There was not much change at the top of Scout's rankings of Midwest prospects. While the region was split off from the North this time, the order of the top few players in the Midwest 150 remained the same. Seantrel Henderson holds his spot as the top player, followed by another big lineman, Andrew Norwell. Proviso West (Ill.) wide receiver Kyle Prater, Lakota West (Ohio) linebacker Jordan Hicks and Plainfield (Ind.) offensive tackle James Hurst round out the top five.
UP THE CHARTS
A few players saw moves up the board. Namely, a pair of Ohio defensive backs, Latwan Anderson and Christian Bryant, both from Cleveland Glenville. Bryant is the top cornerback in the Midwest and proved it with several great camp performances this summer. We don't like to base evaluations just on that, but his film was good to begin with and this summer, no matter where he went, he locked people down. A couple other Ohio prospects who moved up were Cleveland Shaw wide receiver Tyrone Williams and Hubbard running back Andre Givens.
Chicago St. Rita's big plugger Bruce Gaston makes his debut as the 43rd ranked player in the Midwest. Illinois also saw several other impressive debuts, namely, quarterbacks Taylor Graham (Wheaton North) and Tommy Rees (Lake Forest). Another big riser was Madison East (Wisc.) wide receiver Marquis Mason, who has impressive size (6-3/215) and athleticism to go with it. The Wisconsin commit had a few offers in basketball as well.
BIG TEN BOUNTY
Several Big Ten schools are enjoying a nice recruiting year so far, aided by a strong year for talent in the Midwest. Perhaps no team in the conference has done as well as Michigan State, who have all 12 of their commitments in the Midwest 150. Ohio State is strong at the top, with commitments from Norwell, the 2nd ranked player in the region, Roderick Smith, the top running back and Scott McVey, the top middle linebacker. The quarterbacking race in the conference will be interesting over the next few years, as several Big Ten teams have highly touted signal callers coming in. Michigan has the top quarterback in the Midwest in Devin Gardner. Fellow Michigan standouts Robert Bolden and Joe Boisture are committed to Penn State and Michigan State respectively. Illinois commit Chandler Whitmer saw a nice move up the charts and not to be outdone by their Big Ten neighbors, Notre Dame has two quarterbacks on this list, Andrew Hendrix and Tommy Rees. Gardner will have some weapons at his disposal as the Wolverines have a nice haul of skill players, lead by instate running back Austin White and wide receivers Ricardo Miller, Jerald Robinson and Jeremy Jackson. For the second straight year, the Northwestern Wildcats are recruiting very well and have three commits in the top 100, lead by wide receiver Tony Jones and linebacker Chi Chi Ariguzo. Minnesota has five commitments on the list and Wisconsin has nine.