2012 Bucknuts Top 50: Nos. 21-25

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Upper Arlington junior WR Frank Epitropoulos.

On Monday, we had the first installment of The Bucknuts 50 for 2012.
This is where we track the top 50 football prospects in Ohio. Today we
continue the countdown…


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. Until then, enjoy the Bucknuts Top 50. And
don’t be surprised if the lists differ…

BUCKNUTS TOP 50: Nos. 21-25

On Monday, we had the first installment of The Bucknuts 50 for 2012. This is where we track the top 50 football prospects in Ohio. Today we continue the countdown…

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.

21. Frank Epitropoulos, wide receiver, Upper Arlington

* The Skinny — Epitropoulos
caught 29 passes for 500 yards during his junior season. He had five
touchdowns and scored twice on defense. Epitropoulos averaged 42.3 yards
per punt and was a second-team All Ohio selection as a punter.

His father, John, played linebacker at Ohio State. He has offers
from OSU, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Stanford, Purdue, West Virginia,
Duke, Kent State, Miami (Ohio) and Toledo.

* Mark Porter Comment — “Epitropoulos might be the best
overall athlete in the class. Very smooth on both sides of the ball and
has the talent to player either in college. You can see the explosion
when he comes out of his stance on pass routes. His reported 40-inch
vertical leap is off the charts. He runs good routes and his size will
provide mismatch opportunities on offense.”

* Video Link — Click here for video from Scouting.Ohio com.

* Bill Kurelic Update – Click here for Bill Kurelic’s recent update on Epitropoulos.

22. Sam Grant, tight end, Lakewood St. Edward

* The Skinny — Grant
(6-6, 235) had 16 catches for 252 yards and three touchdowns as a
junior as St. Ed went 15-0 and won the Division I state championship. He
had 88 pancake blocks. St. Edwards had two running backs over 1,000
yards each and a quarterback who ran for over 950 yards.

* Mark Porter Comment — “Grant has a huge frame and
wingspan for a tight end. He’s known mostly for his blocking ability but
does have soft hands and can make plays in the passing game. His sizes
makes him a nice red zone target. He will be a nice fit in a run
oriented offense in college.”

* Video Link — Click here for video from Scouting.Ohio com.

23. Joe Bolden, linebacker, Cincinnati Colerain

* The Skinny — Bolden
(6-3, 220) recorded over 80 tackles, three interceptions and five sacks
in helping lead Colerain to an 11-1 record. Bolden has offers from the
likes of Arizona, Boston College, Cincinnati, Illinois, North Carolina,
North Carolina State, Stanford, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and West Virginia.

Bolden said that over his upcoming spring break that he’s looking
to visit Vanderbilt, Tennessee, North Carolina, North Carolina State
and Michigan. Only the trip to the Wolverines campus has been put on the
calendar.

* Mark Porter Comment — “Bolden is the leader of the
Colerain defense. He is a very smart player who reads the offense well.
He does a great job of breaking down at the ball and is a sure tackler.
For some people, he is the number one middle linebacker in Ohio because
of his toughness in the middle of the defense.”

* Video Link — Click here for video from Scouting.Ohio com.

24. A.J. Williams, offensive lineman, Cincinnati Sycamore

* The Skinny — Williams
(6-6, 270) played tight end for Sycamore as a junior, but he could be
used in any number of ways as a senior or at the college level. He could
develop into an offensive lineman or even a defensive end.

The athletic Williams has offers from the likes of Boston
College, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, N.C. State, West
Virginia and others.

* Mark Porter Comment — “Williams played tight end in
2010 but will play offensive line in 2011. By doing that, he becomes the
most athletic offensive lineman in the Class of 2012. If he dominates
next season, he might become one of the best OL in Ohio. He has the
frame to add weight and will develop in college.”

* Video Link — Click here for video from Scouting.Ohio com.

25. Cameron Wilson, wide receiver, Dublin Jerome

* The Skinny — Wilson
(6-2, 190) was a second-team All-Ohio pick as a junior in 2010. He had
77 catches for 1,075 yards and eight touchdowns. This all-around
prospect played receiver, running back, defensive back and kick
returner.

He has offers from Illinois, Boston College, West Virginia,
Purdue and others. He is also interested in Michigan, Michigan State,
Ohio State, Cincinnati and Notre Dame.

* Mark Porter Comment — “Wilson has skills like a running
back playing at wide receiver. He has great side-to-side skills and
ability to make people miss in space. If he posts a great 40-yard time
this summer, he could be the best wide receiver prospect in Ohio. He
looks very strong when running with the ball.”

* Video Link — Click here for video from Scouting.Ohio com.

Stay tuned over the next two weeks as we unveil the rest of The Bucknuts 50.

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Nos. 50-26 and “Others to Watch”


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