The last two weeks, we’ve had the first eight installments of The
Bucknuts 50 for 2012. Today we move one step closer to No. 1…
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: No. 2
The last two weeks, we have had the first eight installments of The
Bucknuts 50 for 2012. This is where we track the top 50 football
prospects in Ohio.
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.
2. Kyle Kalis, offensive tackle, Lakewood St. Edward
* The Skinny — Ohio State commitment Kyle Kalis
(Lakewood, Ohio/St. Edward) is the top rated offensive line prospect in
the Buckeye state and one of the country’s premier offensive tackles.
After his commitment to the Buckeyes early in his junior season,
the 6-foot-5 and 300-pound Kalis was a huge part in St. Edward winning
15 straight games including a Division 1 state championship.
Starting at right tackle, Kalis had approximately 100 ‘knockdown’
blocks during a dominating junior season. He had 70 ‘knockdown’ blocks
his sophomore year.
Kalis committed to Ohio State in September over scholarship
offers from Wisconsin, Notre Dame and Pitt. Many other schools had been
showing strong interest including Alabama and West Virginia. Kalis
announced his decision on the Friday night of the third game of his
Since his commitment to the Buckeyes, Kalis has landed a number
of additional scholarship offers including one from Michigan. There were
rumors Kalis would perhaps visit the Wolverines, however he says he has
no plans to do so and he is 100 percent committed to the Buckeyes.
Kalis is one of five top Ohio juniors that have already committed
to Ohio State and will likely be in Columbus for the Buckeyes’ spring
game and perhaps an OSU spring practice session or two.
“I’m trying to get down there for a weekend and maybe stay in the
dorms or something like that,” Kalis said. “I’d like to watch a spring
practice, be in on the team meetings, that kind of stuff.”
The Ohio State staff will be counting on Kalis to come in as a
true freshman and at least give the Buckeyes some depth on the offensive
line if not vie for a starting spot, so the more he learns as soon as
possible the better.
* Mark Porter Comment — “Kalis is one of the most
consistent players in the Class of 2012 because he shows up every week
and dominates. He does not take plays off or play down to his
competition, he literally plays like every play could be his last. It’s
this type of attitude mixed with his physical tools that make him the
best offensive line prospect in Ohio. Some players are strong in the
weight room but they never transfer that strength into physicality on
the football field.
“Kalis looks to be stronger on the field than he is in the weight
room. He plays with great leverage and balance while finishing
defenders play after play. One he gets his hands on you it’s like
trying to shake loose from a 9-foot black bear, Kalis simply locks down
defenders with ease. Of all the linemen in Ohio, Kalis is the most
ready to play college football right now. His footwork and technique
are very good for a young lineman and with a little polish he could find
himself playing early in college.”