Morning Huddle: Alabama commit Kelly to miss Under Armour Game


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• Just 3 top-ranked teams left in playoffs
• DePriest named top DI defensive player in Southwest
• Taft DE Washington gets 16th verbal offer

Alabama commit Kelly to miss Under Armour Game: One of the nation’s top players in the 2011 class, Lakota West senior OL Ryan Kelly suffered a torn ACL in his left knee that will knock him out of the Under Armour All-America Game in January. Kelly will attend the game Jan. 5 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and he’ll watch as Ohio’s other superstars take the field. Among them? Huber Heights Wayne QB Braxton Miller (Ohio State commit), Springfield LB Trey DePriest (Alabama commit), Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary CB Doran Grant (undecided) and Canton McKinley DE Steve Miller (Ohio State commit).

Just 3 top-ranked teams left in playoffs: It was a particularly brutal week in the football playoffs for several No. 1-seeded teams last week. Three No. 1s were knocked off in all and just three remain. Cleveland Glenville (D-I) lost to No. 3 Lakewood St. Edward catapulting St. Edward onto the MaxPreps list of top 50 teams in the country. Columbus Marion-Franklin (D-II) lost to unranked Sunbury Big Walnut. Clinton-Massie (D-IV) lost to No. 6 Kenton. That leaves just three No. 1 seeds left: Alliance Marlington (Division III), Youngstown Ursuline (D-V) and Delphos St. John’s (D-VI). If nothing else, we’re seeing lots of new faces deeper in the tournament, and that’s a good thing.

DePriest named top DI defensive player in Southwest: Springfield linebacker Trey DePriest was one of the fall’s most sought-after recruits in the country before verbally committing to Alabama so he could focus on his senior year. After leading a Wildcats defense that never gave up more than 21 points in a game, DePriest has been named the Southwest District Division I Defensive Player of the Year – a precursor to the All-Ohio selections. “You needed to know where No. 33 was when you were playing us,” Springfield head coach Rick Robertson told the Dayton Daily News. “Sometimes, certain players with a big reputation don’t stand out on film. Trey stood out.”

Taft DE Washington gets 16th verbal offer: Taft junior DE Adolphus Washington has at least 16 verbal scholarship offers, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound junior had 107 tackles, 19 sacks and two fumble recoveries during the regular season for the Senators this year. That was good enough to garner offers from some of the best schools in the country including UC, Ohio State, Alabama and Texas. Expect big things out of Washington next year.

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