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Best of the Midwest: Top football recruits in each Big Ten state

The Big 9


12:00 AM, Feb. 01, 2013 EST

Warren De La Salle quarterback Shane Morris threw for 1,100 yards and 12 touchdowns in five games, but his season was shortened by mono. He is committed to Michigan. / JARRAD HENDERSON/Detroit Free Press

MICHIGAN

Shane Morris

Highlights: In five games he threw for 1,100 yards and 12 touchdowns. Under Armour All-America.

Coach Paul Verska: "His work and dedication to the sport makes him special. He's intelligent and a tireless worker. He's been blessed with tremendous arm strength and quickness, but he kept working. We played U-D Jesuit and he made a pass from the left hash mark across his body to the right corner for a touchdown, and all the coaches looked at me. He's an excellent leader and when he was playing, we were winning. When he was out (with mononucleosis), we weren't. He returned and we made a run to try to get in the playoffs."

College choice: Michigan.

ILLINOIS

LaQuon Treadwell

Highlights: Had 83 catches for 1,450 yards and 23 touchdowns. Under Armour All-America.

Coach Jerry Verde: "LaQuon is a special player due to his work ethic. He, of course, has the size and skill that makes a player a blue-chip recruit. One of the other key attributes that made him an elite player was his toughness. He never would shy away from a hit, and being a two-way player displayed his own ability to deliver a hit most plays."

College choice: Mississippi.

INDIANA

Jaylon Smith

Highlights: On defense, he had 72 tackles (43 solo), 19.5 TFL, 8 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, 7 pass deflections. On offense, he had 176 rushes, 1,265 yards (7.2 per carry), 18 rush TD, long of 57 yards (TD); 10 receptions, 66 yards, 2 Rec TD, 20 total TD, 1 2-point conversion for 122 total points. U.S. Army All-America.

Former coach Matt Lindsay: "With 4.4 speed, (he) is a great all-around athlete, with a great work ethic, and a smart kid who loves the game. He's got the whole package. He's had a lot of brilliant games in his four-year career. He started at defensive end the first game of his high school career which is very rare."

College choice: Notre Dame.

MINNESOTA

James Onwualu

Highlights: Rushed 74 times for 574 yards and 12 touchdowns. Caught 26 passes for 421 yards and five touchdowns. Accounted for 116 points. On defense, he had one interception return for 94 yards.

Coach Mike Scanlan: "He's a driven young man. He's had a plan, and he hasn't overlooked anything. This is as focused a kid as I've seen. He did whatever he needed to do to give himself this opportunity. ... Whenever he has the ball in his hands, he has an opportunity to score. No matter where it is. He'd be a great strong safety if they throw 25 pounds on him, and he'd still be able to run. He can cover people, and he can deliver a hit. It's a nice situation to find yourself in."

College choice: Notre Dame.

OHIO

Cameron Burrows

Highlights: Made 39 tackles. Under Armour All-America.

Coach Maurice Douglass to Rivals.com: "He's special. He has an opportunity, when it's all said and done, to probably be the best defensive back that I've had since I've been here. He has size, he has grades, he has recovery speed, he has speed and probably his strong suit is his ball skills. That's the thing that I think separates him from the rest of the guys right now is his ball skills and you'll see when he's on offense this year."

College choice: Ohio State.

WISCONSIN

Chikwe Obasih

Highlights: Made 50 solo tackles, 49 assists, 3 sacks, 2 assisted sacks. Three-year starter and captain. All-state. Played in Semper Fidelis All American Bowl.

Coach Jamie Meulemans: "He has a tremendous combination of strength and speed, and he just practiced like he played all the time. One of the things that drew the national attention to him was this motor. He's always going 110%. He has a great football IQ. He understands the scheme; the technique is sound; he understands gap control and has dangerous speed up the middle."

College choice: Wisconsin.

NEBRASKA

Josh Banderas

Highlights: Had 189 carries for 1,237 yards and 18 TDs. Caught four balls for 63 yards and a touchdown. On defense he had 119 tackles, 11 for loss, 2 INT, one 96 yards for a TD, 2 forced fumbles. U.S. Army All-America.

Coach Mark King: "I don't know how many linebackers there are in the country that won the (state track title) in the 110 high hurdles. That shows how special he is. He's 40, 50, 60, 70 pounds bigger than the other runners. He's a special athletically. He's smart, he understand the game just innately. He's good at being coached. He didn't come out of the ballgame on defense. Most great linebackers in high (school) were running backs also."

College choice: Nebraska.

IOWA

Jake Campos

Highlights: U.S. Army All-America. All-state. Won state championship as a junior. Originally committed to Missouri.

Coach Gary Swenson: "He's a big kid that's going to get bigger. He looks like a tall skinny kid, at 260-265, and the thing that separates him from some of these high school linemen is they're already 300 pounds. He's athletic; he can run. If we put our team on the line and had a race, he'd be with the fastest guys. He can move and had a motor sometimes you don't have in offensive linemen."

College choice: Iowa State.

PENNSYLVANIA

Alex Anzalone

Highlights: Had 85 tackles, 2 interceptions and 5 forced fumbles. Offensively, he rushed for 1,167 yards and scored 26 touchdowns. Under Armour All-America.

Coach Bob Wolfrum to the Reading Eagle: "We knew he was going to be a real good one but that he was going to come back 40 pounds heavier and have that kind of speed (as a junior)? No. I never envisioned him coming back the next year over 200 pounds -- and faster."

College choice: Florida.

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