Blue Springs, Missouri has always been a stop for recruiters all around the nation. You better believe that once again this May the halls of Blue Springs High School will be flooded with coaches in checking out prospects offensive lineman James Stigall, lineman Jaron Baston, and defensive end Colby Warcher.
"James has a real passion for the game," said Head Coach Kelly Donohoe. "He already is real successful, but the kid wants to be a great player. He won't stop working until he becomes one. He is also a great student."
That is largely the reason James has already heard from numerous schools around the midwest.
"James has gotten the majority of interest from Missouri, Kansas, Northwestern, Illinois, and Kansas State. He went down with Jaron to the Missouri/UNLV basketball game earlier this month. I don't believe there is any question he will be a highly recruited offensive lineman."
DT Mike Shaub
Mike Shaub, a 6-foot-2, 245-pound defensive tackle from Lockport, Illinois will be one to watch in 2004.
Shaub started on the junior varsity as a freshman and moved to the varsity ranks as a sophomore where he's been an anchor of the Porters defense for the past two seasons.
Lockport won their second straight state championship in 2003 and Shaub played a big part in the success of both teams.
"I don't have any offers yet," said Shaub. "Indiana, Purdue, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa and Northern Illinois have all been sending letters.
"My favorites are Illinois, Wisconsin, Purdue, Northern Illinois, Indiana and Iowa. I'm not sure what my camp plans are this summer but I want to go to a couple for sure."
Shaub finished the 2003 season with 110 tackles and six sacks.
MLB Ryan Bain
Ryan "Bubba" Bain, a 6-foot-2, 240-pound linebacker from Bolingbrook, Illinois finished fifth in the Illinois state wrestling championships this past weekend.
"Fifth was as high as I could finish," said Bain. "The guy that I lost to ended up losing his next match and I was only able to get fifth place."
Bain finished his junior year on the football field with 128 tackles and 28 tackles for loss. Oregon has already offered a scholarship and several other schools should offer during the May Evaluation period.
"Notre Dame has really picked it up," said Bain. "I'm hearing from Coach (Greg) Mattison quite a bit. Michigan and Iowa have also started to send a lot more personal mail.
"I'm going to either Michigan on February 29th or Wisconsin for a junior day, I haven't decided on that yet.
"I don't have a leader. I'm still looking at Iowa, Oregon, Illinois, Michigan, Notre Dame, Purdue, Michigan State, Northwestern and Wisconsin. I'm not counting anyone out yet."