Hard times in the Midwest

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For the Big 10 Conference to have a successful season of recruiting for 2011, all 11 schools must go national. Why? Every state in the Midwest lacks football talent this year. Ohio is good but not up to its usual standards. The Chicago area is down, too, not at all comparable to the class of 2010.

Take Minnesota, for example. It's a down year. The best player is 6-4, 290-pound offensive lineman Tom Olson of Mahtomedi. The best center in the Midwest and one of the top two or three centers in the nation, he is committed to Minnesota. As a sophomore, I rated him as a future All-American. But he is the only player in the state who has made a commitment.

The only other player who has been offered is 6-3, 215-pound tight end Peter Westerhaus of Minneapolis. He has been offered by Minnesota.

There are some other players who have big-time potential but they haven't received much attention to date because most college recruiters don't come to Minnesota until the May evaluation period. Some of them got exposure at the U.S. Army combine last January in San Antonio, Texas.

One player certain to command some attention is 6-4, 220-pound Ernie Helfort of Bemidiji. Helfort is very athletic. He plays tight end and linebacker and, perhaps most importantly, he is the best punter in the state, one of the best in the Midwest.

Others to watch are 6-3, 210-pound wide receiver Jameer Jackson of Osseo, 6-4, 190-pound quarterback Alex Kreuser of Totino, 6-6, 250-pound tight end Dave Mast of St. Paul and 5-8, 170-pound running back Reggie Gandy of Mineapolis.

Also 6-3, 290-pound guard Josh Colville of Minnetonka, 6-2, 230-pound linebacker Jesse Reemtsma of Blaine and 6-6, 310-pound offensive lineman Ross Windfeldt of St. Cloud.

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Dear Mr. Lemming,

My name is Reese Thomas. You helped change my life 20 years ago. It might have changed a little more if I took your advice and signed with Wisconsin (lol) but that's what learning is for. I will be brief. I did obtain my college degree in Social Work. I have been in Behavior Modification for the last 10 Years with some of the most troubled kids in the world that come through Las Vegas. I have 6 children of my own, and I teach them sports and education. (One of which is a ESPN prospect in girls basketball as a freshman.) I have developed a program that helps young athletes make better choices to improve their behavior and image and I coach them on their behaviors and modify them with interventions I have learned that fits their situation. I am getting feedback from college coaches on specific behaviors and digesting it for the youth. This fall, I planned to go college to college in California to speak to groups of athletes, coaches, and families to help educated them to be more recruitable by their behavior as well as their talent. Because I believe I could change someone's life, just like you helped change mine. I would love to speak to you more on this and others, to seek your guidance so i can be well prepared to help the athletes, coaches and families. Please contact me at reesethomasmcdade@hotmail.com or by text or call (702)275-5190. Thank You

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