Midwest 2014 State Rankings

With the season rapidly approaching, Scout takes a closer look through the Midwestern states to find some intense battles for #1 in several places.

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Indiana and Kentucky kick off high school football this week and the other states are fully into their scrimmages preparing for next week's initial games.

Keep that in mind with these rankings as there is still a year of football left and a lot can change during these next few months.

Of all the Midwest states, the one with the biggest battle for the top spot is in Michigan where very little separates wide receiver Drake Harris, cornerback Damon Webb and defensive tackle Malik McDowell. As three different people in the Great Lakes State and you will likely get three different answers. The good thing is, all three get good tests to start the season. McDowell's Southfield squad faces Webb's Cass Tech Technicians next Friday and we will see Harris against perennial power Muskegon in week two.

In Ohio, Marshon Lattimore remains our top prospect, but the Glenville star defensive back and receiver may have to hold off a charge from several linebackers, including St. Ignatius' Kyle Berger, who followed up a strong junior campaign with a good summer of camps.

Iowa has one of it's highest ranked prospects in the last several years with guard Ross Pierschbacher, who was committed to Iowa, but recently switched to Alabama. He is an athletic kid who finishes his blocks with authority.

Illinois has the top overall player in the Midwest with linebacker Clifton Garrett. The rest of the state is strong as well though, linebacker Nyles Morgan and offensive tackle Jamarco Jones are highly regarded nationally at their positions and overall, the Land of Lincoln has eight prospects in the Scout 300.

Need a receiver? Go to Indiana. Four of the state's top five prospects are receivers and nine of the top 15 are also pass catchers. Big, physical Notre Dame commit Justin Brent leads the way, with Dominique Booth and Austin Roberts right there and one of the biggest risers of the summer, Ohio State verbal Terry McLaurin also in the Scout 300.

Minnesota is strong at the top this year. Minneapolis Washburn running back and Golden Gopher commit Jeffrey Jones keep his top spot. The Land of 1,000 Lakes is also home to the nation's top center, Alabama commit J.C. Hassenauer, another one of this summer's biggest risers.

Wisconsin has four four-star prospects this year, and not surprisingly, they are all linemen. The top dog continues to be Monona Grove offensive tackle Jaden Gault, who has the size (6'7, 275) and tools to be one of the next great blockers from the state. However, Sun Prairie's Craig Evans may issue a strong challenge for his perch after a dominating summer. Both are committed to Wisconsin.

In Kentucky, massive 340-pound defensive tackle Matthew Elam is the top prospect. However, Kentucky quarterback Drew Barker had a good summer which included an Elite 11 selection and he is expected to make a big charge towards the top this season.

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