Here's a recap of Scount on the Town from the Midwest with links to the other parts of the country. This weekend we were in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois.
Allen Trieu, National Recruiting Analyst East Grand Rapids (Mich.) vs East Kentwood (Mich.)
The Pioneers have a good one in junior linebacker Carter Masek. He already has a Western Michigan offer and has the potential to grow into a defensive end. He looks quicker and faster than last year and has a nose for the football. He forced a fumble and made several tackles in their win. Junior quarterback Mikey Roth is accurate and smart, but undersized. He should be able to find a home in college though. For East Kentwood, senior offensive tackle Elliot Jordan, a Western Michigan commit is long and has a great frame. He plays tough and with intensity. He still needs to fill out, but a lot to like with him. Junior John Keenoy is a tough, hard working interior prospect. EGR sophomore Gourney Sloan is a good athlete who has Division-1 potential at both cornerback and wide receiver.
Dave Berk, Ohio Recruiting Analyst Cincinnati (Ohio) St Xavier vs. Cincinnati (Ohio) Colerain
With an estimated crowd over 10,000 strong, Colerain wasted little time in setting the tone of the game as senior quarterback Kelvin Cook scored on a 31-yard keeper on the teams opening drive on his way to a 154-yard performance in a game matching two FOX Sports Top 50 teams.
Cook was the offensive star for the Cardinals as he looks to prove to college coaches he's got the ability to play at the DI level. Junior Jordan Asberry took a step forward as a prospect to watch showing off great speed during an 81 yard touchdown run. Senior linebacker Tegray Scales showed why he's one of Ohio's top uncommitted prospects with a ten tackle (2.5 sacks) performance that caught the attention of head coach Tom Bolden.
For St. Xavier, Iowa pledge C.J. Hilliard did score a touchdown but struggled to find running lanes ending the night with only 46 yards on 12 attempts. Junior Ben Glines looks like a prospect to watch with a solid performance (3 carries, 49 yards, 1 touchdown / 6 receptions, 88 yards) and senior tight end Kevin Kraemer caught our eye. Kraemer, who stands 6-foot-6, 204-pounds, is more of a flex tight end but showed solid hands pulling down seven balls for 66-yards and one touchdown. Indiana pledge Nick Carovillano continues to impress with his best football ahead of him and top junior Justin Hilliard finished the night with five tackles and shows the ability to flow to the ball and make plays.
Indianapolis (Ind.) John Marshall vs. Cincinnati (Ohio) Hughes
All the scoring in this one came in the first half as the two teams traded touchdowns in the first quarter. John Marshall senior quarterback Aric Powell led the way with two touchdown passes on the day hitting senior Ceagan Slash and sophomore Marcus Richardson. Hughes countered with junior running back Levon McCants to help them get on the board late in the first quarter as he broke off a long touchdown run showing off his speed. McCants is a prospect to watch as he's a raw athlete with speed. Junior two-way lineman Raymar Rucker is a 6-foot-4, 220-pound prospect with long arms and could project into a top flight defensive end and senior Jamez Stallworth showed well on both sides of the ball as well. Also news worthy was the story of Sarah Franklin who went from team manager in week one to field goal kicker in week two after watching the team drop their first game of the season because of a missed kick Franklin became the first female student-athlete at Hughes to score a point for the football team when she connected on her extra-point attempt following McCants touchdown run in the first quarter. One prospect we'll have to catch later in the year is lineman Thomas Jackson who stands 6-foot-5, 336-pounds. Jackson is expected to be back for the final two weeks of the season.
Bill Greene, Ohio Recruiting Analyst Canton (Ohio) Glen Oak vs. Massillon (Ohio)
One of the top early season matchups in Ohio lived up to the hype as Massillon defeated Glen Oak 23-20 in three overtimes. The main storyline was Massillon starting a freshman quarterback for the first time in their storied history and Danny Clark showed why he is one of the top 2017 prospects in not only the Midwest, but in the entire country. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound, freshman threw three touchdown passes, showing exactly why he already has recruiting interest from Arkansas, Ohio State and Michigan State. Junior wide receiver Reggie Rogers caught two touchdown passes and he should be adding to his offer list of Kentucky and Toledo shortly. Glen Oak junior tailback Jason Simon holds no offers yet, but he showed the talent that has several schools interested in his power-running style. Hubbard (Ohio) vs. Girard (Ohio)
Although four-star tailback L.J. Scott left the game early in the first quarter with a foot injury, his 67-yard touchdown run was a thing of beauty. Scott is Ohio's top 2015 prospect, so it was disappointing to have him out of action so early. Junior offensive lineman Matt Jones played every play on both sides of the football, but his work on the offensive line is why he holds offers from West Virginia, Kentucky and Toledo. Scott has lost weight over the past year, which has greatly aided his quickness and conditioning. Scott's brother, Isaiah, is also a junior prospect of note and he played well at both safety and wide receiver. Senior Darnell Tate is a little on the small side at 5-foot-9, 170-pounds, but he is a great football player. He has the speed and quickness to succeed at the college level as a slot receiver.
Derek Young, Midwest Recruiting Analyst Columbus (Ohio) Walnut Ridge vs Groveport (Ohio) Groveport-Madison
In a 28-6 victory for Walnut Ridge, 2015 linebacker Anthony McKee racked up several tackles for loss, including three sacks. He was all over the field in the second half and wreaked a lot of havoc on the Groveport-Madison offense once he was turned loose. 2015 defensive tackle Joshua Jordan is another prospect to watch for Walnut Ridge on the defensive side of the ball. He struggled in the first half and was not winning the battle in the trenches. That changed in the second half as Jordan dominated the line of scrimmage and helped Walnut Ridge shut down the running game for Groveport-Madison. Defensive end Robert Bowers, a Michigan State commit, was sidelined with an injury and did not play.
Beth Long, Midwest Field Reporter Glenwood (Ill.) vs Jacksonville (Ill.)
Jacksonville featured two of the highest rated offensive lineman prospects in the state. Senior Northwestern commit Blake Hance and junior Gabe Megginson (offers from Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and several others). The night belonged to Glenwood and was highlighted by Tennessee tight end commit Daniel Helm, who played linebacker all night against Hance.
Soldan (Ill.) vs Edwardsville (Ill.) at East St. Louis Classic
One of the most raw and athletic prospects in the state is Edwardsville defensive back/multi-purpose athlete Craig James and Edwardsville came up big during the first game of the City of Champions classic. James most recent offer is from Syracuse, and has offers from Iowa, Missouri, Indiana and more.
Loyola (Ill.) vs (Ill.) O'Fallon at East St. Louis Classic
O'Fallon is one of the most talent heavy rosters in the state but couldn't hang in with Loyola Academy, including a five-tackle performance by four-star uncommitted defensive end Dewayne Hendrix who has offers from all over the country. Loyola got out front fast and O'Fallon couldn't catch up.
Montini (Ill.) vs East St. Louis (Ill.) at East St. Louis Classic
The night-cap game of the East St. Louis classic proved that Montini Catholic is one of the best teams in the state by containing East St. Louis defensive end Terry Beckner who has over 20 offers. A big night for Ohio State commit Dylan Thompson who picked up two sacks. And three-star linebacker Nyle Sykes had a game changing interception during the third quarter. Plus, junior wide receiver Leon Thornton picked up two touchdowns.
Simone Scott, Midwest Recruiting Reporter Gahanna (Ohio) Columbus Academy vs. Columbus (Ohio) Bishop Ready
This game was dominated by Bishop Ready from the beginning as they got the 35-7 win. Bishop Ready senior quarterback Matt Yoho had his way with the Columbus Academy defense as he passed for three touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Kelly Culbertson caught two of those touchdown passes for 27-yards and 19-yards. Also impressive was senior running back Akili Taylor. Taylor, who holds an offer from Kent State and has interest from Pittsburgh, scored two rushing touchdowns of his own. Virginia Tech commit Brady Taylor was effective on both the offensive line and defensive line. He created holes for Akili Taylor and also pressured the quarterback.
Anna Hickey, Indiana Field Reporter Indianapolis (Ind.) Lawrence Central vs. Louisville (Ky.) Trinity
Lawrence Central backed up preseason expectations that its linebacker corps is among the best in the country. Despite having Louisville quarterback commit Reggie Bonnafon, a four-star dual-threat prospect, and running backs sophomore Jailen Reed and junior Donald Brooks on Trinity's roster, Lawrence Central held Trinity to just 35 rushing yards. Reed is hearing from Louisville, Auburn, Florida State and Missouri, and Brooks is hearing from Louisville, Auburn, Florida State and Kentucky.
Sophomore defensive lineman Conner Foos, a Notre Dame legacy of Trinity, is a defensive prospect worth keeping an eye on. Lawrence Central senior outside linebacker Brandon Lee, who registered a safety, plans to announce his final decision on Nov. 8 among a top six of California, Louisville, Northwestern, Penn State, Oregon and Virginia Tech. Junior outside linebacker for Lawrence Central, Darrin Kirkland Jr., already holds offers from the likes of Illinois, Indiana and Louisville. Middle linebacker Nikia Averitte has potential to see his stock soar this year on the trail, and his stat-line Friday night included a sack in the fourth quarter and another key tackle for loss in the second half. Lawrence Central has now won 18 straight games, a streak that includes wins from last season's state championship run.
Speedway (Ind.) High vs. Beech Grove (Ind.) High
Speedway jumped out to an early lead and never looked back in this Indiana 2A clash. Notre Dame wide receiver commit, four-star Justin Brent, who plays running back, safety, and returns kicks for Speedway, finished with 126 rushing yards on 18 carries on offense. He also had a 72-yard kickoff return for touchdown, four tackles, one interception and one pass break-up.
Jamie has been covering college football recruiting since 1992 and is entering his ninth year with Scout.com and FOXSportsNext. He's currently a National Recruiting Analyst and Manager for the state of Florida. Jamie is also covering the NFL Draft for the network.