Midwest Recruiting Notebook

Chryst Hitting In-State Recruiting Hard

Wisconsin‘s new head coach Paul Chryst has definitely shown that in-state recruiting will be a priority for him and his staff. In the span of two days, the Badgers have offered Bay Port’s Alec Ingold, a quarterback committed to Northern Illinois, who the Badgers offered as a linebacker, and Fond Du Lac’s Robert Windsor, as well as greyshirts to Franklin offensive tackle Vincent Hughes, who is committed to Northern Illinois as well, and Wausau West’s Jake Whalen. They also offered junior offensive tackle Cole Van Lanen, Ingold’s teammate at Bay Port.

The Badgers also upgraded the greyshirt offer of Zack Baun to a full scholarship, giving them three in-state commits in the class (David Pfaff and Jon Dietzen).

While there was talk that previous coach Gary Andersen and his staff had not been hitting the state lines hard enough, but last year’s class had seven in-staters. Still, Chryst’s recent actions show that we can expect the famous "fence around Wisconsin" to be there as long as he is the head man in Madison.

News and Notes

– We expect Hughes, Ingold and Windsor to all decide very soon, possibly within the next few days for Hughes. Windsor will take an official visit to Penn State this weekend before making a decision. Sources close to both Hughes and Ingold have told Scout they expect them to take the Badger offers.

– Tennessee made a good move with John Kelly after his official visit over the weekend. While a Signing Day decision is planned, there are rumblings he could decide before then depending on how the next week goes.

– There is a lot of activity around Wake Forest commit Dior Johnson. The Southfield safety recently added a Minnesota offer and will officially visit the Gophers this weekend. Michigan will be in school this week as well and a Wolverine offer continues to be a possibility.

– Rutgers made contact with St. Joseph (Mich.) sophomore defensive end Corey Malone-Hatcher and the Scarlet Knights could be the next offer for him.

– While Pittsburgh offered and Iowa offered an official visit, we don’t expect newPurdue verbal Eddy Wilson to be anything but a Boilermaker come Signing Day.

New Commitments

– West Bloomfield (Mich.) defensive tackle Eddy Wilson committed to Purdue on Saturday. Previously a Bowling Green commit, he’s an athletic kid who can play inside or outside and had his stock rise steadily over this season. 

– Purdue also flipped Kentucky commit Larry Wells, a massive offensive tackle from Kenton (Ohio). He has the desired size, but still must improve technique and flexibility.

– Ohio picked up a big commitment in Cincinnati Colerain’s Jeffery Christian, a technically sound corner with good ball skills and instincts.

– LaGrange (Ill.) Nazareth Academy offensive lineman Michael Owens has committed to Army. Owens is a tough, technically sound lineman who impressed us at last spring’s NFTC.

Underclassman of the Week

Waterloo (Iowa) West’s Devon Moore caught our eye at the Core 6 Showcase. A 6-foot-3, 190-pound quarterback, he could potentially project to other positions as well.

Sleeper of the Week

Another at the Core 6 Showcase who impressed us was Brownsburg (Ind.) receiverTyler Kirtz, a good sized junior who is only hearing from a few schools.