In the May edition of Ohio High magazine, we counted down the top 112 prospects in Ohio high school football for the Class of 2008. These are players who will be seniors in the upcoming school year.
Two weeks ago, we began a 13-part series where we will unveil this top 112 list. We started with the players ranked from 51st to 112th. Then, we looked at the 20 players ranked between 31st and 50th. Next, we shared the 20 players ranked between 11th and 30th.
We continue the top-10 countdown today with No. 1, Dublin Coffman OL Mike Adams.
We will provide an updated top 30 in the July issue, which is due out by July 1.
Then, we will have a completely revamped top 100 (or top 112 if warranted) with bios, summer camp performances, offers, verbals and more in the September issue, which is due out by Sept. 1.
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Here is a look at No. 1, Mike Adams:
1. ***** Mike Adams (6-8, 305, OL; Dublin Coffman)
The word franchise gets tossed around a lot when it comes to athletes. All it takes is one glimpse of Mike Adams to see he is one player that fits the tag. My associate Steve Helwagen saw a tape of Adams and said, “We looked at about five plays. That was all it took. We saw he was the real deal.” When Steve throws in his two cents, that speaks volumes.
About five plays are all you need to see of Adams. He has a body that is perfect for a left tackle. He is a massive kid but you are not going to find a better conditioned big athlete. He has a V-shaped body at better than 300 pounds.
He has the long arms and is long bodied, something that stands out to me with the great left tackles I have seen. He is already an advanced pass blocker. He sits down and moves his feet, none of this reaching stuff that so many young offensive lineman do. He gets out of his stance and finds his man quickly.
So much of what he does are things I do not expect out of a player this young. I was already convinced that he was the number one prospect in this class when I saw the Coffman playoff game versus Gahanna Lincoln. G-L came into the game with an outstanding senior defensive lineman in John Hughes, a Michigan State commitment.
Adams stoned him. Hughes is an explosive and determined player. Adams dominated the match-up to such a degree that Hughes stopped trying to rush the passer. I don’t know if it was his decision or the coaching staff’s to quit on the futile attempt to rush the passer and try to knock down passes at the line of scrimmage but it sent the message home loud and clear. Getting by Mike Adams was futile.
Adams helped Coffman post a 9-4 record and advance to a Division I regional final as a junior.
This is a national top-100 player and a top-10 national lineman. He is the best offensive lineman in Ohio since Orlando Pace. Adams gave Ohio State a verbal in March, picking the Buckeyes over a wide host of schools.
Here is a look at the previous installments in this series:
Ohio prospects who want to submit their video to ScoutingOhio.com, you may contact Mark Porter via e-mail at FootballCMS@aol.com for more details on how to contribute video. Or you can send tapes to:
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