1. Damien Harris - RB - Madison Southern (Ky.)
Harris has always been a big play guy with breakaway ability, as evidenced by his 11.9 yards per carry and consistent track and 40 times. He's also, at 5'11, 195-pounds, ahead of the curve as far as build and being ready for the pounding of the college game. The main concern with him has been his level of competition, but he can't control who he plays, and he has been dominant against that competition, scoring nearly one in every four times he touched the ball as a sophomore. Harris is currently committed to Michigan.
2. L.J. Scott - RB - Hubbard (Ohio)
Another bigger back at 6'0, 215-pounds, Scott has put together two big seasons at the varsity level. He can slash, he can run with power and has shown enough speed to run away from defenders. He, like Harris, is already built like a college ready back. Having not been to many camps, his recruiting may not have taken off to the level as others on the list, but we expect him to continue to add more and more offers through the next year.
3. Terry Beckner Jr. - DE - East St. Louis (Ill.)
Beckner has a lot of the tools you look for in a big time defensive end. He's quick off the ball, has a long frame and as a sophomore, used those tools to make a lot of disruptive plays in the backfield. At 6'4, 265-pounds, he offers the growth potential to play up and down the defensive line. Currently uncommitted, he has offers from Ohio State, Missouri, USC and others.
4. Jashon Cornell - DE - Cretin Derham Hall (Minn.)
Cornell is an athletic edge rusher who had a big varsity debut last season, recording 12 sacks. Standing 6'4, 240-pounds, we see him as a hybrid type who could be a stand-up guy in a 3-4. No matter which position or system he plays in, his ability to get to the quarterback would make him a welcomed asset to any defense. He has offers from Florida, USC, Ohio State, Michigan, Notre Dame and others.
5. Justin Hilliard - OLB - Cincinnati St. Xavier (Ohio)
Hailing from a great high school program, Hilliard not only played varsity for the Bombers last season, but was one of their best players. He shows the ability to play sideline to sideline, as he has the footspeed to get to the football and he's a striker when he gets there. His athleticism also allows him to drop into space and make plays in coverage, something he did regularly last season. He's not a big guy, but he's put together and is a fine athlete. He's accumulated offers from the likes of Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan, Michigan State, Arkansas, Nebraska, Penn State, Oklahoma and more.
6. Brian Cole - WR - Saginaw Heritage (Mich.)
A big athlete who could play either side of the ball, we like Cole's 6'2, 190-pound frame, speed, and good ball skills on offense. However, he is looking heavily at the defensive side of the ball, where those same attributes allow him to project as a safety. Regardless, he followed up his impressive sophomore season with good showings at the NIKE Camp and on the 7 on 7 circuit. He's currently looking at Michigan State, Ohio State, Tennessee, Michigan and others.
7. Eric Glover-Williams - RB - Canton McKinley (Ohio)
We are starting Eric off as a running back, but he's capable of playing slot and cornerback as well after playing quarterback for McKinley last year. He demonstrated his cornerback skills on the camp circuit this summer, but he's so dynamic with the ball in his hands, that we think it will be tough for the school he lands him not to let him touch the football in some capacity. He's not a tall kid, but has added some muscle to his frame this summer. Ohio State, West Virginia, Tennessee, Michigan State, Kentucky and others are in pursuit.
8. Hjalte Froholdt - DE - Warren Harding (Ohio)
An exchange student from Denmark, Froholdt was not intimidated or out of place against top competition both at Harding and during the summer camp scene. He's a big kid who demonstrated good technique. He stays low, but also does an excellent job with his hands and continued to improve every time we saw him. At 6'4, 265-pounds, he played end last season, but we could easily see him playing inside at the next level. He received a rush of offers in the spring from schools like Michigan, Ohio State, Michigan State, Penn State, Arkansas and others.
Jack Beneventi - QB - Benet Academy (Ill.)
In his first varsity season, Beneventi lead his team to an 11-2 mark, completing 63% of his passes. He has prototypical quarterback size standing 6'5, and has shown he can make all the throws. He has excellent touch and does a great job of hitting his receivers in stride. For a first year kid, he did a nice job of making decisions and taking care of the football. Notre Dame has offered and are believed to be in the driver's seat, but Louisville, Iowa and Illinois have also extended offers.
10. Jerome Baker - OLB - Cleveland Benedictine (Ohio)
Baker has shown his abilities on both sides of the ball, but we like him as an athletic outside backer. He runs well at that spot, and fits as a perfect WILL at the next level. On film, he shows a nose for the football, an ability to play on the edge and rush the passer as well as play in space and we can see why he's picked up a number of early offers. Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan State and Michigan are among the schools in the early mix.
11. Jon Dietzen - OT - Seymour (Wisc.)
Dietzen is what you think of when you hear "Midwest lineman." He's a big kid (6'5, 305) and plays with the type of toughness and intensity you would expect in a Wisconsin product. He had a good sophomore season and what we saw on film was confirmed over the summer at Wisconsin and Nebraska's camps, where he earned offers from both schools.
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