Morning Huddle: Top Ohio football recruit to announce today


JJ’s Morning Huddle: A daily dose of News, Notes & Nuggets from around the state

• Fairfield Union gets new coach and Marshall of Dayton loses one

• Amelia High to face all new opponents (kind of)

• Good news for Ohio State in in-state recruiting

• Michigan lands another Ohio football recruit

Blue skies: Fairfield Union (Lancaster) filled their varsity boys basketball coaching position after Scott Matchett resigned to take an administrative spot at Lancaster High School. The school tapped Sky Brusco, who served as the head assistant coach at Ohio Christian University last fall, and the head coach at Fairfield Christian before that, to take over. “At one point in time it (my goal to become a head coach,” Brusco says. “Then my thinking and priorities changed. I got married recently. And this was just one of those opportunities that presented itself and the timing seemed right. I really liked the administration at Fairfield Union and was impressed by the new facilities.”

Bucks in luck? The Ohio State Buckeyes got their first football commitment from the class of 2012 yesterday when Olentangy linebacker Joshua Perry verballed. Now, the team could get more good news today. One of Ohio’s most heavily recruited standouts, Nick Vannett (Westerville), is expected to make his decision today. Vannett does not have a time set and says he will not make a big deal of the announcement. All told, he has more than 30 scholarship offers in the bag. The Bucks will have their fingers crossed.

Wolverine-in-waiting: RichRod’s domination in Toledo hasn’t waned it seemed. Toledo St. John’s offensive lineman Jack Miller met with Michigan’s head coach, Rich Rodriguez, on Tuesday in Ann Arbor, and he announced afterwards that he had verbally committed to the Wolverines. Miller chose Michigan over offers from Boston College, Stanford and Pitt, and he joins Fremont Ross’ Greg Brown as Northwest Ohio high school products in the Michigan class of 2011.

The end of an era: The Marshall High School (Dayton) boys basketball team lost its coach of eight years in John Ralph. “It was completing a big cycle,” Ralph says, after coaching one of the most successful teams in the school’s history. Led by forward Greg Gainey and guard Shawn Robinson (as well as University of Dayton recruit Juwan Staten before he transferred to Oak Hill Academy), the Cougars fought their way to the state championship game in 2009. The run bodes well for Ralph, who will now go on to coach at Edison Community College in Piqua. “It’s a chance to work with a little older and little more mature students,” Ralph says.

Back to your roots: Amelia High School (Batavia) will start competing in the Southern Buckeye Conference this fall. “It’s awfully hard for working parents to get to Kings for a 4:30 game,” says Amelia Athletic Director James Collins on the switch. “Having Mom and Dad at every game is a plus.” Collins is hoping that more parents will turn out for games as the team will compete against opponents who are closer to home — many of them their old foes from the Clermont County League. “If your team’s goal is to win a conference championship, then it’s nice to have that goal be a real possibility,” Collins said.

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