Thursday, September 24, 2009

Ohio Football Prospects

Ohio

Quarterbacks
•••• Andrew Hendrix 6-3, 220, 4.7 Cincinnati Moeller
A bit of an enigma, Andrew certainly shows the size and arm strength that the Division I scouts clamor for but he has yet to prove that he is a difference maker at the high school level.
On Film–There may not be a more talented QB in the Midwest. This guy is big but fast, and has a strong arm with a nice tough. He can thread the needle, throw the deep out with the authority, and to top it all off he can run himself out of trouble when flushed out of the pocket. He is an athletic 220 pounder with a very bright future. If he keeps on improving like he did last season look out, he could rank near the top of the list of national QB's by the end of the fall.
Stats–Last season he threw for 1,710 yd and 11 TDs completing 61% of his passes and he also averaged 5 yds per carry.
Grades–His GPA is 3.5.
Favorite Schools–Committed to NOTRE DAME.

•••+ Luke Massa 6-5, 200, 4.8 Cincinnati St. Xavier
I went down to Cincinnati to watch Luc play at the end of last August and came away impressed.
On Film–A tall, smart, and pretty athletic QB who reads defenses well, is very accurate, displays a nice touch on his deep passes, is fairly light on his feet, but more suited to a pro-style offense. The St. Xavier coaching staff told me that he could be a great one so I guess we will just have to wait and see.
Stats–He led the team to the state championship game in 2007 and is a two-year starter with Division I ability.
Other Sports–Averages 10 pts a game as a guard in basketball.
Grades–His GPA is 3.7.
Favorite Schools–Committed to CINCINNATI.

•••+ Tyler Brause Wynford
A basketball player turned QB, here is a guy for you to really keep your eye on. He shows fabulous potential now that he is concentrating on football.
On Film–A big guy and a terrific all-around athlete with a live arm, great feet, and good leadership skills. He kind of reminds me of Josh Freeman in size and athletic ability. He displays a nice touch on his deep passes and is really starting to get a feel for the game. Has skies-the-limit type of potential and could become a difference maker at the next level.
Stats–He threw for 1,795 yds and 18 TDs in '08 and also ran for 700 yds and 13 scores.
Other Sports–He is a standout FW in basketball.
Grades–His GPA is a perfect 4.0 and he scored a 23 on the ACT.
Favorite Schools–OH STATE, MI STATE, AL, KS, UCLA, IL, IA STATE, MD, SYRACUSE, and CINCY.

•••+ Caleb Watkins 6-3, 205, 4.55 Middletown
All I can tell you is that I watched the Warren Central game on film and this guy can play. I watched him throw in person down in Cincinnati last August and watched a good number of his games on film. I came away with the impression that if there is a college out there that has the patience and knows how to develop an athletic QB, then Mr. Watkins is your man.
On Film–He proves to be a QB that can fit into most systems, has excellent touch on the ball, terrific running skills, he does not force his passes, and is a confident and competitive QB that throws a tight spiral and, of course, possesses the athletic ability to run himself out of trouble. He can throw the ball over 65 yards.
Stats–Completed 149 of 245 passes for 2,052 yds and 26 TDs as a sophomore. Last season he, once again, threw over 2,000 yds and 25 TDs.
Grades–His GPA is 3.0. Benches 275.
Favorite Schools–Committed to BOWLING GREEN.

•••+ Derek Roback 6-3, 210, 4.6 Waverly
A former national finalist in the punt, pass, and kick competition so you know this guy is an outstanding athlete.
On Film–He is a QB who always seems to make good decisions. He has only played one year at this position and really took to it. The college scouts like his arm strength and running skills. A good all-around athlete with size and a great attitude.
Stats–He threw for 1,560 yds and 21 TDs and ran for 472 yds and 6 TDs as a junior. As a sophomore caught 47 passes for 833 yds and 12 TDs at WR.
Grades–His GPA is a perfect 4.0.
Favorite Schools–BALL STATE, BOWLING GREEN, WV, MARSHALL, TOLEDO, RUTGERS, BC, CINCY, WI, and MIAMI of OH.

•••+ Dominique Brown 6-3, 215, 4.6 Cincinnati Winton Woods
An outstanding all around athlete. Some schools project him at WR, some at FS, and some at QB.
On Film–He sure looks like a pretty good QB to me, this guy can run the spread to perfection. He's a big, strong kid who can run through arm tackles and will keep a defense honest with his running ability. Needs to progress as a passer but has pretty good arm strength.
Stats–Passed for 351 yds and 4 TDs while also rushing for 1,655 yds and 16 TDs on 207 carries.
Favorite Schools–Committed to CINCINNATI.

••• Dwight Macon 6-0, 180, 4.5 Steubenville
From the town that brought you singer Dean Martin, now brings you a very athletic QB who could wind up playing QB, RB, or DB at the next level.
On Film–Dwight really shows a live arm and he can make all the throws, either from the pocket or while on the run. At the high school level he is a difference maker and the opposition has to constantly discuss how to contain this outstanding talent. He is absolutely deadly accurate while throwing on the run.
Stats–Threw for 1,666 yds and 14 TDs and was picked off just 4 times and also ran for 1,290 yds and 12 TDs.
Grades–His GPA is 3.0.
Favorite Schools–IL, OH STATE, MI, NORTHWESTERN, WV, IA, and TOLEDO.

Other Quarterbacks to Watch:
Jarrod Ronyak 6-3, 220, 4.7 Mentor Lake Catholic
Matt Preston 6-2, 195, 4.6 Warren Howland
Jon Ballard 6-3, 200, 4.7 Youngstown Austintown-Fitch
Mitchell Faine 6-3, 195, 4.7 Ada
Dominique Brown 6-3, 205, 4.6 Cincinnati Winton Woods
Zach D'Orazio 6-1, 180, 4.6 Cleveland Cuiahoga Heights
Berlon Reed 6-3, 200, 4.5 Columbus Marian-Franklin
Cody Foos 6-0, 170, 4.6 Fremont Ross

Running Backs
••••+ Spencer Ware 5-11, 220, 4.48 Cincinnati Princeton
I first stopped by Princeton High School in October of 1980 to visit a junior tight end by the name of Arnold Franklin and have since been back many times and this year it is for another special player, Spencer Ware.
On Film–Without question, he is the state's top high school QB and how that translates into a college QB, we just don't know yet. What we do know is that he is one heck of an athlete. If you are looking for a spread offense QB look no further than Mr. Ware. He seems to have it all; a pretty good arm, great running skills, is super strong, smart, and instinctive. Quickness is the key to his game. A pretty accurate passer with outstanding footwork and burst. I believe he could make the transition to RB easily and become a dominator at the next level. Blessed with great size, strength, speed, burst, and vision, he would have to rank as the state's top RB prospect. The key is which school he will sign with, and if that school will keep him at the QB position and work with him. If not, I believe he could become an instant impact player at the RB position.
Stats–He completed 58% of his passes last season and threw for 1,967 yds and 17 TDs and was picked off 8 times and also ran for 770 yds and 18 TDs averaging 6 yds per carry. Seeing spot duty at FS he totaled 12 tackles and 1 caused fumble.
Other Sports–He is an outstanding pitcher and short stop in baseball.
Grades–His GPA is 2.5. He has a 36" VJ.
Favorite Schools–OH STATE, LSU, NC, CINCY, WI, DUKE, WV, AL, and MIAMI.

•••• Erick Howard 5-10, 215, 4.55 North Canton Hoover
He is one of the more productive RB prospects in the Midwest.
On Film–Erick is one of the more durable and reliable ball carriers around that can handle a heavy workload. Blessed with strong legs and good running instincts, he powers through arm tackles and it normally takes two or three defenders to bring him down. Exceptional between the tackles, he shows some burst and can get outside but is more comfortable running between the tackles.
Stats–Last season he was one of only two juniors who ever won the Ohio's Mr. Football award after rushing for 2,387 yds and 31 TDs averaging 5.9 yds per carry.
Grades–His GPA is around 2.0.
Favorite Schools–MI STATE, IL, CINCY, CO, MN, IA, WI, and OHIO STATE.

•••+ Andre Givens 5-10, 180, 4.4 Hubbard
He is a slasher with outstanding vision.
On Film–He impresses you with his outside burst and balance. He had a very productive 2008 season. Not a real big back but he shows good strength in his legs and has proven to be a load to bring down. A very solid between-the-tackles runner who also shows a good pair of hands. Blessed with very good vision, he's a patient runner who uses his blockers well before bursting through the seam.
Stats–Rushed for 1,155 yds and 17 TDs averaging 6½ yds per carry.
Grades–His GPA is 3.0.
Favorite Schools–WI, PURDUE, IN, MI STATE, IL, TOLEDO, MD, MI, SYRACUSE, PITT, CINCY, LOUISVILLE, and EASTERN MI.

•••+ Braylon Heard 5-10, 170, 4.5 Youngstown Cardinal Mooney
A slasher with great vision.
On Film–Braylon may not be super big or super fast but he is still one blue chip RB. He shows a nice burst and can be difficult to bring down at times because of his elusiveness, balance, and surprising strength. Shows good cutting ability and can also be used as a receiver. Some scouts have mentioned him playing CB at the next level and I'm sure, because of his all-around athletic ability, he could do just that.
Stats–He rushed for over 900 yds and 11 TDs on offense and totaled 21 tackles and 2 picks at CB.
Grades–His GPA is close to a 2.0.
Favorite Schools–Committed to WEST VIRGINIA.

•••+ Antonio Banks 5-10, 200, 4.5 Middletown
One of the better all around prospects in the greater Cincinnati area. It's not a great year for RB prospects in the state of Ohio but Antonio turned a lot of heads this spring during camps and while scouts watched his junior film.
On Film–He runs low to the ground with very good power, vision, and balance. He can do it all, he can run, catch, and block. He breaks tackles easily showing surprising power, reads defenses well, and can make most defenders miss. He's an elusive runner who can turn it on.
Stats–Averaged over 8 yds per carry on his way to earning All-Area honors at RB.
Grades–His GPA is over a 2.5. He has a 30" VJ.
Favorite Schools–Committed to INDIANA.

Other Running Backs to Watch:
Tyson Gulley 5-9, 175, 4.4 Akron Garfield
Nick Dardy 6-1, 215, 4.6 Cincinnati Northwest
Toney Foster 5-9, 170, 4.37 Cleveland VA-St. Joseph
Cameron Ontko 6-0, 210, 4.6 Cuiahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit
LeVeon Bell 6-2, 215, 4.6 Groveport-Madison
Ty Law 6-2, 225, 4.6 Madison
Thirajn Pittman 5-9, 175, 4.5 Orrville
Eric Wilkerson 5-10, 180, 4.5 Solon

Wide Receivers
•••• Jerald Robinson 6-2, 185, 4.59 Canton South
What I like about J-Rob is his hands.
On Film–This guy catches everything within reach and makes spectacular catches outside his frame. He runs precise routes, is a playmaker from the word go, shows good leaping ability, catches the ball at its highest point, and can create after the catch. He is also a potential All-American at the FS position. A very good all-around athlete, he may not have blazing speed but it is definitely workable speed, particularly when you throw in his great hands, concentration, and work ethic. He always snatches the ball out of the air instead of using his body to bring the ball in and is not afraid to go over the middle.
Stats–Caught 35 passes for 804 yds and 7 TDs averaging 22.9 yds per catch. He also totaled 50 tackles, picked off 7 passes, and broke up 11 others at FS. One of the more accomplished athletes in the state of Ohio.
Other Sports–Averages 21 pts and 6 rebounds a game as a shooting guard in basketball.
Grades–His GPA is 2.9 and he scored an 18 on the ACT. Benches 215 and has a 33" VJ.
Favorite Schools– Committed to MICHIGAN. He is a cousin of Mike Doss and will follow Garland Rivers to Michigan.

•••+ Tyrone Williams 6-5, 205, 4.6 East Cleveland Shaw
He played in only four games last year before an ACL tear ended his season. If he comes back at 100% look out. He has four and possibly five star potential.
On Film–A tall red-zone type receiver, he compliments his height with deceptive speed, good strength, and excellent leaping ability. Runs good routes and surprises defenders with his quickness and burst after the catch.
Stats–His coach said he caught 11 passes for 372 yds and 4 TDs in just 4 games, and if that is true he averaged 33½ yds per catch.
Grades–His GPA is close to 2.5.
Favorite Schools–OH STATE, MI STATE, WV, IL, PITT, AKRON, EASTERN MI, and IN.

•••+ DeAuer (D.J.) Williamson 6-1, 175, 4.45 Warren Harding
Here is another WR with All American potential. The brilliant speed and athletic ability has not yet translated to difference maker but that could happen as early as this fall.
On Film–He catches the ball away from his body, can turn up field quickly, and can create after the catch. Very fast, his hands have really improved over the past year and he certainly shows the athleticism to excel in the college ranks. His leaping ability and long arms allows him to get his hands on the ball before the defenders do.
Stats–Caught 30 passes for 365 yds and 3 TDs in '08.
Other Sports–He has been timed in a 10.8 100 and a 21.7 meters in track.
Grades–His GPA is 3.0. Benches 225 pounds 8 times and has a 34" VJ.
Favorite Schools–Committed to MICHIGAN.

•••+ Kurtis Drummond 6-2, 180, 4.5 Hubbard
Most people came to Hubbard to check out Andre Givens but came also impressed with Mr. Drummond. He plays on a run-oriented team but when he gets a chance to catch the ball he usually doesn't miss.
On Film–He has a natural knack of going to get the football showing good concentration, strong hands, and outstanding leaping ability. He runs good routes and shows solid football instincts.
Stats–Caught 20 passes for 370 yds and 5 TDs and also totaled 28 tackles and 3 picks at CB.
Grades–His GPA is 2.5.
Favorite Schools–OH STATE, BC, MI STATE, IN, PITT, CINCY, PURDUE, MI, WI, and IL.

•••+ Bobby Swigert 6-1, 175, 4.5 Louisville
One of the fastest rising WR prospects in the Midwest.
On Film–Bobby is one of the better route runners in the state. He also shows very good hands, knows how to get open, shows good change of direction skills, and above average speed. He is also a hard hitting and rangy FS on defense.
Stats–He caught 40 passes and 12 of them going for TDs on offense. He totaled 52 tackles of 5 picks on defense.
Grades–His GPA is a perfect 4.1.
Favorite Schools–IN, PITT, WV, MIAMI of OHIO, NOTRE DAME, MI STATE, AKRON, BOWLING GREEN, and KENT STATE.

•••+ Arryn Chenault 6-1, 175, 4.5 Fairfield
There is not one thing that really stands out about Mr. Chenault, however, he doesn't seem to have any weaknesses at the WR position.
On Film–He shows good hands, runs precise routes, knows how to get open, catches the ball away from his body, and can turn up field quickly showing pretty good speed and excellent moves. He is also fearless when going over the middle and will not back down from anyone. His coach calls him a big-time player and recruit and I concur.
Stats–He earned some All-League mention for his play at WR.
Grades–His GPA is 3.3.
Favorite Schools–Committed to CINCINNATI.

••• Deron Brown 6-3, 185, 4.45 Akron North
He is called a special player by the Garfield coaches.
On Film–Deron has played a number of positions and most people believe he could make one heck of a WR in college. He is tall and athletic with a quick burst, shows good body control, and can adjust to where the ball is thrown. His hands are good and he has proven he can make plays after the catch. Needs to stick to one position and once he does, look out. He would also make an outstanding LB or FS at the next level.
Grades–His GPA is close to 2.0.
Favorite Schools–PITT, MI STATE, AL, IA, KS, IN, IL, and WI.

••• Tim O'Conner 6-4, 190, 4.6 Cincinnati Elder
This school is really starting to produce receivers and Tim definitely showed Division I skills in '08.
On Film–He catches everything within reach and also showed the college scouts that he has the speed and burst that will translate very well at the next level. He gets off the line quickly and shows the ability to make the tough catch look routine and also shows enough strength to keep a DB honest and enough speed after the catch to impress everyone.
Stats–He caught 71 passes for 1,004 yds and 13 TDs on his way to earning All-City honors at WR. He caught 15 passes in the state title game.
Grades–His GPA is 3.4.
Favorite Schools–IN, MI STATE, PURDUE, VANDY, CINCY, and KY.

Other Wide Receivers to Watch:
Brad Sundstrom 6-5, 200, 4.6 Beavercreek
Mark Myers 6-3, 180, 4.6 Cleveland St. Ignatius
DeShawn Alston 5-11, 175, 4.4 Columbus Brookhaven
J.T. Smith 6-0, 175, 4.5 Painesville Riverside
Devon McKoy 5-11, 175, 4.4 Reynoldsburg
Andrew Schrock 6-3, 185, 4.5 Wadsworth

Tight Ends
••••+ Alex Smith 6-5½, 240, 4.7 West Chester Lakota West
The #1 TE prospect in Ohio and one of the two best in the Midwest.
On Film–He is a versatile receiver who played WR as a sophomore before moving to TE last season and he was still split out at times. He is an exceptionally athletic TE who can go deep down field. A strong player, he is able to dominate defensive linemen at the point of attack and is an exceptional run blocker. As a receiver, he is very fast for a 240 pounder, shows excellent body control, and the hands and leaping ability to make plays on misdirected passes. He runs good runs and competes for every pass. In the Dayton Wayne game, which was televised nationally, he made a one-handed catch that would make an NFL TE proud. Like so many TE's around the country, he started out as a basketball player and now winds up as an All-American TE.
Stats–He caught 34 passes for 480 yds and 6 TDS on his way to earning 1st Team All-Conference and 2nd Team All-City honors.
Other Sports–Averages 11 pts and 9 rebounds a game as a PFW in basketball.
Grades–His GPA is 2.6. Benches 290 and has a 33" VJ.
Favorite Schools–Committed to CINCY.

•••• Alex Welch 6-5, 230, 4.85 Cincinnati Elder
If you are looking for a big, physical, hard working, and productive TE look no further than Mr. Welch.
On Film–#8 is a versatile TE who can catch, block, and run precise routes. He had a great game against Moller last fall helping Elder win the GCL championship. He is a competitive ball player who reads defenses well and makes catches in traffic, runs precise routes, gets in and out of his breaks quickly, and can create separation after the catch. He is not super fast but pretty quick.
Stats–He caught 32 passes for 480 yds and 4 TDs averaging 15 yds per catch.
Other Sports–Averages 10 pts and 5 rebounds a game as an FW in basketball.
Grades–His GPA is 3.4. Benches 265 and has a 30" VJ.
Favorite Schools–Committed to NOTRE DAME. His cousin, Steve Hiemkrieter, played ball at Notre Dame and with the Baltimore Colts.

••• Dan Schneider 6-4, 220, 4.7 Avon Lake
One of the more productive two-way ends in the Cleveland area.
On Film–Dan has proven to be a reliable receiver with a good motor and work ethic. He catches the ball with his hands, does a good job of putting his body between the ball and the defense, he comes off the line aggressively, and flashes some run blocking ability. Blessed with soft, hands, quick feet, and good concentration.
Stats–Caught 16 passes for 248 yds and 2 TDs averaging 15 yds per catch.
Grades–His GPA is a perfect 4.0.
Favorite Schools–IN, MI STATE, PITT, FSU, LOUISVILLE, WV, and KY.

••• Brendon Carozzoni 6-4, 225, 4.65 Cleveland St. Ignatius
It's a very good year in the Cleveland area for Division I prospects and Brendon's star is on the rise.
On Film–He may need more weight but he's very athletic. He runs good routes, catches everything within reach, always gives good effort, and he can accelerate to full speed quickly. He has proven to be an effective run blocker and has shows that he can run with the ball after the catch.
Stats–Caught 20 passes for over 300 yds in '08 on his way to leading St. Ignatius to a state title.
Grades–His GPA is 2.8.
Favorite Schools–Committed to PITT.

••• Justin Favors 6-4, 230, 4.6 Trotwood-Madison
He transferred in to Trotwood Madison last season after playing his first two years at Dayton Meadowdale and has quickly become one of the more recruited players in the Dayton area.
On Film–He proves to be a very good athlete. He's a solid player with major college speed, he's a receiver who knows how to get open, catches the ball well, and can turn up field in a flash. Not yet a great blocker but certainly shows big-time receiving skills.
Grades–His GPA is around a 2.5.
Favorite Schools–SYRACUSE, CO, CINCY, BALL STATE, and BOWLING GREEN.

••• Brad Harrah 6-7, 240, 4.7 Marion-Pleasant
Not yet the super he may become.
On Film–Brad certainly shows the size, strong hands, and running ability to become a difference maker at the TE position. This past season he proved to be a very good run blocker who can redirect quickly, bend his knees, and use his hands effectively. He can also snatch and run with the best of them and surprises a lot of defenders with his quickness and burst.
Grades–His GPA is over a 3.0. Benches 310.
Favorite Schools–Committed to CINCINNATI.

Other Tight Ends to Watch:
Tyler Ferrell 6-6, 230, 4.8 Brunswick
Tyler Hawk 6-4, 240, 4.8 Dover
Anthony Ritossa 6-5, 220, 4.75 Kirtland
Jake Squirek 6-3, 220, 4.7 Parma Normandy
Greg Gainey 6-6, 220, 4.6 Trotwood-Madison
Dakota Anderson 6-6, 240, 4.8 Xenia

Offensive Linemen
••••• Andrew Norwell 6-6, 270, 5.1 Cincinnati Anderson
The #1 OL prospect in Ohio and one of the country's finest.
On Film–I've got to tell you, at LT there aren't many better than Mr. Norwell. He plays hard and he's nasty with a take no prisoners attitude. As physical as they come, he has great feet, balance, sets a solid base, and he's been blessed with long arms, big-time agility and excellent footwork. All he needs to become an even more dominating LT is to add some strength and about 30 pounds to his frame, but as he is, there is no better OL prospect in the state of Ohio. Andrew dominated the competition from start to finish last year, he's an LT with the quickness to cut off speed rushers, and the strength to dominate at the point of attack. Kind of a Dave Diehl type of LT, he has a great attitude. His brother, Chris Norwell, played at Illinois and for a while with the New England Patriots.
Stats–Earned All-City and All-State honors in '08 and have never allowed a sack in his prep career. Believe me, once he gets up to between 300-310 pounds, he will also dominate at the college level.
Other Sports–He's been timed in a 29.9 200 meters in track and averages 10 pts and 8 rebounds a game as an FW in basketball.
Grades–His GPA is 3.0. Benches 270 and has a 24" VJ.
Favorite Schools–Committed to OHIO STATE.

••••+ Matt James 6-8, 285, 5.1 Cincinnati St. Xavier
Ranks as one of the top 10 prospects in the state of Ohio and is one of the country's finest RT prospects. I watched Matt play his first game last August in which he dominated and did the same in just about every other game he played during the '08 season.
On Film–He's exceptional as both a run and pass blocker. He carries his 285 pounds well, shows idea technique, good footwork, and overall athletic ability. Exceptional as a pass blocker because of his ability to slide and mirror to cut off speed rushers, he uses his long arms and leverage to dominate every defender he goes up against. Strong, but he could be stronger. He also shows the ability to drive defenders off the ball when run blocking, keeps his feet moving, has good upper body strength, and plays the game on his feet. I don't think there will be any reason to move him from the LT position, he certainly shows that he has the size, quickness, and instincts to remain there. His father, Jerry James, played ball at Cincinnati.
Stats–Earned All-City and some All-State mention for his play at RT.
Grades–His GPA is 3.5. Benches 365.
Favorite Schools–OH STATE, NOTRE DAME, CINCY, TN, MI, BC, WI, FL, and STANFORD.

•••• Andrew Donnal 6-7, 270, 4.9 Whitehouse Anthony Wayne
If you're looking for an OL with an All-American future, look no further than Mr. Donnal.
On Film–He shows excellent footwork, speed, he can get downfield and effectively block out linebackers, and he's one of the more athletic big men in the Midwest. He shows good overall skills, once he locks onto his target, it's all over. Keeps his feet moving and plays hard until the whistle. He has the long arms and lower body strength you are looking for in an LT but needs to work on his overall strength. Has the frame to weigh well over 300 pounds once he gets to college. He's one of those OL's who can hit moving targets, shows good recovery speed, and likes to play a physical game.
Stats–Earned All-Conference and All-Area honors for his play at LT.
Other Sports–Averages 12 pts and 9 rebounds a game as a PFW in basketball. He has thrown the shot put over 47' and the discus 140' in track.
Grades–His GPA is 3.1 and he scored a 20 on the ACT. Benches 290.
Favorite Schools–IOWA, MI, WI, MI STATE, NOTRE DAME, STANFORD, IOWA, NC, IN, IL, and WV.

•••• Christian Pace 6-3, 265, 5.1 Avon Lake
Here's a ball player I was really impressed with after watching him on film.
On Film–He was playing LT showing exceptional lateral speed, body control, and balance. He can cut off pass rushers easily but is also a devastating run blocker who dominates the point of attack with strength and leverage. He also has the speed to do damage beyond the line and shows the quick hands and lower body strength to push defenders out of the play. An aggressive ball player, he plays hard until the whistle. Plays tackle in high school but should wind up playing guard in college.
Stats–Graded out at 93% in his blocking assignments last year on his way to earning All-Cleveland area honors.
Grades–His GPA is 3.1 and he scored a 23 on the ACT. Benches 325.
Favorite Schools–Committed to MICHIGAN.

•••• Skyler Schofner 6-6, 280, 5.0 Johnstown Monroe
He played at Washington Court House in '08 and then transferred to Monroe this winter, right around the time he was impressing all of us down in San Antonio at the U.S. Army combine.
On Film–I was very impressed with his footwork for a 6-6, 280 pounder and also the way he can dominate the line of scrimmage. A big kid with determination, he's quick off the snap and comes after you with strength and purpose. He moves well laterally and uses angles to cut off speed rushers. Not super fast but very quick. He works hard to complete his blocks, he's relentless as a run blocker, and sets up quickly as a pass blocker. He can get to the second level and in person he shows the frame to weigh well over 300 pounds in college.
Stats–Earned some All-Conference mention for his play at LT.
Other Sports–He's been timed in a 26 flat 200 meters, and has thrown the shot put over 54' and the discus 160' in track.
Grades–His GPA is 3.0. Benches 345.
Favorite Schools–His cousin, Mark Bihl, played at Michigan. Skyler's favorites are OH STATE, MI, BC, WI, IL, MD, IN, SC, VANDY, NC STATE, AL, WV, and KY.

•••+ Travis Jackson 6-4, 255, 5.9 Columbus DeSales
One of the better prospects in central Ohio.
On Film–He plays OG showing good work ethic, quick feet, and very good straight line speed. He displays good technique, has long arms, and is a tenacious run blocker. Once he locks onto his target, it's all over. He has the quickness to stop speed rushers, just needs to add some more weight and strength.
Stats–Earned All-Conference and All-City honors after helping lead DeSales to a 13 and 1 record last fall.
Grades–His GPA is 3.6.
Favorite Schools–Committed to MICHIGAN STATE.

•••+ Matt Rotheram 6-6, 310, 5.2 North Olmstead
An unsung but blue chip RT with a very bright future.
On Film–Matt impresses you with his quick feet and ability to lock on and hold a defenders until the play is over. He's quick enough to get out into open space to cut off backers, and shows good technique and form. A big guy who can run and an aggressive player who has dominated the competition over the past two years at the RT position.
Stats–He has not allowed a sack in his prep career and totaled 50 pancake blocks on his way to earning All-League honors.
Grades–His GPA is 2.8 and he scored a 20 on the ACT.
Favorite Schools–Committed to PITT.

•••+ Taylor Miller 6-5, 300, 5.2 Trenton Edgewood
One of the most underrated OL prospects in the Midwest and the country.
On Film–This two-way tackle dominates on both sides of the ball. One of the more physical ball players you will find, aggressive, he keeps his pads low and can bury defenders with his strength and quickness. He's fast, strong, tenacious. He plays hard until the whistle, is quick enough to effectively block out in space, and can run better than most 300 pounders.
Stats–Earned All-Conference honors for his play at OG.
Grades–His GPA is 2.5.
Favorite Schools–Committed to TOLEDO.

••• Kevin Schloemer 6-7, 280, 5.1 West Chester Lakota West
I went to Lakota West to check out Jordan Hicks and Alex Smith, and also came away impressed with Kevin.
On Film–He's a big guy who shows good agility, balance, he can slide and mirror, and is not a bad run blocker. Needs to add some strength and should weigh 310 in college. He has a bright future and a good work ethic.
Stats–Earned All-Conference mention for his play at tackle.
Grades–His GPA is 3.0.
Favorite Schools–Committed to CINCY.

••• Bryant Ausperk 6-6, 323, 5.4 Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary
He was with us down in San Antonio and showed pretty good footwork for a 323 pounder.
On Film–Not real fast but quick in a limited space, he's blessed with long arms and a good attitude. Always willing to improve, he gets good positioning and plays hard until the whistle. Certainly someone to keep an eye on, he has height, long arms, and attitude.
Other Sports–He has thrown the shot put over 40' and the discus 120' in track.
Grades–His GPA is 3.2. Benches 300.
Favorite Schools–IL, CINCY, NORTHWESTERN, PITT, KENT STATE, EASTERN MI, and AKRON.

Other Offensive Linemen to Watch:
Brad Ferguson 6-7, 260, 5.1 Beloit West Branch
Clint Shepherd 6-4, 270, 5.0 Eaton
Anthony Render 6-3, 300, 5.2 Trotwood-Madison
Eric Franklin 6-5, 300, 5.2 Youngstown Cardinal Mooney

Defensive Linemen
••••+ Darryl Baldwin 6-6, 245, 4.7 Solon
Here's one of the very few players in the state of Ohio this year that has a chance to be a great one.
On Film–Darryl shows bursts of brilliance. Not yet the dominating player he can become, he's been blessed with very long arms, quick feet, and good natural ability. He will remain at DE in college. He flashes elite speed when bending off the edge and shows good closing speed. Should weigh 270-280 in college. He has a good motor and is known for his work ethic and leadership skills. He plays with good, functional strength, but could use a little more. Exceptional when in pursuit, he's one of the nation's premier DE prospects.
Stats–Earned All-Cleveland area honors for his play at DE.
Grades–His GPA is a perfect 4.0.
Favorite Schools–OH STATE, MI, NOTRE DAME, STANFORD, IL, MI STATE, and PENN STATE.

•••• Derrick Bryant 6-4, 230, 4.55 Columbus Brookhaven
Here's a ball player I met up in Michigan and once I got a hold of his film, I was pleasantly surprised.
On Film–He's a speed rusher with great range and is solid against the run showing remarkable balance, burst, and timing. He will keep getting better once he adds weight and strength, but to be honest with you, he's already a high school blue chipper. A pass rushing specialist with an elite quickness off the edge, he uses his strong hands and leverage to play off blocks and get to the QB. Like Darryl Baldwin, he's also excellent in pursuit and plays the game on his feet.
Stats–Recorded 85 tackles, 12 sacks, and 7 passes batted down on his way to earning All-Columbus area honors.
Grades–His GPA is 2.7 and scored a 19 on the ACT.
Favorite Schools–MI, IL, MI STATE, MN, IN, KY, WV, OH STATE, NC, SC, OR, and FSU.

•••• J.T. Moore 6-3, 230, 4.9 Youngstown Bordman
Not the biggest or the fastest DE around bur certainly one of the more productive ones.
On Film–He is a physical specimen who is very athletic, quick, and motivated. Looks like another good year for talent in the Youngstown area and J.T. is one of the very best. Needs to add some weight but the athletic ability is there and he certainly shows the skill to play the DE position in college. He shows good lateral quickness, the ability to shed blocks and make plays in run support. He's been blessed with a wide wingspan, shows enough strength to be an effective bull rusher and can split the double-team.
Stats–Earned some All-City mention for his play at DE.
Grades–His GPA is 3.0.
Favorite Schools–Committed to OHIO STATE.

•••+ Jibreel Black 6-2, 225, 4.9 Cincinnati Wyoming
A versatile performer that has played both DT and DE during his prep career.
On Film–The scouts are enamored with his strength, leverage, and ability to come off the edge. He is solid in run support and shows enough burst, body control, and determination to be an effective pass rusher. He rarely gets fooled by play action and always seems to be right on top on the QB. Shows good lower body strength and has the flexibility to bend off the edge. He can dominate the point of attack and keeps his feet under him. I believe he is better suited to play DT in college, he just needs to add some weight and strength to go with his aggressiveness and speed.
Grades–His GPA is 3.0.
Favorite Schools–Committed to INDIANA.

•••+ Davion Rogers 6-6, 200, 4.6 Warren Harding
Here's a ball player who is tall and athletic with a lot of room to grow.
On Film–He plays OLB in high school and plays the position very well. Last season he showed a lot of speed of the edge showing a good initial burst, used his hands and long arms to his advantage when disengaging from the OT, and showed enough up field burst to keep the QB honest. He should fill out and could possibly wind up playing DE in college.
Stats–Totaled 60 tackles, 4 sacks, 14 tackles for losses, and broke up 7 passes at OLB.
Grades–His GPA is around a 2.0.
Favorite Schools–Committed to WEST VIRGINIA.

•••+ Josh Davis 6-6, 270, 5.1 Jonathan-Alder
Here's a two-way tackle who plays better on offense but prefers to play on defense.
On Film–Not too bad at defense, this guy can stop everything up the middle and shows pretty good quickness. Not a major threat to sack the QB but does a great job of handling the double-team showing quick hands, strength, and determination. Has the bulk to be a force as a run stuffer, he moves pretty good laterally, and has the frame to weigh 300 pounds in college.
Stats–Totaled 74 tackles, 2 sacks, and 12 tackles for losses in '08 and earned All-District honors at DL.
Grades–His GPA is 3.9.
Favorite Schools–IN, CINCY, NORTHWESTERN, IL, PURDUE, VANDY, and OH STATE.

••• Ryan Phillis 6-3, 235, 4.8 Boardman
From the school that brought you Bernie Cosar comes another underrated prospect.
On Film–He shows excellent football speed, strength, aggressiveness, and instincts. He can redirect quickly, plays the game on his feet, and does a good job of stuffing the run and applying pressure on the QB. Has the frame to weigh 270 in college and if he can keep his speed, look out.
Grades–His GPA is 3.0. Benches 320 and has a 32" VJ.
Favorite Schools–Committed to INDIANA.

Future All-American
Steve Miller 6-4, 222, 4.7 Canton McKinley
He will be one of the more recruited ball players in the state of Ohio next season.
On Film–Steve shows good power, great feet, and an aggressive style of play. He comes off the end with purpose, will not stay blocked, and shows very good closing speed.
Stats–He recorded 116 stops, 6 sacks, and 8 tackles for losses to go with 2 caused fumbles as a sophomore.
Grades–His GPA is 3.5. Benches 285.
Favorite Schools–UCLA, OH STATE, FL, MI STATE, and MI.

Other Defensive Linemen to Watch:
Angelo Pruitt 6-4, 245, 4.8 Cincinnati North College Hill
Quentin Jones 6-2, 295, 4.9 Columbus Northland
Jamaal Tarent 6-2, 255, 4.8 Toledo Central Catholic
Pete Bachman 6-5, 245, 4.8 Cinc-Elder

Linebackers
••••• Jordan Hicks 6-2, 210, 4.5 West Chester Lakota West
One of the most recruited defensive players in the nation.
On Film–J. Hicks has been blessed with terrific speed and uses it to run down ball carriers on a regular basis. Makes plays from sideline to sideline and has proven to be a difference maker at the high school level. Plays OLB showing outstanding pass rushing skills and outstanding closing speed. He also shows good lateral mobility, has good timing and instincts, which allow him to consistently make plays in the backfield. A smart ball player, he rarely gets fooled by play action, and he is the consummate OLB with the size, speed, aggressiveness, and instincts. Once he gets a ball carrier in his sights, he delivers with bone-crushing force. He almost always brings down ball carriers on first impact. Wraps up and is rarely caught off his feet.
Stats–Totaled 90 tackles, 8 sacks, 12 tackles for losses, picked off 2 passes, caused 4 fumbles, and batted down 7 passes in '08. Earned All-Area and 1st Team All-State honors.
Other Sports–Averages 15 pts and 6 rebounds a game as a shooting guard in basketball.
Grades–His GPA is 3.3. Benches 240 and has a 36" VJ.
Favorite Schools–His father, Scott Hicks, played basketball at Notre Dame from '84 to '87, and his mother was an assistant strength coach at Colorado. The head strength coach at the time is now the head strength coach at Texas. It could come down to a TX and OH STATE battle, but don't rule out FL, NC, AL, GA, NOTRE DAME, or USC.

••••+ Jamel Turner 6-2, 215, 4.6 Youngstown Ursuline
If you go by sacks than this young man would rank as the top LB prospect in the country.
On Film–He plays DE and plays it better than just about everyone in the senior class. The key to his game is his relentless style of play. He shows outstanding top-end speed, is exceptional when in pursuit, and plays the game from sideline to sideline showing good instincts that is like radar to the ball. He had a good number of sacks his sophomore year and was always double and sometimes triple-teamed in '08, and it didn't even slow him down. Blessed with long arms, explosive moves, and a great attitude, Jamel should easily make the switch to OLB in college.
Stats–Totaled 94 tackles, 31 tackles for losses, and 23 sacks on his way to earning 1st Team All-State honors. He accumulated 46 sacks over the past two years. An elite athlete and a relentless pass rusher.
Grades–His GPA is 2.9.
Favorite Schools–Committed to OHIO STATE.

••••+ Scott McVey 5-11, 220, 4.5 Cleveland St. Ignatius
To me there isn't much difference between Jordan Hicks, Jamel Turner, and Scott McVey. Only time will tell which one of the three gets the best of it during his college career.
On Film–This guy is a Tasmanian devil. He is relentless chasing the ball, will not stay blocked, and despite his small stature, he plays the game like a big man. In fact, he may be the most productive defensive player in the Midwest. He shows great instincts but relentless is the one work you could use to describe Mr. McVey. If he stays healthy, I believe he will be a certainly All-American in the college ranks. Forget his lack of height and leverage, all he does is make plays. He refuses to stay blocked and once he draws a bead, it's all over.
Stats–For the season he totaled 143 tackles, 38 tackles for losses, and 18 sacks on his way to earning 1st Team All-State.
Grades–His GPA is 3.4.
Favorite Schools–Committed to OHIO STATE.

•••• Garland Jewone Snow 6-2, 230, 4.7 Canton McKinley
One of the top two prospects in the Canton area, he is the son of former Michigan standout Garland Rivers, and his coach says he has a chance to be a great one.
On Film–Jewone shows me an aggressive, non-stop style of play. Exceptional against the run, he gets off blocks quickly, reads well, and is good when in pursuit. Blessed with good natural instincts, he has the ability to read keys quickly, which allows him to be in position to make plays on a consistent basis. He roams from sideline to sideline unencumbered by meddlesome blockers and seems to have a nose for the ball. Best suited to play ILB in college, he's very strong at the point of attack and can stack and wraps up well.
Stats–Recorded 128 tackles, 1 sack, 7 tackles for losses, and 3 caused fumbles in '08.
Grades–His GPA is 3.2 and he scored a 20 on the ACT. Benches 335 and has a 29" VJ.
Favorite Schools–MI STATE, MI, IL, PENN STATE, WV, PITT, MD, SYRACUSE, and OH STATE.

•••• Antonio Kinard 6-4, 210, 4.6 Youngstown Liberty
A tall and slender ILB.
On Film–He shows very good lateral mobility, good sideline to sideline range, and the instincts and burst to be effective in his pass drops. Needs to add weight and strength, but he is dominating at the point of attack and has developed a number of moves that help him avoid blocks. Plays ILB in high school but has the range, burst, and ability to bend off the edge to become an outstanding OLB in college. He takes great angles when in pursuit and seems to consistently beat offensive linemen to the punch.
Stats–He recorded 86 tackles, 6 sacks, and 18 tackles for losses during his junior campaign and earned All-City honors at ILB.
Grades–His GPA is 2.9.
Favorite Schools–Committed to MICHIGAN.

•••+ Jayrone Elliott 6-3, 205, 4.7 Cleveland Glenville
Not the biggest, strongest, or fastest LB around, but he is certainly one of the more productive ones.
On Film–Jayrone seems to have a nose for the ball. He comes off the ball quickly from his OLB position and always seems to be where the action is. A big hitter, he makes a lot of big plays and disrupts the flow of an offense showing great lateral mobility, and once he draws a bead on the QB, he can close in the blink of an eye. He uses his outstanding agility to elude blockers and can break down and make plays in space. Needs to add some weight and strength but the athletic ability is certainly there.
Stats–Earned some All-Area honors for his play at DE. He totaled 50 tackles, 15 QB sacks, and picked off 1 pass.
Grades–His GPA is around a 2.0.
Favorite Schools–MI STATE, IN, PITT, OH STATE, TN, SC, SYRACUSE, and WV.

•••+ Marcus Rush 6-3, 225, 4.7 Cincinnati Moeller
I first watched Marcus play last August in Cincinnati and was impressed with his aggressive style of play.
On Film–He is a team leader with good mobility and he's known for his hard-hitting style of play. He excels at stopping the run, takes good angles to the ball, and is a sure tackler.
Stats–Totaled over 80 tackles and 9½ sacks in '08 and earning All-Catholic League honors in the process.
Grades–His GPA is over a 3.4. Benches 325.
Favorite Schools–IN, MN, NC STATE, MI STATE, VA, CINCY, MI, NE, and PURDUE.

••• Steve Mehrer 6-1, 225, 4.7 Dublin Jermone
A little known but tough ILB who does nothing but make tackles.
On Film–This guy seems to be around the ball on just about every play. He's relentless, will not stay blocked, and plays the game on his feet showing good lateral movement and is a sure tackler.
Stats–Recorded 130 tackles, 6 sacks, and 29 tackles for losses during a very active junior campaign.
Grades–His GPA is 3.2.
Favorite Schools–IN, PURDUE, MI STATE, TOLEDO, CENTRAL MI, EASTERN MI, and NORTHWESTERN.

Other Linebackers to Watch:
Brian Foster 6-3, 230, 4.8 Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary
Nick Galvin 6-1, 225, 4.7 Cincinnati Moeller
Preston Brown 6-2, 230, 4.7 Cincinnati Northwest
Solomon Tentman 6-1, 220, 4.6 Cincinnati Roger Bacon
Zac Rosenbauer 6-2, 235, 4.59 Lima Shawnee
Anthony Gibson 6-3, 215, 4.5 Trotwood-Madison

Defensive Backs
••••+ Christian Bryant 5-11, 177, 4.45 Cleveland Glenville
A prospect who's star is on the rise.
On Film–#2 played a good part of his junior year at FS proving to be a natural athlete with good ball skills. He shows the ability to read and react quickly and putting himself in the position to make big plays, which he does at a consistent rate. He's quick, smooth in transition, and a terrific pass defender. He could even wind up playing CB in college. He breaks on the ball like a pro and takes few missed steps.
Stats–Missed a good part of his sophomore year with a separated shoulder but came back strong in '08 totaling 54 tackles, 2 picks, broke up 12 passes, and caused 1 fumble at FS. He also caught 9 passes for 102 yds on offense.
Other Sports–He's been timed in a 21.6 200 meters in track.
Grades–His GPA is 3.3. Benches 225 and has a 34" VJ.
Favorite Schools–OH STATE, MI STATE, NOTRE DAME, TN, GA, IL, MI, IN, MIAMI, WI, MN, IOWA, STANFORD, and VANDY.

•••+ Mike Dorsey 6-2, 205, 4.5 Warren Harding
One of the more versatile defensive players in the state of Ohio has played QB, RB, WR, and FS in his prep career.
On Film–Mike is a natural athlete with good size and a non-stop motor. He shows very good in-line speed, is blessed with a good closing burst, and a does a good job of playing the ball. He can cover a lot of ground in a short period of time and can break down in the open field and make plays. A tall, rangy defender with a great attitude.
Stats–This past season he played RB on offense rushing for 789 yds and 12 TDs, and on defense he totaled close to 50 tackles and 1 pick at FS.
Grades–His GPA is 3.5.
Favorite Schools–Committed to WEST VIRGINIA.

•••+ Courtney Avery 5-10, 170, 4.5 Lexington
A 170 pounder who projects as a corner.
On Film–He proves to be a real good athletic talent. He plays the game with a high motor, and has big-time speed, hands, vision, and balance. He shows the potential to play CB at the next level and shows a smooth backpedal, quick change of direction, and he can adjust in coverage. Very athletic, he is very motivated and productive. On offense he's an outstanding ball handler with exceptional quickness and vision.
Stats–Passed for over 2,400 yds and ran for an additional 1,000 at QB.
Grades–His GPA is 3.7 and he scored a 21 on the ACT.
Favorite Schools–Committed to MICHIGAN.

•••+ Latwan Anderson 5-11, 185, 4.3 Cleveland Glenville
Earned a lot of All-State mention in football, basketball, and track at Lakewood St. Edward in '08. He then transferred to Glenville for his senior year.
On Film–On potential, he could be the best DB in the Midwest. He's not there yet but has been blessed with outstanding athleticism and brilliant speed. He shows the quickness and strong hands needed to play the CB position. Very fluid, he can turn his hips and make up ground quickly, and shows a smooth backpedal. He certainly possesses all the tools to be a confident big-time cover corner, although he plays FS in high school.
Stats–Totaled 43 tackles, 4 picks, broke up 11 passes in '08, and also returned 2 of the picks back for scores along with 1 punt.
Grades–His GPA is around a 2.6.
Favorite Schools–BC, MI STATE, WV, MD, MI, CINCY, IOWA, NC, and IN.

•••+ Jimmy Hall 6-2, 190, 4.5 Sylvania Southview
A big, talented, and athletic FS who has played both CB and FS during his prep career.
On Film–You got to be impressed with his aggressive style of play. He reads the plays well and comes up quickly in run support. He closes quickly on the ball and is an excellent tackler. A leader on the defense, he calls defensive signals while lining them up. Pretty athletic, he can turn his hips and shows quick feet and great anticipation.
Stats–Totaled 85 tackles, 5 picks, and broke up 7 passes on his way to earning All-District, All-State honors, and helped lead his team to a 15 and 0 record. He caught 45 passes for 959 yds at WR.
Grades–His GPA is 3.2.
Favorite Schools–MD, IN, KS, BC, CO, OH STATE, SYRACUSE, BOWLING GREEN, and TOLEDO.

••• C.J. Bryant 5-11, 170, 4.5 Gahanna Lincoln
An outstanding talent at the CB position.
On Film–He possesses very good cover skills. Not a real physical ball player but very good when the ball is in the air. He's a very confident ball player, excellent in one-on-one situations, shows the burst, change of direction, and smooth backpedal needed to make it to the Division I level.
Stats–Earned 1st Team All-League honors for his play at CB.
Grades–His GPA is 3.3.
Favorite Schools–IN, NORTHWESTERN, AIR FORCE, CINCY, and EASTERN MI.

Other Defensive Backs to Watch:
DeMarcus Owens 5-10, 170, 4.5 Akron Buchtel
Luke Gavin 6-2, 190, 4.4 Canton Glenoak
Donavan Gwynn 6-0, 170, 4.4 Columbus Walnut Ridge
Terrence Talbott 5-10, 170, 4.4 Huber Heights Wayne
Seth Cunningham 6-0, 170, 4.4 Lakewood St. Edward
DeAndre Harris 5-11, 185, 4.5 Youngstown Ursuline
Aaron Edwards 6-1, 185, 4.5 Youngstown Austintown-Fitch

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