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Chris Pool's Midwest Hot 100 Prospects

Football Recruiting is now a year-round business. As soon as signing day 2002 was over, we began to look at film and speak with coaches about prospects in the class of 2003.<br> After watching hundreds of hours of film, interviewing coaches, talking with prospects and attending several camps and combines, we've come up with <b>TheInsiders.com / CNNSI.com "Hot 100" </b> football prospects in the Big Ten region.

We discovered that it's just as tough to pick a "Top 100" as it is to pick an all-region team. So many are worthy and each individual brings something unique to the table.

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I've been around the game of football my entire life, playing Pop Warner at the age of seven, all the way through Junior College. I've coached and have spent time with some of the brightest minds and recruiters in the nation.

Now, I feel it's time for the next step. Starting in March, I will be traveling the Big Ten region, speaking with high school and college coaches in person. Evaluating film, speaking with prospects on the road. Giving you, the reader, more in-depth reports and analysis than ever before.

The 2003 "Hot 100" has the usual suspects that you've been hearing about all year long. Michigan's Lamarr Woodley is the best prospect in the Midwest. The 6-foot-2, 250-pounder, is looking at Michigan, USC, Oklahoma and Michigan State.

The Buckeye State is once again loaded with talent and most of it is headed to Columbus to play for Ohio State. If you thought 2002 was a good year for talent in Ohio, just wait until 2003.

Growing up and living in the Chicago area my entire life, I think it's easy to say that this just may be the best crop of recruits that Illinois has produced since the mid 1980s.

Minnesota is becoming a hot recruiting territory for Notre Dame as the Fighting Irish has landed blue-chip prospects each of the last three-seasons.

This year, Ryan Harris (St. Paul), Trevor Laws (Apple Valley) and John Carlson (Litchfield) will all be headed to South Bend to play for Tyrone Willingham next fall.

Wisconsin's Barry Alvarez continues to land the top in-state talent. Alvarez will sign Tyler Donovan (Hartland), Luke Knauf (Stratford) and Danny Kaye (New Berlin) but the big fish is Brookfield offensive lineman Joe Thomas. Can Alvarez hold off the perennial powers from coast to coast who are trying to land Thomas?

Iowa landed some solid in-state talent but Bill McCarney and Iowa State continue to give the Hawkeye coaching staff everything they can handle in the recruiting wars.

Unlike the spring "Hot 100", we've included prospects in the state of Pennsylvania. Although this hasn't been a great year for talent in the Keystone State, there are several prospects worth mentioning.

Austin Scott (Allentown) and Darell Blackman (Williamsport) have both been named 1st team all-region. Paul Posluszy (Hopewell) and Joel Holler (Lancaster) both have bright futures in Happy Valley.

Here's a look at the "Hot 100" football prospects in the Big Ten region:

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