Centerville lineman sets NIKE Combine Mark

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Centerville senior Benny McGowan is one of Ohio’s Top 5 OL prospects for 2012.

Arguably the most impressive performer at the NIKE Combine in
Massillon
last Saturday was linebacker/defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo
(Centerville). Odenigbo’s teammate Benny McGowan was also very impressive and did something no lineman has ever done in the history of the NIKE Combines…what did he do?


Arguably the most impressive performer at the NIKE Combine in
Massillon on Saturday was linebacker/defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo
(Centerville, Ohio/Centerville).

The 6-foot-4 and 215-pound Odenigbo had a SPARQ of 109.02. That
SPARQ score was one of the highest along with the score of Buckeye
running back commitment Brionte Dunn (Canton, Ohio/GlenOak) who had a
109.47.

Odenigbo’s teammate, offensive lineman Benny McGowan was also very impressive on Saturday.

The 6-foot-4 and 290-pound McGowan had a SPARQ rating of 100.53, the
first time in the history of the NIKE Combines that an offensive lineman
has broken the 100 mark barrier.

McGowan, who plays left guard for the Elks, does not have a long list of scholarship offers at this point. But his recruitment could be beginning to pick up.

“It’s going pretty well,” McGowan said. “I only have two offers,
Bowling Green and Toledo. But I’m talking to a lot of schools. I’m
going to Ohio State for their junior day on Feb. 27 and I’m going to Notre Dame on the 26th to check out the campuses.”

McGowan said things have not really heated up with the Buckeyes yet, but he has spoken with them some.

“I’m excited about going up there for their junior day,” he said.

McGowan, who is being recruited as a center or guard, wants to wait things out and see what develops.

“Right now I’m just trying to keep things open,” he said. “I’m just
trying to visit different campuses and see what I feel would best fit
me.”

Bill Kurelic’s Comment: At this point I consider McGowan
as one of the top five offensive linemen in the Buckeye State. His
performance was impressive at the NIKE Combine on Saturday and it will
be interesting to watch how his recruitment goes during the spring.

Check out McGowan in action courtesy of our friends at ScoutingOhio.com:

 

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