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