2012 Bucknuts Top 50: Nos. 6-10


Centerville DE Ifeadi Odenigbo

This week, we have had the first four installments of The Bucknuts
50 for 2012. This is where we track the top 50 football prospects in
Ohio. Today we look at players 6-10…Did someone say defense?


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. 6-10

This week, we have had the first four installments of The Bucknuts
50 for 2012. This is where we track the top 50 football prospects in

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

10. Jacoby Boren, offensive lineman, Pickerington Central

* The Skinny — Boren (6-2, 273) is the younger brother of outgoing OSU offensive lineman Justin Boren and current OSU fullback Zach Boren.
He was offered by Ohio State late in the fall and verbaled to the
Buckeyes on Dec. 3. He also considered Cincinnati and Michigan State. He
projects as an interior lineman as a center or guard for the Buckeyes.

* Mark Porter Comment — “ Boren might be the most
talented of the football players in the Boren family which is saying a
lot. He has great toughness and finishes plays with a nasty attitude. He
has the ability to play multiple positions on offense or defense but
should find a home on the offensive line as a guard or center. His
quickness off the ball on offense lets him get up to the next level of
the defense and block linebackers with ease.”

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

9. LaTroy Lewis, defensive end, Akron Hoban

* The Skinny — Lewis
(6-4, 240) was a second-team All-Ohio pick in Division III as a junior.
He had 70 tackles, eight sacks and 13 tackles-for-loss this past
season. He is a versatile athlete that could project as a defensive end
or a outside linebacker. Cincinnati and Ohio State have offered. He is
also interested in Alabama, Florida, Michigan State, Notre Dame,
Wisconsin and others. Lewis’ dad Mike played at Michigan as an offensive
lineman from 1988-92.

* Mark Porter Comment — “Lewis is being recruited for his
ability to play the edge of the defense. He has the speed and quickness
of a linebacker but may have the frame to play defensive end in
college. His best asset is getting off the ball quick and creating havoc
in the opponent’s backfield. His first step is so good he can beat
tackles off the snap of the ball and get to the quarterback with ease.”

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

8. Se’Von Pittman, defensive end, Canton McKinley

* The Skinny — Pittman
(6-4, 225) was a first-team All-Ohio pick in Division I as a junior. He
had 39 tackles, 14 tackles-for-loss and two sacks for the Bulldogs, who
ended up 8-3. He has visits from Alabama, Michigan State and Ohio

* Mark Porter Comment — “On some levels, he is a bigger and faster version of Steve Miller,
his counterpart on the Canton McKinley defensive line last year. He is a
physically gifted athlete who has the strength to play defensive tackle
in college if needed. He does a good job shedding blocks now but is
only scratching the surface when it comes to his long term potential.
For some people he will be the best defensive lineman in Ohio’s Class of

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

7. Ifeadi Odenigbo, linebacker, Centerville

* The Skinny — Odenigbo
(6-4, 220) is relatively new to football. His parents are from Nigeria
and he only picked up the sport in the last couple of years. He was a
soccer player and track runner until his sophomore year, when he played
on the Centerville JV team. He moved to the varsity this past year and
made a big impression with 40 tackles and 10-1/2 sacks.

At Centerville, he played alongside OSU signee Michael Bennett.
Odenigbo, who holds a 3.2 GPA, has over 20 offers. Some of them include
Cincinnati, Stanford, Syracuse, West Virginia, Northwestern, Boston
College, Michigan State, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio State, Oklahoma, North
Carolina, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Kent State and Nebraska. Odenigbo
has visited Ohio State and Notre Dame, and plans to visit Michigan,
Michigan State, Illinois, Northwestern and Stanford.

* Mark Porter Comment — “Odenigbo is as physically gifted
as any player in this class. He has long arms, a tall frame, nice burst
and great speed. He went to the Nike Combine and ran 4.61-second 40
electrically timed which almost like a 4.46 hand time. He chases down
ball carriers and quarterbacks like they are standing still because of
his unreal athletic ability. It’s scary to think that he is just
learning the game right now and can get even better.”

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

6. Greg McMullen, defensive end, Akron Hoban

* The Skinny — McMullen
(6-5, 260) was a first-team All-Ohio pick in Division III as a junior.
He notched nine sacks as well as 55 tackles. He had nine pass
deflections at the line as well as a field goal and punt block. He
already has offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Notre Dame,
Ohio State and Purdue. McMullen has listed an early top three of OSU,
Nebraska and Notre Dame and plans to attend spring games at OSU and

* Mark Porter Comment — Greg McMullen
has been dominating high school football since his freshman year. He
possesses great size and power which prevents other teams from running
the ball effectively to his side. On passing plays if he does not sack
the quarterback he will cave in the pocket and make the quarterback’s
life miserable. He has so much talent compared to other high school
players he can almost assert his will on the football field.”

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


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