Midwest: Scout on the Town, Recap

We were at a handful of games in the Midwest this past weekend,including games in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois.


Allen Trieu, National Recruiting Analyst
Grand Rapids (Mich.) Christian at Zeeland (Mich.) West

West won the game behind their Wing-T offense. Western Michigan commit Jordan Van Dort, a tight end who projects to offensive line was only targeted once in the pass game, but blocked very well. He also had a great game on defense as a defensive tackle and that may be a possibility for the 285-pound senior in college as well. For Christian, Northwestern commit Tommy Doles impressed. He has great feet and is technically sound. He still must continue to get bigger and stronger, but he's a tough, hard working kid who can bend and move. Junior linebacker Jack Bates is an impressive underclassman. He has a nose for the ball, is tough, and can run to the football. Two senior running backs, West's Danny Bauder and Christian's Dominic Paiz are also ones to watch out for.

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Dave Berk, Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Springfield (Ohio) Shawnee vs. Wapakoneta (Ohio)

Shawnee jumped out early behind the play of sophomore quarterback Saalih Muhammad who used his legs on a 74-yard touchdown run to give his team an early lead. Wapakoneta didn't go away and with Muhammad out with an injury, they fought back to force overtime tied at 34. In overtime, Shawnee got first crack to score and after five plays, the Braves lined up at the six yard line for a fourth-and-goal. Back-up quarterback Alec Bennett would hit David Barnett for a touchdown pass and the extra point was good by Kaitlin Gregory the Braves defense led by senior under the radar linebacker/running back Jalen Nelson looked to shut down Wapakoneta. After moving the ball to the three yard line, Wapakoneta faced their own fourth-and-goal attempt that saw Shawnee come up big as they forced quarterback Kodi Morgan out of the pocket and scrambling until the Braves tipped an attempted pass away ending the game 41-34. Nelson is a senior who could play on either side of the ball at a high level and could be a major sleeper for someone. Muhammad has work to do but should be considered one of the top sophomore signal callers to keep an eye on in the coming years.

Pickerington (Ohio) Central vs. West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West
This game didn't disappoint as Central pulled out a 38-28 victory over Lakota West in a game with 851 yards of total offense. Kentucky pledge Mikel Horton would rush for 128 yards and two touchdowns behind the blocking of junior George Asafo-Adjei to keep the Firebirds in the running. However, it was the combination of Central backs Tawain Gordon and Isaiah Richmond who each rushed for over 70-yards and two touchdowns each in the win. Central senior offensive lineman and Ohio pledge Brennan Dudziak is a player under the radar with a high ceiling and sophomore Seth Currens and junior Brad Morris are players to keep an eye over the next year.

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Bill Greene, Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Marlington (Ohio) vs. Hubbard (Ohio)

Hubbard rolled to an easy 42-14 first round playoff victory, remaining undefeated on the season. Ohio's top 2015 prospect, four-star tailback L.J. Scott is still battling a foot injury and his mobility was limited, but he still carried the ball 21 times for 137 yards and scored three touchdowns. Sophomore tailback George Hill exploded onto the recruiting radar with 144 yards on only eight carries. He had touchdown runs of 66 and 48 yards, showing blinding track speed. Four-star junior lineman Matt Jones excelled on both sides of the football, clogging the middle on defense and paving the way for the tailbacks from his guard spot. Senior cornerback/wide receiver Darnell Tate continued his fine overall play, and it's a mystery why he holds no offers at this time. Junior Isaiah Scott, L.J.'s brother, caught a touchdown pass and played well from his linebacker position.

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Beth Long, Midwest Field Reporter
Mt. Carmel (Ill.) vs St. Rita (Ill.)

There is no shortage of talent on these two teams, who really could have met in the state finals had the stars aligned correctly. But, Illinois running back commit Matt Domer proved to be too much for St. Rita. Domer ran for 250 yards on the chilly night and the go ahead 10-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Michigan State defensive lineman commit Enoch Smith Jr. made some appearances on offense as did Minnesota defensive lineman commit Steven Richardson who played fullback and even notched a first down, plus a sack and blocked punt. Carmel also featured rising wide receiver prospect Christian Searles. St. Rita was led by Iowa State commit Tommy Mister who played quarterback for the team but will likely play running back at the next level, another top performer was Julian Crum who hauled in a 70-yard touchdown.

Sycamore (Ill.) vs Nazareth (Ill.)
The athlete of the day was Iowa commit and Sycamore wide receiver Ben Niemann who caught two touchdowns on the day. On the other side of the ball, Nazareth features new Purdue commit Will Colmery on the defensive line on what is otherwise a pretty young team. They took two-seeded Sycamore team down to the wire in the Illinois 5A State playoffs. Colmery was joined by Freshman running back Ivory Kelly-Martin and several other young standout players.

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Anna Hickey, Indiana Field Reporter
Indianapolis (Ind.) Warren Central vs Indianapolis (Ind.) Pike

Pike may have gotten the better of Warren Central in September, but the playoff match-up Friday night told a different story. Defensive end/linebacker/kicker Max Hernandez notched the game-winning 21-yard field goal with 7.6 seconds left to pull of the 24-21 win. Hernandez is hoping to generate increased interest from Purdue. With scoring going back-and-forth in the second half, Warren Central quarterback junior Jeff George, who holds an offer from Illlinois, hooked up with wide receiver Zachary Gegner for a 14-yard touchdown and later in the fourth with wide receiver Darius Lee for an 11-yard touchdown to tie the game. George completed 16-of-33 passes for 214 yards. Running back Mykelti Williams, who holds an offer from Indiana, converted a two-point conversion in the third quarter from the wildcat quarterback formation, and late in the fourth quarter intercepted Pike's Brent Lyles' pass. Warren Central (9-3) will host Center Grove (11-1) this Friday at 7 p.m. in the semistate.

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Simone Scott, Midwest Recruiting Reporter
Bellaire (Ohio) vs. Newark (Ohio) Catholic

Newark Catholic couldn't have asked for a better way to start their run to the State Championship game. Senior Chayce Crouch quarterbacked the team and also performed punting and kicking duties. Crouch ran for two touchdowns in the first half. After Bellaire got called for intentional grounding in the endzone resulting in a safety to end the first half. Sophomore fullback Wes Jurden ran for two touchdowns in the second half on their way to a 29-0 win to move into the second round of the playoffs. Senior running back Anthony Wing was also impressive rushing for over 100 yards.

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