Football University made its way up to both Wisconsin and Illinois this past weekend holding a one-day camp Saturday in Madison and a one-day camp Sunday in Chicago. Plenty of rising freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors were on hand to receive NFL-level coaching. So were a bunch of middle schoolers. 247Sports has some top performers below after consulting the FBU staff.
The Gatorade “G” Award winners
WR TJ McWilliams – McWilliams came into Sunday’s stop as one of the highest-ranked prospects in attendance and lived up to the billing as he dominated 1-on-1s and looked about as college-ready as anyone else at the camp. The three-star prospect out of Indianapolis North Central was recognized by 247Sports as a top performer at the National Combine back in January and holds offers from schools like West Virginia, Marshall, Western Michigan and Toledo. FBU’s Matt Lauer thinks that more might be on the way as he described McWilliams as an “aggressive route runner” that “put pressure on defensive backs.”
QB Ben Hanson – Hanson was the best of the best Saturday in Madison. He’s a “really polished passer” per Lauer with an ideal frame as he lists himself at 6-foot-3, 197 pounds. In addition to the measurables, what’s also notable about Hanson is his quicker release. As a junior at nearby Edgewood, Hanson led the Crusaders to an 11-1 record before the WIAA disqualified the team from the state playoffs due to eligibility issues. Hanson, who also plays basketball, is still searching for his first scholarship offer of any level.
OL Rico Schrieber (2026) – Schrieber might just be wrapping up eighth grade, but he’s a name to file away for some point down the line. Lauer called the offensive lineman a “mountain of man” and estimated that Schrieber is roughly 6-foot-7, 300 pounds. Schrieber squared off with multiple high school pass rushers on Sunday and didn’t have many issues as he used his power to win rep after rep. He will need to improve his flexibility, but will be one to monitor at Chicago Marist, which is where he plans to start high school off.
More from around the camps
A half dozen or so Wisconsin Badgers were on hand Saturday to help out and provide some pointers and motivation. That group included quarterback Graham Mertz ( former All-American Bowl MVP) along with Logan Brown (All-American Bowl alum), running back Chez Mellusi (All-American Bowl alum), tight end Cam Large, linebacker Ross Gengler and offensive lineman Kerry Kodanko.
Three campers from Madison punched their tickets to the 2023 edition of the National Combine. That group included: Beaver Dam (WI) 2024 running back/linebacker Gabe KlattGrand Forks (ND) Red River 2024 offensive lineman Lawson LotyszMadison (WI) Edgewood 2024 defensive lineman Wesley coats. In Chicago, it was St. Charles (Ill.) North 2025 quarterback Ethan Plumb that earned an opportunity to throw this upcoming January in the Alamo Dome. Lauer brought up how Plumb, who already holds an offer from Purdue, had a tight spiral and showed some command at the line of scrimmage.
Speedway (Ind.) running back/linebacker Jazz Coleman and Illinois-based 2026 quarterback Brady Palmer were two other class of 2026 prospects that the FBU coaches highlighted as top performers Sunday in Chicago. Coleman is a smart football player with some twitch that was flying around making plays while the ball seemed to zip out of Palmer’s hands.
More middle schoolers to know
A number of sixth, seventh and eighth graders were named to the Youth NoSweat All-Camp Team on Saturday and Sunday. That means they will have a chance to compete at the FBU Top Gun Showcase in July.
Those recognized were: 2026 LB Owen Maman, 2026 DB Edward McClain, 2026 DL Sean Rice, 2026 QB Matthew Lee, 2026 RB Jordan Taylor, 2026 Corvell Hodges, 2026 WR Owen Sutter and 2026 WR Amarion Jackson, 2026 WR Cole Ketterhagen, 2026 RB Tyler Conradt, 2026 RB Bentley Hickman, 2026 QB Brayln Albritton, 2026 Ben Wenzel, 2026 LB Brady Giuli, 2026 DL Cannon Gamez, 2027 WR Josiah Smith, 2027 QB Jameson Purcell, 2027 QB David Provost, 2028 DB Jamor Singleton, 2028 WR Landon Bell and 2028 DB ZaVeon Ford.