Welcome to our new Recruiting Feature from ScoutingOhio’s Mark Porter. What’s inside? Info you won’t find anywhere else and that will make you look a lot smarter than your buddies. Schools with players featured this week include: St. Edward, Padua Franciscan, Strongsville, Pickerington Central, Benedictine, St. Ignatius, Withrow, Northmont, Kings, Ursuline and more…
– Coach Finotti at Lakewood St Edward tells us
Alabama stopped by last week to check out an after school lifting
session and a few players caught their eye while working out, 2012 OL Tyler Orlosky and 2012 DL Greg Kuhar.
Alabama told Coach Finotti they would be back and looked forward to
seeing them during their senior year. Finotti also tells us Ivy League
coaches are stopping by to see junior DL Tom Lally, WR Chris Connors, DE Ben Krieger and LB Sam Martello. Martello just picked up his first offer, from Toledo.
– Coach Shuman at Padua Franciscan has seen college traffic pick up for OL/DL Robby Wallace.
Wallace has added over 25 lbs. since the end of football season and is
filling out his frame with good weight. Wallace looks forward to
hitting camps this summer so coaches can see his improvement.
it comes to recruiting QB’s it seems college coaches like to see you
throw in camp so they can see first-hand what type of ball you throw:
tight spiral, high velocity, accuracy, throwing motion, delivery, etc.
Strongsville‘s Austin Pritchard
is going to have a busy summer working out for coaches because he has
been invited to camps around the country. Here are just a few of the
stops Pritchard is scheduled to make:
-Elite 11 QB Camp @ Ohio State, 5/20
-Nike Football Training Camp @ Ohio State, 5/21
-BGSU Camp @ St. Eds, 6/15
-Toledo Camp @ Baldwin Wallace, 6/20
-Florida State, July
– Pickerington Central has a signal caller that has also been busy setting up his summer camp schedule. Nick Jensen-Clagg
has seen the following colleges come in to see him workout (and a few
even checked him out on the baseball diamond): Vanderbilt, Eastern
Michigan, Central Michigan, Toledo, Wisconsin, Ohio Univ., Miami of
Ohio, Purdue, Illinois, Eastern Kentucky, Kentucky, Stanford, Bucknell,
Cincinnati and Northwestern. Jensen-Clagg will be a QB to watch this
summer as he attends camps.
– Benedictine hired Ben Malbasa to be
its new head football coach and one of the first things he did was check
out the talent on his team. Malbasa tells us he has a BCS caliber TE
in Mike Roberts
that college coaches are coming away very impressed with.
Roberts picked up his first two offers this week, from Toledo and
Look for Roberts’ offer list to grow as he attends camps
– Chuck Kyle and St. Ignatius hosts a “recruiting night” every spring
for high school and college coaches to get together. This spring, Coach
Kyle had a new player to promote that has transferred from Oregon.
Kyle tells us new QB Eric Williams
has impressed college coaches already a few coaches say he is the “best
in Ohio.” Word is Toledo has already offered and other MAC colleges are
very close to offering. Check out Williams in action here (Highlights
are from Jesuit High in Portland, Ore., during the 2010 season).
– Coach Doc Gamble tells us Sean Middlebrooks
could be the best athlete at Withrow High School. The junior played WR
as a junior for Withrow but will attend summer camps as a LB/SS. At
6-foot-3 and 200 lbs., it looks like Middlebrooks could be headed to LB
– Clayton Northmont has a player under the radar
right now who has some nice credentials. He was the best safety in the
GWOC per statistics, was awarded MVP of crosstown showdown, had better
stats his junior year than [former Ohio State and current Philadelphia
Eagles DB] Kirk Coleman did his senior season, has already scored a 25
on the ACT and is an Honor Society member. Check out Class of 2012
standout Justin Woods.
– Kings Class of 2013 ATG Justin Crull
is turning some heads with his latest combine performance. He competed
well in Baltimore at the Nike Sparq Combine, finishing in the top 20 out
of over 1,000 prospects in the 40-yeard dash feet and and was in the
top 10-percent in the power ball toss (36.5 feet). He is currently
benching 235 lbs. three times and after doing 225 four times. Justin is
on to Indianapolis this weekend for the NUC Combine at Warren Central
and thaen heads to Cleveland for the Under Armour Combine the following
weekend. We will be keeping an eye on this underclassman.
– Dan Readron from Ursuline High school checks in with an update for his players.
2012 Ty Vasquez-Atkins
6-foot-5, 325 lbs.: Just scored a 22 on his ACT. Having a great
off-season. Reardon says college coaches have called him “massive.”
2012 Troy Vasquez-Atkins 6-3, 325: Having a great off-season and working hard. Played OL as a junior and probably will be on the DL at the next level.
2012 Trevor Smith:
235 tackles over two years; set an all-time Ursuline record for
body-mass index in the weight room. Father played in the NFL and
coaches in college.
2012 Jesse Curry:
245 tackles over two seasons. Has put on good weight this off-season
and was up to 210 before track started. About 200 right now. Might be
one of the fastest LB’s in Ohio next year.
2012 Kevin Cylar: GREAT
off-season. Was injured much of last year, and will have a great senior
year. He’s one of those kids that will blow up at camps and early in
the season once he gets some film. Look for film of Cylar on
ScoutingOhio.com coming soon.
– Carrollton ATH Damon Anderson
is one of the fastest players in Ohio and has the 40 times to prove it.
He tested at both the Massillon and Pittsburgh Nike combines and ran
the fourth fastest 40 at Massillon (4.5). Colleges have noticed and
invited Anderson to junior days and summer camps, including: Ohio State,
Akron, Purdue, Ohio University and several others. He has also been
invited to compete at the Purdue Baseball Camp and the Holy Cross Elite
Baseball Showcase in Indiana. Anderson is training three days a week to
improve his speed, which is scary for opponents.
– Salem Head Coach Mike Kopacy is excited about his returning players
as they look to make a third straight playoff appearance. Salem has a
pair of three-year starters on the offensive line this season in Steve Manypenny,
who was All-AAC and Morning Journal in 2009 and 2010. At 6-3, 230 lbs.,
he has the skill to play tight end but plays guard and tackle out of
necessity. He will be a rush end for the Quakers as well. James Norkus
is a three-year starter at center and has showed signs of brilliance as a
nose tackle. He did not have one bad snap in 2010, moves well and is
very quick for his 6-2, 275-lbs. frame. They will be attending the Ohio
State and Youngstown State camps, among others. Also noted is that
Salem’s Trent Toothman was named the North’s defensive MVP of the North-South game. Toothman is headed to Ball State to play LB.
– Canfield OL Brian Benson
is hearing from a multitude of colleges, among them Duquesne, Robert
Morris, Wagner, St. Francis, Eastern Kentucky, Holy Cross, Dayton,
Butler, Campbell, Valparaiso, Illinois State, Youngstown State, Ashland,
Lake Erie, Ohio Dominican, Tiffin, and Urbana. All have all been in
contact and would like to see Benson fit them into his busy summer.
Currently, Benson is working with Youngstown’s House of Speed to train
for the upcoming National Underclassmen Combine on May 15 at Bedford
High school. Here are just a few of the other stops Benson will be
making this summer:
May 22: Ashland University Rising Star Camp @ Ashland University
June 2: Duquesne & Villanova Rising Senior Camp @ Duquesne University
June 4: Youngstown State University Big Man OL/DL Camp @ YSU
June 15: Toledo Senior One-Day Camp @ Poland (Ohio) High
June 26: Otterbein University Lauren’s First and Goal Football Camp Ohio
July 11: Dayton University Skills & Techniques Camp held @ Dayton University
for a kicker? Gahanna Lincoln continues to look forward to the return of an
excellent and game-changing kicking game this fall with the return of
multi-talented junior Tyler Grassman.
Tyler has been booming punts and kicks throughout his career. This
past season, he earned top honors in the OCC Ohio and deservedly so. He
practices on his own all year and is ready to roll with summer
evaluation camps. Interest is high from all the major colleges and his
3.9-plus GPA doesn’t hurt either.
Another Gahanna Lincoln player to keep an eye on is Class of 2012 OL
Parker Kurtz. At 6-6, 290 lbs., he should be a player college coaches
follow up on after his senior year. Coming off an injury in 2010 he has
trained relentlessly to prepare for 2011. Parker is drawing interest
from most majors and his excellent classroom performance has the Ivy
League schools paying attention as well.
Class of 2012 DE/OLB Cameron Howard is also turning heads with his frame and speed as college coaches stop by Gahanna Lincoln this off season.
– Licking Heights has a sophomore that just made some noise. Ronnie Dawson
won the Overall MVP at the Schumans’s National Underclassmen awards on
May 8 in Columbus. Dawson has started on varsity since his freshman
year in three sports: football, basketball and baseball. Dawson was
named team MVP for RB and LB and National Underclassmen top five LB for
the Midwest. Dawson is being recruited by Cincinnati the most right now
but has seen interest from Oregon and Wisconsin. Dawson’s next stop will
be the Midwest Elite football camp in Wixom, Mich., on May 15.
– Another player having a great offseason is Northland junior 2012 LB Sam Turay,
an under the radar player who was second on his team in tackles and
named All-City at LB. Turay will look to emerge as a college prospect
as he attends camps this summer.
– Colleges that are looking for a 2013 signal caller should stop by North Royalton and see 6-foot, 180-pound Travis Tarnowski.
He started on the varsity basketball team as a freshman and was the
varsity QB as sophomore. Tarnowski led North Royalton to a 9-1 record in
2011 while passing for 18 TDs and rushing for two more. Tarnowski
received the Scholar Athlete Award, All-District Honorable Mention, All
Sun South Central Honors and All-Conference Honorable Mention as
sophomore. Tarnowski’s strengths: a strong arm, coachability, loves the
game, and reads coverages very well. With a 3.5 GPA, Tarnowski is also
leading the way in the classroom.
– Grove City Christian junior OL/DL Zack Casparro
has seen college traffic pick up in the past few weeks. So far, WVU,
Stanford, Wisconsin, and Northwestern have shown genuine interest and
would like to see him in camps this summer. At 6-6, 260 lbs., Casparro
will have to show colleges he can make the jump from Division 6 high
school football to Division I college football. There is no question
Casparro will handle the transition in the classroom because of his high
academic standing. Casparro will be a name to watch this summer.
– It has been a hectic spring for Chagrin Falls junior Mike Hageman
as visits colleges and keeps up with his athletic schedule. He is a
three-sport athlete and is currently competing in the high jump for
Chagrin Falls. He recently won the Aurora Invitational and Berea Relays
and took second at the Orange Relays at Akron Ellet with a jump of
6’5”. The 6-5, 210 lbs. WR has attended junior days at Toledo, Akron
and Ohio University. In addition to those, he has received interest
letters from Ohio State, Wisconsin, Purdue, Army, Notre Dame, Penn
State, Minnesota, Illinois State, Ashland and Marshall. Colleges will
look at Hageman this summer as a WR or possible a TE in college who may
flourish in the spread offense.
– The weight room is paying dividends for Gahanna Lincoln WR KJ Newton,
who has gained 25 lbs., is up to 6-4, 210 lbs., and has seen
improvements in his speed, agility, footwork and vertical jump. Coaches
from Ohio State, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, and
Eastern Kentucky have all come to Lincoln to watch Newton work out and
emerged impressed. Newton plans on attending a lot of combines in
– Sycamore junior MLB Mike Gray
might be flying under the radar since he did not play varsity as a
sophomore. However, recruiting interest is really picking up and he
could land his first college offer very soon. He has received phone
calls now from Harvard, Akron, Ball State, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and
Brown. The Ivies are interested because of his 3.9 GPA. Most colleges
will recruit Gray as an OLB and he will probably play OLB this coming
year for Sycamore, although he played MLB last season. Gray is currently
211 lbs. and should come into two-a-days at 215-220 easy after playing
his junior year at 200. Gray is also working out with (ex-Colts LB)
Rocky Boiman and plans to attend the UnderArmour and NUC combines
shortly (May 8, 22). The extra training must have worked because Grey
was the top LB at the Under Armour Camp in Medina last weekend and #3
out of 250 kids.
– Looking ahead at Class of 2014 prospects, Patrick Henry‘s Colt Pettit
has seen his stock rise this off-season. This week, Pettit will visit
OSU and attend the National Underclassman combine at Licking Heights.
The 6-4 and 234 lbs. Pettit also has trips scheduled to Central Michigan
(where his brother is an OL), Cincinnati and Kentucky.