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Thursday: Midlands State Rankings
There are again some contentious battles for the top spots in the Midwestern states. A lot can play out over the season and while there has been some summer movement, you have the top guy in many of these cases, hanging on to their spot.
In the Ohio Top 100, the contenders mainly come down to two linebackers, Ohio State commit Justin Hilliard and Florida verbal Jerome Baker. Hilliard is a big hitter who plays tough competition and had a good summer showing. Baker, unlike his counterpart, plays a lot of offense and shows great athleticism there, but is not currently as strong and we did not get to see him this Summer, so the battle will continue into the Fall.
In the Michigan Top 70, wide receiver prospect Brian Cole retains his top spot. He's a great athlete and a very hard worker, but plays running back in high school, so he is a bit of a projection, but he has performed well when asked to play receiver in camps and 7-on-7s. His primary competition for the top spot is fellow Michigan commit Mike Weber, a running back from Detroit Cass Tech but Michigan State verbals Tyson Smith and Kyonta Stallworth had strong summers as well and are nipping at their heels.
Over in the Illinois Top 80, Terry Beckner is currently the runaway favorite for the top spot and lengthened his lead after a big showing at The Opening. Illinois offensive tackle commit Gabe Megginson comes in at number two and is an athletic blocker who could rise this season.
Last year was the year of the receiver, but this year in the Indiana Top 45 it's linebacker where the top three are all linebackers and very little separates Notre Dame commit Josh Barajas, uncommitted Asmar Bilal, and Michigan commit Darrin Kirkland. Barajas keeps his spot for now.
In the Minnesota Top 30, defensive end Jashon Cornell is the lone representative in the Scout 300. The Ohio State commit went out and competed at several camps this summer, showing he belonged on a national stage.
On the Wisconsin Top 20, the top dog this year, in another state known for linemen, is Jon Dietzen, a massive road-grader who is committed to the Badgers. Right behind him is Bowling Green quarterback commit James Morgan, who had a big summer.