Midwest Recruiting Notebook

The beginning of the spring evaluation period brought about plenty of new offers being handed out. While that has slowed down some now, there is still plenty of action out there. Here is the latest on the top prospects from the Midwest states.

Scout's Take: Hawkeyes Land Blythe
- Austin Blythe (Guard - Williamsburg, Ia.) commits to Iowa
This is a good pickup for the Hawkeyes, first because Blythe is a good fit for what they do, and second, because he is one of the top players in the state, a state they have controlled in recruiting. He's an excellent wrestler who understands leverage and has good natural strength. He could play either side of the ball, but I think he'll be a run blocking guard for them.

Stoner Up to Four
Center Grove (Ind.) cornerback Nick Stoner landed offers from Louisville and Illinois State on Tuesday. The 6'2, 165-lb Stoner also has offers from Indiana and Iowa State. He has not been to Louisville yet, but said "I plan on going down there and checking it out and everything."

Phillips Has First BCS Offer
Mequon (Wisc.) Homestead defensive tackle Donte Phillips was offered by 1-AA/FCS North Dakota a few weeks back, but he added his first BCS offer this week, saying, "Indiana offered me today," on Tuesday, "Coach Lynch called and told me." The 6'3, 250-lb Phillips has interest from many other schools, including Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, and more.

Another In-State Offer for Pike
"Louisville offered me a full ride last Friday at school," Dixie Heights (Ky.) sophomore quarterback Zeke Pike reported. The 6'5, 225-lb Pike was then named one of the top overall performers at the Elite 11 tryout in Columbus. Pike now has six verbal offers, with Kentucky, Purdue, Eastern Illinois, Ohio and Toledo as the other schools who have told him the official papers will be in on September 1st.

Other Recent Offers
- Lamar Dawson (MLB / Boyle County, Ky.) offered by Michigan
- Darius Patton (WR / Poland, Ohio) offered by Michigan
- James Adeyanju (DE / Chicago, Ill.) offered by Michigan and Arizona
- Chris Bryant (OT / Chicago, Ill.) offered by Arizona
- Valdez Showers (CB / Madison Heights, Mich.) offered by Western Michigan
- Ramadan Ahmeti (OT / Lansing, Mich.) offered by Central Michigan
- Jordan Walsh (OG / Glen Ellyn, Ill.) offered by UCLA
- Demetrius Hill (DE / Kankakee, Ill.) offered by Memphis
- Marques Stevenson (RB / Lake Orion, Mich) offered by Air Force


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