The Midwest had several freshmen step up and play big roles for their teams last year, and a few big time programs have more talent coming up the pipe. Here is a look at some freshmen to know about.
As recruiting gets earlier and earlier, schools will begin looking at younger talent in the high school ranks. The 2015 class in the Midwest appears to be loaded as there are quite a few young stars who already did it big on the field last fall. Here are just a few to know about.
Harris jumps off the screen with his explosiveness and build for a young back. At 5'11, 195-lbs, he's beyond his years in the weight room and he already has offers from Wake Forest, Ohio and Illinois. Those three should be joined by many more over the next few years as he appears to be a special talent.
Strong was a middle school legend and stepped right in on varsity and made an impact for an already loaded team. At 6'2, 185-lbs, he's long, lean and is also a standout on the track. As a running back or potentially another position like safety or wide receiver, he has big time long term potential.
Clark came in and was a varsity starter for Alliance. At 6'5, 285-lbs, he already has good size. He stood out to us last summer, holding his own at camp against several top defensive linemen. If he continues to develop, he should be on his way to becoming a top flight recruit.
After the senior starter went down with an injury the first game last season, all Campbell did was step in as a freshman and lead his team to the state title game, throwing five touchdowns in that contest. He's tall (6'3) at this age, and has a lot of moxie and gamer in him for a kid so young. Notre Dame and Eastern Michigan have already promised offers when the time comes.
Larry Scott | RB | Hubbard (Ohio)
Scott is 6'1, 205-lbs already, with the kind of thick, strong build that a lot of kids don't develop until they're in college. He's a big hitter on defense, a strong runner on offense, and is going to only get bigger, stronger and faster. He could project to several positions in college.
The last time this school had a big time offensive lineman, it turned out to be Jake Long. Herbert was a freshman starter for East, and has carried that over into the offseason with a few impressive camp stops. At 6'5, 280-lbs, he's a big kid, and will look to generate more interest this summer.
Williams has been pegged by many around the program as Warren Central's next big thing. He looks the part at 6'0, 185-lbs already and has good speed and athleticism to go with it. He was one of the top performers at the Best of the Midwest Combine in February, running a 4.5 forty.
It's been a couple years since Oak Park had a team full of prospects, but Kelley is going to make colleges find their way back. He's a 5'11, 175-lb cornerback who is physical, fast, and didn't back down from older receivers at the Adidas Invitational Camp where he earned MVP honors.
Nicholas Dillon | DT | Lincolnshire Stevenson (Ill.)
Dillon started all last season for Stevenson and was a disruptive force. He's performed well at several offseason camps too, including the Core6 Winter Showcase. At 6'2, 245-lbs, he is going to have to add more weight, but he's already strong, gets off the ball well and understands how to play with leverage.
Green made an impact as a freshman, and has good size at 6'2, 170-lbs. He's smooth, runs good routes and has excellent ball skills, which he showed both during the season and at the Core6 Winter Showcase. Now getting bigger, stronger and faster, he's primed for a big sophomore season.
Jashon Cornell | DE-OLB ] Cretin-Derham Hall (Minn.)
Cretin always has talent coming up the pipe and people at the school believe Cornell is the next big time recruit to come through their doors. It's not exactly going out on a limb, as the youngster is already 6'4, 225-lbs and has been clocked at 4.6 in the forty yard dash.
Elijah Sindelar | QB | Caldwell County (Ky.)
Sindelar passed for over 2,000 yards as a freshman. On film, he shows good polish and accuracy for a kid so young. At 6'4, 175-lbs, he has a good frame that he's going to continue to fill out, but he's a very natural passer playing in an offense that allows him to throw it all over the place.
Ross' speed, ability to make people miss and his highlight reel runs have already lead folks in Detroit to compare him to Dennis Norfleet. Like Norfleet, Ross has hooked up with Maximum Exposure and will have a chance to show his talents over the summer at camps and 7 on 7s.
Glover got called up to varsity later in the year and not only played, but played well. In only his second varsity game, he ran for 144 yards and two touchdowns on just seven carries, causing many around the program to get very excited about the 5'10, 165-lber's potential.