Midwest Top 100
The first set of rankings are always the most difficult and we all know they will change a dozen times between now and signing day. The top spot in the region was a very difficult choice with two Ohio and two Michigan standouts vying for it. In the end we chose Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville offensive tackle Marcus Hall.
Hall has a remarkably high ceiling and we think he can be a great one. Hall sealed the deal with a standout performance in San Antonio at the U.S. Army All-American Combine.
No player in the region has caused a bigger stir than Oak Park (Mich.) running back Edwin Baker a Michigan State pledge. Baker has an outstanding combination of size (5-11/205) and speed (4.45) Some critics question Baker, because he split carries as a junior. Well critics questioned the Steelers for starting undrafted free agent running back Willie Parker, because he never did anything while in college at North Carolina. Sometimes in this business you just have to go with your instincts and we feel Baker will be a standout at the next level.
Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney defensive tackle Johnny Simon also garnered some consideration for the top spot, but we also had several questions about him that caused him to slide down a bit. Simon suffered a serious back injury late in the year. Often times players have a hard time recovering from back injuries. At 6-3 and 265 pounds, we question whether or not Simon is capable of getting any bigger. He has packed about as much muscle on his frame as he can. There is no question when he is healthy he is one of the best in the nation and will have a bright future at Ohio State.
Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech defensive tackle William Campbell also received consideration for the number one spot. Campbell was very impressive in San Antonio, except he struggled at times with Marcus Hall. Campbell could be a future force for the Wolverines.
Ohio State leads the way with eight commits in the top 100. The upstart Spartans of Michigan State have five selections in the top 100. Illinois and Wisconsin each have three pledges in the top 100.
Midwest Top 100