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Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Five-star prospect makes Midwest history

By Jared Shanker

No Midwest prospect has achieved a five-star ranking since 2010. Since 2006, the year RecruitingNation’s database goes back to, no Indiana prospect has reached five-star status.

Say hello to outside linebacker Jaylon Smith (Fort Wayne, Ind./Bishop Luers), one of the three new five-star prospects in the updated ESPN 150 and ESPN 300.

The 6-foot-3, 212-pound linebacker has made a consistent rise up the ESPN 150 rankings. In the last update, Smith moved to No. 14 and into the region’s top spot. Now, he’s No. 9 overall and a five-star prospect.

He’s not the only Midwest prospect to make a big jump up the rankings. With Ricky Seals-Jones reclassified as an athlete, receiver Laquon Treadwell became the No. 1 receiver nationally. He also moved up to No. 20 from No. 38.

As for the rest of the Midwest, there was not much change. Ohio State saw a couple commits move -- one in the positive direction, one negative. Middletown, Ohio, athlete Jalin Marshall jumped 20 spots to No. 78, while Cam Burrows (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison) dropped 20 spots to No. 39.

Other than that, no new Midwest prospects were introduced to the ESPN 300 and none dropped out aside from Cadillac (Mich.) High School offensive lineman Riley Norman, who has decided not to pursue football in college.