Scout on the Town: Midwest Recap

A look back at what our Midwest staff saw at games over the weekend in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana.

Allen Trieu - National Recruiting Analyst (Midwest)
Cedarburg (Wisc.) at Greendale (Wisc.)
Greendale linebacker Tristian Pipp had a big second half and was very active. He showed a good nose for the ball and the ability to read and diagnose plays. He also showed athleticism on offense as a flex tight end/slot guy. He still must get bigger and stronger, but knows how to play the game. 2017 offensive lineman Mike Witkowksi (6-4, 245) is one to watch for the future. Cedarburg senior receiver Jonathan Stiever was outstanding and has an opportunity to draw late recruiting interest this season.

Hartland Arrowhead (Wisc.) at Kenosha Bradford (Wisc.)
The Midwest's top junior, Arrowhead offensive lineman Ben Bredeson, did not disappoint. He's technically sound especially for a junior and has the athletic tools needed to be a top flight college lineman. Currently a left tackle, he's ranked as a guard, but as he continues to grow, tackle becomes more and more of a possibility. He is planning to visit Notre Dame on September 6th, possibly Michigan October 11th, and a few Wisconsin games as well. Sophomore defensive end Nate Schultz (6-4, 225) was active, disruptive and is one to remember for the future. Junior quarterback Johnny Duranso was accurate and consistent while senior receiver Jordan Argue and senior lineman Brady Sullivan also offer next level possibilities.

Dave Berk - Recruiting Analyst
Rockcastle (Ky.) at Madison Southern (Ky.)

Just like the weather, No. 1 running back Damien Harris was slow to get started before he struck like the lightning that halted the game before being called after halftime. Harris saw his first five carries net a negative 11 yards with a fumble that was recovered by his teammates. However, in the second quarter, Madison Southern head coach Jon Clark moved Harris into the Wildcat position and on the second play of the possession with Harris taking a direct snap and floating to the right until he saw an opening he quickly hit racing 75 yards for the score. His second and final score of the night came after the Eagles coaching staff did a great job of managing the clock and getting the ball back near midfield with 30 seconds left in the half. Harris again lined up in the Wildcat and took another direct snap going left before finding a hole and racing for a 56-yard touchdown giving Madison Southern a 24-7 advantage that stood as the game was called before the teams could start play in the third quarter. For the night, Harris would finish with 123 yards and two touchdowns while also playing a little defense for the Eagles.

Josh Newkirk - Go Blue Wolverine
Fort Wayne (Ind.) Wayne at Anderson (Ind.)

Fort Wayne (Ind.) 2016 defensive end Auston Robertson had an impressive opening game of his junior campaign. He was in on a number of plays in the backfield and fully utilized his 6-foot-5, 236-pound frame. He also made an impact on the field with his long arms, causing the quarterback issues with the with his length. He is a legit pass rushing end, and his four-star label is justified. After the game he noted that his top three teams are Michigan, Michigan State and Notre Dame, with the Wolverines and Irish battling it out for his top spot. He says he will be on ND’s campus when they play host to U-M on Sept. 6, and is also planning a trip to Michigan in the near future.

Brian Eldridge - Recruiting Analyst (Midwest)
Caldwell County (Ky.) at Christian County (Ky.)

I had an opportunity to see one of the nation's top quarterbacks, Purdue commit Elijah Sindelar. Sindelar, and he didn't disappoint, throwing for over 400 yards and five touchdowns. The 6-foot-4, 195-pound senior showed poise in the pocket, touch on his long ball, and the ability to accurately make the intermediate throws.Overall, it was an impressive senior debut for the four-star.

Anna Hickey, Indiana Recruiting Reporter
Bishop Chatard (Ind.) vs. Brebeuf Jesuit (Ind.)
Lawrence Central (Ind.) vs. Avon (Ind.)

Game one of the Horseshoe Classic’s double-header held at Lucas Oil Stadium featured a pair of three-star offensive linemen committed to Big Ten programs anchoring the line for Chatard. Adam Solomon, an Illinois commit, played on both sides of the ball, though he projects as an offensive guard in college. Matt McCann, a Purdue commit, also projects as a guard for the Boilermakers. LeVante’ Bellamy, three-star running back for Jesuit, finished the night with 15 carries for 132 yards. Bellamy holds one BCS offer in Cincinnati and a handful of MAC offers, including Ball State, Miami (Ohio) and Toledo. He’s also generating interest from Louisville, Kentucky, and Michigan State. No visits are currently scheduled for Bellamy. After holding a 14-3 lead at half, Jesuit suffered a trio of turnovers in the second half leading to a 17-14 win for Chatard. Game two of the night featured four-star middle linebacker and Michigan commit Darrin Kirkland of Lawrence Central going up against junior three-star quarterback Brandon Peters of Avon, who holds offers from Virginia Tech and Iowa and is generating interest from Indiana, Kentucky and Purdue. Peters passed for two touchdowns and ran in a two-point conversion in the 4th quarter and also ran in the game-winning touchdown with less than a minute remaining in the game. Kirkland finished with nine tackles, two for loss, one tipped pass, and a quarterback hurry resulting in a loss. Ball State three-star running back commit James Gilbert was sidelined for Lawrence Central due to transfer rules, but junior Gerrid Doaks finished with 20 carries for 73 yards and a pair of touchdowns in his absence. Out for the same reason was three-star defensive lineman Eric Whitehead, who is committed to Virginia Tech but has recently reached out to Indiana to express interest. Three-star six-foot-five wide receiver Glen Calvin, who has a Toledo offer, impressed with a pair of 20-yard plus receptions for Lawrence Central. Avon’s Joe Belden, an Indiana lineman commit, was active on both sides of the ball. In thrilling come-from-behind fashion, Avon defeated Lawrence Central 38-31.

Kyle Bogenschutz - Go Blue Wolverine
Indianapolis (Ind.) Cathedral at Ben Davis (Ind.)

Locally this was supposed to be a much closer game than what transpired which was a 44-19 blowout win for Ben Davis. The main priority was 2015 four-star linebacker Asmar Bilal who was very impressive and productive in the middle and coming off the edge. Bilal had a big second quarter sack to stall a Cathedral drive. For Cathedral, junior quarterback Max Bortenschlager was impressive despite the lopsided score. Bortenschlager has good size with mechanics that appear to be coming along, he keeps his feet moving and eyes down the field, routinely putting the football on the hands of wide receivers despite several drops.

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