Predictions for Midlands region's top talent

In the recruiting world, it’s never too early to predict where the nation’s top prospects are going to end up 11 months before national signing day. Earlier we looked at some top Texas prospects in the regions. Here’s a look at some of the region’s other top prospects.

WR Kamryn Babb (St. Louis/Christian Brothers)

ESPN Junior 300 rank: 117

In an absolutely loaded year in Missouri, and Babb is the most-wanted prospect. Babb has more than 30 offers from coast-to-coast, and he’s now trying to get a better feel for his favorites. He’s already taken unofficial visits to Missouri and Notre Dame and visited Michigan and Michigan State last weekend. For Missouri, Babb is a must-get prospect because of the struggles on the field and on the trail locally in the 2017 class, but Ohio State has seemingly caught his attention the most early on.

Prediction: Ohio State

WR C.J. Moore (Tulsa, Oklahoma/Union)

ESPN Junior 300 rank: 75

There are four blue-chip Oklahoma players in the 2018 class, and the Sooners have already grabbed a commitment from the best in the bunch in offensive tackle Brey Walker. However, Moore is next in line and carries on a great receiver tradition at Tulsa Union. Moore is the cousin of former Oklahoma State receiver Tracy Moore, so the Cowboys certainly have a shot at him, but so does Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Ohio State and Oregon. Those schools were in a top six he released in early March. It’s interesting to note that Oklahoma has yet to offer, so the big question mark with Moore is what happens if the Sooners do offer. Will it be too little too late?

Prediction: Oklahoma State

QB Casey Thompson (Moore, Oklahoma/Southmoore)

ESPN Junior 300 rank: 123

Thompson has somewhat flown under the national recruiting radar with other top quarterbacks like Trevor Lawrence, Jacob Sirmon, Spencer Sanders and Tanner Mordecai grabbing headlines. That being said, Thompson is very much wanted with programs like Arizona State, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas staying in contact the most. Thompson recently took visits to UNC and Texas and it’s the belief with most observers that the Longhorns and Heels are the teams to beat. But with Texas also pushing hard for Justin Rogers out of Louisiana, UNC might be in a good spot.

Prediction: North Carolina