One of the biggest movers in the recently updated Rivals250 was Flint (Mich.) Powers Catholic defensive tackle Danny O'Brien, who moved up 68 spots to No. 154 in the country after several strong showings at summer camps.
The 6-3, 302-pound O'Brien is also in the midst of a recruiting battle between several college programs. In early summer he narrowed his list of offers down to six schools, and recently that list was trimmed again.
"I cut it down to Michigan, Michigan State, Bama' and Tennessee," O'Brien reported.
The movement towards a final school has been deliberate over the last few months. O'Brien is feeling the weight of the recruiting process and is not going to take any more time than necessary selecting his school.
"I'm going to get my officials done with and then commit," he said. "It's getting a little edgy. I get phone calls at 10:30 at night, so I'm like 'I've got to commit.'"
College coaches were able to phone recruits on Thursday for the first time since spring, but with a game to be played that night, O'Brien postponed those conversations until the weekend.
"I had my phone shut off all day," O'Brien said. "I wasn't trying to talk to any coaches before the game."
When those conversations do take place, a prominent discussion point will be setting those official visits. It appears his first official visit will be taken to Michigan the weekend of Sept. 9.
"I still have to talk to Coach [Fred] Jackson, but I am probably going to be at the Notre Dame game next week," O'Brien said. "I will be at Tennessee for the LSU game [Oct. 15]. I haven't figured out when I am going to Bama or State yet, but I will probably go to State for the Michigan game."
In the meantime, O'Brien will be looking to halt a two-game losing streak for his Flint Powers team. They fell by a final of 37-17 to Lansing Catholic Central on Thursday night. O'Brien finished with a team high six tackles, including a couple sacks and a few more tackles for loss. Instead of lining up at his usual nose tackle position, however, O'Brien has been playing a defensive end role for his team this fall.
"It's definitely different," O'Brien said. "I'm used to playing inside at the nose, but it's something my team needs me to do. It is a lot easier to pass rush off the end, so I like that a lot. I'll just keep improving at that spot."
O'Brien also doubles as a fullback and offensive tackle on offense, and rarely comes off the field. He scored one of Flint Powers' touchdowns Thursday night on a two-yard fullback dive. O'Brien welcomes the opportunity to play both sides of the football for his team.
"I'm in pretty good shape," he said. "They run me like a horse, but that's not a challenge I am willing to shy away from."