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MIDWEST RECRUITING: On visiting day, Midwest destinations on tap for top Indiana gridders

By: Scott Burnstein, September 25, 2018, 4:55 pm

Tracking the recent college visits of a few of the IHSAA’s best high school football players:

Warren Central big-play senior wide receiver David Bell and Merrillville Andrean speedy senior outside linebacker Cameron Williams, the top uncommitted recruits left in the state’s Class of 2019, on offense and defense, respectively, both visited the University of Iowa this past weekend and watched the Hawkeyes tangle with Wisconsin. Scouting services rank them four-star prospects.

Iowa is said to be on Bell’s short list, along with Penn State, Ohio State, Indiana and Purdue. This weekend, Bell (6-foot-3.5, 195 pounds) is off to Penn State for a visit. He already has 10 touchdown grabs this year and his Warren Central club is 6-0 and by far the most dangerous team in Hoosierland.

Avon sophomore offensive lineman Blake Fisher and Zionsville junior center Gus Hartwig both visited Indiana University over weekend to see Team Allen take on Michigan State. Fisher (6-foot-6, 295 pounds) is the No. 1 prospect in the state’s Class of 2021. Indiana, Iowa and Purdue have each offered. His next visit is to Wisconsin in two weeks.

Following the IU-MSU game (MSU won 35-21), the Spartans offered Culver Academy junior defensive end Deontae Craig.

Ft. Wayne Snider’s junior offensive lineman Randy Holtz visited Purdue two weeks ago and Westfield’s place kicker Alex Bales traveled to Ann Arbor to visit the University of Michigan and witnessed the Wolverines roughhouse their way to a 56-10 throttling of Nebraska. Holtz (6-foot-7, 300 pounds) has offers from the Boilermakers, Boston College, Toledo, Central Michigan and Bowling Green so far. Bales visited IU earlier this month.