Tuscola junior offensive tackle recruit Hunter Woodard (6-foot-5, 296 pounds) decided to end his recruiting process on Tuesday and gave Oklahoma State his verbal commitment. Woodard, who recently added scholarship offers from both Illinois and Syracuse pointed towards his recent unofficial visit to Oklahoma State as a big factor in his early decision.
"The visit I made to Oklahoma State really blew me away." according to Woodard. "The offensive line coach Josh Henson and I have a similar background and personality and it's just a great fit for me. It's hard to describe just how amazing everything was at Oklahoma State. It's truly the best of everything you could ask for. I'm just extremely happy."
Marist will easily be one of the busiest schools over the next few months as the NCAA football spring evaluation period began on Monday. A handful of Power 5 coaches have already made in school visits to the Home of the Redhawks according to Marist three-star ranked defensive tackle Gavin McCabe (6-foot-3, 255 pounds).
"So far Michigan State, Minnesota, Illinois and Toledo have been into school," McCabe said. "They came in and watched one of our team workouts. Having the college coaches at our workouts definitely brings energy and a lot more focus from everyone. Just the attitude in the weight room is more intense at this time of the year and it's been exciting."
McCabe, who will be visiting Arkansas this weekend and both Boston College and Syracuse in a few weeks is starting to inch closer to a college decision.
"I'm aiming for early summer for making a decision. I'm waiting until after the spring evaluation period is over before I name any favorites. Once the spring evaluation is over I'll name a Top 5 schools list then narrow it down from there. "
Class 4A state power Phillips is no stranger to having FBS level players and sophomore athlete Joseph Thompson (5-foot-10, 160 pounds) just added his second FBS level scholarship offer earlier this week.
"Toledo just offered me a scholarship," Thompson said. "They offered me over the phone when I was talking to them. I know that Toledo is pretty good, that they run the football pretty well and they also have a nice defense, good wide receivers and that overall they are a good team. I think they played in a bowl game last year as well."
Thompson, who has offers so far from NIU and Toledo has also drawn recruiting looks this spring from Penn State, Western Michigan and Central Michigan.
Another familiar name to watch in the Class of 2019 is Wheaton Academy sophomore quarterback Ben Thorson (6-foot-3, 180 pounds). Thorson, who is the younger brother for former Wheaton North and current Northwestern starting quarterback Clayton Thorson has begun to attract early recruiting interest this spring.
"I camped at both Wisconsin and Northwestern last summer and I stay in touch with the coaches from both schools," per Thorson. "I also have also drawn interest from Duke and Iowa. I would say that my dream school would be anyone in the Big Ten. I'm just a Midwest guy and I've watched Big Ten football forever."
Thorson is already lining up a full slate of upcoming summer one day camps.
"I'm looking at camping at Duke, Northwestern, Iowa, Wisconsin, NIU and Illinois so far."