Five Ohio State football signees will be on display Friday night when
the 65th annual OHSFCA Ohio North-South Classic is staged under the
lights of Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. In all, 60 of the game’s 72 players will continue their careers at
major-college football programs…Video, rosters and more.
Five Ohio State football signees will be on display Friday night when the 65th annual OHSFCA Ohio North-South Classic is staged under the lights of Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. JJHuddle.com will be broadcasting the game LIVE (Click here to listen LIVE).
This will be the third straight year the game is in Ohio Stadium, but the first time it will be played on the eve of the annual Ohio State spring game. Tickets will be $5 each at the gate for general admission seating.
The Ohio State Marching Band will perform pregame and at halftime as a dress rehearsal for its performance at Saturday’s spring game.
This year, the game will feature nearly all of the top graduating high-school football players in Ohio. Ohio State signees Solon defensive end Darryl Baldwin, Cleveland Glenville defensive back Christian Bryant, Youngstown Boardman defensive end J.T. Moore and East Cleveland Shaw wide receiver Tyrone Williams will play for the North, while Columbus Marion-Franklin quarterback Verlon Reed will compete for the South.
There will also be five recruits from Michigan, five from Cincinnati and one from Notre Dame. In all, 60 of the game’s 72 players will continue their careers at major-college football programs.
Tom Lombardo of Medina Highland will coach the North and Mark Crabtree of Dublin Coffman will coach the South team this year.
Contrary to previous reports, there will be no live television broadcast of the game. SportsTIme Ohio HD will broadcast the game on a tape delay basis at 8 p.m. Saturday. It will also be replayed at 3:30 p.m. Sat., May 1.
“We are proud to again bring together the best high school football players in Ohio for the Ohio North-South Classic and honored to present this year’s game in prime time on the eve of the Ohio State Spring Game,” said Ed Terwilliger, head coach at Olentangy High School and game coordinator of the Ohio North-South Classic. “This game remains the premier all star football game in the United States and it is very meaningful that these tremendous young men get to play their last high-school football game in the best college football stadium in the nation.”
Proceeds from the Grange Insurance Ohio North-South Classic benefit the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association’s Scholarship Program.
Ohio All-Star Classic players and coaches arrived in Columbus on Wednesday. They practiced previously on weekends. They practiced Wednesday at Ohio Stadium and were to practice there again today.
Reed will be the lone Buckeye on the South squad. Although most view him as a defensive back recruit for OSU, he also starred at quarterback at Marion-Franklin. He will play quarterback in this game and he hopes to get a shot at that position when he gets to OSU.
“It’s kind of important because I still have doubters about that,” Reed said. “I’m not out here to prove myself. I’m here to have fun and play a good game. I’m not worried about having to prove myself to anybody. Everybody knows what I can do.
“It’s an early step into my Ohio State career, so when I get here I will already be comfortable with it. It’s going to be electric. It will be a lot of fun. We just have to play our game and not worry about it.”
To go against the likes of Baldwin, Moore and Bryant on the North defense Friday night, Reed said he was gearing up for the game.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Reed said. “I don’t back down from a challenge. Those are some of my future teammates. You couldn’t ask for anything more.”
Baldwin said he is looking forward to going up against Reed and the South offense.
“I have read a lot about him in the papers and online,” Baldwin said. “I’ve heard he is pretty good, so we’ll see.
“I’m coming off an ankle injury. I want to make sure that’s healed. I want to represent Solon real well. I am very excited to be here. It is nice to play a game where I will be going. And it’s just nice to play football again. I haven’t played in a while.”
Bryant, who projects as a cornerback at OSU, talked about getting on the field at the Horseshoe.
“It’s great just seeing some of these guys out here and the talent I will be with down the road,” Bryant said. “It’s good to be with them. It’s going to be crazy. It will be my first experience with this type of crowd. On Friday, it will be nothing but business from the opening kickoff.”
At 6-7 Williams, will be a guy to watch in the red zone on Friday and also perhaps this fall at Ohio State.
“When I heard the game was going to be here, I got the jitters,” Williams said. “I know there will be a lot of Ohio State fans in here and they’ll be watching me and the other recruits.”
Here are video interviews with Reed and Bryant from Wednesday at Ohio Stadium.
Here is Reed:
Here is Bryant:
Head coach – Tom Lombardo (Medina Highland). Assistant coaches – Mike Bell (Mentor Lake Catholic), Tom Gibbons (Euclid), Mike Kopachy (Salem), Jim Lunardi (Ravenna), Rick Rios (Toledo Rogers).
No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. High School College
4 Courtney Avery DB 5-10 170 Lexington Michigan
20 Darryl Baldwin DL 6-7 265 Solon Ohio State
2 Christian Bryant DB 5-10 185 Clev. Glenville Ohio State
73 Isaiah Byler OL 6-5 280 Elyria Bowling Green
87 Brendan Carozzoni TE 6-4 220 Clev. St. Ignatius Pittsburgh
22 Andre Cliff OLB 5-9 210 Euclid Undecided
76 Michael Dennis OL 6-7 270 Carey Michigan State
52 Jayrone Elliott OLB 6-3 210 Clev. Glenville Toledo
18 Ben Eisel WR 5-11 165 Salem Edinoboro
74 Eric Franklin OL 6-7 310 Young. Mooney Youngstown St.
23 Tyson Gulley RB 5-9 175 Akron Garfield Syracuse
3 Chase Hammond WR 6-5 210 Young. Boardman Wisconsin
29 Erick Howard RB 5-10 210 N. Canton Hoover Akron
5 John James DB 6-0 170 Cleve. John Adams Toledo
57 Kelton Keller DL 6-4 240 Medina Buckeye Eastern Michigan
55 Antonio Kinard LB 6-3 220 Young. Liberty Michigan
56 Zach Larson OL 6-2 290 Young. Mooney Youngstown St.
15 Aaron Maslowski RB 5-10 185 Medina Highland Toledo
51 J.T. Moore DL 6-3 220 Young. Boardman Ohio State
65 Jeff Myers C 6-3 275 Massillon Toledo
21 Cameron Ontko LB 6-0 218 Walsh Jesuit Wisconsin
53 Micah Robinson DT 6-4 250 Cleve. John Adams Syracuse
72 Matt Rotheram OL 6-6 295 North Olmsted Pittsburgh
6 Jerrod Ronyak QB 6-3 210 Mentor Lake Catholic Undecided
11 Josh Russ OLB 6-6 205 Elyria Catholic Cincinnati
19 Jake Ryan LB 6-3 225 Clev. St. Ignatius Michigan
85 Dan Schneider TE 6-4 240 Avon Lake Pittsburgh
13 Anthony Schrock WR 6-3 200 Wadsworth Akron
64 Jacob Schwertner OL 6-3 265 Lake. St. Edward Penn
12 Jewone Snow LB 6-3 230 Canton McKinley West Virginia
10 Carey Spear K 5-11 175 Mayfield Vanderbilt
40 Anthony Stryffeler DL 6-4 220 Padua Ball State
7 Parnell Taylor WR 5-10 185 Ravenna Undecided
9 E.J. Tucker QB 6-3 207 Toledo Rogers Toledo
8 Tyrone Williams WR 6-7 215 Cleveland Shaw Ohio State
34 Luke Wollet DB 6-1 185 Poland Seminary Kent State
Head coach – Mark Crabtree (Dublin Coffman). Assistant coaches – Greg Bailie (Lakota East), Rudy Vavrock (Bridgeport), Marty Arganbright (Coshocton), Todd Schulte (Delphos St. John’s), Sean Arno (Alexander).
No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. High School College
7 Patrick Angle QB 6-1 205 Logan Youngstown St.
58 Jibreel Black DL 6-2 255 Cin. Wyoming Michigan
18 Preston Brown LB 6-2 220 Cin. Northwest Louisville
21 C.J. Bryant DB 6-0 170 Gahanna Northwestern
49 Brett Buehler LB 6-1 218 Dublin Coffman Cornell
2 Nathan Carpenter RB 5-10 197 Lancaster Ohio U.
8 Arryn Chenault DB 6-2 200 Fairfield Cincinnati
23 Kyle Clinton K 6-1 185 Dublin Coffman Ohio U.
36 Avery Cunningham DB 5-11 190 Cin. Winton Woods Central Michigan
15 Lamar Davenport WR 6-4 185 Springfield Undecided
47 Mark Fackler DE 6-4 235 Kenton Kent State
24 Jerry Gates DB 6-0 192 Middletown Bowling Green
9 Josh Harrison LB 6-0 216 Huber. Hgts. Wayne Wisconsin
70 Josh Hendershot OL 6-4 275 Newark Catholic Toledo
52 Jay Howard OL 6-4 270 Dublin Coffman Butler
75 Phil Huff OL 6-3 245 Hilliard Davidson Kent State
22 Heath Jackson WR 6-1 180 Ada Bowling Green
56 Travis Jackson OL 6-5 270 Columbus Desales Michigan St.
27 Marcus Johnston RB 6-0 205 Coshocton Davidson
77 Andrew Jomantas OL 6-7 265 Dayton C-J North Carolina St.
3 John Lloyd P 6-3 224 Cin. Hills C.A. Cincinnati
68 Nate Maleski OL 6-3 275 Bridgeport West Liberty
72 Greg Mancz OL 6-5 275 Cin. Anderson Toledo
19 Corey Mason LB 6-3 225 Cin. Elder Cincinnati
4 Nick McKnight WR 6-3 200 Middletown Bowling Green
11 Austin Mercer WR 6-2 185 S. Charleston SE Undecided
55 Roosevelt Nix DL 6-0 250 Reynoldsburg Kent State
17 Dylan Potts DB 6-0 195 Hannibal River Akron
10 Verlon Reed QB 6-2 190 Cols. Marion-Franklin Ohio State
44 Zac Rosenbauer LB 6-3 250 Lima Shawnee Toledo
85 Harrison Scott DL 6-3 248 New Albany Indiana
76 Justin Stumph OL 6-4 260 Col. St. Charles Miami
32 Terrence Talbott DB 5-10 175 Huber Hgts. Wayne Michigan
51 Terry Talbott DL 6-4 265 Huber Hgts. Wayne Michigan
5 Jack Tomlinson WR 5-9 160 Westerville South Ball State
13 Alex Welch TE 6-5 235 Cin. Elder Notre Dame
6 Tavion Wright RB 5-10 185 Day. Thur. Marshall Undecided