Scout on the Town - Midwest Recap

Here's a recap of Scout on the Town - Midwest recap from this weekend's high school football action in Ohio and Michigan.

Allen Trieu, National Recruiting Analyst
Plainwell (Mich.) vs Allegan (Mich.)

Plainwell tight end Tyler White is a 6-foot-5 and 240-pound senior without an offer to his name, but I think that will change. He moves well for having that frame, is a very willing and capable blocker and can project to defensive end as well. He just needs technical work as a blocker, but all the physical tools are there. He's basically a jumbo athlete. I see Division-1 scholarships in his future, possibly even at the BCS level.

Bill Greene, Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney vs Mentor (Ohio) Lake Catholic

Lake Catholic pulled the upset heard around the state of Ohio, led by the efforts of three-star defensive end John Stepec, a Toledo commit. Stepec rushed for over 175 yards and scored two touchdowns from his fullback spot, and also dominated along the defensive front. The Big Ten missed the boat with Stepec, while the Rockets are getting themselves a heck of a football player.

For Mooney, Nevraska commits Marcus McWilson and Courtney Love both played well. McWilson, a four-star safety prospect, had a key interception and supported the run well. I've seen three-star Courtney Love play better from his middle linebacker spot, but he was solid all night long.

Youngstown (Ohio) Ursuline vs Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward
St. Edward took over in the second half after trailing by three at the break, and pitched a shutout in the second half, winning 45-21. Linebacker Lavonte Robinson holds two MAC offers, and he ran to the football impressively, notching 16 tackles on the night. Three-star wide receiver Anthony Young starred with two long kickoff returns, and a touchdown reception on offense. Following the game, Young announced his commitment to Indiana. For Ursuline, junior quarterback Chris Durkin continued to show why he is listed among the top 2014 prospects in Ohio, throwing and running the football impressively.

Dave Berk, Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Cincinnati (Ohio) Indian Hill vs Cincinnati (Ohio) Mariemont

The battle on the field may have been one sided, but we did get a chance to checkout Mariemont junior tight end/defensive tackle Jon Bezney who stands around 6-foot-4 and 240-pounds. While he's able to play tight end in high school, Bezney looks more like a future defensive tackle or offensive guard. Bezney bends well from the hips and knees but looks stiff in his upper body movement. On the field Bezney plays hard and is physical and does a great job of sustaining his blocks with a good base and solid feet. He must add weight and work on being more flexible especially in his upper body. Indian Hill lineman Sam Smith did not dress but looks to have solid size.

Cincinnati (Ohio) Colerain vs Cincinnati (Ohio) Sycamore
Sycamore junior cornerback Kedarrius Bell (6-foot-2, 185-pounds) shows promise with his long frame and coverage skills. A move to safety would not be out of the question down the road for Bell. Senior tight end Mason Morgan shows the skill set to be a power tight end at 6-foot-6, 235-pounds. Morgan has above average hands but could see his future as an offensive tackle after adding weight in a college strength program.

Junior linebacker Tinashe Bere (6-0, 220) found the going tough several times during the game struggling to shed blocks. Speed and lateral quickness need work but Bere plays hard and is not afraid to put his nose in a pile.

The star for Sycamore was running back/quarterback Greg Simpson who used his speed and cutting ability to rush for 187 yards and three touchdowns on the night. Colerain senior quarterback L.A. Ramsby projects as a running back at the next level with his 5-foot-11, 195-pound build. Ramsby rushed for 141 yards and two touchdowns on the night giving Colerain a one-two punch with senior running back Chris Davis who continues to show he's back from last year's serious knee injury rushing for 82 yards and one score on ten carries. Junior linebacker Tegray Scales has the ability to go sideline to sideline and is not afraid to deliver a jaw jarring hit when he makes contact. Scales has the makings of being one of Ohio's top prospects in the 2014 class.

Simone Scott, Midwest Recruiting Reporter
Dublin (Ohio) Jerome vs Hilliard (Ohio) Darby

Due to thunderstorms throughout central Ohio, this game was called at halftime. But in the first half, two stars were able to emerge. Senior Donovan Wilson was the key to Dublin Jerome's offense. The Georgia Tech running back commit carried the ball at least 20 times including a 1 yard touchdown run. Hilliard Darby's offense was a little more balanced, but Illinois commit Caleb Day was able to get his team on the scoreboard with a 25 yard touchdown reception.

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