Ohio’s Class Of 2009 Top Defensive Line Prospects


Mooney DL Johnny Simon

Today we begin a new feature in which we breakdown each position in the state and rank the top five players at each of those positions. Up first, we take a look at the defensive line.

There is never a shortage of high school talent for recruiters to pursue in the state of Ohio. The Buckeye State is always one of the country's strongest state's when it comes to college football prospects.

So now that the spring recruiting period is over we revisit a series we ran at the beginning of March breaking down the Ohio class of 2009 by position.  We look at our current Top 5 prospects at that position, give the position an overall grade and more.

We begin today with the defensive line.

1.  John Simon Youngstown Cardinal Mooney

2.  Melvin Fellows Garfield Heights

3.  Jonathan Newsome Cleveland Glenville

4.  Pat Muldoon – Cincinnati St. Xavier

5.  Cornelius Carradine – Cincinnati Taft 

Overall Grade For The Position:  “A”  Simon and Fellows are two of the country's top defensive linemen.  Newsome and Muldoon are two of the top defensive line prospects in the Midwest and both have many offers on the table.  Carradine is a talent as well, and there is plenty of depth below these five outstanding prospects.    

Most Likely To Break Into The Top 5:  Adam Bellamy from Aurora.  Bellamy, who is also a very good offensive line prospect, is an athletic big guy who  has close to a dozen scholarship offers on the table. 

Most Likely To Star In The NFL Someday:  Melvin Fellows.  He is going to have an NFL body not long after he gets to college.  The sky is the limit for Fellows.

Up Next:  The offensive line.


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