Decisions are going to be made in the Great Lakes State soon as Justice Hayes (Grand Blanc, Mich.) and Ed Davis (Detroit, Mich.) both decide soon.
Hayes, a four-star running back chooses tomorrow, and while Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa, Tennessee and others are in the mix, I firmly expect Notre Dame to be the choice, and others in the know seem to agree.
Davis announced August 4th as part of the Sound Mind, Sound Body Media Day. Iowa, Michigan State and Michigan are the contenders and he has been playing it pretty close to the vest as far as any leaders. He is visiting Michigan State today, and he has a connection there as former coach Archie Collins and former teammate William Gholston are in East Lansing.
That media day should be interesting as four-star cornerback Valdez Showers is expected to narrow his list down. With offers from Florida, Auburn, Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa, Northwestern, Cincinnati and others, it won't be an easy narrowing down for the Madison Heights (Mich.) Madison star. Also present at the media day will be top players from Cass Tech, Highland Park, Orchard Lake St. Mary's, Ithaca, Clinton, Detroit King and others.
One player we highlighted earlier in the week was South Bend (Ind.) Washington receiver Darius Hardin. The 6'2, 180-lb receiver held an offer from Ball State at the time and we just learned yesterday that he has since added one from Toledo.
As Bill Greene reported yesterday, Corey Smith, Akron Buchtel's 2012 wide receiver added another offer from North Carolina. I also spoke to Corey last night:
"They called Mark Harris (Raw Talent) and then I talked to coach Marcus Berry, my recruiter. He said him and Coach Williams, the wide receivers coach had decided to offer me, so I can go tell everyone I have a North Carolina offer. He said I really need to get down to game (which Smith confirmed he was doing). I love their campus a whole lot; really love it. I love their coaches."
As for other gameday visit plans: "I'm going down to Michigan State for the Notre Dame game and Ohio State vs Miami."
And are there any more offers coming?: "Yes, Tennessse said they're going to offer. They just need my film. I'm updating it, and Virginia Tech is talking, Penn State, a lot of schools are talking."
I've done some early film work on the 2012 class, and have started up front. A couple kids who have caught my eye already are Avon (Ind.) guard Josh Smith, who is quick off the ball and plays hard, and Midland (Mich.) tackle Andrew Wylie, a 6'5, 275-lb kid with good bend and overall athleticism. I'm expecting to see both in person this year.
Speaking of this season, I've been perusing the schedules looking for matchups. Of course, the Warren Central classic (August 28th) will be the biggest. Pickerington Central (Ohio) vs Plainfield (Ind.), Indianapolis Cathdral vs East St. Louis (Ill.) and the night cap, Cleveland Glenville (Ill.) vs Warren Central (Ind.) are three fantastic matchups that will allow us to see tons of college prospects. There are also some interesting individual matchups. On Sept 10th, Glenbard West (Ill.) plays Hinsdale Central (Ill.) and three of the best linemen in the Midwest, Jordan Walsh, Jack Allen and Scott McDowell will all be on the same field. Two weeks after that Chicago Simeon (Ill.) takes on Chicago Curie (Ill.), which means Simeon offensive linemen Chris Bryant and Jordan Diamond against Curie's multiple offer pass rush specialist James Adeyanju.
There of course are many more outstanding matchups, but bottom line: football is almost here...isn't that a great thought?
Some scuttlebutt around the Midwest as the season approaches.