Midwest Recruiting Notebook

Spring game visits and evaluation period updates on in-school visits, new offers and more from around the Midwest.

Final Spring Games Set to Draw Visitors
Michigan State, Iowa and Rutgers, the final three Big Ten programs to hold their spring games, are set to play them this weekend while Buffalo and Kent State will also play theirs in the MAC.

The Spartans are hosting a large group of visitors which incldudes 13 offered prospects. Defensive end Jashon Cornell, running back L.J. Scott, wide receiver Brian Cole and running back Mike Weber are among the headliners. All four are top 150 national prospects. Several other prospects who could earn offers from MSU are also slated to return. Spartan Digest has the full list for premium subscribers.

Iowa will host Warren Harding (Ohio) center James Daniels, a highly recruited junior whose brother Leshun is a running back with the Hawkeyes. They will also be hosting one of the top 2016 prospects in the Midwest, Mundelein Carmel (Ill.) offensive tackle Sean Foster (6'8, 270) who already has several major offers.

Spring Eval News and Notes

- Cincinnati La Salle defensive tackle Jordan Thompson picked up an offer from Notre Dame on Thursday, an offer that Scout's Ohio analyst Dave Berk believes puts the Irish in strong contention for the 6-foot-2, 250-pound prospect.

- Wisconsin stopped in Iowa and saw West Des Moines Valley's John Raridon and Urbandale's Jake Heinrich and Caleb Bright, all sophomore offensive linemen. Raridon was offered later in the day. The Badgers were also in Indianapolis where defensive end Jacob Robinson and safety Mykelti Williams were both offered.

- Vanderbilt and Miami (Ohio) both stopped to see West Lafayette (Ind.) offensive lineman Peyton Truitt on Wednesday.

- Northern Illinois and Illinois both stopped to see Concord (Ill.) Triopia fullback Dean Arendt on Thursday.

- Eastern Michigan watched Muskegon (Mich.) Mona Shores quarterback Tyree Jackson throw.

- Minnesota will be in to watch Dewitt (Mich.) quaterback Jake Johnson throw on Monday.

- Michigan State will be at St. Jospehs (Mich.) for offensive lineman Wes French on Monday morning.

- Western Kentucky was at Noblesville (Ind.) for offensive tackle Brandon Knight and linebacker Donavan Lynch.

- Purdue stopped at Newburgh (Ind.) Castle for 6-foot-6, 265-pound defensive tackle Mason Wetzel, who was invited to the Boilermakers' camp.

Recent Commitments
- Notre Dame added Cary-Grove (Ill.) offensive lineman Trevor Ruhland, a high school tackle who is ranked at guard, but projects to center fo the Irish. He chose the them over Minnesota, Nebraska and others. Analysis | Commitment story

- East Kentwood (Mich.) offensive lineman John Keenoy chose Western Michigan over the weekend. Keenoy is a technician who projects to center for the Broncos. He was excellent the last few times we've seen him including at February's Elite Big Man Camp. Full story on his commitment here.

- Miami (Ohio) added their first two commitments in their 2015 class with East Grand Rapids (Mich.) linebacker Carter Masek and Loveland (Ohio) offensive tackle Ian Leever. Masek is a good sized kid who could project to several positions but grow into a true, hand-down defensive end before it's all said and done. Leever is massive (6'6) and tough. Both were big pickups for the Redhawks. Masek Story | Leever Story | Leever analysis

New Offers
- Notre Dame offers Cincinnati La Salle (Ohio) defensive tackle Jordan Thompson.

- Texas and Nebraska both offer Lawrence Central (Ind.) four-star linebacker Darrin Kirkland.

- Toledo offers Chicago Hales Franciscan (Ill.) safety Patrick Nelson and quaterback-receiver Dominic Christian.

- Eastern Michigan and Toledo both offer Auburn Hills Avondale (Mich.) running back Joshuwa Holloman.

- Miami (Ohio) offered Lawrence Central (Ind.) defensive tackle Eric Whitehead.

- Illinois, Navy and Army all offer Carmel (Ind.) wide receiver Isaac James.

- Army offered Waukesha West (Wisc.) outside linebacker Dyson Chmura.

- Ohio and Eastern Michigan extended offers to Hilliard (Ohio) Davidson LB Markus Bailey.

- Wisconsin offered Warren Central (Ind.) safety Mykelti Williams, Westfield (Ind.) defensive end Jacob Robinson and West Des Moines (Ia.) Valley offensive lineman John Raridon.

- Cincinnati (Ohio) Hills Christian Academy 2016 two-way lineman Prince Sammons, one of the Midwest's top sophomores, was offered by Toledo. The Rockets also offered Lima (Ohio) 2016 receiver Ruben Flowers and Mundelein Carmel (Ill.) 2016 offensive tackle Sean Foster.

- Akron has offered Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward linebacker Troy Henderson.

- Buffalo extended an offer to Marian Central Catholic (Ill.) quarterback Billy Bahl. The Bulls also offered Franklin (Wisc.) offensive tackle Vincent Hughes.

- Minneapolis De La Salle (Minn.) offensive tackle Drayton Carlberg offered by Michgan State and Vanderbilt.

- Miami (Ohio) extends an offer to Avon (Ind.) Joe Belden, who visited the Redhawks last weekend.

- Eastern Michigan extended an offer to St. Joseph (Mich.) offensive lineman Wes French.

- Detroit Country Day (Mich.) offensive tackle Justin Hunter offered by Syracuse.

Sleeper of the Week
Loyola Academy (Wilmette, Ill.) linebacker Calvin Falkenhayn is a nice sized kid (6'2, 230) who plays with a motor on film and displays the ability to play over the slot and cover receivers and tight ends. Film

Underclassman of the Week

Plymouth (Minn.) Wayzata linebacker Foster Conzet may only be 6-foot-1, 195-pounds, but the sophomore likes contact and is not afraid to lay a big hit on ball carriers. He shows a nose for the ball and should continue to keep growing over the next two years. Film


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