Wisconsin offers Michael Ferns
Clifton Garrett names Ohio State as leader
WR Dominique Booth will visit Wisconsin, Purdue, Michigan & Ohio State this summer
247 (Free) - Five new five-stars in '13 Top247
Kendall Fuller, Kenny Bigelow, Priest Willis, Carl Lawson & Vonn Bell.
Eli Woodard moves up to No. 57 overall and now has a numerical grade of 95. He was impressive at the Baltimore Nike Football Training Camp. Had it not been for Fuller, he would have been the best one there.
Rossville, Ga. -- Less than three miles from the Tennessee border, coaches from Auburn and Tennessee watch as defensive back Vonn Bell (Rossville, Ga./Ridgeland) makes it look easy against his teammates during the school’s spring scrimmage. Three carries result in three spectacular touchdown plays for the 6-foot, 185-pound ESPN 150 athlete, who would also make his presence known on defense with a couple bone-jarring hits before letting the backups take over.
For Bell, who is coming off an All-State season in which he made 180 tackles, five interceptions, three forced fumbles and three recoveries for touchdowns on defense, as well as 37 rushes for 280 yards and five touchdowns, 31 catches for 487 yards and six touchdowns on offense, it was just another day at the office.
More than 15 programs made the trip in the last month to Rossville to evaluate Bell, who has done his best to return the favor, making trips to Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Tennessee, Texas and Vanderbilt this year. It is all part of a process that Bell and his parents take seriously.
Five-star safety Su'a Cravens had been scheduled to unofficially visit Michigan and Nebraska next week in preparation for his June 6 decision date. NU, UM and USC were the three presumed favorites.
But the Vista Murrieta (Calif.) two-way star reportedly canceled both trips. Su'a Cravens father, Kevin confirmed the cancellation Sunday night.
“It's accurate,” he said.
According to Kevin Cravens, Su'a has final exams to take, and while the family initially thought he'd be able to make up these exams at a different date, the school, Kevin said, won't allow it. So no visit.
But the June 6 decision date has not and will not change, Kevin Cravens said. Su'a Cravens will not make the visits to NU or Michigan next week, either.
Asked if the change in circumstances — without a change in the decision date — meant that hometown USC was the obvious choice for his son, Kevin Cravens said: “June 6, that's when everyone will find out.”
The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Su'a Cravens is the nation's No. 8 overall prospect, according to 247Sports.
Deerfield-based Core 6 Athletes traveled to Auburn Hills, Mich., where it finished second in the IMG Regional 7 on 7 during the weekend, earning an invitation to the IMG national 7 on 7 championship in late June in Bradenton, Fla.
Several top Illinois players are part of Core 6's team, including Crete-Monee receiver Laquon Treadwell, Simeon linebacker Reggie Spearman and Plainfield South linebacker Clifton Garrett.
Speaking of Treadwell, he seemed to be in no hurry to make his final college choice, but recently that has seemed to change.
While in Auburn Hills, Treadwell said he has started to narrow down his list of favorites and he might make a college choice sometime during his upcoming senior season. He has been focusing on Illinois, Michigan State, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, with unofficial visits set in early June for the latter two.
Palatine pair on the rise: Two Class of 2013 players from Palatine have added offers and could see their stock soar this summer.
Offensive/defensive lineman Josh Baldus (6-foot-5, 255 pounds), a three-sport athlete with tremendous physical upside, has an early offer from Western Michigan. He also is drawing looks from Boston College, Central Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State and Western Michigan.
Safety/outside linebacker Jesse Bobbit (6-2, 205) has offers from North Dakota and Eastern Illinois. Several bigger schools will be looking closely at him this summer at various one-day camps. Illinois, Minnesota and Northern Illinois, along with several other BCS schools, are involved this spring with Bobbit.
New school: Plainfield East is a relatively new school, yet the Bengals have two players generating some recruiting looks.
Center Tyler Lancaster (6-4, 280) has offers from Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan.
Safety/outside linebacker Brennen Rompa (6-0, 210), who has exceptional speed, has drawn attention from Army, Grand Valley State, Illinois State, South Dakota, South Dakota State, Southern Illinois and several other FCS schools.