2012 Top 200 Insider: Five more 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.

Today we continue introducing some 2012 Top 200 players and some trying to make the list. Today’s group includes a Trotwood transfer, a 6-7 DE, LaSalle’s leading tackler and Central Ohio’s best lineman? The Top 200 will be released in our Ohio
High School Football Preview
.


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

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.

Previous Player Releases
Feb.
15

Feb. 17

The Next Five…

Michael Simpson, 6-3, 200, QB, Trotwood-Madison
A two-year starter and two-time second team Greater Catholic League North Division performer at Chaminade Julienne, Simpson has transferred to Trotwood for his final campaign. Last season Simpson ranked third overall in all GCL divisions in passing yards (1,628) despite playing just nine games. He fired 12 TDs and just three interceptions.

Saevon Fitzgeald, 5-9, 170, RB, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary
After rushing for 262 yards and two TDs in 2009, Fitzgerald ran for 1,002 yards and nine TDs last season. He also saw action on special teams (returner) and defense. Fitzgerald has an early offer from North Carolina Central.

Pharoah Brown, 6-7, 215, DE, Brush
Brown doubles as a standout basketball player and a quarterback, but his future according to several recruiting pundits is on defense. Some big-time programs agree. Thus far Brown has offers from Syracuse, Michigan, Arizona State and Bowling Green.

Joe Burger, 6-2, 228, LB, Cincinnati LaSalle
Burger has an offer from Bowling Green but will garner more as the summer goes on. A second team Greater Catholic League South Division selection last season, Burger was efficient on offense as well, logging one carry for one yard and a TD. Burger led the Lancers with five sacks.

Patrick Elflein, 6-3, 270, OL, Pickerington North
A three-year letterwinner and two-time first team All-OCC Ohio Division selection, Elflein is one of Ohio’s best senior OL prospects. His offer sheet reads Toledo, Bowling Green, Northwestern, Miami of Ohio and Indiana right now. Expect it to grow immensely. Elflein also set the school shot put record as a sophomore.

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