Morning Huddle: Glenville Standout Latwan Anderson Leaves Miami Football Team

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

• Anderson to focus on track and field
• Wisconsin’s win over Ohio State helps Badgers recruit in Ohio
• Marion-Franklin eyes first perfect football season in team’s history
• Three Eastern African runners help propel Reynoldsburg cross-country into limelight
• Football links


Glenville Standout Latwan Anderson Leaves Miami Football Team: Freshman cornerback Latwan Anderson’s odd recruiting history just got a bit stranger. After waiting until National Signing Day to pick the University of Miami, he ended up at the school on a track scholarship. Now, after playing on the scout team, he’s been pulled off the football squad to focus on track. When coach Randy Shannon was asked why Anderson left the football team, he said, “Just to concentrate on track. Track is paying his bills so he went to track to participate in that to get ready for his track season.”

His teammates on the football team don’t seem too concerned. “He has a very bright future because he is fast, quick, and he’s got instant skills,” wide receiver Travis Benjamin says. “You tell him to do something and he’ll be right there on the play.” Anderson was an Army All-American defensive back out of Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville, where he intercepted 14 passes as a senior. Ohio State pulled their scholarship offer for Anderson after National Signing Day.

Wisconsin’s win over Ohio State helps Badgers recruit in Ohio: The University of Wisconsin football team got even more good news after defeating the formerly-No. 1 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes over the weekend. Ray Ball, a 6-foot-7, 320 pounder, from Westerville South High School, and Trayion Durham, a 6-1, 230-pound running back from Colerain High School in Cincinnati, both gave the school verbals. Ball is ranked as the No. 48 offensive tackle prospect in the country and Durham is ranked as the No. 3 fullback in the country by Scout.com.

Marion-Franklin eyes first perfect football season in team’s history: The Columbus Marion-Franklin Red Devils are the state’s top-ranked Division II football team after winning their first eight games, including last week’s 34-27 battle with Columbus Eastmoor Academy. “As a coach, I never think we’re as good as (other people think) we are,” coach Brian Haffele told MaxPreps. “When we beat Ashland (12-7 on Sept. 10) and you look at their box scores since then, they’ve been scoring 42 to 55 points a game. I think us holding them to seven points opened everyone’s eyes that our defense was pretty good. And what we did last year in the playoffs kind of got us over the hump.” If Marion-Franklin can get past their next two Columbus opponents – Briggs (5-3) and South (1-7) – they’ll have their first perfect season in the team’s 57-year history.

Three Eastern African runners help propel Reynoldsburg cross-country into limelight: Brothers Tsehaye Hiluf and Hiruy Abraha of Ethiopia and Khalid Omar of Kenya took the first, second and third slots in the Ohio Capital Conference Ohio Division championships in Newark over the weekend helping to solidfy the Reynoldsburg team’s reputation.

They arrived in Reynoldsburg at different times, but the three quickly became friends as they worked to adjust to the American culture. “Everything here was so different than we were accustomed to back home,” Omar, a junior, tells the Columbus-Dispatch. “Especially the food. Everything here is bad for you.” Running turning to be a mutual interest for all three, and that’s good news for the Raiders as they’ve turned Reynoldsburg into one of the top three Division I teams in central Ohio.

It all takes on an added dimension thanks to the well-known Ethiopia-Kenya running rivalry. “I tell them how Abebe Bikila (of Ethiopia) won the 1960 Olympic marathon running barefoot through the streets of Rome and, since then, either an Ethiopian or Kenyan has won almost every gold medal from 800 meters up,” Raiders coach Denny Hammond says. “It says a lot about the work ethic and work rate of people from those countries. It sure shows in my three guys. They set an example for everyone on our team.” Read more at Dispatch.com.

Football Links:

Cleveland.com: New weekly high school football computer ratings released
Cleveland.com: Plain Dealer Top 25 High School Football Poll
Colerain, Winton Woods still the 1’s
Trotwood’s Michael Jordan to commit to college
The growth of Javon Ringer, one of the area’s all-time best

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