North Recruiting Notebook
Kevin Newsome
Kevin Newsome
Regional Recruiting Manager
Posted Oct 20, 2008
Bob Lichtenfels


There were a bunch of big games around the region this weekend and that means a lot of recruits were visiting schools. Scout.com tries to catch you up on the latest around the North Region.

Penn State finally ended their misery against Michigan this weekend. The Wolverines had won nine consecutive games against the Nittany Lions, prior to this weekend’s contest in Happy Valley. The biggest news to come out of Beaver Stadium besides the lopsided win for the nation’s No. 3 ranked team was the fact that former Michigan pledge Kevin Newsome was in town visiting the Nittany Lions. The Hargrave Military Academy standout took an unofficial visit and will likely schedule an official soon.

Here is a photo gallery that FightonState.com shot during the game.

FightOnState Recruit Gallery





Pittsburgh had a big week as they landed Jefferson Hills (Pa.) Thomas Jefferson four-star tight end Brock DeCicco and followed that up by landing four-star wide receiver Todd Thomas from Beaver Falls (Pa.). The Panthers avenged a heartbreaking loss last season to Navy, by pounding the Midshipmen in Annapolis on Saturday. The Panthers (5-1) continue to look good since suffering an opening day set-back to Bowling Green.





Johnsburg (Ill.) High School Junior, C.J. Fiedorowicz, is quickly becoming one of the hottest prospects in the class of 2010. The 6-foot-7 wide receiver has pulled in a total of seven offers, including a recent verbal offer from LSU.

Fiedorowicz a has received offers from Notre Dame, Indiana, Arizona, Iowa, Wisconsin, Duke and a recent verbal offer from LSU. Several other BCS programs, including USC are keeping a close eye on the three-sport athlete.

While a freshman at Johnsburg, Fiedorowicz competed at the varsity level in football, basketball and baseball. Notre Dame was the first school to offer him, but the recent verbal offer from LSU’s Tight Ends coach, Josh Henson, has Fiedorowicz thinking about playing in warm weather.,p> “LSU gave me a verbal offer a couple weeks ago,” Fiedorowicz said. “My high school coach, Todd Winter, sent video down there for me—I didn’t know he did. Coach Winter called me into his office one day and he was on the phone with Coach Henson and that’s when they verbally offered me.”





Minneapolis (Minn.) Breck wide receiver Bryce McNeal has decommitted from Michigan. The four-star prospect visited Colorado over the weekend and is also considering Minnesota, California, Florida, Oklahoma and Penn State at the moment. McNeal also says the Wolverines are still in the mix.





Loyola (Ill.) Academy junior defensive end Chance Carter is one of the top prospects in the class of 2010 and he picked up his second offer recently, when Stanford joined Notre Dame as schools who have offered the 6'4, 235-lber. Carter, who is an outstanding student, also has interest from Northwestern, Illinois, Arizona State, Georgia, Alabama and Wisconsin.





Birmingham (Mich.) Brother Rice safety/linebacker Shamari Benton has committed to Central Michigan. Although Benton is committed, he does still plan to take his official visits.

“I talked to West Virginia some more and asked them how they felt about me really liking CMU,” he said, “Coach said to make my decision, but they’ll continue to recruit me and they still would like me to go down there for my official visit. I’ll take all my officials, West Virginia will definitely be one and Central Michigan (the WMU game was an unofficial), Bowling Green, Purdue and Iowa are the other places I might go.”





Columbus (Ind.) East record setting quarterback Dustin Kiel, a verbal commitment for Indiana became his high school’s all-time passing leader with is 136-yard performance against Bedford (Ind.) North Lawrence. Kiel, is now sitting with 4,819 career yards and the senior still has a few games to add to his totals.





In one of the more exciting games Scout.com has seen this fall Cincinnati (Ohio) Moeller defeated Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward 33-29 in a game that came down to the final play. St. Ed kicker Mike DiNunzio had just kicked a 44-yard field goal to give his team a 29-27 advantage with 15-seconds left in the game. Moeller senior wide receiver Tony Harris then took the kickoff 91 yards for the winning score as time expired giving Moeller a 33-29 victory.





In another Cleveland vs. Cincinnati contest Cleveland (Ohio) St. Ignatius and Cincinnati (Ohio) St. Xavier battled into overtime before Ignatius won 19-16 on a two-yard touchdown run by Pat Hinkel. The home loss was the first since head coach Steve Specht took over the program in 2004. The 26-game home winning streak started after a loss to GCL rival Elder in 2003.





Dakotah Tyler has officially changed his verbal commitment to Cincinnati to a soft verbal. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound Indianapolis (Ind.) Pike product is now looking at Purdue, Indiana and Cincinnati. Official visits have been planned for Indiana and Cincinnati in November as Tyler has already taken one to Purdue a couple of weeks ago.





Despite saying he’s a firm commitment to Ohio State, Bradley McDougald told BuckeyeSports.com that he’s looking at and talking with Illinois, Kansas, Wisconsin and Colorado. McDougald from Dublin (Ohio) Scioto missed a few games this fall due to a suspension from the team and some have questioned if the Buckeyes have backed off the defensive back.





One school will be extremely happy come signing day as Hodgson (Del.) Vo-Tech High School athletes Jamil and Jamal Merrell told Scout.com on Saturday morning that they will both be signing with the same schools no matter what the circumstances. Stay tuned for an interview that should be posted sometime on Monday. Schools that have offered the pair include Florida State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Boston College and many others.

Lancaster (Pa.) Manheim Central High School athlete Dakota Royer is one of the best pass rushers in the state of Pennsylvania for 2010 and the 6-foot-3.5, 215-pound athlete picked up his first offer from Maryland recently. His favorite program is Penn State, however he is also considering Michigan, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame.

Matt Alkire, Dave Berk and Allen Trieu contributed to this report.



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