This year, the Eagles might have the best linebacker tandem in the state in Justin Staples (6-3, 220, Sr.) and Mike Spooner (6-1, 220, Sr.). Staples is ranked as the No. 16 senior in the state by Ohio High magazine and has already accepted a scholarship offer from Illinois. He picked the Fighting Illini over the likes of Colorado, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan State, Oklahoma State, Purdue and Syracuse.
“Illinois is a program that’s going in the right direction and could be a good team in the next few seasons,” Staples said. “They are recruiting some great players just like they did last year. Location was important for me too.”
Spooner is ranked as the No. 88 senior in the state by Ohio High and he had a breakout season as a first-year starter at middle linebacker in 2006. He is drawing a lot of interest from MAC schools, but did not have any offers by press time.
Cornerback Brandon Williams (5-10, 175, Sr.) is ranked as the No. 94 senior prospect in the state by Ohio High. He is not a big defensive back, but he is tough and is an excellent tackler. He also has top-shelf speed and playmaking abilities. He is getting looks from Virginia, Syracuse and several schools in the MAC.
Other key players for the Eagles include: RB Dominic Goodwin (5-8, 180), WR/CB Willie Seawright (5-10, 160, Jr.), QB Jeff Burke (5-11, 180, Jr.) and OL/DL Dario Hilliard (6-3, 240, Jr.).
Calling St. Edward’s schedule challenging wouldn’t do it justice. The Eagles have an extremely tough slate, including a week eight home game with possibly the favorite to win the state title: Cincinnati St. Xavier.
On Friday, new Lakewood St. Edward coach Scott Niedzwicki will make his debut as the Eagles visit Strongsville. Niedzwicki takes over longtime head coach John Gibbons, who led the Eagles to a 71-21 record in seven years including a state runner-up finish in 2003. Gibbons is now the head coach at Bedford.
Lakewood St. Edward
|9/8/2007||Washington, D.C. Woodson||–|
|9/29/2007||@ Cleveland Benedictine||III|
|10/13/2007||Cincinnati St. Xavier||I|
|10/20/2007||@ Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller||I|