Midwest: 2014 Rankings Changes

Midwest: 2014 Rankings Changes

Two new five-stars and one four-star were added in the Midwest today along with several other changes. Here is a look at some of the major movers.

Linebacker Central

Clifton Garrett was the Midwest's lone five-star going into this week, but Scout added two more linebackers to the list today in Cincinnati (Ohio) Moeller's Sam Hubbard and Crete-Monee (Ill.) product Nyles Morgan.

Hubbard, an Ohio State commit, impressed throughout his senior season culminating in a big playoff run. Both Ohio analysts Dave Berk and Bill Greene had a chance to see him and believe he is one of the best in the state.

"I think he's number one in the state," Berk said. "He's a great athlete. He has a tremendous wing span. I think Ohio State has something special there with him. He's so athletic that he could even play tight end and be a big time player there."

Not only did Hubbard come up with his best when his team needed it most, but he consistently played outstanding competition. Combine that with his size and physical tools and we feel he has an extremely bright future.

Morgan, currently uncommitted, had a fantastic senior season. He has tremendous closing ability and packs a punch when he arrives to the ball carrier. More of a lanky, leaner kid when we saw him a year ago, his added size and strength as a senior allowed him to play a more physical game. Combined with his ability in space, we felt he rounded out his game and became a more complete linebacker this season.

Weishar Makes a Move

After a great senior year, Notre Dame commit Nic Weishar moved up to four-star range. He is big (6'5, 225), sure handed and showed athleticism and toughness as a senior playing linebacker. We believe he will continue to add weight and strength and become the next in a great lineage of tight ends for the Irish.

Other Risers

- Cleveland Glenville (Ohio) safety Erick Smith played great down the stretch and moved up nearly 20 spots in the Scout 300.

- Michigan State commit Vayante Copeland had a similarly strong season and moved up roughly 20 spots nationally as well.

- Pittsburgh commit Phillipie Motley (Hilliard Davidson) added a third star, as did several other Ohio products we feel are under-recruited: Kettering Alter defensive end Joseph Kraemer, Pickerington Central offensive tackle Brennan Dudziak, Kent State commit Reggie Howard, and Moeller quarterback Gus Ragland.

- Western Michigan commit Asantay Brown (Muskegon Mona Shores, Mich.) moved up quite a few spots positionally after his senior season. He is projected as a safety for the Broncos.

BuckeyeSports.com Recommended Stories

  • Troy Smith built his legend in the Michigan game and will fittingly be honored at halftime of this year's edition of the rivalry. He reflected on his time at Ohio State and his success in The Game.

  • Every week, Fantasy Football Expert Rusty Reeves predicts a heaping handful of players who will decline in the coming weeks. They should be downgraded at least one tier. Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler …

  • Ohio State is humming right along heading into this week's rivalry game with Michigan. How are things in Buckeye Land the week of Thanksgiving? Bill Greene answers questions from BSB subscribers in…

  • Urban Meyer has a deep understanding of Michigan week, which is in full swing now. Another sign of that was his weekly Monday press conference, at which the head coach updated the team and talked…

  • Finding just the right present for that special someone can be a challenge, so we’ve compiled a wide variety of hunting, fishing and outdoor gifts that you—or Santa—can deliver this Christmas.

Up Next

With the Ohio season now finished and a rankings update in the works, here are a few defensive…