Midland Recruiting Notebook
Blaine Gabbert
Blaine Gabbert
Posted Nov 7, 2007

Things are really starting to heat up in the Midland. Kansas has added a couple of new names to the commitment list. Nebraska is in the midst of a probable coaching change is starting to see recruits drop off at an unprecedented rate and Missouri is poised to capitalize on the Huskers misfortune by closing the deal on five-star quarterback Blaine Gabbert this weekend.

The Kansas Jayhawks are enjoying a stellar season on the field and are currently undefeated heading down the home stretch of their schedule. Recruits are starting to notice the success as well and over the last month they have added commitments from players like OG John Williams (Tulsa, Okla.), QB Kale Pick (Dodge City, Kan.), CB Corrigan Powell (Garland, Texas), and Trevor Marrongelli (Austin, Texas).

Powell and Marrongelli are the latest players to pledge to the Jayhawks after watching the 76-39 slaughtering of Nebraska this weekend.

Trevor Marrongelli
Marrongelli, a 6-foot-4, 290-pounder from Westside High is a versatile offensive lineman who is just starting to come in to his potential. Right now he has the ability to play guard or center on the next level, but does have the growth potential and upside to play tackle as well.

“Trevor is incredible,” Westside head coach Anthony Wood began to inform of Marrongelli’s talents. “He is a straight A student, and the strongest kid in our program. He is just unbelievable in terms of tenacity and how aggressive he is and how often he just loves to finish the play.”

“As a junior he was a left tackle. We throw it between 40-50 times a game, so we had him at tackle. This season we moved him down to guard just because we were going to run the ball a lot more. This past week we played against the toughest defensive end in our district, so we moved him out to tackle and he absolutely dominated him.”

Despite his 5-foot-10, 165-pound frame Corrigan Powell is a ferocious defender that is not at all afraid of contact. He also prides himself as the go to guy when the defensive coaches are looking for a stop against the opposing team’s top receivers.

Corrigan Powell
“Kansas was the first school to give me an offer,” Powell began. “I always told myself that I would end up at the school that offered me first. I just feel like it is the place for me.”

“I see what they are doing this year and I just feel like it is going to be a good place to be if you want to be successful on the next level.”

“A lot of people did not really know who I was,” Powell continued. “I just have to go out every time and prove that I am a lockdown corner. There are a lot of good receivers in our district and I have shut down everybody.”

As a junior Powell collected 92 tackles, eight pass break-ups, two sacks, forced one fumble, recovered two fumbles and had five tackles for loss.

The biggest story in the region recruiting wise continues to be the state of the Nebraska Cornhusker’s recruiting class. Coming in to the season the Huskers were poised to make a run at signing the top class in the conference, but now there are questions surrounding many of their top commits.

The biggest player on the verge of re-committing to another school is Parkway West quarterback Blaine Gabbert.

Gabbert, a 6-foot-5, 230-pound gunslinger from Parkway West High in Mo., shocked many fans and experts when he initially made a commitment to Nebraska over the home-state favorite Missouri.

Now that Gabbert has re-opened his commitment the Tigers appear to be in good shape to land a commitment from the mammoth QB, maybe with in the next week, as he is set to take yet another visit to Columbia this weekend to watch the Tigers take on Texas A&M.

Will Compton
Gabbert suffered a minor shoulder separation shortly in to his senior season, but managed to complete 45 passes for over 600 yards and five touchdowns to go along with 218 yards and a score on the ground in the limited action. In the last game of the year he was not cleared to throw, but lined up at wide receiver.

Wisconsin commitment Wes Kemp and Nebraska “soft commitment” Will Compton are also supposed to be in for the game in Columbia this weekend as well.

I have to look around. I have to look at all of my options and do what I feel is best for my future … I’m still committed to Nebraska, but I’m open to a few other schools,” Compton said to InsideMizzou.com.

Definitely a situation for us to keep a close watch on.

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