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|Top Prospects -- Ill./Ind./W.V./Ky.|
|Martez Wilson (IL)||DE||86|
|Jerimy Finch (IN)||S||81|
|Bryan Bulaga (IL)||OT||80|
|Robert Hughes (RB)||RB||79|
|Darren Evans (IN)||RB||79|
|Josh Brent (IL)||DT||78|
|Doug Beaumont (KY)||RB||78|
|Artis Chambers (IN)||S||78|
|Charlie Russell (WV)||QB||78|
|David Molk (IL)||OC||78|
His ability to run and chase down ball carriers down field is amazing. His natural physical attributes make a threat as a pass rusher, and as he grows and develops pass rush moves, he will become even more dangerous. Wilson has the room to get better, but he can do so much that it will be hard for his college coaches to not overuse him.
With his talent it is easy to understand the great amount of interest in him from recruiters. He holds multiple offers from programs all over the country and has narrowed down that list to a top five and will soon hit the road to officially visit those schools.
He has rescheduled a visit to Illinois, the in-state school which fellow Chicago native Simeon Rice attended. Illinois has stayed in the running with some of college football's powerhouse programs. Some have felt the Illini have an edge, but Wilson will tell you not to buy into that. While he is there often, it has more to do with the school's proximity.Wilson will visit USC in late November, then Notre Dame, Ohio State and Miami. The Hurricanes could be the team to watch in the run for Wilson. They came with an offer in mid August and quickly jumped right into the mix. The recruitment of this Windy City native will be one of the hottest stories this fall.
Kentucky was home to Micah Johnson, the nation's No. 1-ranked inside linebacker, last year, but this year the state does not boast a player with such a high ranking. That being said, Brent Slusher is a legitimate tight end and linebacker prospect who worked hard in the off-season by attending camps and combines to try and generate interest.
His hard work paid off -- coaches saw a prospect with good size, ability and aggressiveness. He comes from a smaller program and will need to keep improving, but he has the tools to develop into a good one. He is already a solid in-line blocker and, with work, could be a strong player in this area. He can be a target in the receiving game as he has good hands and concentration.
He is still developing as a tight end and his senior year will only be his second lining up at the position. Once he gets to Auburn and gets continuous coaching, he has the room to get much better. Slusher is not the best tight end prospect in the land, but with experience, time, reps, and more coaching, he could turn out to be a real asset for the Tigers offense and have people saying "where did that kid come from?"
In West Virginia, the Mountaineers have done the best with three verbals, including one from top-25 quarterback Charlie Russell, a Morgantown native.
The true winner in recruiting these areas right now is not even located in any of these four states. Michigan has landed three highly-rated prospects, with one coming from Illinois and two from Indiana, including ESPN 150 safety Jerimy Finch out of Warren Central High in Indianapolis.
Craig Haubert is a recruiting coordinator for ESPN's Scouts Inc.