2012 Top 200 Insider: Senior Football Players to Watch this Fall

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A look at some of the state’s top senior high school football players heading into the 2011 season.

Starting Memorial Day weekend we’ll begin releasing our 2012 positional player rankings and that will culminate with the 2012 Top 200 release in our Ohio High School Football Preview. Today, though, we debut a NEW JJHuddle feature where we’ll introduce you weekly to some Top 200 players and some trying to make the list…


Starting Memorial Day weekend we’ll begin releasing our 2012 positional player rankings and that will culminate with the 2012 Top 200 release in our Ohio High School Football Preview.

From now until then though, we’ll introduce you weekly to some of the state’s top players. These guys have had great high school careers so far and have a great chance of making the prestigious Top 200.

There’s no guarantee these guys will make the Top 200, but there’ a reason you need to know about them. They are that good.

And most – if not all – will be playing on Saturday’s in some form in the future.

Here’s the first five…

Luke Credit, QB, 6-2, 205, Waynesville
Last season, his first under center for Waynesville (moved in from Tennessee after attending Clinton-Massie prior), Creditt threw for 2,475 yards and 31 TDs en route to leading the Spartans to their fourth straight playoff berth and first in D-IV. In a 55-22 Week 8 win over Dayton Northridge, Creditt fired five TDs and set school records for yards in a game (354) and season.

JoJo Pierro, RB, 5-9, 185, Steubenville
Pierro has been making plays for Big Red for two years now. Last season he ran for over 1,100 yards and 12 TDs as Steubenville made its tenth straight trip to the postseason. In a 31-28 D-III first round loss to Dover, Pierro had 155 yards and two TDs.

Caleb Stacey, OL, 6-4, 285, Oak Hills
Stacey is one of the state’s most sought after lineman. A two-time All-Greater Miami Conference selection he had 114 knockdown blocks as a junior. In 20 varsity starts, Stacey has yet to allow a sack. His offer sheet currently reads Ohio, Toledo, Bowling Green, Illinois, Wake Forest, Boston College and North Carolina State.

Jamar Ridley, LB, 5-11, 220, Toledo Whitmer
Lately Whitmer has been a hotbed for edge prospects, including TE Kevin Koger (Michigan), DE Kenny Hayes (Ohio State) and current junior DE Chris Wormley (Ohio State and Michigan offers). But the Panthers also have several other solid prospects, including Ridley, the man in the middle. Last season Ridley led Whitmer in tackles (100-plus) and tackles-for-loss (20-plus).

Marcus Foster, DB, 6-1, 190, Troy
A standout basketball player who is averaging 11.1 points, three rebounds and three steals per game, Foster doubles as a well-respected football player. Last year en route to helping the Trojans make the D-I playoffs, Foster earned first team Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division honors after running for a team-high 901 yards and 13 TDs on 120 carries. He also caught 14 passes for 336 yards and three TDs. On defense Foster registered 32 tackles and had three interceptions. As a kick returner he brought back 12 kickoffs for 269 yards (22.4 yards per return). Perhaps the most impressive accomplishment for Foster is the fact that he’s twice been named Team MVP in the Trojans annual rivalry game with Piqua. Foster has offers from Cincinnati and Toledo.

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