Midwest: Juniors to Watch at Camps

Ray Buford

Camp month is when prospects can go from under the radar to firmly on the radar. Here are seven players in the 2015 class from the Midwest who are already being recruited by FBS schools, but could see the arrival of more offers in the month of June.

Corde O'Neal, wide receiver-linebacker, Summit Argo (Ill.)
O'Neal is an intriguing prospect. His 6-foot-3, 200-pound frame and athleticism give him an opportunity to project to a number of positions. He could be a receiver, safety, flex tight end or grow into an outside linebacker. He currently holds six offers, but has camp dates with schools like Wisconsin and Indiana in hopes of picking up his first from the Big Ten.

Billy Bahl, quarterback, Marian Central Catholic (Ill.)
We believe Bahl is one of the best quarterbacks in the Midwest, and he just received his first BCS offer from UConn. With his size (6'4, 215) and pure passing ability, it would not be surprising to see him earn more offers in June. He is undecided on a full camp schedule, but Minnesota, Syracuse, and others have been in contact.

Ray Buford, cornerback, Southfield (Mich.)
Buford was injured as a junior and that has stymied his recruitment some, but his size (6'1, 188) and man to man cover skills are intriguing to a lot of programs. He has several offers, but will camp with Michigan State, Ohio State, Sound Mind Sound Body, and possibly Pittsburgh, NC State and Michigan in an effort to make up for his lack of film from last season. If his previous camp performances are any indication, he is due to impress.

Jeffrey Christian, cornerback, Cincinnati Colerain (Ohio)
Christian has been on a bit of a hot streak, adding offers from Minnesota and NC State recently, but he has camps with Ohio State, Michigan State and West Virginia coming up and we think he has a chance to catch the eye of those programs. He has solid size and speed, is a good athlete and an instinctive kid.

Drew Wagner, offensive tackle, Clear-Creek Amana (Ia.)
Wagner caught our eye at the Elite Big Man Camp this month and while he is very under the radar at the moment, that could change with the camp season. He is targeting camps at Kansas, Iowa State and others, and with his 6-foot-6, 290-pound frame and natural strength, he should immediately pass the eye test. Then, if he performs as he did at the big man camp, he has a good chance to see an offer come his way.

Titus Booker, cornerback, Grayslake North (Ill.)
Given his length and speed, it is a little surprising no BCS schools have pulled the trigger on Booker yet, but he will have an opportunity to earn them when he camps with Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Indiana and Illinois. 6-foot corners with track speed don't grow on trees, so more offers coming his way would not be a surprise.

Armani McNulty, cornerback, Bolingbrook (Ill.)
You could almost cut and paste Booker's description in for McNulty. His size (6'0, 175) and length along with 4.5 speed have earned his a trio of offers. He will camp with Michigan State, Indiana, and possibly others in search of more offers. The Hoosiers, who have offered teammate Micah Dew-Treadway, are a team to watch.

Andrew Ruzek, defensive end, Stevens Point (Wisc.)
At 6-foot-6, 240 pounds, Ruzek has rare size and he impressed us at Wisconsin's camp last year as well as on his film from his sophomore and junior seasons. He is looking to camp at Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa State, Michigan State, Northwestern and potentially others, and we believe his first FBS offer could come during this time.

Wesley French, guard, St. Joseph (Mich.)
French had a good amount of foot traffic in the spring, which lead to his offer list growing to six. He will camp at Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri and Sound Mind, Sound Body. An athletic 6-foot-4, 295-pound kid, he has shown some things in person that aren't evident on his film, like the ability to play defense as well, and we believe, if he shows those skills in June, his offer list has a good chance to grow.

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