Ohio’s class of 2009 is already shaping up to be one of the best the Buckeye State has seen in several years – particularly at LB – and Sunbury Big Walnut LB Will Studlien is just one reason why the incoming junior class is so stacked. Matt Natali caught up with Studlien for more, plus we have exclusive video highlights from ScoutingOhio.com.
Ohio’s class of 2009 is already shaping up to be one of the best the Buckeye State has seen in several years – particularly at LB – and Sunbury Big Walnut LB Will Studlien is just one reason why the incoming junior class is so stacked.
Rated as the No. 4 prospect in the junior class in Ohio High magazine July edition, Studlien (6-2, 220, 4.68 40-time) tallied 210 tackles with six sacks in Big Walnut’s 10-3 campaign. In turn, college coaches have already taken notice of the youngster.
“I am getting some letters,” he said. “(Ohio State LB coach Luke Fickell) came into school about mid-May and got film. Then he wants to get an early season film of me. Pittsburgh said to just keep doing what I am doing because if I do I’ll be contender.
“And whoever else has come to school to talk to other players on our team wants to stop by and talk to me.”
Studlien was scheduled to attend both Ohio State’s and Pittsburgh’s senior camps but did not show due to a minor ankle injury, which is now completely healed.
Though young, college coaches like what Studlien already brings to the field with two years of high school ball remaining.
“They say they like my pursuit and how I go to the ball. They also like how I use my feet to run through tackles.
“Last year as a sophomore, I wasn’t the biggest person out there so I had to be aggressive to get to the ball all the time,” he said.
After a 2006 season that didn’t include any interceptions, Studlien said he is working on that phase of his game in the off-season.
“I am working on my pass coverage. That is what coach is really getting me to try and work on – picking up receivers and keeping in on them and hopefully getting a few picks,” he said.
Studlien is also working with a personal trainer three days a week to work on his agility, he said, and carries a 3.6 GPA.
Team To Beat?
In addition to Studlien, Big Walnut returns nine starters to a defense that allowed 11.8 points per game last year, including two shutouts. ATH Ethan Wetzel (6-1, 195, Sr.), LB/TE Jared Suvak (6-3, 225, Sr.) and LB Mark Nelson (6-3, 215, Sr.) are all receiving Division I college interest and are among 17 returning seniors.
And with the Golden Eagles now ranking amongst the largest schools enrollment-wise in Division III following the OHSAA divisional realignment in May, Studlien has high expectations for Big Walnut in 2007.
“As a team, we think it is possible to win the (Ohio Capital Conference), win the region and possibly play in the state championship game and even win that. This could be the year,” he said.
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