Army Junior Combine: Midwest Recruiting Notes

Dewayne Hendrix

The Midwest was well represented as the U.S. Army Junior Combine on Friday. Here are a few notes on which colleges some of the prospects are hearing from, including Dewayne Hendrix, Damien Harris, Daniel Cage and others.

No Change at The Top
Madison Southern (Ky.) sophomore running back Damien Harris was one of the top overall performers at the combine. He had one of the fastest forty times by our watches (4.41/4.38) and caught the ball well in 1-1s. He also had a 4.2 shuttle and a 32-inch vertical jump after measuring at just under 5’10, and 197-lbs. His head coach Jon Clark says he has added 15-lbs of muscle since the end of the season.

On his top schools, Harris says, “Michigan and Ohio State are still one and two.”

However, Alabama has invited him down for junior day, and he has also been in touch with Oregon recently. Neither of them have offered. While a decision is not expected any time soon, both Clark and Harris stressed not dragging the process out longer than it has to be.

On the Verge
Even though he has seven offers under his belt, O’Fallon (Ill.) defensive end Dewayne Hendrix still seems like a bit of an under the radar guy. His performance on Friday may change that, as he showed good get-off, agility and athleticism during the 1-1s. The 6’5, 235-lb junior has offers from Illinois, Kansas State, Michigan State, Mississippi, Missouri, Northern Illinois and South Florida. He says he has high interest in Tennessee, but does not have a Volunteer offer yet.

Cage Impresses
Cincinnati Winton Woods (Ohio) junior defensive tackle Daniel Cage was one of the top performers in one on ones. Minnesota, Illinois, Cincinnati and Tennessee have offered. He is also hearing from Georgia and Notre Dame, and says the Irish would be his top school if they offered.

AWP Represented Once Again
AWP (Athletes With Purpose) had a player in the game, five-star linebacker Jaylon Smith and brought some of their top young talents down to the combine.

Drue Tranquill is a 6’2, 200-lb linebacker-safety from Fort Wayne Carroll. He took an unofficial visit to Ohio State and is also hearing from Northwestern. Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger tight end Ryan Wattercutter took unofficial visits to Notre Dame, Indiana and Cincinnati, and is headed to junior days at Illinois, Indiana and Cincinnati.

Fort Wayne Concordia quarterback David Morrison is hearing from Ball State, Bowling Green, Toledo, Michigan State, Iowa and several Ivy League schools. Fort Wayne South Side cornerback Donovan Clark is hearing from Indiana, who he is visiting on March 2nd, along with Iowa. New Haven wide receiver Jordan Hogue is a big play wide receiver who is not hearing from any schools yet, but is another to watch.

Fort Wayne North linebacker D’Marcus Moon, who had 33 reps on the bench press, says he is hearing from Oregon, Notre Dame, who he visited, Stanford and Michigan State, who he took an unofficial visit to in the fall. He is also being recruited by some schools as a fullback-running back.

Muskegon Invades San Antonio
Several prospects from Mona Shores and one from Muskegon High came down from Michigan to San Antonio. Big Reds defensive tackle Kenny Finley had a good showing in drills and one on ones. At this point, the 6’3, 260-lb Finley still does not have any offers, but is hearing from a number of schools including Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Cincinnati and others.

Mona Shores wide receiver Asantay Brown had Michigan stop into the school for him. The junior was an All-State selection this year. Sophomore quarterback Tyree Jackson, a starter since his freshman year, has heard from Central Michigan.

Lapeer East Sends Two
Lapeer East (Mich.) had two prospects at the combine in sophomore lineman Anthony Herbert and junior tight end Kyle Rachwal. Herbert has played both sides of the ball, but worked out as an offensive lineman at the combine. He plans to camp at Michigan and LSU this summer. Rachwal is hearing from a number of schools, most recently Nebraska and unofficially visited Michigan several times during the year. He says he hopes to hear more from Notre Dame in the coming months.

We will have much more on these prospects and other Midwest kids at the combine in coming days, including scouting reports, interviews, and more.

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