The Big Ten states and the Midwest region were well represented in 247Sports.com’s release of the nation’s top 247 prospects for 2013.
Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Luers OLB Jaylon Smith checks in at No. 4 nationally
The top two players on the list hail from the state of Georgia in Loganville Grayson DT Robert Nkemdiche (6-5, 275) and Lagrange Troup County ILB Reuben Foster (6-1, 230). No. 3 on the list is Lake City (Fla.) Columbia OT Laremy Tunsil (6-6, 275). Foster is already committed to Alabama.
Smith, the brother of Ohio State freshman running back Rod Smith, has offers from the likes of Indiana, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Purdue and Tennessee.
Marshall has offers already from Notre Dame, Ohio State, Cincinnati, Illinois, Pittsburgh, Tennessee and UCLA.
In terms of verbals, three prospects from the top 247 list have already issued verbal commitments to Big Ten schools and/or Notre Dame. Notre Dame has a verbal from Michigan offensive lineman Steven Elmer (No. 10 overall), while Michigan has early commits from in-state quarterback prospect Shane Morris (No. 12) and Ohio defensive back Dymonte Thomas (No. 35). Prospects in the Class of 2013 will not sign binding letters-of-intent until February 2013.
There are 38 players from the nine-state Big Ten footprint on the initial top 247 list for 2013. That includes 18 from Ohio, six each from Michigan and Illinois, four from Pennsylvania, three from Indiana and one from Wisconsin.
Here is a state-by-state look at prospects on the list from the nine-state Big Ten region with the players’ overall rating in parentheses:
Middletown, Ohio, QB Jalin Marshall is rated No. 5 nationally in the 2013 class.
* Ohio (18 prospects) – QB/athlete Jalin Marshall (No. 5), Middletown; Cameron Burrows (No. 32), Trotwood-Madison; DB Dymonte Thomas (No. 35, Michigan verbal), Alliance Marlington; QB Malik Zaire (No. 47), Kettering Alter; OT Billy Price (No. 52), Austintown Fitch; OL Jake Butt (No. 70), Pickerington North; TE Jacob Matuska (No. 80), Columbus Bishop Hartley; RB Aregeros Turner (No. 104), Akron Copley; OLB Taco Charlton (No. 115), Pickerington Central; CB Darian Hicks (No. 130), Solon; QB Kyle Kempt (No. 170), Massillon Washington; OL Lovell Peterson (No. 174), Huber Heights Wayne; athlete prospect Michael McCray Jr. (No. 191), Trotwood-Madison; WR Shelton Gibson (No. 199), Cleveland Heights; OT Evan Lisle (No. 206), Centerville; athlete prospect Ben Gedeon (No. 211), Hudson; ILB Darrien Howard (No. 229), Dayton Chaminade-Julienne; RB Ross Douglas (No. 242), Avon.
* Michigan (6 prospects) – OT Steven Elmer (No. 10; Notre Dame verbal), Midland; QB Shane Morris (No. 12, Michigan), Warren De La Salle Collegiate; OT Riley Norman (No. 113), Cadillac; SDE Wyatt Shallman (No. 149), Novi Catholic Central; OLB Jon Reschke (No. 180), Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice; CB Jourdan Lewis (No. 218), Detroit Cass Technical;
* Illinois (6 prospects) – OT Ethan Pocic (No. 13), Lemont Township; RB Ty Isaac (No. 30), Joliet Catholic Academy; OT Kyle Bosch (No. 55), Wheaton St. Francis; QB Aaron Bailey (No. 57), Bolingbrook; WR Laquon Treadwell (No. 65), Crete-Monee; QB Matt Vlviti (No. 185), Park Ridge Maine South;
* Pennsylvania (4 prospects) – WR Robert Foster (No. 14), Monaca Center Valley; RB David Williams (No. 101), West Philadelphia Central; TE Adam Breneman (No. 161), Camp Hill Cedar Cliff Heights; OT Patrick Kugler (No. 182), Wexford North Allegheny.
* Wisconsin (1 prospect) – Athlete prospect Austin Ramesh (No. 190), Eagle River Northland Pines.
* Iowa – None.
* Minnesota – None.
* Nebraska – None.