Midwest Recruiting Notebook

The latest on all things recruiting from offers, to commits, sleepers and underclassmen from around the Midwest.

Harley Makes a Commitment
Four-star defensive tackle is a Hokie

Four-star defensive tackle Kris Harley, considered the top prospect in Indiana, has committed to Virginia Tech according to Warriors assistant Greg Brookey.

The 6'1, 265-lber from Warren Central (Indianapolis, Ind.) held other offers from USC, Oklahoma, Cincinnati, Iowa and many others.

"He went down there for their one-day last year," Brookey said. "and he really liked their coaching staff, he likes his position coach. He always mentioned that it's like a family down there. He took his third trip last month and really felt comfortable there. He has a lot of schools that have offered, but felt like he wanted to put this thing to bed."

The Hokies have had success with Warren Central before, landing running back Darren Evans a few years back and now they are getting one of the top defensive linemen in the country.

"They're getting a smart, explosive player that plays with a lot of energy."

Buckeyes Land Another
Ohio State picks up an in-state lineman

Akron Firestone (Ohio) offensive tackle Tommy Brown committed to Ohio State yesterday. The 6'5, 320-lber broke the news to Scout.com shortly after leaving campus and had made no secret of his previous affinity for the Buckeyes. In Brown, the Scarlet and Grey are adding yet another big body to this recruiting class, as they are fortifying both lines in a major way with their early commitments. Brown is a guy we have only seen limited film on, but he has great size and plays with a mean streak. Is he flexible enough to play tackle? That remains to be seen and the Bucks have told him he may be a tackle, he may fit elsewhere on the line. We project him to right tackle, but he's a kid who could move inside and be a road grading guard.

Bearcats Offer Several
Cincinnati extends offers towards a few of the Midwest's best

The new staff at Cincinnati offered a few highly regarded prospects from around the region. Last week, one went out to Vernon Hills (Ill.) wide receiver DaVaris Daniels. The 6'2, 180-lb Daniels is now up to 12 offers. He projects as an outside receiver for the Bearcats, and they also offered a local guy who is projected as a slot: Maple Heights' Shaquille Washington. The 5'7, 165-lb Washington is a cat-quick, speedy target with great open field elusiveness who has played a lot of wildcat quarterback. Washington now has 10 offers. The Bearcats also offered a big lineman, Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger's Tony Springmann. The 6'7, 265-lb Springmann also added a Western Kentucky offer, bringing his total to 16.

Offer Updates
The latest scholarship offers for Midwest prospects

  • Bernard Taylor - OG - Macomb Dakota (Mich.) : The 6'2, 280-lb Taylor was offered by Ball State. Taylor is an athletic guard who finishes his blocks. We also think he can play defensive tackle at the next level, although he has not done much of that just yet. He also has interest coming from Michigan, Michigan State and others and we expect he will pick up a few more offers soon.

  • Daevon Robinson - RB - Southfield (Mich.) : The University of Toledo offered the diminutive 5'7, 165-lb back. Robinson is a tough runner with good speed and can catch the ball out of the backfield. He had an outstanding junior season, leading to this offer from the Rockets.

  • Patrick Mulroe - OT - Wilmette (Ill.) Loyola Academy : The Rockets also offered Mulroe, a 6'5, 265-lb tackle who started on the left side for Loyola last season. That is his first offer.

  • Percy Johnson - OLB - Kenton (Ohio) : Johnson, who transferred from Madison Heights Madison (Mich.) after the season, earned offers from Toledo and Bowling Green this weekend. The 5'11, 220-lber also played tailback last season, but projects as a collegiate linebacker.

  • Andrew Bohan - OT - Avon Lake (Ohio) : The Shoremen always seem to have great linemen and Bohan is another one. The 6'5, 265-lb tackle was offered by Akron recently, his first scholarship offer.

  • Derek Watt - OLB - Pewaukee (Wisc.) : Watt, an athletic 6'2, 200-lb running back/linebacker was offered by Northern Illinois. That is his second offer, with Western Michigan being his first.

  • Tony Durkin - OC - Tinley Park Andrew (Ill.) : Durkin was offered by Ball State recently. The 6'3, 270-lb center had previously been offered by FCS Illinois State.

  • Scott McDowell - OT - Hinsdale Central (Ill.) : The 6'5, 265-lb offensive tackle was offered by Miami-Ohio. This is McDowell's first offer.

    Sleeper of the Week
    Each week, we will profile an under the radar player from the region

    Eagan (Minn.) quarterback Jameson Parsons is a two-sport star who also is an excellent basketball player. On the gridrion, he started as a sophomore, passing for 1334 yards and 10 touchdowns, while rushing for five scores. As a junior, he broke his collarbone in the second game, but returned later in the season and finished with 537 yards and seven touchdowns. At nearly 6'3, 200-lbs, he has good size and reports a 4.55 forty. He is also an outstanding student who is on the Honor Roll and is a member of National Honor Society. He is getting early interest from Wisconsin, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Iowa and Iowa State and plans to camp with each of those schools, excluding Northwestern, this summer.

    Underclassman of the Week
    Each week, we will also profile a young "diaper dandy" from the region

    Bolingbrook (Ill.) freshman wide receiver Aaron Bailey played varsity for one of the state's top teams and finished as their second leading receiver. The 6'1, 170-lb Bailey hauled in 13 passes for 321 yards and five touchdowns. He also saw brief time as a quarterback and running back, but projects to wideout at the next level. I've already heard some college coaches say they think he can reach the same level as Kyle Prater. That is high, high praise, and only time will tell, but having seen some of him in action, Bailey looks well on his way to becoming a top prospect.

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