Midwest Five: Juniors on the Rise

Mike Weber

In the first installment of our new "Midwest Five" feature, we take a look at five juniors who have stepped their games up this season and should be rewarded with new offers.


Mike Weber | RB | Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech
Junior Film
Weber was healing from an injury last offseason, so this year was his first coming into a season with a year of training behind him. As a result, he has been fast, explosive, and has helped Cass Tech to an undefeated record thus far.


Noah Listermann | OT | Winton Woods (Ohio)
Winton Woods' roster is full of Division-1 talent, but it is Listerman who is the surprise thus far. He has only played football for just over a year, but his six-foot-seven frame and athleticism has schools seeing his potential. He recently picked up offer number one from Cincinnati and more may be on their way.

Darrin Kirkland | OLB | Lawrence Central (Ind.)
Junior Film
Kirkland had a good season at Park Tudor last year, but now we have seen him play against better competition at Lawrence Central and play well. He has a nose for the ball, makes plays in coverage, and has been rewarded with a new offer from Virginia Tech in addition to plenty of new interest.

Alex Malzone | QB | Brother Rice (Mich.)
Junior Film
After flashing big time talent last season, many wanted to see how Malzone would do as the full time starter. He has answered that question to date, leading his team to several big wins and several last minute wins, exhibiting poise, calmness under pressure and a strong, accurate arm.

David Edwards | QB | Downers Grove (Ill.) North
Edwards is North's quarterback, but his size (6'6, 230) and athleticism has convinced many that he can play another position in college and play it well. Tight end appears to be most likely, but defensive end and even offensive tackle are not out of the question. What is clear though, is that he is a BCS level prospect.

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