Midwest Recruiting Notebook

Remaining Midwest Prospects Deciding Soon

Damien Harris, one of the Midwest’s top remaining uncommitted prospects, is announcing his decision this Friday at his school, Madison Southern (Ky.). The four-star running back is coming off a 110-yard performance in the Under Armour game, with a late touchdown run as the exclamation point in that contest. His decision is between Alabama and Kentucky. 

The Midwest’s top overall prospect, defensive tackle Terry Beckner, is still uncommitted. The East St. Louis (Ill.) star is slated to make his commitment on Signing Day after taking official visits to Ohio State and Missouri with one other visit left open for Oregon or Auburn.

Other top Midwest kids yet to decide include two in Michigan, tight end Bryce Witham and running back-defensive back John Kelly. Kelly is now expected to have Michigan surge back up the list with the hire of Jim Harbaugh, but he has official visits to Tennessee and Michigan State scheduled as well. Witham will visit Minnesota before deciding in the next few weeks.

Fond Du Lac (Wisc.) defensive lineman Robert Windsor was recently offered by Penn State and will take an official visit to Happy Valley the weekend of January 24th before making a decision close to or on Signing Day. Illinois is the other primary contender with Maryland, Vanderbilt, Purdue and others also in the mix.

Chicago (Ill.) Raby defensive tackle Jamal Milan will make a Signing Day decision. Maryland, Iowa State and North Carolina are primary contenders for his signature.

New Offers Out

– Uconn has offered Muskegon (Mich.) Mona Shores senior quarterback Tyree Jackson who is currently committed to Buffalo. Jackson also picked up a recent offer from Central Michigan. The new staff at Buffalo is working hard to keep him, but we believe he will at least listen to other programs. Maryland is among the new programs who have reached out.

– Miami (Ohio) has continued their aggressive recruitment of the Midwest and offered Chandler Park (Mich.) Academy wide receiver Jalen Martin, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound junior who now has five offers. Martin is a big, physical kid with good ball skills, but must continue to work on his speed. The Redhawks also offered Carmel (Ind.) linebacker Noah Burks, a kid with good size and excellent instincts for the position. Indiana recently offered Burks and it would be a surprise if offers did not continue.

New Commitments

– Iowa flipped Iowa State commit Anthony Nelson from Waukee. The Hawkeyes have done well taking Midwest kids with long frames, adding weight to them and turning them into contributors and in several cases, NFL players. Nelson could be the next in that line. A highly productive defensive end this year, that is where he projects in college, but a move to offensive tackle is also possible if that did not work out.

– Princeton landed Roseville (Minn.) wide receiver Jesper Horsted, a good-sized kid with top-notch ball skills. He has a chance to be an impact player there.


Underclassman of the Week

Marian Catholic (Ill.) 2017 quarterback Cam Thomas is a good athlete at 6-foot-3, 185 pounds and has a chance to be highly recruited both as a quarterback and an athlete.


Sleeper of the Week

Owosso (Mich.) offensive tackle Brendan Hrcka is a 6-foot-8, 290-pound junior who is just beginning to scratch the surface of his abilities. He has two former college offensive linemen on his college coaching staff and his development through the year was noted by schools like Central Michigan and Miami (Ohio) who are already reaching out. His size should draw attention from a lot of programs once they begin finding out about him more.