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Upper Midlands Weekly Recruiting Notebook
The spring evaluation period of the recruiting cycle has begun and will last until May 31. College coaches will hit the road once again to get a look at the nation's top prospects. It could lead to new interest, more offers, and additional visits being set up and the first wave has started. The biggest news of the week was Oklahoma City (OK) Casady offensive lineman Josh Wariboko de-committing from the Sooners. He has a strong desire to play at the same school as his younger brother and has decided to re-open his recruitment to once again look seriously at other schools that have offered, specifically other Big 12 programs, the SEC, and the Big Ten. Oklahoma will still be under consideration. Lawton (OK) cornerback Darreyl Patterson added another offer this week, from Arkansas State. Washington State continues to show the most interest as he now holds six offers to his name. Oklahoma City (OK) Midwest City safety Will Sunderland is one of the top prospects in the nation, not just the region. The spring evaluation period will be kind to him and it started off in a big way as he claimed a scholarship offer from Ohio State. Oklahoma City (OK) Westmoore wide receiver Dahu Green collected an offer from Virginia earlier in the week. At 12 offers, look for the three-star junior to add to that list over the evaluation period. 2016 Oklahoma City (OK) Casady defensive back Max Wariboko received his first offer during the week, from Louisville. He is the younger brother of former Sooner commit Josh Wariboko. 2016 Jenks (OK) quarterback Scotty Gilkey was another sophomore prospect from Oklahoma that garnered his first offer of the process. Louisiana-Monroe extended a scholarship to the signal caller. Seward (NE) defensive tackle Adam Holtorf picked up his second Ivy League offer of the process as Yale extended him a scholarship this week. He visited Iowa and Wisconsin and admitted to heavy interest in the Hawkeyes. Pittsburg (KS) running back Alex Barnes continues to hold at one offer, from Kansas. The Jayhawks hosted the ball-carrier over the weekend for the Spring Game and are the frontrunner for his services. Lawrence (KS) Free State offensive tackle Scott Frantz's stock continues to rise with every week. He added a Big Ten offer last night from Purdue. He also visited Kansas over the weekend for the spring game and will be in Columbia this weekend for the Missouri spring game. Webb City (MO) offensive tackle Dalton Ford received his second FBS offer as Syracuse made the call to extend him a scholarship. They join Illinois in that regard. St. Louis (MO) John Burroughs running back John Moten committed to Northwestern during the week. The Wildcats have been on a tear for the 2015 cycle, notching a handful of commits in the last few weeks. The commitments from Moten came as no surprise. Columbia (MO) Rock Bridge wide receiver Alex Ofodile is one of the elite prospects in the Upper Midlands region and took his scheduled trip to South Bend over the past weekend to get a look at the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame impressed the four-star junior greatly and are in serious contention to land the outside threat as he plans to return to the campus before making his college choice. Kirkwood (MO) St. John Vianney tight end Kyle Markway took his first trip to South Carolina over the weekend. The three-star prospect already holds an offer from the Gamecocks and lists them as one of his favorites along with Iowa. Lee's Summit (MO) quarterback Drew Lock continues to be on a tear. He committed to Missouri a few weeks ago to follow in the footsteps of his father. He followed that up by being awarded the quarterback MVP at the Chicago NFTC and earned a trip to Oregon for the Elite 11 finals. Jefferson City (MO) Helias tight end Hale Hentges is in the midst of his second southern tour to get a taste of a few other southeast schools that have offered. He began the trip yesterday with a return trip to Tuscaloosa to get more acquainted with Alabama. The Crimson Tide impressed the four-star junior and he will visit Auburn today, followed by a stop in Tallahassee tomorrow to check out Florida State. Murray (IA) linebacker Seth Nerness visited Iowa State last weekend for their spring game. He's the top uncommitted prospect in the state of Iowa and the Cyclones are still his only offer. He still remains heavily interested in the Hawkeyes.
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