2012 Bucknuts Top 50: The Countdown Begins…Nos. 26-50 & “Others to Watch”

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Kenton junior QB Maty Mauk had 462 total yards (and five TDs) in a 36-28 win over Clinton-Massie. (Photo by Nick Falzerano)

The focus for college football recruiting has completely turned
toward 2012 and we are back with an exclusive feature, The Bucknuts 50,
where we will track the top 50 football prospects in Ohio.
We will unveil The Bucknuts 50 over the next two weeks. We will
start today by revealing the players ranked 26th to 50th and “Others to Watch…”


JJHUDDLE’S TOP 200 & POSITIONAL RANKINGS (COMING IN MAY & JUNE)

The annual JJHuddle Top 200 Ohio High School Football Players and positional rankings will be released in June in the 2011 Ohio High School Football Preview. In May, we will release (over the course of three weeks) extensive lists of “Players to Watch” at each position. These lists will contain players that will be included in the Top 200 and many others that will make headlines in the Fall and college rosters next year. Until then, enjoy the Bucknuts Top 50. And don’t be surprised if the lists differ…

BUCKNUTS TOP 50: The Countdown begins…

The focus for college football recruiting has completely turned
toward 2012 and we are back with our exclusive feature, The Bucknuts 50,
where we will track the top 50 football prospects in Ohio.

We
are introducing our first installment of The Bucknuts 50 today. These
rankings were established by Mark Porter of ScoutingOhio.com and Bill
Kurelic of Bucknuts.com.

We plan to update the rankings in July as we recap all of the
summer camp and combine developments. Finally, we will update the
rankings in early December after the conclusion of the Ohio high school
season.

We will unveil The Bucknuts 50 over the next two weeks. We will
start today by revealing the players ranked 26th to 50th. Plus, we will
have a list of others to watch as well. Most of these players are
hyperlinked to their video page on ScoutingOhio.com.

Let’s start with 35 others to watch. These are players that can
vault into the top 50, perhaps even the top 25, with great showings at
college camps and/or with a great showing for their high school team in
the fall. We will list these players by position.

Others To Watch

* Quarterbacks – Mason Schreck (6-5, 215), Medina; Tyler Eden (6-3, 205), Hunting Valley University School; Will McCollister (6-4, 215), Ironton Rock Hill; Austin Appleby (6-5, 225), North Canton Hoover.

* Wide Receivers – Roger Lewis (6-2, 190), Pickerington Central; Justin Hardee (6-2, 175), Cleveland Glenville.

* Tight Ends – Jimmy Rousher (TE-DE; 6-3, 255), Canfield; Evan Jones (6-6, 235), West Lafayette Ridgewood; Jordan Feeser (6-5, 240), Piqua.

* Offensive Linemen – Troy Watson (6-4, 275), Aurora;
Kenton Playko (6-5, 260), Lewis Center Olentangy; T.C. Klusman (6-4,
265), Cincinnati Elder; Patrick Elflein (6-3, 285), Pickerington North.

* Defensive Linemen – Alex Pace
(DE; 6-3, 260), Cleveland Glenville; Ryan Leahy (DE; 6-6, 255),
Cincinnati LaSalle; Trae Clark (DT; 6-4, 300), Cincinnati Colerain High
School; Myles Hilliard (DE; 6-6, 250), Bedford; Terrell Jackson (DT;
6-3, 260), Columbus Marion Franklin; Darryl Render (DE; 6-3, 245),
Lakewood St Edward.

* Linebackers – Kevin Kinds (6-6, 220), Cleveland Glenville; Luke Roberts (6-2, 225), Lancaster; Jhalil-Nashid Croley (6-3, 255), Cincinnati Princeton; Jaylen Prater (6-2, 218), Wellston.

* Defensive Backs — Mark Meyers (6-1, 180), Toledo Whitmer; Andre Jones (6-1, 185), Cincinnati Colerain; DaShawn Hall (6-2, 200), Canton Glenoak; Marcus Foster
(6-1, 190), Troy; Najee Murray (5-11, 172), Steubenville; Tyvis Powell
(6-4, 180), Bedford; Chris Davis (5-9, 170), Austintown Fitch.

Players Ranked 26th to 50th

* 26. Jarrod Wilson,
defensive back, Akron Buchtel
– Wilson (6-3, 190) had eight
interceptions, 55 tackles, 10 pass break-ups and seven tackles-for-loss.
He has a 4.5-second 40-yard time. He has offers from Michigan State,
Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Notre Dame, West Virginia, Penn State,
Connecticut and others.

* 27. Corey Smith,
wide receiver/defensive back, Akron Buchtel
– Smith (6-1, 175) was a
first-team All-Ohio pick in Division III. He had 52 catches for 1,161
yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior. Smith has offers from Michigan
State, Illinois, Georgia, Notre Dame, West Virginia, Penn State, North
Carolina and others. He is also interested in Ohio State. He boasts
4.51-second speed in the 40.

* 28. Maty Mauk,
quarterback, Kenton
– Mauk (6-2, 185) was the Division IV state
offensive player of the year as a junior. He is the son of Kenton coach
Mike Mauk and brother of former Cincinnati quarterback Ben Mauk. He
threw for 5,670 yards and 69 touchdowns as a junior as Kenton went 11-2
and reached a D-IV regional final.

He needs just under 4,000 yards to reach his brother Ben’s
national career passing record. He has offers from Notre Dame, Missouri,
Cincinnati, Kent State and Ball State.

* 29. Benny McGowan, offensive lineman, Centerville
– McGowan (6-4, 300) projects as a guard prospect at the college level.
He already has offers from Toledo, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Ohio U.,
Kent State and Michigan State.

* 30. Allen Gant,
defensive back, Sylvania Southview
– Gant (6-1, 201) was a third-team
All-Ohio pick in Division I. He had 70 tackles and scored four
touchdowns as a junior. He boasts 4.6-second time in the 40. He has
offers from Ball State, West Virginia, Stanford and Toledo.

* 31. Tyler O’Connor, quarterback, Lima Central Catholic
– O’Connor (6-3, 208) was a first-team All-Ohio pick in Division V as a
punter. As a junior, he completed 141 of 231 passes (61.0 percent) for
2,516 yards with 40 total touchdowns. He has offers from Northwestern,
Michigan State, West Virginia, Bowling Green and Toledo.

* 32. Bryan Cox Jr.,
defensive end, Avon
– Cox (6-3, 235) is the son of former NFL
linebacker Bryan Cox, who was an assistant with the NFL’s Cleveland
Browns. The younger Cox helped Avon post a 10-1 record. He had 37
tackles as junior. Indiana, Kent State and North Carolina have already
offered.

* 33. William Mahone,
running back, Austintown Fitch
– Mahone (6-0, 204) was a second-team
All-Ohio pick in Division I. He had over 500 yards rushing as a
sophomore. He then had 700 yards on 81 carries, 11 catches for 152 yards
and 14 touchdowns as a junior. He had two kick return and one
interception return touchdown. He also had five interceptions.

Mahone, who boasts 4.5-second speed in the 40, has offers from
Cincinnati, Boston College, Michigan State, West Virginia, Penn State,
Illinois, Notre Dame, Northwestern, Pittsburgh, Iowa and others.

* 34. Tyler Orlosky, offensive lineman, Lakewood St. Edward
– Orlosky (6-4, 290) was a second-team All-Ohio pick in Division I. He
projects as a guard at the college level. He helped St. Ed win the
Division I state title. He has offers from West Virginia, Akron and
Michigan.

* 35. Anthony Stanko,
offensive lineman, Warren Howland
– Stanko (6-5, 300) was a second-team
All-Ohio pick in Division II. He has been a three-year starter at
Howland. He projects as an offensive tackle at the college level. He has
offers from Northwestern, Penn State, Stanford, West Virginia and Kent
State. He plans to camp at Notre Dame and Ohio State in June.

* 36. Ryan Anderson, offensive linemen, Kent Roosevelt
– Anderson (6-4, 312) was a first-team All-Ohio pick in Division II. He
projects as an offensive guard at the college level. He already has
offers from Pittsburgh, Indiana, Boston College and Miami (Ohio).

* 37. Greg Kuhar,
defensive tackle, Lakewood St. Edward
– Kuhar (6-4, 265) was a
third-team All-Ohio pick in Division I. He is an impact defensive tackle
who helped St. Ed win the state title. He is also an outstanding
wrestler. Michigan, West Virginia and Toledo have offered.

* 38. Zach Higgins,
offensive lineman, Alliance Marlington
– Higgins (6-5, 295) was a
first-team All-Ohio pick in Division III. He projects as an offensive
tackle prospect. He has offers from Ball State, Ohio U., Toledo, Akron
and Cincinnati.

* 39. Blake Thomas,
tight end, Cleveland St. Ignatius
– Thomas (6-4, 240) boasts
4.75-second time in the 40-yard dash. He already has offers from Boston
College, Ohio U. and Toledo.

* 40. Cody Quinn,
defensive back, Middletown
– Quinn (5-10, 160) had three interceptions
with a touchdown and also had 30 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. He
has offers from Cincinnati, Toledo and Kent State.

* 41. Ross Martin, kicker, Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit
– Martin (5-10, 180) was a first-team All-Ohio pick in Division II. He
was 8 of 11 on field goals inside 50 yards and a perfect 44 of 44 on PAT
kicks. He had 33 touchbacks on kickoffs. Pittsburgh and Iowa State have
offered.

* 42. Mason Monheim, linebacker, Orrville
– Monheim (6-1, 215) was a first-team All-Ohio pick in Division IV. He
had 190 tackles with 36 tackles-for-loss as a junior after tallying 100
tackles as a sophomore. He has offers from Miami (Ohio), Kent State and
Illinois.

* 43. Jamire Westbrook,
athlete prospect, Kings Mills Kings
— Westbrook (5-10, 195) was a
second-team All-Ohio pick as a running back in Division II. He boasts a
4.48-second 40-yard time. In three years, he has 4,924 all-purpose
yards. He had 2,410 all-purpose yards as a junior. He already has offers
from Cincinnati, Miami (Ohio) and Ohio U.

* 44. V’Angelo Bentley, defensive back, Cleveland Glenville – Bentley (5-10, 165) projects as a cornerback prospect at the college level. He boasts 4.45-second speed in the 40.

* 45. Mike Svetina, linebacker, Cleveland St. Ignatius
– Svetina (6-2, 220) was a first-team All-Ohio pick in Division I. He
had 163 tackles, three interceptions, two fumbles forced and a blocked
punt as a junior.

* 46. James Sanford, defensive back, Xenia – Sanford (6-2, 180) is a promising big cornerback or safety prospect with 4.5-second speed in the 40.

* 47. Josh Smith,
wide receiver/defensive back, Cincinnati Western Hills
– Smith (6-2,
185) had 32 catches for 590 yards and nine touchdowns. He boasts
4.43-second speed in the 40-yard dash. Various MAC schools have offered.

* 48. Mike Roberts,
tight end, Cleveland Benedictine
– Roberts (6-5, 235) has a nice frame
and is also an outstanding basketball player as well. He has been
offered by Toledo and reportedly has one or more Big Ten offers as well.

* 49. Demitrious Davis,
athlete prospect, Austintown Fitch
– Davis (5-10, 183) was a first-team
All-Ohio pick in Division I. As a junior, he had 1,424 yards and 24
touchdowns rushing on 120 carries and also completed 66 percent of his
passes for 1,227 yards and 15 scores. He could be a quarterback or
defensive back at the college level. Arkansas, Iowa, West Virginia and
Pittsburgh have all offered.

* 50. Caleb Stacey,
offensive line, Cincinnati Oak Hills
– Stacey (6-4, 285) has been a
two-year starter at Oak Hills. He already has offers from Illinois,
Boston College, N.C. State, West Virginia, Cincinnati and others.

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