Scout On the Town: Midwest Week Three

The Scout staff will be seeing 17 games throughout the Midwest this week in five different states. Here is a preview.

Allen Trieu - National Recruiting Analyst, Midwest
Friday: East Kentwood (Mich.) at East Grand Rapids (Mich.) at 7 p.m.
East Kentwood features a strong offensive line lead by 6-foot-7 Western Michigan commit Elliot Jordan. He is joined by junior John Keenoy, who is being recruited by Big Ten programs and sophomore Trenton Fincher (6-6/280). East Grand Rapids junior linebacker Carter Masek has also drawn interest from BCS programs and has one offer under his belt. Quarterback Mikey Roth is also hearing from schools across the country and his academic prowess has lead Ivy League schools to his mailbox. Finally, we are very excited to see sophomore wide receiver-cornerback Gourney Sloan, a long, athletic young prospect with BCS potential.

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Bill Greene - Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: Canton GlenOak at Massillon at 7 p.m.
Canton GlenOak looks to win their third straight in one of Ohio's best early season rivalry games. The Golden Eagles feature three juniors getting Division-I looks in tailback Jason Simon, wide receiver J'Mon Wells and cornerback Kyle Hall. Massillon will feature the starting debut of freshman quarterback Danny Clark, who is already on the recruiting radar of Division-I programs. The offensive line is anchored by Cincinnati commit Nathaniel Devers. Clark will be surrounded by plenty of playmakers on offense, including senior wideout Marcus Whitfield (multiple MAC offers), junior tailback J.D. Crabtree (Toledo offer) and junior wide receiver/cornerback Reggie Rogers (Kentucky offer).

Friday: Girard at Hubbard at 7:30 p.m.
Hubbard has two of the top 2015 prospects in Ohio in tailback L.J. Scott and offensive tackle Matt Jones. Scott started off strong last week by rushing for 330-yards and scoring four touchdowns, while also intercepting a pass on defense. Scott holds offers from the likes of Kentucky, Michigan State, Tennessee and West Virginia. His twin brother, Isaiah, is also a fine outside linebacker prospect. Jones holds offers from Toledo, West Virginia and Kentucky, and could be Ohio's top offensive lineman in the junior class. 

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Dave Berk - Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Cincinnati (Ohio) St. Xavier vs. Cincinnati (Ohio) Colerain at 7:30 p.m. Colerain High School
The marquee game in Southwest Ohio for Week Two has two powerhouse programs facing off in what should be an exciting match-up. St. Xavier and Colerain are both coming off wins over out of state teams as St. Xavier having defeated Indianapolis (Ind.) Ben Davis 34-7 while Colerain defeated Park Vista (Fla.) High School 45-27. St. Xavier will look for junior linebacker Justin Hilliard (6-1.5/210), an early four-star prospect in the Class of 2015 to keep the Colerain offense in check. Hilliard, who already holds offers from the likes of Ohio State, Notre Dame and Michigan to name a few, is joined on defense by Indiana defensive end pledge Nick Carovillano (6-4/230) and defensive tackle Simeon Lane (6-0/300) who is receiving interest from several programs. On offense, the Bombers will count on senior running back C.J. Hilliard (5-10/185). The older Hilliard is committed to Iowa will be expected to carry the load. Senior quarterback Nick Tensing is coming off a solid three touchdown performance and at 6-foot-4, 190-pounds, is sure to turn a few heads this fall.  Colerain has their own four-star linebacker in senior Tegray Scales. The 6-foot2, 210-pound Scales holds offers from Indiana, Oklahoma and Wisconsin among others. Offensively the Cardinals will run their triple-option attack with mighty-mite senior running back DeTuan Smith-Moore who stands 5-foot-5, 185-pounds. Smith rushed for 223-yards last week with two touchdowns giving the Cardinals a one-two punch with senior quarterback Kelvin Cook (169-yards, two touchdowns). While the Cardinals don't throw the ball often, they do have super talented receiver Travon Hudson who at 6-foot-4, 200-pounds, is a major weapon capable of stretching the field.

Saturday: Indianapolis (Ind.) John Marshall vs. Cincinnati (Ohio) Hughes at 1:30 p.m. Stargel Stadium
John Marshall enters the game with a 2-0 record and will look to senior Drew Milbrooks to lead the way. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound running back has posted 262-yards rushing in the first two weeks and scored two touchdowns. Hughes will counter with 2015 running back Levon McCants who posted some impressive rushing stats of his own last season. This will be our first chance to catch McCants in action as we did not see him during the summer camp circuit.

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Simone Scott - Midwest Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Gahanna (Ohio) Columbus Academy vs. Columbus (Ohio) Bishop Ready at 7:30 p.m.
Columbus Academy and Bishop Ready both started their season with a strong win and are looking to continue that. Bishop Ready senior offensive tackle Brady Taylor made his commitment to Virginia Tech right before the season started. The future Hokie is hoping to continue to lead his school. Helping him out on the offensive end will be senior running back Akili Taylor, who holds a Kent State offer and has been picking up interest from Akron, Cincinnati, Northwestern and Toledo. Someone to keep an eye out for will be their senior quarterback Matt Yoho. Columbus Academy's spread offense will be led by senior quarterback Charlie Watters. Senior halfback Bryce Bailey rushed for over 10 touchdowns last season.

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Derek Young - Midwest Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Columbus Walnut Ridge (OH) at Groveport-Madison (OH) at 7:30 p.m.
Walnut Ridge has three prospects worth keeping an eye on in Friday's showdown with Groveport-Madison. Three-star prospect Robert Bowers is a high school senior already committed to Michigan State. The Spartans edged out Cincinnati, Louisville, and West Virginia for Bowers's services. Two high school juniors enter the game that have potential to produce at the next level as well. Linebacker Anthony McKee already holds BCS offers from Illinois, Kentucky, Arkansas, Tennessee, and West Virginia. Defensive tackle Joshua Jordan shined at camp and could be on his way towards his first scholarship offer.

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Anna Hickey - Indiana Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Speedway (Ind.) at Beech Grove (Ind.) at 7 p.m.
Speedway High isn't known for producing a plethora of high caliber talent, but this year, it is home of 2014 four-star wide receiver Justin Brent, who is committed to Notre Dame. In Brent's first game of the season in a win against Lapel, he had 19 rushes for 180 yards and four touchdowns and two receptions for 19 yards. Last week, Brent had 85 yards on 12 carries in a loss to Scecina. Brent, standing at 6-foot-1, 205 pounds, will play wide receiver for the Irish, though he primarily sees time at running back for Speedway. Brent is the 11th ranked wide receiver in the class of 2014.

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Beth Long - Midwest Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Glenwood (Ill.) at Jacksonville (Ill.) at 7:30 p.m.
Jacksonville features two of the highest rated offensive lineman prospects in the state. Senior Northwestern commit Blake Hance and junior Gabe Megginson who has offers from Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and several others. Hance plays tight end for Jacksonville. Glenwood is highlighted by Tennessee tight end commit Daniel Helm.

Saturday: Soldan (Ill.) vs Edwardsville (Ill.) at 12 p.m. at East St. Louis Classic
One of the most raw and athletic prospects in the state is Edwardsville defensive back/multi-purpose athlete Craig James. James most recent offer is from Syracuse, and has offers from Iowa, Missouri, Indiana and more.

Saturday: Loyola (Ill.) vs (Ill.) O'Fallon at 2:45 p.m. at East St. Louis Classic
O'Fallon is one of the most talent heavy rosters in the state, including four-star committed defensive end Dewayne Hendrix who has offers from all over the country and recently visited USC. O'Fallon also features senior defensive back Miquell Cotton who has offers from Iowa State, Michigan State and Syracuse. Another player to watch is sophomore running back Kentrail Moran who was electric as a freshman.

Saturday: Montini (Ill.) vs East St. Louis (Ill.) at 5:45 p.m. at East St. Louis Classic
Plenty more talent will be on display for the night-cap game of the East St. Louis classic, the home team will take the field with the number one player in the 2015 class in Illinois, defensive end Terry Beckner who has over 30 offers. Another top 2015 player, running back Nate Strong. East St Louis also has plenty of seniors to watch, including Kansas linebacker commit Kyron Watson and Missouri defensive back commit Greg Taylor. Montini is headlined by Ohio State defensive end commit Dylan Thompson, three-star linebacker Nyle Sykes who had a big week in the kickoff game for Montini, and junior wide receiver Leon Thornton.

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Sam Webb - Go Blue Wolverine
Friday: Southfield (Mich.) vs Farmington (Mich.) at 7:00 p.m.
Southfield features two four-star prospects on the defensive line in uncommitted top 50 tackle Malik McDowell and Michigan commit Lawrence Marshall. They also have a speedy senior receiver Jordan Billingslea and an athletic offensive tackle Chukwuma Okorafor who are both committed to Western Michigan. Junior cornerback-wide receiver Ray Buford had a big summer, adding several offers and had a big week one performance against Cass Tech. Senior receiver Devonte Alfred and defensive back Jacob Studdard are receiving recruiting attention as is junior linebacker Jordan Cry. We liked what we saw of big, physical junior safety Dior Johnson in week one. Farmington is lead by Ohio commit Curtis Brunson and Indiaan State commit Josh Craven in the secondary. They also have two sophomores making a lot of noise in wide receiver Desmond Fitzpatrick, who has several offers, and hard-hitting linebacker David Reese.

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Kyle Bogenschutz - Go Blue Wolverine
Friday: Trotwood-Madison (Ohio) vs Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne at 7:30 p.m.
Wayne is lead by junior Michigan commit Tyree Kinnel in the secondary and senior Kentucky commit Dorian Hendrix at linebacker. For Trotwood, there is a usual bevy of prospects. In the senior class, defensive end Verondtae Wilkinson, running back Ashton Jackson, wide receiver Kendric Mallory and defensive tackle Ryan Reese all have BCS offers and running back Marc Raye-Redmond is receiving recruiting attention. Junior defensive back Kei Beckham has multiple BCS offers and secondary mate Harrison Johnson may end up with them as well. We will also be looking hard at sophomore quarterback Messiah deWeaver, who has a few early offers.

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Mike Wilson - Spartan Digest
Friday: Berrien Springs (Mich.) at Paw Paw (Mich.) at 7:00 p.m.
We will be checking out senior offensive tackle Nick Padla, who has a couple of BCS offers and may add another on Friday night as Michigan State will be at the game watching him closely. Senior defensive end Jhonathon Williams is big (6-6/237) and has several offers including Missouri.

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Ryan Easterling - Illini Playbook
Friday: Willowbrook (Ill.) vs LaGrange (Ill.) Lyons Township at 7:00 p.m.
Lyons has junior running back Leonard Ross, who has an early offer from Illinois. They also have several other players being recruited including junior quarterback Tom Fielder.

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Rob Howe - Hawkeye Insider
Friday: West Des Moines Valley at Dowling Catholic at 7:00 p.m.
Valley features, among others, 6-foot-6, 205-pound wide receiver Anthony Holmes, who transferred in from Colorado and has offers from San Diego State and Wyoming and his hearing from Iowa, Iowa State and others. Dowling has 'senior cornerback Rico Gafford, who ran sub-4.4s at all of his camps, including Michigan, Iowa and Iowa State. Dowling also has junior quarterback Ryan Boyle who camped all over the Midwest and Georgia. Missed last season with ACL but could blow up this year.

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