One of the top uncommitted players in Michigan, Orchard Lake St. Mary's safety Earnest Thomas has set his first official visit. The former UCLA verbal de-committed with the thought of looking at schools closer to home and will visit one Big Ten school first.
"I'm going to Minnesota this weekend," he said.
In-State schools like Michigan and Michigan State are also supposedly in the mix, but neither have offered. Thomas will try to take more officials before making a commitment, but does not have more scheduled.
"Not sure," he responded on future visits, "I'm just taking it day by day, week by week. It's a tricky and complicated process."
The recruitment of Dyjuan Lewis is a tough one to call right now. The Indianapolis Pike four-star wideout was committed to Cincinnati, but de-committed amidst a coaching change. With Butch Jones on board, the Bearcats are still under heavy consideration and he already visited them and Purdue, with Oregon coming up this weekend. According to sources close to Lewis, an LSU offer may come as well as an Ohio State offer. That would put both of those schools in line for an official visit next weekend, the last weekend before Signing Day.
Miami-Ohio landed two big commits this week when three-star offensive tackle Jeff Tanner (Cincinati Moeller) de-committed from Wake Forest and verbaled to the Redhawks. Just a couple days later Houston Eisenhower (Tx.) cornerback Allen Veazie, a former Minnesota commitment joined him. These are two players who should be able to make an early impact there.
My sources close to Michigan State say Bruce Gaston (Chicago St. Rita) had a great visit to East Lansing this weekend and they believe the Spartans may be in the driver's seat now. However, a visit to Boston College and possibly one more could change that. The Spartans do offer the possibility of immediate playing time there, as true freshman Blake Treadwell made a number of starts and snagging a tackle is a key for the MSU recruiting class. Gaston's other choices besides the Spartans and Eagles are Purdue, Wisconsin and Notre Dame. He had previously taken officials to Purdue and Wisconsin.
I've been asked a good amount lately about the future classes in the Midwest and who I see as early phenoms who we will soon all know about. Michigan will be strong that year and Orchard Lake St. Mary's linebacker James Ross leads the way. He had a strong season last year ending with a great performance in the state title game. I feel he will be national recruit. Detroit Cass Tech's trio of Royce Jenkins-Stone, Terry Richardson and Leron Taylor all made varsity impacts last year along with Detroit King's Dennis Norfleet, Plymouth's Tyler Goble, Traverse City St. Francis quarterback/safety Riley Bullough and Charlotte's 6'8 offensive tackle Chase DeBack. In Illinois, I've heard a ton of buzz about Bolingbrook's freshman playmaker Aaron Bailey, who played wide receiver, carried the ball and returned kicks. The early reviews on him sound much like what I heard about DaVaris Daniels after his first year. Having seen Chicago Simeon play, I also like thier sophomore quarterback Robert Gregory, an athletic 6'3 kid who could also play other positions. In Indiana, Fort Wayne Homestead quarterback Zach Terrell is one youngster I've heard great things about. Of course, we will have more on all of these young men after Signing Day.