Three SW Ohio Midwest Top 150 Remain

The Ohio high school football season is a week away and there are still a few highly rated players in Southwest Ohio still uncommitted. Here is a quick look at three players in the most recent Scout.com 2014 Midwest Top 150 to keep an eye on in the coming weeks as they get closer to making their college decision known.

While the majority of the top prospects from Southwest Ohio made their college decisions early in the recruiting process, three in the most recent Scout.com Midwest Top 150 remain on the board with college programs continuing to fight for them. Here is a look at three names to watch going forward out of the Southwest part of the Buckeye state. Daniel Cage – Four-star Defensive Tackle (No. 6 National Ranking) - Cincinnati Winton Woods High School

Key Programs: Louisville, Michigan State, Georgia Tech, Florida

Sleeper Programs: Arkansas, Nebraska, Cincinnati, Ohio State, West Virginia

Cage keeps things close to the vest and while others attacked the process by taking several unofficial visits and hitting the camp circuit, Cage stayed home with his family as they went through a medical issue with a family member. Right now Louisville has to be considered the leader with Michigan State fighting right alongside with the Cardinals. Georgia Tech and Florida are programs Cage continues to talk about visiting and has been in constant contact with the past several months.

If Ohio State would offer Cage the defensive tackle would take a hard look but the Buckeyes have not moved on him up to this point and it's hard to say if they will in the remaining weeks. Nebraska and Arkansas are two programs that have caught the eye of Cage, but both programs are a great distance from home and Cage has expressed more of a desire to be closer to home.

At this time Louisville has to be considered the favorite for Cage as there are some ties to the programs. However, an expected visit to Michigan State in September could help the Spartans as they've done a great job of recruiting in Southwest Ohio since Mark Dantonio became head coach.

Tegray Scales – Four-star Outside Linebacker (No. 26 National Ranking) - Cincinnati Colerain High School

Key Programs: Indiana, Oklahoma, West Virginia

Sleeper Programs: Cincinnati, Boston College, Louisville

Scales did not make a planned visit to Indiana this past weekend but don't read too much into the missed visit. We expected Scales to make an official visit to Oklahoma and would not be surprised if one to West Virginia also happens. However, the team to beat is Indiana as Hoosiers Co-Defensive Coordinator/linebacker coach William Inge has done a great job of building a strong relationship with the talented linebacker.

Out of the sleeper programs one would expect Cincinnati to have some advantages but we feel Scales is looking to get away from home but not too far away.

Jon Bezney – Three-star Offensive Guard (No. 30 National Ranking) – Mariemont High School

Key Programs: Vanderbilt, Harvard, Yale

Sleeper Programs: Cincinnati

Because of his desire to study pre-med Bezney has eliminated many programs including Wisconsin who issued a deadline for the talented offensive lineman before he was ready to make a decision. Right now Vanderbilt could be the third program Bezney is considering but they have made a strong impression as offensive line coach Herb Hand had done a great job of keeping the lines of communication open with the Ohio native.

With a 34 ACT score we would not be surprised with a decision to Yale or Harvard when all is said and done. Right now Bezney is in no hurry as he continues to breakdown all three programs. Cincinnati could be a sleeper as they do offer the programs Bezney desires, however, we feel he'll leave Ohio when all is said and done.


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