Network football recruiting news

A look at the latest Hot News items, covering wide receiver Kyle Jefferson (Cleveland Glenville), linebacker Kevin Rouse (Joliet, Ill., Catholic Academy), offensive lineman Dan Barry (Mentor, Ohio, Lake Catholic High School) and wide receiver/cornerback Montari Leonard (Daytona Beach, Fla., Mainland High School).

Kyle Jefferson: Junior highlights

Cleveland Glenville wide receiver Kyle Jefferson is a long and lanky, yet explosive athlete. The Midwest top 100 selection gets vertical up the field in a hurry. Once his body fills out, he could be a dangerous weapon for someone. Check out these junior highlights of Jefferson in action.

—Bob Lichtenfels,

Kevin Rouse: Close to the vest

Joliet (Ill.) Catholic Academy linebacker Kevin Rouse (6-1, 220, 4.6) denied a leader, but seems most interested in Wisconsin, Iowa and Northwestern over Pittsburgh, Iowa State, Minnesota and North Carolina State.

"I still can't say I have any favorites out of my top seven. I just don't want to let it out and then have things change, to be honest," Rouse said.

"I went to Wisconsin last Thursday (July 6) with my dad, brother and grandpa, and they told me I would be second to play because of the depth chart on my position. I'd been there a few times before to visit, so (linebackers) coach Dave Doeren showed us around the campus again and I got to meet one of the linebackers, Jonathan Casillas. Wisconsin has an amazing campus and it's right by some lakes."

"Iowa is a big name in football. They are in the bowl game every year," he said.

"Northwestern's new head coach, Pat Fitzgerald, stands out because he's the most personable coach I know," he said.

"I will announce my top three after I visit Pittsburgh, which has great linebackers and city surroundings, and North Carolina State at the end of July," Rouse said. "After that, it looks like I'll be ready to commit, maybe even in the beginning of August."

Rouse bench presses 300, squats 550 and has a 34-inch vertical jump.

He reports a 3.5 core GPA and a 26 ACT.

—Allen Wallace,

Dan Barry: Suffers a setback

Dan Barry a 6-foot-3, 280-pound offensive lineman from Lake Catholic High in Mentor, Ohio, suffered a stress fracture in his foot that forced him to miss the team camps this summer, but he still took the time to check out a few campuses, according to his father, Kevin Barry.

"We visited Indiana, Purdue, Iowa, Wisconsin and Bowling Green," the elder Barry informed. "He missed all of the camps because of his injury, but he is supposed to be all healed and have full range of motion in time to start practice with his team.

"Schools like Iowa, Wisconsin, and Indiana have all indicated that he is near the top of their lists after he proves that he is fully recovered. Stanford is another school that has shown a lot of interest."

Barry was one of the top junior prospects who participated in the U.S. Army National Combine in San Antonio. Barry will be a three-year varsity starter in 2006. He has started the last 23 varsity football games for Lake Catholic and was named All-League as a sophomore and as a junior.

—Bob Lichtenfels,

Montari Leonard: Fastest at FSU camp

Montari Leonard, who recently transferred to Daytona Beach Mainland for his senior season, returned home from the Florida State camp today.

"I ran the fastest 40(-yard dash) time at 4.28," Leonard said. "Florida State is showing high interest in me right now. Sixteen of us went up there and we tore it up. It was fun."

Leonard, 5-9 and 165 pounds, had a chance to talk to the FSU coaches before he left.

"I talked to Coach (Billy) Sexton and he said he really likes me," he said. "I'll get tickets to their home games and he said he'll be coming to watch me in the fall. I worked out at both receiver and corner."

Also on the recruiting front, the rising senior picked up his fourth offer recently.

"Southern Miss offered me," he said. "I now have Wisconsin, Southern Miss, Missouri, and Tennessee State. I'm still looking at all of those but I really like Florida State right now."

—Mike Bakas,

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