It was a tough call, but in the end we decided that Milwaukee (Wisc.) St. Francis offensive tackle Josh Oglesby at 6-foot-8, 312 pounds is just too good to not have him at the top spot in the Midwest. The Wisconsin commitment has all the tools to be a potential All-American at the next level.
There are some concerns about the durability of Muskegon (Mich.) standout Ronald Johnson, but “Rojo” is just too good of athlete not to have near the top of any Midwest rankings. In fact the 6-0, 185-pound cornerback is one of the best natural athletes in the nation, and it is easy to see why he is at the top of everyone’s wish list.
What’s not to like about Chicago (Ill.) Simeon defensive end Martez Wilson. The 6-4, 228 pound athlete has all the makings of a potential superstar. It won’t be long until college quarterbacks are seeing this guy in their sleep.
When anyone talks about big, powerful running backs John Clay is usually the first name in this class that is brought up. The 6-3, 220-pound raging bull from Racine Park (Wisc.) has all the tools to be great and his productivity matches his skill set.
Cincinnati (Ohio) LaSalle defensive end Ben Martin at 6-5 and 225 pounds has room to grow and we think he will be a good one. Martin and Eugene Clifford of Colerain will likely battle tooth and nail for the top slot in the “Buckeye State” all year, but right now we give the edge to the long and rangy pass rusher.
Making a big leap in the Midwest Rankings was Cass Tech defensive tackle Joseph Barksdale. The Detroit, Mich., prospect showed outstanding burst and a non-stop motor when Scout.com first saw him at the All-American Combine in San Antonio, Texas. At 6-5 and 315 pounds, Barksdale is very athletic. Some think he may end up as an offensive lineman and that's fine, but he is athletic enough and gets enough up-field push to play on the defensive front. College coaches can make that determination when he hits campus, but we like him as a defensive tackle.
Inside the Numbers:
When Midwest is broken down, 100 there are 57 defensive players and 43 offensive players. There were 21 defensive linemen selected and 14 wide receivers. The defensive backs had the second most selections overall at 19. There were seven quarterbacks , 11 running backs, four tight ends, 12 offensive linemen and 12 linebackers chosen.
Ohio had the most selections with (26) folllowed by Michigan (19), Illinois (12), Missouri (12), Indiana (7), Kentucky (5), Wisconsin, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa (4) and Minnesota rounded it out with (3) selections.