MIDWEST RECRUITING: Commitments, offers and possible second thoughts?
In commitment news from last week:
Walled Lake Western safety C.J. Brown (pictured, No. 3) committed to Northern Illinois and River Rouge middle linebacker Deshawn Walker committed to Toledo. Brown is the little brother of Michigan State incoming freshman Spencer Brown (OL) and has speed and instinct in the secondary — he also plays tailback for Western. Walker is a beast sideline-to-sideline and is a great signal caller on defense.
In the rising star department:
U-D Jesuit outside linebacker Dorian Mausi (Class of 2020) and East Lansing wide receiver Andrel Anthony (Class of 2021) both picked up Indiana University offers over the weekend. The 6-foot-2.5 Mausi’s recruiting stock is scorching hot. Duke offered him last week and he visited Georgia Tech two weekends ago. Anthony (6-foot-2, 175 pounds) caught 33 passes for 550 yards and seven touchdowns as a sophomore in 2019.
In the “Wait, what did he just say?” section:
Less than two weeks after committing to Kentucky at a heavily-attended press conference live-streamed by ESPN, Oak Park All-American offensive lineman Justin Rogers, the No. 1-rated overall player in the state’s incoming senior class, announced on his social media Saturday that he intends to take another official visit. And not to Wildcats Country down in the Bluegrass State.
The speculation in recruiting circles is that the visit will be an in-state one. At his press conference on May 20, Rogers (6-foot-4, 300 pounds) spoke highly of new Michigan offensive coordinator Josh Gattis, who he said he bonded with late in the recruiting process once Gattis arrived in Ann Arbor from a co-OC post at Alabama back in the winter.