Tyler Queen (North Cobb, Ga.) who is committed to Auburn, and in-state Arkansas pledge Ty Storey (Charleston, Ark.) will all travel great distances for the regional event.

Houston commit Ben Hicks (Waco, Tex.) will look to build upon his MVP performance at the Sunday NFTC in Columbus. We are also looking forward to seeing Marian Central Catholic (Ill.) prospect Billy Bahl, who just this week added his first Big Ten offer (Rutgers) and is a fast rising prospect. Reese Ryan (Lexington, Ky.) is a four-star prospect. Kansas commit Ryan Willis (Bishop Miege, Ks.) performed well in Chicago and will come back looking to build upon that and earn a coveted golden ticket.

There will be many other class of 2015 prospects who hold offers coming in. That group includes Jake Johnson (Dewitt, Mich.), Colin McNamara (Fairview Heights, Ohio), Kyle Shurmur (La Salle, Pa.), James Morgan (Green Bay, Wisc.), Riley Neal (Yorktown, Ind.), John Davies (Green, Ohio), Willy Pflug (Sunset, Ore.), Brett Kean (Lakewood, Ohio), and Devante Williams (East Orange, N.J.).

There will also be some rising seniors who don't have offers but will look to impress and build momentum towards earning those such as Dwayne Lawson (Germantown, Wisc.), D.J. Zezula (Clarkston, Mich.), Alex Mussat (Troy, Mich.) and California natives Jack Lowary and Josh Love.

In the 2016 class, Brennen Wooten (Marble Falls, Tex.) comes in from the Lone Star State toting major offers. Not to be outdone, Ohio natives Elijah Cunningham, Messiah deWeaver, and Jacob Harrison all have offers as does Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Luers' Noah Wezensky. Illinois native Steven Frank and Dallas Skyline's Jacoby Williams do not yet have offers, but have many schools looking closely.

Two 2017 prospects to watch for (in addition to Clark) are Lindell Stone, who has an early offer from UCLA and Brownsburg (Ind.) product Hunter Johnson.

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