Midwest Recap: Scout on the Town

It's week one of the 2013 high school football season and our Midwest scouts and reporters were scattered across the region.


Allen Trieu, National Recruiting Analyst
Fort Wayne (Ind.) Carroll vs. Goshen (Ind.)

Four-star linebacker prospect Drue Tranquill lived up to his ranking and then some. He did everything, lining up at running back, wide receiver, wildcat quarterback, punt returner, linebacker, safety and cornerback. He ended up with four touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving, one passing) and a sack on defense. He's athletic, has good closing speed and will be an asset in coverage as he can matchup on backs, tight ends and slot receivers. Currently committed to Purdue, Tranquill was offered by Notre Dame recently and is considering the Irish. The Boilers have offered him as an outside linebacker while Notre Dame likes him as a middle linebacker. Based on what we've seen of him he can play either position.

Brother Justin Tranquill was injured and missed nearly three-quarters of the game, but still scored a touchdown and had an interception. He has good speed and ball skills. He's not as big as Drue but is a fine athlete who could be a defensive back or running back or potentially even a slot receiver at the next level. He has an offer from Toledo and we believe more will end up coming his way.

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Dave Berk, Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Indianapolis (Ind.) Decatur Central Hawks vs. Indianapolis (Ind.) Franklin Central Flashes

After jumping out to a 14-0 lead, Decatur Central entered the locker room at halftime up 28-18. However, the second half saw the Franklin Central use multiple big plays to fight back before taking a two-point advantage into the fourth quarter. The rest of the game both sides moved the ball freely combining for 34-points in the fourth quarter until the Flashes were able to make a big defensive stop with less than a minute left in the game to secure a 58-50 win. All eyes were on Hawks two-way senior lineman Lukayus McNeil who holds 18 scholarship offers. After starting slow, the 6-foot-6, 272-pound McNeil showed the tools that have college coaches excited about his future potential. Also catching our eye was lineman Trent Maynard. The 6-foot4, 285-pound sophomore didn't start the game but played a major role late in the game as the Hawks looked to match the Flashes on the scoreboard.

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Beth Long, Midwest Field Reporter
Gary West Side (Ind.) Mater Dei vs. Hobart (Ind.)

Even West Side and Ohio State wide receiver commit Lonnie Johnson's two touchdowns couldn't put them over the top against Hobart, as the Brickies took home the season opener 47-34.

Johnson ended the day with 108 yards and caught everything that was sent his way. Cousin Jon'vea Johnson added three touchdowns and cracked 100-yards himself on the night. Jon'vea has offers from Cincinatti, Ball State, Toledo and several others.

Hobart was led by junior running back Noah Smith who racked up nearly 200 yards.

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