Day One: Midwest Recruiting Notebook

A number of Midwest prospects are out at The Opening and Scout caught up with a few of them today to find out about their own recruitment and also a few that are recruiting others.

The Midwest’s top prospect, Madison (Ky.) Southern running back Damien Harris remains uncommitted but spoke highly of Ohio State and Kentucky, two teams considered to be battling it out for him. Michigan, the school he previously was committed to, will get a visit from him for July’s BBQ at the Big House, and he admits that visit could go a long way to determining if the Wolverines can get him back in the fold.

Kentucky commit C.J. Conrad has struck up a friendship with Harris and says he is working hard during their week in Beaverton. Ohio State commits Justin Hilliard and Jashon Cornell both said they are also working on Harris.

Another prospect who mentioned those Buckeye boys recruiting him was Canadian defensive tackle Neville Gallimore. While he says the Hilliard and Cornell are giving him their best pitches, he does not plan to make any decisions until National Signing Day and hopes to take all five officials. He will not take any visits between now and Fall.

Detroit Cass Tech running back Mike Weber says Miami (Fla.) has now jumped into contention thanks to a recent offer. However, Michigan commit Alex Malzone is the committed player he says he hears from the most. Along with the Wolverines and Hurricanes, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Michigan State and Tennessee also remain in the hunt.

Notre Dame commit Shaun Crawford has been committed for only a short time, but says he and fellow Fighting Irish commits Tristan Hoge and Jerry Tillery are putting forth their best recruiting efforts as well. Crawford mentioned that his own commitment, a switch from Michigan, a school he says he grew up a fan of, was not easy, but he felt South Bend was the right place and Brian Kelly was the right coach for him.

East St. Louis defensive lineman Terry Beckner says he is still wide open in his recruitment, but some of the schools recruiting him the hardest include Missouri, Illinois, Nebraska, Michigan State and others. He is planning on taking official visits, but not until after his senior season, so a decision appears a long way off.

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