Scout on the Town - Midwest Recap

Here's a recap of Scout on the Town - Midwest Recap from this weekend's high school football action. Our scouts were in Michigan and Ohio watching some of the very best prospects in this class and the next.

Allen Trieu, National Recruiting Analyst
Grand Rapids Christian (Mich.) vs Hudsonville (Mich.)

Michigan State commit Drake Harris showed why he will be a highly ranked member of the 2014 class. The future Spartan is a smooth route runner who uses his 6-foot-3 frame and basketball player athleticism to go up and catch passes in traffic. He also is better after the catch than most receivers his size. He still has to add some weight, but he has all the natural tools.

Offensive lineman Tommy Doles, a junior with several BCS offers, also has to add some size (6-5/240) to his frame, but is technically sound, mobile, and plays with a motor. A left tackle for Christian, I could see him moving inside at the next level.

Bill Greene, Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Hubbard (Ohio) vs Warren (Ohio) Howland

Howland won a tight game 28-24, thanks to the fourth quarter domination of four-star tailback DeVeon Smith. The Michigan commit was held in check for three quarters, before finishing the game with 199-yards rushing and four touchdowns. Smith had over 130 rushing yards in the fourth quarter, when he simply took over the game the way great power backs do.

For Hubbard, sophomore tailback Larry Scott (6-foot-1, 215-pounds) lived up to the hype as one of Ohio's top 2015 prospects, impressing on both sides of the football. His twin brother, Isaiah Scott (6-foot-2, 195-pounds), was far better than we were expecting, and will also be listed as a top 2015 prospect in-state. Isaiah Scott projects as a wide receiver at the next level, but he also looked good on defense from his safety spot.

Dave Berk, Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Kings Mills (Ohio) Kings at Cincinnati (Ohio) Turpin

We went into this game not knowing if we would find any prospects on either team. In a hard fought game won by Turpin Spartans 28-21 on FOX Sports OHIO, we found two junior offensive linemen for the Spartans that caught our eye. Yanni Gregg stands about 6-foot-3 and is listed at only 215-pounds. However, we project he can add the weight needed in the next couple of years and be a player at the DI level at center or guard. A natural bender, Gregg does a great job of moving his feet and getting a solid base under him.

Teammate Tyler Ernst looks to be in the 6-foot-4 range and is also light at this time in the 225-pound range. Built with long arms and a frame that can add another 50-60 pounds, Ernst shows the ability to play on the edge but projects inside as a guard. He bends very well and shows good hip explosion. Both players are projects, but could make become solid players at the college level if they choose to do the work adding weight and strength over the next couple of years.

Cincinnati (Ohio) Roger Bacon vs Kettering (Ohio) Alter
Alter was far superior in this game winning 44-6 as Notre Dame quarterback pledge Malik Zaire led the way. Zaire continues to show strong leadership skills and the natural ability to be a player who can have success at the next level with his strong arm and dual-threat abilities.

Nebraska pledge Greg Hart shows great improvement to his overall game as he's fully recovered from a previous ACL injury that slowed him last season. The Huskers project Hart as a tight end or H-back when he arrives on campus; however, we also feel he could be a high level defensive end or linebacker with his quick first step and ability to dip his shoulder or swim to get around offensive tackles.

A couple of young players also reared their head as sophomore Dean Lemon and Junior Joseph Kraemer both showed the ability to get to the quarterback coming from the defensive end spot. Both players have work to do physically to take the next steps in becoming legit prospects. Roger Bacon struggled throughout the game and while they have a few young players we'll keep an eye on, none played well enough to include in this review.

Beth Long, Midwest Field Reporter
West Chicago (Ill.) High vs Wheaton North (Ill.)

Wheaton North improved to 4-0 on the season with a 52-0 win over West Chicago. The game was highlighted by Wheaton North's two quarterback system, using up and coming 2014 prospect Clayton Thorson and 2012 prospect John Peltz. Thorson received offers from Iowa and Northwestern during the week, and both QBs threw for touchdowns in the win.

Simone Scott, Midwest Recruiting Reporter
Pickerington North (Ohio) vs. Newark (Ohio)

Jake Butt (Pickerington North) was impressive in this blowout. The senior Michigan commit moved around the field and caught a 20 yard touchdown in the one half that the starters played. Butt's teammate Godwin Igwebuike also stood out. The senior Northwestern commit scored two touchdowns, his 11th and 12th of the season.

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