Midwest: Emerging Juniors

Colin McGovern

As we turn the page to 2013, here are some Midwestern juniors who have only a few offers apiece, but are poised to add more over the coming months.

Colin McGovern | OT | Lincoln Way-West (Ill.)
There is a great group of offensive linemen in Illinois for 2013, and I consider McGovern to be right there with them even though he doesn't have as much national attention as some of them right now. Northwestern offered first, but recently Illinois, West Virginia and Tennessee jumped in. The ball is rolling. Expect it to keep going for this 6'7, 280-lber who finishes blocks strong on tape.

Jaron Dukes | WR | Columbus Marion-Franklin (Ohio)
Last year, a big Ohio wide receiver named Dwayne Stanford began to emerge around this time and signed with Oregon yesterday. One year from now, Dukes will likely be signing with a major program as well. He's even bigger at 6'5, 200-lbs and goes up and high points the ball well on tape. Toledo offered first, Michigan offered on Signing Day, and I think a few others are going to get in the act.

Darius Latham | DT | North Central (Ind.)
Latham is a 6'5, 285-lb lineman who is also an excellent basketball player. That athleticism in that body allows him to project on either side of the ball, although he says he prefers defense. Indiana and Mississippi offered first and Michigan and Tennessee have followed in recent days and Ohio State is also showing interest now. His best days in football are ahead of him, and schools know that, but they also know he has a lot of potential.

Jalen Banks | CB | Harvey Thornton (Ill.)
Banks picked up an early Northwestern offer and since then, his impressive film has made the rounds and brought about even more interest. Then he went to the Core6 Winter Showcase and continued his momentum with a strong day. Since them he's added several schools to that offer list and his recruiting is threatening to go national as he is hearing from new schools from across the country.

Donovan Wilson | RB | Dublin Jerome (Ohio)
His brother Cameron signed with Iowa yesterday and Donovan already has an offer from Purdue. I would expect that number to grow though as he had a good junior year, showing he was a home run hitter by breaking a number of long touchdown runs. He can also catch the ball out of the backfield. He's a little under the radar right now, but so was Cameron at this time last year.

Delano Hill | S | Detroit Cass Tech (Mich.)
Hill recently earned his first offer from Syracuse and I think more will be on their way. He's a good sized kid at 6'1, 185-lbs and showed as a junior that he could play in the deep part of the field and come up and play man to man even though his forte is in run support. He's a solid, sure tackler and made a lot of plays for their team last year. Ruben Lile's recruitment picked up last summer and I think Hill could be the same.

Khalid Hill | TE | Detroit Crockett (Mich.)
Central Michigan just offered and Michigan and Michigan State are showing interest. Hill is a thick kid who projects as an H-Back type. He had a great camp run last summer and continued that into the season. He has a good set of hands on him too. I was initially a little worried about his size, because he wasn't a 6'5 tight end, but I think he can be an H-Back, and after watching his film on defense, I think he's a Division-1 defensive line prospect too. Good all around player.

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