A lot of action has taken place on the recruiting trail at the junior college level in the Upper Midlands. Scout takes a look at the recent developments in the region.
Offensive tackle Tyler Howell is one of the most physically imposing prospects at the junior college level. He's 6-foot-8 and 305 pounds. He currently holds offers from Kentucky, Missouri, and Arkansas.
Linebacker Phil Williamson is another prospect of note at Butler Community College. Formerly a North Carolina Tar Heel, Williamson has yet to rake in any offers but has heard consistently from Florida State, Georgia, Duke, and Texas A&M.
One of the Butler Grizzlies has already made his college choice. Offensive lineman Will Smith made his commitment to Kansas on a visit to Lawrence a few weeks ago.
Two commitments took place on the Hutchinson roster recently as well. Running back Alvin Kamara made his verbal pledge to Tennessee, while linebacker Claude George pulled the trigger for Miami while on an official visit in Coral Gables.
Also on the official visit with Claude George to Miami was defensive end Marquavius Lewis. He also took trips to South Carolina, Auburn, and Arizona State. The stops at Miami and Arizona State were official visits. He plans to use the remainder of his official visits on South Carolina, Auburn, and Alabama.
Fellow defensive end Jeremiah Ledbetter took a trip to Arkansas. The Razorbacks are contending with Florida and Miami for his signature.
Cornerback Riley Hunsicker reeled in his first offer from Ohio over a month ago. His second scholarship offer has come through as well with Tulane extending a scholarship within the last few weeks.
Receiver Dominique Reed currently holds four offers, from Arkansas State, Southern Mississippi, Central Arkansas, and Louisiana-Lafayette. He's nearing two more offers, from Arkansas and Iowa State. He's one of the top prospects on the Coffeyville roster, being a 6-foot-3 and 180 pound wideout with terrific speed.
Defensive tackle Bobby Leath has garnered a lot of recruiting interest throughout his process, so far. Among his early offers are Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Boise State, Illinois, Iowa State, and Miami. He will take a visit to see the Cyclones at the end of July, and also check out Arkansas in July as well. Missouri is another possible visit on the docket.
One of the best junior college cornerbacks in the nation is Wesley Bailey. The offers have been slow to come in as he continues to make progress off the field, but he earned a scholarship from Middle Tennessee State.
Quarterback Deondre Ford is a prospect that could have his recruitment take off with a stellar upcoming season. He has a lot of traits that programs look for in a signal caller. The only drawback could be his size but Central Arkansas sent an offer his way in the past few weeks.
Offensive tackle Jarek Smalley flew under the radar but had offers to his name before making his commitment to Kansas in the past month. The 6-foot-6 offensive tackle joins a strong core of offensive linemen to join the Kansas class.
Former Tennessee receiver Paul Harris will be a name to know as the recruiting process drags on for the 2015 class. The 6-foot-4 standout wideout has offers from Louisville and East Carolina already. A couple weeks ago, Harris took an unofficial visit to check out Bobby Petrino's Cardinals and came away impressed with what he saw.
Upper Midlands JUCO Report
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