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Badger: Recruiting quick hitters

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Five-star quarterback Zeke Pike has set his spring break visit plans in stone, and he shared the news with 247Sports before Saturday’s New Level Athletics Badger 7-on-7 event got started.

Five-star QB Zeke Pike is aiming to have a top eight by early May.

The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Ft. Mitchell (Ky.) Dixie Heights standout will be at Tennessee on Tuesday, Clemson on Wednesday, Georgia on Thursday and spend Friday and Saturday at Auburn, taking in the Tigers spring game. Pike was hoping to fit in a visit to Florida State, but couldn’t make it work.

Pike says he plans on doing some serious trimming to his list of roughly 40 scholarship offers to a top eight in May. Schools he mentioned that will most likely make the cut are Purdue, Arkansas, Auburn, Tennessee, Michigan and North Carolina.

Pike is ranked as the nation’s second-ranked pro-style passer and 18th-best player overall.

***Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech four-star cornerback Terry Richardson says he’ll visit Michigan for the Wolverines spring game this coming weekend and he’ll be at Ohio State for the Buckeyes spring game on April 23.

This summer, the nation’s third-ranked cornerback is looking to get to UCLA, USC, Alabama and LSU.

The 5-foot-9, 165-pound Richardson ranks as the 31st-best player in the country overall.

***Florida, North Carolina and Virginia lead for Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes four-star defensive end Eli Harold, but he says Penn State is making a strong push in the fourth spot.

The 6-foot-4, 213-pound Harold camped in Happy Valley last summer and plans to do so again this summer. He’ll visit Florida on April 30, and says he’ll get back to Virginia sometime in the beginning of May.

Penn State is pushing four-star DE Eli Harold's top three of Florida, Virginia and North Carolina.

Harold is looking to announce his decision at the U.S. Army All-America Bowl in early January. He is tabbed as the fourth-best weak-side defensive end in the country and the No. 38 prospect overall.

***Four-star linebacker Deaysean Rippy remains completely open regarding the recruiting process but says that USC, Syracuse and Florida have made an early impression.

Rippy also holds offers from the likes of Alabama, Georgia, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, Ohio State, Pittsburgh and Rutgers. He’s visited several of those campuses already and says he could visit Michigan next week for the Wolverines spring game.

Planning to graduate early and enroll into whatever school he chooses in January, Rippy is aiming for a decision during the middle of his senior season. He says USC will get one of his official visits.
The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Rippy checks in as the nation’s 14th-best outside linebacker and 146th-best player overall.

***Virginia Beach (Va.) Bayside receiver Anthony Cooper reports offers from Boston College, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Western Michigan, with strong interest coming from North Carolina.

Cooper says that he doesn’t have any favorites but that following recent visits to Virginia and North Carolina, both programs have caught his attention.

Ranked as the 26th-best receiver in the country and the 220th-best player overall, Cooper plans to camp at Virginia, Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt and Boston College. As a junior he caught roughly 60 passes for 900 yards and 16 touchdowns, and also had four interceptions on defense.

***Erie (Pa.) McDowell four-star athlete Greg Garmon has North Carolina as his slight leader with Michigan and Penn State rounding out his top three. He visited Happy Valley last weekend and says there’s a chance he visits Michigan this weekend.

Four-star LB Deaysean Rippy says USC will get one of his official visits.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Garmon is the nation’s 20th-ranked athlete and 232nd-best player overall.

***Detroit (Mich.) King running back/receiver prospect Dennis Norfleet plans to visit Tennessee over his spring break and also get to Michigan State on April 16. He added that he wants to get to Michigan in the near future.

The 5-foot-8, 175-pound Norfleet is ranked as the nation’s 19th-best running back and 244th-best player overall.

***Jeannette (Pa.) Senior High safety Demetrious Cox holds double-digit scholarship offers and says he currently knows the most about Pittsburgh, Penn State, Michigan State and Boston College.
“They definitely come around more than the others and fill me in,” Cox said.

Cox attended Pittsburgh’s practice on Saturday before the event. He’s also been to Penn State and Michigan State. Cox is looking to attend the spring game at both Pittsburgh and Penn State, and would also like to get to Ohio State in the near future. He’s from the same high school that produced Buckeyes quarterback Terrelle Pryor.

***Penn State tight end Jesse James is teaming up with four-star athlete Armani Reeves this weekend and the two have talked about the Nittany Lions. Reeves took a recent trip to Happy Valley and said good things to James about his visit. For Reeves, he recently told 247Sports that Penn State, Michigan and Stanford will most likely be in his top five, and that places like Iowa, Maryland, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Boston College and Rutgers are still pushing for one of those two final spots. Reeves plans on deciding after his senior season.

***Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith running back J.C. Coleman has Virginia, Virginia Tech, Duke and Maryland as the four schools standing out, but says he’s still considering any school showing interest in him.

The 5-foot-7, 175-pound Coleman visited Virginia Tech last week and he’ll return for the Hokies spring game on April 23. He’ll be at Maryland’s spring game on April 30.

Coleman wants to make a decision before the start of his senior season. As a junior he rushed 153 times for around 1,400 yards, and caught 33 passes for 608 yards. He had 26 total touchdowns.

***Baltimore (Md.) Polytechnic Institute cornerback/safety Donavan Riley holds scholarships from Virginia Tech and Vanderbilt and says those two programs are standing out. He plans to be at the Hokies spring game next weekend. Riley took an unofficial visit to Pittsburgh this weekend before the tournament and feels close to an offer.
Riley plans on making a decision before the start of his senior season. As a junior he had 15 pass breakups and six interceptions. On offense, Riley had 45 receptions for over 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns.

***Eastpointe (Mich.) East Detroit tight end Ronald Thompson added an offer from Vanderbilt this week. Michigan still leads for his services and Thompson was recently close to pulling the trigger, but will now take a trip to Syracuse next Saturday for the spring game. Indiana, Bowling Green and Toledo have also offered.

***Pittsburgh and Toledo have offered Pittsburgh (Pa.) Peabody linebacker Jaylen Coleman, and he says West Virginia and Wisconsin coaches have both told him offers are coming when he visits. Coleman will be at the Mountaineers spring game on April 16 and the Badgers spring game on April 23.

Coleman said Pittsburgh is his early leader but Wisconsin could really push the Panthers if they offer. He had 124 tackles and two forced fumbles as a junior.

***Towson (Md.) Calvert Hall cornerback DaQuan Davis has an offer from West Virginia, and feels that Rutgers, Virginia, South Carolina, Maryland and Connecticut are close extending a scholarship. The Mountaineers, Gamecocks and Cavaliers have the early upper hand.
Davis said he’s visited South Carolina six times and loves it there. He likes the amount of defensive backs West Virginia uses in its defense and Virginia assistant Anthony Poindexter has made a great impression on him.

Davis had 48 tackles, 15 pass breakups, 3 forced fumbles and six interceptions as a junior. He says his next visits will come to Rutgers and Virginia, but nothing is scheduled. There is no timetable for a decision.

***Canadian defensive end Eli Ankou has an offer from UCLA, and keeps in regular touch with Rutgers and Coach Jeff Hanson at Virginia. He plans to camp at UCLA, Rutgers, Stanford and USC.

***Northwestern leads for South Bend (Ind.) Washington receiver Gehrig Dieter, who thinks he’s in great shape to land a Wildcats offer at their first camp this summer. He’s taken three recent visits to the Evanston campus. Dieter has offers from Ball State, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Northern Illinois and Western Michigan. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Dieter says he’ll also camp at Michigan State, and plans to make a college decision by the end of the summer.

***Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech cornerback Ruben Lile says he’ll attend spring games at both Iowa and Western Michigan. Each program has offered, and Lile has the Hawkeyes out in front.

***Hampton (Va.) Phoebus receiver Romond Deloatch says that Florida State, North Carolina, Virginia and East Carolina will all offer when his ACT score comes back. He visited Tallahassee a month ago and was in Chapel Hill last week. Deloatch will visit Boston College in two weeks.

***Salem (Va.) High sophomore quarterback Bucky Hodges already holds offers from Virginia and Virginia Tech. He was arguably the most impressive quarterback the first day of the event, and besides the schools that have offered, reports interest from Miami, Ohio State, West Virginia and North Carolina.

This past season, the 6-foot-4, 186-pound Hodges passed for 1,300 yards and 14 touchdowns and added another 400 yards on the ground and eight scores. He plans to visit Virginia Tech for a spring practice and get to Virginia and Ohio State this summer.

***Washington D.C. Friendship Collegiate freshman defensive back Jalen Tabor is already hearing from many of the nation’s top programs. He said Clemson and South Carolina are the two programs standing out early, with the Tigers holding the slight advantage. Tabor feels Clemson could offer him first when he visits in May.

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Tabor is teammates with the nation’s third-ranked prospect, defensive tackle Eddie Goldman, and he’s hoping all the college coaches that visit during the spring evaluation period for Goldman will also take a look at him.

***Indianapolis (Ind.) Pike cornerback Jonathan Reed says he plans to attend Michigan State’s junior day next week and one at Ohio State down the road. Toledo and Western Michigan have offered.

***Pittsburgh (Pa.) Upper Saint Clair linebacker Dakota Conwell is waiting on his first offer but is in strong communication with West Virginia, Toledo, Michigan State and Pittsburgh. He visited Morgantown on Friday and plans to hit the Panthers’ spring game. He had 61 tackles and an interception as a junior.

***Waldorf (Md.) Westlake safety prospect Michael Westray reports personal interest from Duke and Maryland and is getting mail from Wisconsin. He plans to camp at Duke and Maryland.

Stay tuned for full stories on many of these prospects.

Barton Simmons contributed to this report.

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