Recruiting scandal rocks Trotwood

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Trotwood-Madison Rams

Trotwood-Madison was one of the most talent-laden teams in the state last year and won a first-round playoff game against Trenton Edgewood. However, the Rams fell in the second-round of the Division II, Region 8 playoffs to Cincinnati Turpin and it kicked off an offseason filled with controversy.


PLAYERS TO WATCH

OL Chris Freeman (6-8, 300, Sr.), DE Anthony Gibson (6-3, 205, Jr.), WR/CB Jordan Paschal (5-10, 175, Jr.), OL Anthony Render (6-2, 270, Jr.), QB/WR/P Willie Ballard (6-2, 210, Jr.), WR A.J. Jordan (6-2, 175, So.), RB/DB David Lane (5-11, 180, Sr.).

SEASON OUTLOOK

2007 Record: 8-4, Regional semifinalist

Trotwood-Madison was one of the most talent-laden teams in the state last year and won a first-round playoff game against Trenton Edgewood. However, the Rams fell in the second-round of the Division II, Region 8 playoffs to Cincinnati Turpin and it kicked off an offseason filled with controversy.

Over the summer, the school was rocked by a recruiting/residence scandal which resulted in a three-game suspension for head coach Maurice Douglass, the removal of an assistant coach and season-long suspensions for two players.

The sanctions were announced on July 17 by the Ohio High School Athletic Association following a seven-month investigation.

According to the Dayton Daily News, the OHSAA investigation included interviews with more than a dozen current and former Trotwood students. Multiple current and former Trotwood players provided false information for the purpose of establishing identity in the school district. One player who would have been ruled ineligible last year – running back Michael Shaw – is now a freshman football player at the University of Michigan. Trotwood will not have to forfeit any of its wins from last season due to a 42-day statute of limitations.

The Rams are now trying to turn the page and one of the players who is expected to lead this year’s team is Freeman. The massive offensive lineman is one of the top players in the state (ranked No. 14 overall by Ohio High magazine) and has received scholarship offers from LSU, Florida, Kentucky, Miami, Penn State, Nebraska and North Carolina State just to name a few.

Defensively, Gibson is one of the top pass rushers in Ohio. He is ranked as the No. 9 junior in the state by Ohio High magazine and he runs the 100 meters in 10.8 seconds.

Trotwood must replace a talented graduated class that included first-team All-Ohio wide receiver Roy Roundtree (Michigan), Shaw, TE Brandon Moore (Michigan), quarterback Dominick Britt (Jackson State) and first-team all-district DL Ike Washington.

SCHEDULE

8/22 Columbus Marion-Franklin

8/30 at Arlington (Tx.) Bowie – Kirk Herbstreit Varsity Footbal Series (Texas Stadium)

9/5 Lebanon

9/12 at Huber Heights Wayne

9/19 Springfield

9/26 at Piqua

10/3 Sidney

10/10 at Troy

10/17 Springboro

10/24 at Vandalia-Butler

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