Five future Buckeyes break in their new digs on Friday in North-South Classic


OHSFCA North-South Classic

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
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. 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

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