As good as it gets


Lakota West LB Jordan Hicks has a firm grasp on the top spot in the Ohio (Photo by Nick Falzerano)

Last spring, we released the first Ohio High
magazine Top 100 rankings for the Class of 2010. Well, after a summer full of combing the state for more top talent, we
decided ranking the top 100 players just wasn’t enough.

Introducing the Ohio High magazine Top 150 (it’s actually 200)!

Two-a-days are over, rosters have been finalized, uniforms
have been distributed and helmet decals have been proudly placed.

Are you ready for some football?!?

It’s almost time to catch Ohio’s top players under the
sparkle of the Friday night lights and we have been just as busy getting ready
for the season as the players and coaches.

Last spring, we released the first Ohio High
magazine Top 100 rankings for the Class of 2010. Well, after a summer full of
camps, combines, 7-on-7’s and collecting even more video and information, we
decided ranking the top 100 players just wasn’t enough.

Introducing the Ohio High magazine Top 150 (and then some)!

With the collaboration of Recruiting Analyst Bill Kurelic, Scout Mark Porter and the Ohio High staff, we have re-ranked
the top 150 players in the state and have named 50 more that are top 150
contenders heading into the 2009 season.

All told, we’re presenting the top 200 senior football
player in Ohio.

What Is The Criteria?

Think of the geometric theorem that all squares are
rectangles but not all rectangles are squares…

Stay with me here.

Essentially, we have based the rankings on top college
potential, i.e. players that will most likely have the opportunity to earn a
scholarship to play Division I college football. So, a player may have had the
best stats in the state last season but if he doesn’t have Division I college
potential he probably won’t be found in the top 150.

So, our rankings theorem is ‘all top prospects in
the state are top players but not all top players in the state are top

Got it?

The perfect example is former Mentor quarterback Bart
Tanski. Tanski was named the top player in the state in 2007 earning the coveted
Mr. Football award but he was not ranked in our final top 100 that season.

Why not?

Though we acknowledged him as a tremendous high school
football player, we did not believe he was a Division I college caliber football
player based on his size and other factors.

Tanski never earned a Division I scholarship and ended up
as a preferred walk-on at Bowling Green.

What Has Changed From The Spring?

A lot!

We have re-ranked for the preseason because we have more
information than we did in the spring – more players, more offers, more video,
more everything. So, given the wealth of information we have obtained on top of
the mountain of information we already had in the spring, the re-ranking was, well, in

One of the biggest changes is there are two blue-chip
players missing in the top 150 that were ranked in the spring.

Defensive end Jamel Turner, who came in at No. 4 in the
spring, experienced trouble in the classroom while at Youngstown Ursuline, was
involved in several altercations and is no longer enrolled at the school.

He is now attending Fork Union (Va.) Military academy for
his senior season.

After verbally committing to play college football at Ohio
State last December, it is still unclear whether he will join the Buckeyes’ 2010
recruiting class on signing day in February.

Turner (6-3, 215) had a breakthrough sophomore year with 23
in 2007 and led Ursuline to a 15-0 mark and
the Division
V state championship in 2008. In the title game, he had 10
tackles and 1½ sacks.

He was named to the D-V first team defense last season.

Aaron Craft of Findlay-Liberty Benton has dropped from No.
79 to Contender status but for a much different reason than Turner. After
leading the Eagles for three seasons under center and a D-V state runner-up
finish last season, Craft has decided to focus on basketball.

Craft, who is an Ohio State hoops recruit, decided for
forgo his senior season on the grid iron to concentrate on his game on the

What Hasn’t Changed?

West Chester Lakota West linebacker Jordan Hicks still has
a firm grip on the top spot.

Hicks was rated as the No. 2 player in the country by ESPN Scouts, Inc.
earlier this month. He had 88 tackles (16 for a loss) four sacks, two forced
fumbles and two interceptions as a junior following 1½ sacks and a forced fumble
as a sophomore. 

Hicks (6-2, 200, 4.56) is considering scholarship offers to Ohio State,
Texas, Florida and USC.

He plans to visit Texas for the Colorado game on Oct. 10. He plans to visit Ohio State for the USC game in Columbus on Sept. 12, according to

Queen City ‘Reins’

Of the Ohio High Top 150 players and the 50 contenders, 85 have
accepted college football scholarship offers to 25 different schools to date.

Of those 85 recruits, the University of Cincinnati has claimed 11 players for the 2010
recruiting class – more than any of the other schools.

Ball State out of the Midwest Athletic Conference has nine verbal commitments
while Michigan has made the trip South to pull seven players from the Buckeye
State – one more recruit than rival Ohio State.

Furthermore, the top four players in the state hail from the Queen City as well as eight of the top 10.

Breaking The Cut

There are 17 players making their top 100 debut in the preseason rankings. Of
the 17 players that dropped out of the top 100, two are not playing football
this season (Turner and Craft), 11 are ranked in the Top 150 and four are listed
as Top 150 Contenders.

One player dropped out completely due to misinformation.

On The Move

The highest rated player in the Preseason top 150 that did not appear in the
spring is Bucyrus Wynford tight end and Kentucky recruit Teven Eatmon.

Elyria Catholic running back Josh Russ moved up the second most postions going from 97
to 51 (46 places) and Cincinnati Roger Bacon athlete Jorian Hudson moved up the
third most places (42) going from 87 to 45.

Lima Shawnee linebacker Zac Rosenbauer had the biggest drop in the rankings
going from 64 to 130 (66 places) and Dublin Coffman linebacker Brett Buehler
fell 56 places from 94 to 150.

Let’s Get To It

Without further delay…Click Here For The 2009 Preseason Top 150

*     *     *

Click here to revisit the spring 2009 Top 100

*     *     *

Stay tuned for Part 2 of our series on Ohio’s 2010 recruiting class as we take a look at how Ohio High’s rankings stack up on a national level.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *