The month of July can be a slow one in the recruiting world once you get past the early part of the month. However, we have enough news to fill up a couple of recruiting notebooks in our latest update from the Southwest Ohio region.
Wildcats Not Stopping
Friday saw another of the region’s top players give his pledge to Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops as Trotwood-Madison defensive back Kei Beckham joined the Wildcats class of 2015. Beckham joins offensive lineman George Asafo-Adjei in this class and seven other current Wildcats pulled in by Stoops in the past two recruiting classes. If you look at an even bigger demographic and the number of players taken from the state as a whole, you can see why many feel the program is on the verge of turning things around. Are the Wildcats done in the region?
Just In Case You Missed It
Yes, the top middle linebacker from the region, Justin Hilliard, (St. Xavier High School) picked Ohio State over Iowa, Notre Dame, Alabama and Michigan. While Buckeye fans have to be excited about the pickup, they should be even more excited about getting the top players out of the region in back-to-back years as the Buckeyes also got Sam Hubbard in the 2015 recruiting class. For those from the region, Cincinnati has not always been friendly to the Buckeyes but a trend could be developing.
Kinnel Staying Put
In May fans of Michigan started to worry about four-star safety commit Tyree Kinnel as Alabama and Michigan State offered and Ohio State was sniffing around. However, after all the dust settled, Kinnel looks to be as strong with the Wolverines as the day he gave his pledge last summer. Scout.com has seen Kinnel this summer in some early seven-on-seven work and feel this could be his biggest season to date.
Announcement Day Almost Here
Winton Woods lineman George Brown narrowed his list to Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU and Kentucky early in July when he also set an announcement date of July 25 at his high school. Could Kentucky keep its streak of getting players from the region going? Or will LSU, a school where Brown’s cousin Spencer Ware attended be the leaders. Scout.com recruiting analyst Bill Greene will be on-hand for all the news later this week.
Miamisburg should continue to improve this fall with two top prospects in the 2015 recruiting class as Christopher Young and Chris Fobbs make up one of the best duos in the region. At a recent seven-on-seven event, the pair talked about sticking together and attending the same college. While most package deals don’t happen, this one could as the pair are extremely close friends. However, Fobbs is starting to hear from some bigger programs as he’s had an impressive summer and should have a great senior year. If they stay together, Bowling Green, Miami Ohio or Toledo could become big winners.
Ties Give Falcons Recruiting Win
Bowling Green added Xenia safety Bobo Jones to their class this month beating Ohio and Ball State. Jones has played on both sides of the ball for Xenia but will look to use his physical style of play on defense at the next level. What helped the Falcons? A tie between Bowling Green defensive back coach Mike Mickens and Xenia assistant coach Cedric Tolbert (teammates at Cincinnati) brought the two sides together.
Getting Near A Decision
In May we named Oxford (Ohio) Talawanda running back Maurice Thomas as one of our sleepers we expected to earn an offer. After hitting a hard summer camp schedule, Thomas picked up three scholarship offers and interest from several programs as a defensive back. Bowling Green, Kent State and his most recent offer Miami Ohio, have Thomas looking to possibly pull the trigger in the next few days. While twin brother McKenzie Thomas hasn’t pick up an offer yet, he has been told the RedHawks have a preferred walk-on spot reserved for him.
Defensive Tackle Now Focused On Football
Forgive Huber Heights Wayne defensive tackle Robert Landers if he didn’t give summer football camps his full attention. While the 6-foot, 280-pound Landers attended a few camps after winning a state shot put title with a throw of 61 feet and 4.75 inches, his performance placed him as one of the top in the event in the country where Landers earned a trip to nationals. While Landers said he had an above average day, he said he missed being named an all-American by only four inches. Not a bad accomplishment considering Landers was one of two high school juniors at the event. As for the football offers, he now holds offers from Bowling Green, Ball State, Toledo and Eastern Kentucky.
Interest in Myers Not Slowing
Miamisburg 2017 offensive lineman Josh Myers continued adding offers to his impressive list in July with an offer from Alabama. With 19 total offers so far, interest in Myers is not slowing down as programs from across the country have been in contact with his high school head coach. Myers is expecting to visit Ohio State (offered) on Friday night for the Buckeyes Friday Night Lights event.