North Recruiting Notebook
William Campbell
William Campbell
Regional Recruiting Manager
Posted Nov 17, 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. The high school playoff season is also in full gear. Scout.com tries to catch you up on the latest around the North Region.

Alabama had a big recruiting weekend and it wasn’t just prospects from the South invading Tuscaloosa. Five star defensive tackle William Campbell from Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech was in the house. Campbell says the Tide are in his final five along with LSU, USC, Michigan and Miami (FL). The 6-foot-5, 315-run stuffer will make his decision known in January at the U.S. Army All-American game. His teammate, junior CB Dior Mathis was supposed to come along with Campbell but did not make the trip.

Kentucky bound quarterback Morgan Newton kept his Carmel (Ind.) team’s hopes of a repeat alive as he led the Greyhounds to a come from behind 24-21 win over Fort Wayne Snider. Newton had touchdown runs of 11, 20 and 50 yards to help Carmel come back from 14 down. A last second Snider field goal attempt hit the crossbar, preserving the win for Newton and company. They will face Penn Mishawaka next.

Another top Hoosier State quarterback lead his team one step closer to Lucas Oil Stadium. Dustin Kiel lead Columbus East to a 24-7 victory over Jasper on Friday. Kiel passed for 98 yards and rushed for 173 yards in the victory. The win sets up a big showdown this week against Indianapolis Cathedral.

East (Ill.) St. Louis came back from a 28-7 deficit to upset number one ranked Chicago St. Rita. The victory was due in no small part to the Flyers’ outstanding tandem of wideouts, Kraig Appleton and Terry Hawthorne. Hawthorne, an Illinois commitment, had two receiving touchdowns and had two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown and the other, which sealed the victory. Appleton, still undecided, had two touchdown catches of 17 and 42 yards respectively.

One of the top juniors in Ohio picked up a big offer last week as Cincinnati Anderson offensive tackle Andrew Norwell picked up one from Ohio State. The 6’5, 275-lb Norwell says the Buckeyes are at the top of his list and a decision could be coming soon.

For Kentucky offensive line commitment Sam Simpson the season didn’t start the way he’d hoped for his Henry Clay Blue Devils (Kentucky). But the team has rallied and is looking to make a run for state after defeating Ryle High School (Kentucky) 24-7 in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs. The Blue Devils loss their first four games of the season but have now won six in a row.

One of the more underrated prospects in the Commonwealth of Kentucky is Jamarielle Brown. A future college wide receiver, Brown has been playing quarterback this fall and one Friday night helped Lone Oak edge Warren East 31-24. Brown played wide receiver last fall and posted some huge numbers in helping Lone Oak reach the state championship game. Now he’s working on getting them back with his arm and legs. On Friday, he rushed for 79 yards and three touchdowns.

Ohio State commitment Justin Green looks to be back in top form after suffering a knee injury during the season. Green powered Louisville (Ky.) Male to a 59-31 win over Shelby Country as he rushed for 132 yards and three touchdowns.

Cincinnati (Ohio) Elder offensive lineman John Anevski helped his team advance to the next round of the Ohio “Big School” playoffs in a 28-20 double overtime victory over Colerain on Saturday night. After the game he told Scout.com he’s got two visits set for after the season with Louisville and Miami Ohio. “I’ll visit Louisville on December 5-th and then the next weekend I’ll visit Miami.”

Dublin (Ohio) Jerome weakside linebacker Tyler Harrell switched his verbal pledge from Bowling Green to Iowa. Harrell visited the Hawkeyes recently and made the switch to the Big Ten.

Allen Trieu and Dave Berk contributed to this report.


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