Thursday, September 24, 2009

Top Wisconsin Recruits


QB •••+ Tom Parish 6-3, 195, 4.7 Hartland Arrowhead
He is the #1 signal caller in the state of Wisconsin.
On Film–Tom shows excellent size, a surprisingly strong arm, and quick feet. He plays under control and is tough. Has a quick set up in the pocket and goes through his progressions well. Coach said he is the best athlete he has ever seen at the school and his potential is enormous.
Grades–His GPA is 3.5. Benches 275.
Favorite Schools–His father, Steve Parish, played ball at Wisconsin as did his grandfather, Forest Parish. He is Committed to MINNESOTA.

QB ••• Justin Sinz 6-4, 215, 4.85 Edgar
He is another big, strong QB and an excellent two-way player.
On Film–On offense he has the arm strength to make all the throws, is a smart player who rarely throws into coverage, and can get the ball downfield with good accuracy and touch. He shows good pocket presence and, although not a blazer, he is able to buy time in the pocket until his receivers become open. To top everything off he is also a very hard-hitting SS on defense known for his ability to get to the ball.
Stats–He completed 133 of 240 passes for 1,921 yds and 21 TDs and was picked off 12 times at QB. Also totaled 99 tackles, picked off 8 passes, batted down 8 others, and caused 3 fumbles at SS.
Other Sports–He has been timed in a 12 flat 100 and a 23 flat 200 meters and has long jumped 19' in track and he averages 15 pts and 10 rebounds a game as an FW in basketball.
Grades–His GPA is 3.9. Benches 250.

Other Quarterbacks to Watch:
Chip Rink 6-6, 210, 4.8 Cedarburg
Brad Brooks 6-5, 175, 4.7 Green Lake
Drew McAdams 6-1, 180, 4.6 Madison East
Trevor Hass 6-3, 180, 4.7 New London
Josh Gasser 6-4, 190, 4.7 Port Washington
Ryan Barwick 6-1, 175, 4.6 West Allis Central
Trey Demler 6-0, 190, 4.7 Oshkosh West

RB •••+ Jeff Lewis 6-2, 200, 4.6 Brookfield Central
The scouts were coming to this school to check out Xavier Whitaker and also came away impressed with Mr. Lewis.
On Film–He's a tall, very quick, if not fast RB with a straight up and down style of running. He runs with some power and does a good job of finishing off his runs. He's very effective running between the tackles and also shows some burst outside. A good all around athlete who could also wind up playing FS at the next level.
Stats–Earned All-League honors for his play at RB.
Grades–His GPA is over a 2.5. Has a 30" VJ.
Favorite Schools–IN, WI, PURDUE, and IOWA STATE.

RB ••• Joel Sweeney 6-2, 220, 4.6 Tomah
A high school RB who could wind up playing FB or LB at the next level.
On Film–Joel certainly proved to be a good athlete. He is a strong runner that has size and strength to wear down high school defenses. He shows good instincts, sheds tackles well, and shows very good durability. Displays a good pair of hands as a receiver coming out of the backfield and is an exceptionally good blocker; sounds like an FB to me.
Stats–Earned All-State recognition at RB in '08.
Grades–His GPA is over 3.0.
Favorite Schools–WI, MN, NORTHERN IL, MI STATE, IA, and ND ST.

RB ••• Leighton Settle 5-10, 175, 4.5 Madison West
He is the son of Wisconsin RB Coach.
On Film–Last season Leighton took the area by storm. He flashes good change of direction, can make sharp cuts, and does a real good job of making tacklers miss. Runs with surprising strength and has excellent balance and vision.
Stats–He rushed for 1,837 yds and 29 TDs on his way to earning All-State Recognition and Madison Back of the Year.
Favorite Schools–WI, IL, IOWA, FRESNO ST, and WSU.

Other Running Backs to Watch:
D.J. Fuller 5-10, 180, 4.5 Madison LaFollette
Brian Crook 5-11, 180, 4.55 Heartland Arrowhead
Sean Marshall 5-10, 215, 4.6 Sun Prairie

WR •••• Marquis Mason 6-5, 215, 4.55 Madison East
He is the state's #1 WR prospect and one of the best in the Midwest and one of the most underrated nationally.
On Film–Marquis proves to be a blue chipper. He has a tall and athletic body, surprising quickness, strong hands, catches the ball effortless, and can also catch the ball outside his frame. Shows good concentration and tracks the ball well. He can get to his top speed quickly, runs good routes, and has good body control and burst.
Stats–Earned some All-League honors and All-Area honors for his play at WR.
Other Sports–He is a standout FW in basketball.
Grades–His GPA is over 2.5.
Favorite Schools–Committed to WISCONSIN.

WR ••• Barrett Powell 6-2, 195, 4.6 Wauwatosa East
His coach claims he is one of the best receivers in the state.
On Film–Shows good athletic ability and Division I potential at WR and DB. He is an active and alert WR who knows how to get open and can run with the ball after the catch. He is also a hard-hitting safety with range on defense.
Stats–He earned HM All-State honors at WR in '08.

TE ••• Kyle Costigan 6-5, 250, 4.8 Muskego
Here is a two-way end that certainly has the ability to become an impact player at the next level.
On Film–He is a very strong and active receiver with strong hands, surprising quickness, and good blocking skills on offense. Also shows advanced skills at the DE position. Dominates the point of attack and has been able to beat blockers on a consistent basis. Very instinctive, he reads and reacts well, can redirect, and has the kind of closing speed that will allow him to apply pressure on the QB.
Stats–He earned All-League honors at both TE and DE in '08.
Grades–His GPA is over 3.0. Benches 350.

OL •••+ Matt Eggen 6-4, 280, 5.3 LaCrosse Logan
I really like this young man's potential. He is very athletic and has the frame to weigh well over 300 pounds.
On Film–Matt excels at the tackle position and is very fluid in his movements. He shows quick feet, excellent body control, and can redirect and block out on the second level. His work ethic is excellent, he is very quick off the ball and overpowers most defenders. Shows good awareness and plays the game on his feet. Could wind up playing tackle or guard in college.
Stats–Earned All-State recognition for his play at tackle in '08.
Other Sports–He is a standout FW-C in basketball.
Grades–His GPA is over 3.0.
Favorite Schools–Committed to MINNESOTA.

OL •••+ Zac Epping 6-3, 285, 5.3 Kenosha Tremper
He is a standout two-way player who is best suited to play center at the next level.
On Film–#51 shows good footwork and excellent quickness off the ball. He dominates from the OC position and has an aggressive style of play showing good body control and can redirect. He also shows a quick short-area burst and can effectively block down on linebackers. Dominates the point of attack with strength, speed, and smarts. He is also a run-stuffing tackle on defense that is excellent in pursuit.
Stats–He totaled 99 tackles, 6 sacks, 8 tackles for losses, and 2 caused fumbles at DT and earned 2nd Team All-Area honors for his play at OC.
Other Sports–He averages 5 pts and 6 rebounds a game as a center in basketball.
Grades–His GPA is 3.1 and he scored an 18 on the ACT. Benches 280.

OL •••+ Jake Irwin 6-5, 255, 5.0 Waunakee
He is one of the top prospects in the Madison area and figures to be one of the state's better players this fall.
On Film–Jake proves to be a natural at the OL position. He needs to add weight and strength but certainly has the athletic ability, body control, and quickness the college scouts are looking for. A diamond in the rough who has been blessed with long arms and a great attitude. Sets up quickly when pass blocking and is a smart player who makes few mistakes. He competes hard on every down.
Stats–Earned All-Madison Area honors for his play at OT. He could wind up playing OT or OG in college.
Grades–His GPA is 3.6 and he scored a 27 on the ACT.
Favorite Schools–Committed to WISCONSIN.

OL •••+ Dallas Lewallen 6-6, 295, 5.2 Berlin
He was known by very few until this June's Wisconsin summer camp where he caught the eye of the Badger coaches and the rest is history.
On Film–I've yet to see Dallas on film but from what I gather he is an athletic 295 pounder with long arms, quick feet, and the ability to slide outside effectively cutting off speed rushers. He can redirect quickly and is an accomplished run blocker.
Favorite Schools–Committed to WISCONSIN.

OL ••• Sam Cunningham 6-5, 310, 5.4 Hudson
This state has always been known for producing big OL prospects and this year is no exception.
On Film–Sam proves to be one to watch. He never lets up, plays hard until the whistle, can bend his knees, redirect quickly, and can slide and mirror as evident by him not allowing a sack in '08.
Stats–He earned some All-League mention for his play at tackle.
Grades–His GPA is over 3.0.

OL ••• Riki Kodanko 6-9, 280, 5.5 West DePere
His great size is the first thing you notice about Riki.
On Film–He also impresses you with his overall athletic ability. Has tremendous upside; he is not yet there but certainly has the potential to eventually get there. However, there aren't many 6-9 OL's that actually make it big at the next level but Riki certainly has the athletic ability and motivation to be one of the few.
Stats–Earned some All-League mention for his play at OT.
Grades–His GPA is over 3.5.

OL ••• Rickey Edwards 6-5, 290, 5.1 Milwaukee Riverside University
He is certainly someone to keep your eye on. Rickey plays guard in high school and will probably play that position in college.
On Film–He is a big guy with a good frame, has pretty quick feet, keeps low and can fire out. Always seems to get good positioning, he sets up quickly in pass protection and plays hard on every down. He is one of the more athletic OG prospects in the Midwest. He needs to put it all together in '09.

Other Offensive Linemen to Watch:
Kyle Deavers 6-6, 300, 5.3 Racine Park
Ethan Peck 6-5, 250, 5.0 Nicolet
Steven Kenitz 6-3, 265, 5.0 Hartford Union
Matt Wyss 6-4, 290, 5.1 Boyceville
Joe Labeots 6-2, 290, 5.5 Baraboo

DL •••+ Bryce Gilbert 6-2, 285, 4.9 Brookfield Central
He is one of the fastest rising DT prospects in the Midwest.
On Film–Bryce can consistently beat blockers to the punch, plays hard in every down, and shows a good closing burst. He plays with leverage, quick hands, and is effective when shooting gaps. Very strong with a great attitude, he shows the power to control blockers, separate, and then quickly disengage. A very effective bull rusher.
Stats–Earned All-League and All-Milwaukee Area honors for his play at DT.
Favorite Schools–Committed to WISCONSIN.

DL •••+ Mike Hardy 6-5, 260, 5.1 Kimberly
An outstanding prospect at DT, OT, OG, and possibly even punter.
On Film–Mike proves to be surprisingly athlete with very good strength, determination, attitude, and balance. He has solid footwork, and can reach the second level quickly and redirect with the best of them when run blocking. On defense he has proven to be very difficult to run on showing good burst and instincts. Not super fast but is able to penetrate and cause havoc in the backfield. Very difficult to block, he plays the game at 100% on every play. One of the better big men in the Midwest and an outstanding athlete.
Grades–His GPA is over a 3.0.
Favorite Schools–Committed to IOWA.

DL ••• Cameron Botticelli 6-5, 245, 4.9 Milwaukee Marquette University
Here's a ball player for you to keep an eye on. People went to this high school to check out Michael Trotter and came away very impressed with Mr. Botticelli.
On Film–Quick for a 245 pounder, he can redirect, shows good up field burst, body control, and has a nose for the ball. Needs to add weight and strength but the potential is there.
Grades–His GPA is 3.4.

DL ••• Hector Clausel 6-2, 250, 4.8 Milwaukee Madison
A high school LB who could wind up playing DT in college.
On Film–Shows pretty good speed, great hands, and a good work ethic. His coach says he is a definite Division I player and I concur. He shows the ability to wear down blockers with his strength and his relentless style of play. Excellent when in pursuit and takes good angles to the ball.
Stats–Earned All-Milwaukee Area honors for his play at LB.

LB ••••+ Konrad Zagzebski 6-3, 225, 4.6 Schofield D.C. Everest
He is the #1 prospect in the state of Wisconsin and one of the country's top LB prospects.
On Film–I've watched Konrad develop over the past couple of years; his coach sent film after his sophomore and junior years. The things I like best about him are his instincts and speed to the ball. He does a good job of playing off blocks and making plays. He is a leader on the field, dominates most games he's in, shows remarkable lateral speed, gets to the perimeter in a hurry, stays low, and explodes into ball carriers. At times he has proven to be unstoppable on the defensive side of the ball. The consummate LB, he shows enough quickness to beat most backs to the perimeter and strength to dominate hard-charging offensive linemen.
Stats–Totaled 93 tackles, 4 sacks, and 22 tackles for losses in '08 on his way to earning All-State honors.
Grades–His GPA is 3.4.
Favorite Schools–A few months ago he committed to MINNESOTA and then this spring changed his commitment to the WISCONSIN BADGERS.

LB •••+ Aaron Armstrong 6-1, 230, 4.64 Neenah
If you are looking for an ILB that is always around the ball, hits hard, and dominates the point of attack, look no further than #33, Mr. Armstrong.
On Film–His instincts are second to none. He is like a man among boys at the high school level. He dominated just about every game he played in '08, showing good play recognition and is a sure tackle that excels in pass coverage not to mention in run support. He makes plays all over the field, and moves up field quickly and uses his good balance and body control to stay on his feet and find the ball.
Stats–Earned All-State recognition in '08 after totaling 122 tackles, 3 sacks, 10 tackles for losses, and 4 caused fumbles including the game I watched with 23 tackles against Appleton North.
Other Sports–He has been timed in an 11.3 100, a 23.4 200, and a 52.4 400 meters in track.
Grades–His GPA is 3.4. Benches 365 and has a 32" VJ.
Favorite Schools–His father, Brett Armstrong, played ball at Wisconsin. His favorite schools are WI, IA, MN, MI STATE, VANDY, NORTHWESTERN, and MD.

Other Linebackers to Watch:
Eric Reimer 6-2, 215, 4.7 Sussex Hamilton
Kolby Knuth 6-3, 215, 4.7 Appleton North
Marcus Trotter 6-1, 220, 4.6 Milwaukee Marquette

DB •••+ Xavier Whitaker 6-3, 200, 4.6 Brookfield Central
A high school RB who could wind up being a pretty good FS at the college level.
On Film–He shows exceptional athletic talent and he could become a prize catch if he chooses football over basketball. His coach says he is a prospect and he's right. On offense, he runs with a straight up-and-down style showing pretty good moves, excellent speed, and balance. Certainly shows the ability to make the leap to Division I ball. I guess it will just be a matter of what sport he decides to play.
Favorite Schools–Committed to INDIANA.

DB ••• Michael Trotter 6-0, 195, 4.55 Milwaukee Marquette University
A very physical FS who on film is very aggressive in run support.
On Film–He takes good angles to the ball and is a solid open field tackler. A playmaker who will challenge for the ball in traffic, he shows a smooth backpedal and a good burst to the ball. He's underrated and a definite Division I prospect.
Grades–His GPA is 3.0. Benches 320 and has a 34" VJ.

DB ••• Eric Oertel 6-2, 195, 4.6 Racine-Lutheran
Well known in the Racine area, Eric is now starting to get some look-see's by a good number of the top programs in the Midwest.
On Film–Eric proves to be an outstanding two-way player who is physical with good range on defense. He shows the quickness to the ball and anticipation the college scouts like to see, he can change directions quickly, shows good recovery speed, and is rarely caught out of position. He can make plays all over the field.
Stats–Earned 1st Team All-County honors for his play at DB.
Favorite Schools–Looking at WSU, IOWA STATE, WI, IL STATE, and CENTRAL MI.

K-PTR •••• Will Hagerup 6-4, 205, 4.7 Whitefish Bay
He is still another talented kicker who can also make it at the next level as a punter.
On Film–Will was ranked by some people as the third best punter in the nation and 16th best kicker. He is very consistent from 45 yards in and averages 42 yards per punt. No doubt he has Division I skills. His brother plays ball at Indiana.

KP ••• Kyle French 6-2, 172, 4.9 Menomonee Falls
A big-time kicker with a great leg.
On Film–Kyle is smooth, consistent, and kicks with ice water in his veins. Nothing seems to disturb him and right now he rates as one of the top kickers in the Midwest.
Stats–He has earned All-State mention each of the past two years. He had a long of 44 yards in '07.
Grades–His GPA is 3.7.

1 comment:

  1. Tom, did anyone have any idea where Riki Kodanko had been offered? I just find it surprising that not even some of the smaller DI schools were offering. There's very little information available on him, anywhere.