Scouting RePorter: Ohio Football Recruiting News


Scouting RePorter: Inside and under the radar recruiting info? We’ve got it…

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: Alter, New Albany, North Union, Watterson, Sylvania Southview, Lorain, Chagrin Falls, Centerville, SVSM, Walsh and more…

Alter High School’s got a crop of 2013 players that are already getting looks: athlete Greg Hart, center Cody Collins and QB Malik Zaire. All three have been seen by recruiting coaches from Iowa, Michigan State, Ohio, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Northwestern, and Boston College, and they’ve gotten invites to one-day camps at Wisconsin, Kentucky, Michigan State, Northwestern, Cincinnati.

– After a great performance at the Under Armour camp this past weekend, Brandon Mercer of North Union has started getting a lot of recruiting looks. The 6-3,220 junior finished 19th out of 250 kids at the combine, and he’s planning to hit a number of other camps this summer including Cincinnati (June 12), Toledo(June 14) and Miami of Ohio (June 15).

 – Van Wert junior DE AustinReichert could be a name to watch moving forward. Reichert earned FirstTeam All Western Buckeye League honors and was selected to the Northeast Ohio Honorable Mention list as a defensive end. He recorded 66 tackles and 5 sacksin 9 games against some tough teams featuring the likes of MatyMauk, Max Morrison and Reggie McAdams.

– Alex Pace’s name seems to be popping up more and more in recruiting circles. The 2012 DT/Nose man from Glenville has 11 offers from Toledo, Akron and Air Force among others. It looks like some more big offers could be in the works. Recruiters from Iowa, West Virginia, Michigan, Minnesota and Vanderbilt have shown interest, and Pace will be showing off his wares at the Ohio State’s Nike camp this weekend.

– 2012 Centerville running back Chris Barr is hitting the weight room hard as he works on his speed and strength. He ran a 4.52 in the 40 this week, and he’s benching 310 and leg pressing 875pounds. That’s gotten him a lot of invites to summer camps including sessionsat Stanford, Boston College and Syracuse. Barr’s currently carrying a 3.68 GPA.

– Harvard and Air Force are among a long list of schools eying 2012 kicker and punter Jimmy Gammill of New Albany High School. The two-time All Central District and two-time All OCC player is carrying a 4.1 GPA, and he scored on 32 on the ACT and a 1920 on the SAT.

– 6-4, 275-pound tackle Tommy Brown from Southeastern High School in South Charleston (Springfield) has been getting a lot of attention from MAC schools, and a few Big Ten schools are starting to show interest, too. Brown – who has a 3.3 GPA and scored a 23 onthe ACT – has lined up 10 summer camps where he hopes to draw even more interest. He’s working hard in the weight room to make that happen, having benched 455 pounds recently.

 – 2010 Center Josh Neff of Fredericktown earned the Schuman National Underclassmen Combine Offensive Line MVP this month, and he plans to visit a number of camps and showcases this summer including Marshall, Bowling Green, Youngstown State and Ashland. Neff stands 6-3, scored a 25 on his ACT and tips the scales at 263. He packs a lot of strength, too. Last week, he squatted 440, dead-lifted 500 and cleaned 280.

Sylvania Southview’s leading tackler last season, OLB Jay Fisher also saw a lot of time punting and on the offense where he averaged 6 yards per carry. The 5-10, 215-pound 2012 grad even had 2 HB passes that averaged 25 yards. Next month, he’ll travel to three passing tournaments and plans to visit Cincinnati, Akron and Michigan.

 – Bishop Watterson’s 6-1 ATH Patrick Bookman has gotten some invites to major camps across the country including Auburn, Oregon, Penn State, Texas Christian, Michigan, Tennessee and South Carolina. The 2013 grad is hitting the books (raising his GPA from 2.3 to 3.0 in a year) and the weight room. He weighs 184 and can bench 225, squat 405 and has a vertical of 35 inches.

 – During the most recent quarter, 2012 Safety/OLB Nick Simones (5-9, 176) from Vandalia-Butler High School maintained a 4.5 GPA.  That – along with a 29 on the ACT – has garnered him some attention from Brown University. Other schools have taken note, too, including Miami of Ohio, Ashland and Pennsylvania. In the weight room, Simones is now benching 255, squatting 500 and cleaning 245. He’s also gotten his 40 time down to 4.6.

 – Elyria Catholic’s got at least four players whoare drawing a lot of looks:

– Alex Nielsen, 6-4, 260: Northwestern, Illinois, Louisville, N.C. State and Bowling Green. Nielsen’s also gotten invites to more than 20 one-day camps.

-RB Joe Dempsey, 6-1, 210: Boston College, Toledo, Miami of Ohio, Harvard and Dartmouth. Dempsey’s grades make him a likely Ivy League candidate, and his speed is impressive (4.6s in the 40).

– S Jeffery Ross, 5-11, 180: Ohio U and Baldwin-Wallace. Ross bested his fastest 40 time with a 4.58 at the Blue and Grey Combine this spring.

-ATH/OL Luke Williams, 6-1, 260. A very versatile player, Williams will likely be a steal for the right college program.

Elyria’s also got two giant freshmen who have been dropping jaws in the school’s hallways. Keep these guys tucked away in your mental rolodex: 6-4, 240 OL Dakota Tallman and 6-5,210 QB Jeremy Holley.

Akron Springfield’s Dillon Matthews has been burning up his track conference. He’s as yet un defeated in the 100 and 200-meter dashes. That speed has drawn the attention of Pitt,Akron, Bowling Green and several other schools. Matthews is quick to point out he’s got a brother, LarryBoso, who’s going to be just as highly recruited. ATH Boso’s in the class of 2014 and stands 6-2, 205.

Bedford DB/CB Tyvis Powell getting lots of attention from the Big Ten and Big East. Iowa,Michigan State, and Cincinnati visited his school this week. Georgia Tech’salso reached out to inquire about film. “I think Cincinnati and Michigan State are going to offer me when they get back in their offices,” Powell says. “I can feel it.”

– At least 40 schools have emailed or visited Milford recently including Northwestern, Harvard, Princeton Cincinnati, Miami of Ohio, Illinois, Dayton and Buffalo, and Coach Elkin estimates he’s got 18 guys who could play DIII or better. 2012 FB/LB BenHittner has been getting DI looks after averaging 6.4 yards per carry last season. Hittner’s true strength, though, is blocking, which he proved by paving the way for a tailback who ran for two consecutive 1,200-yard seasons and 44 touchdowns. 2012 TE/DE Rob Overbeck’s also getting DI looks after averaging13.1 yards per catch on offensive and logging 27 solo tackles and four forced fumbles on defense. He’s also taking care of things in the classroom with a3.898 GPA and a 28 on his ACT, which ranks him 21st in a 485-personclass.

– 6-2, 185-pound WR Josh Smith of Western Hills will likely get some Big Ten offers soon. The 2012 grad already holds offers from Kent State, Toledo andBall State, but coaches have been to the school daily to inquire about him. Keep your eyes out for a stable of guys who will likely get offers soon, too,including FB Dion Dawson (6-1, 209), Charles Clark, Aliou Diouf and 2012 Darius Baker (6-2, 230).

– Coach Schiavone at Twinsburg is reporting a lot of interest from Miami ofOhio, Ohio U, and Kent State in WR/CB/KR LondonCarter and CB Tre Jones. Several DI-AA schools have inquired after DylanMinick (DE), Dwan Larkins (DT), Willie Williams (OT) and Myles Campbell (ILB) among others.

– Coach Dreyer at Western Brown High School has high hopes that LB Spencer Howard could land at an Ivy League school after scoring a 29 on the ACT and holding a 3.7 GPA. Let’s not forget to mention he can squat 385, bench 265 and power clean 265. Nick Woodyard’s also getting some early looks, and has beenbulking up in the weight room. It shows. He’s now squatting 365, benching 205 and power cleaning 225.

– Along with a newly-consolidated school (Admiral King and Southview) the Lorain High School Titans now have a new weight room.They’ve also got has a big crop of guys who are drawing lots of attention fromrecruiters. Among them: rising seniors ATH Christian Nogueras (5-11, 175), G DevinHill (6-1, 270), Matt Cox, Raeshaun Smith, Reggie Williams and Brandon Davis.

Walsh Jesuit 2012 K/P RossMartin has went on several unofficial visits and attended several spring games for DI and Ivy League college including Ohio State, Northwestern, Pitt, Florida, Harvard, Cornell, Notre Dame, Stanford, Cal and others. He’s currently holding offers from Pitt, Iowa State, Kent State, Harvard and Cornell. “Coach Rardin is awesome and has been extremely helpful to me throughout my recruiting process as he has so much experience, history, and personal relationships with many of the coaches at all levels across the country,” Martin says.

– The fastest football player in the Columbus area may very well be DB/CB Nana Kyeremeh (5-10, 165) out of Thomas Worthington High School. Kyeremeh’s 40 time is dipping into the 4.3s, and he holds a 3.3 GPA. He’s currently holding five offers: Boston College, Akron, Toledo, Vanderbilt and Ball State, and he’sgotten a lot of attention from Ohio State, Indiana, Michigan State, Notre Dame and others. Between conditioning and recruiting, he’s also juggling track,where he’s a member of one of the best teams in Central Ohio. “The recruiting process was a lot to get used to at first, but now it’s going good, and I’m getting used to it,” Kyeremeh says.

– Coach Strock at Napolean is particularly impressed with 2012 LB Nate Walker’s recovery from a recent leg injury: “Nate is pound-for-pound our strongest player, and without a doubt nobody will ever outwork him. He was our big playmaker on defense. His courage and desire to work and comeback after a gruesome leg injury speaks volumes about the kind of person he is. Just a quality individual.” Walker will be busy in June attending senior day camps at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio U, University of Akron, BGSU, University of Toledo and Kent State.

Brookfield Coach Randy Clark may have the biggest player in Ohio on his squad next year. 2012 OL Aaron Gillis is 6-10, 370, and has yet to play in a high school game because he transferred from a Pennsylvania High School last season. Gillis did practice with Brookfield last year and has been in weight room ever since. The results speak for themselves: Gillis benches 365 and squats 455. That’s gotten the attention of some major programs including Penn State, YSU, Akron, Purdue, and Buffalo. With a 3.4 GPA and a 26 on the ACT, Gillis will see more attention as the 2011 season gets underway.  Coach Clark also reports that 2012 LB Mike Johnson (6-2, 235) is a player to keep an eye on next season. The basketball player is also a two-year starter on the football team, and he’s seen early interest from Akron, YSU and Buffalo. 2012 DE Cory Mild (6-0, 250), a four year starter with a 3.3 GPA, and 2012 TE Jake Sydlowski (6-2, 210), a three year starter with a 3.1GPA, have also piqued recruiter interest.

– 2013 DT/DE/LB Jarrell Lemons will be entering his junior year as a second year starter under Coach Morgan at Notre Dame Cathedral Latin. The 5-10, 230-pounder shows lots of promise at a lot of different positions including defensive end, defensive tackle, linebacker and center. Coach Morgan reports that Lemons received a handwritten invitation to attend Michigan’s week-long camp this summer, and he turned a lot of heads at the National Underclassman Combine on May 15 where he won the D-Line MVP Award. At the combine, he benched 185 pounds 22 times. He’ll have plenty of opportunities to impress coaches this summer at a number of different camps including the McCallister Showcase in Columbus (June 11), BGSU Camp St. Edwards (June 15), the Ball State Camp at Ball State (June 17) and the Toledo Camp at Baldwin Wallace (June 20).

Midview High class of 2014 QB/S Cody Callaway was selected as one of the top QB’s at the Massillon “Next Level Combine.” That earned him an invite to an Elite QB combine in California in July. Although only entering his sophomore season, several Big Ten, Big East, and MAC coaches have already made their way to Midview High School to inquire about Callaway. The freshman was brought up to play varsity for the final 3 games of 2010. During that time, he threw for over 500 yards and was named the Chronicle Telegram Lorain County Player of Week during Week 9.

– 2012 DE Reid Singer from University School in Cleveland is eyeing teams in the Ivy League (and possibly the NESCAC) after learning he scored a 29 on the ACT. The rising senior’s been pounding away in the weight room as he works on driving up some already impressive numbers: he squats 495, benches 335 and hang cleans 290. Some major Ivies are impressed, and Singer’s already gotten invites to summer camps at Columbia, Dartmouth, and Georgetown.

– Rising senior Jared Erkins of Cincinnati Walnut Hills has a busy summer with five elite one-day camps scheduled including Akron (June 20), Bowling Green (June 21), Toledo (June 13), UC (June 12), and Miami of Ohio (June 15). A number of other schools have stopped by Walnut Hills to inquire about the center including Toledo, Northwestern, Syracuse, Youngstown State, Eastern Illinois, Illinois State, Boston College, N.C. State, Syracuse, Dayton, Purdue, Kentucky and Vanderbilt. Currently, the 6-3, 271-pound Erkins holds the weight room record at Walnut Hills with a bench press of 375 and a squat of 545. Erkins has taken the ACT and is currently awaiting his test score.

– 2012 Sylvania Southview Athlete Je’Quillan Bowers has some serious speed, and he’s put it to use on Southview’s track team. He recently earned the 400 meter league crown and helped his squad win the overall Northern Lakes League title. Now, he’s set his sights on winning the 400 meter race at districts after a second-place finish last year. Despite his busy track schedule, Bowers has hit up several combines and Junior Days. An impressive display at the Nike SPARQ combine in Massillon – where he earned a SPARQ rating of 100.32 – was good enough for an invite to the Penn State Nike Football Camp.  Bowers has also attended Junior Days at the University of Illinois, Bowling Green, Toledo, and Kent State. He’s also gotten visits from coaches at Cincinnati, Akron, and Ball State, and he’ll hit up some big camps this summer including Connecticut, Marshall, Illinois, Michigan State, and Notre Dame. Bowers scored 21 on the ACT, and is studying for a re-take to improve that number.

– 2012 Danny Thimons from Archbishop Alter is getting looks at linebacker and safety after earning a spot on the 2nd–team GCL last fall and earning the Most-Improved Junior Award on his 11-3 team. The 6-2, 195-pounder has visited Miami of Ohio twice and taken trips to Ohio University and Ball State. Thimons also plans to attend Case Western’s Recruiting Day.  A number of schools have stopped to see Thimons at Alter, including Ohio University, Youngstown, Wooster, Dayton, Albany, Malone and Ashland. Youngstown State projects Thimons as a safety at the next level. His best two games last fall came against Cincinnati McNicholas and a tough Centerville squad that featured OSU commit Michael Bennett. Thimons logged 13 tackles against Centerville.

– Attending camp is a necessity for young quarterbacks looking to get recruited. Coaches want to see the QB throw and evaluate not just their arm, but their athletic skills, talents and leadership. 2012 QB Zach Newsock of Xenia High School will attend at least six camps in June starting with Toledo (June 5). He’ll also throw at Ohio State, U.C., Miami of Ohio, Indiana and Bowling Green (at Lakota West High School). In addition, a number of coaches have stopped by Xenia to see Newsock play including Indiana, Miami of Ohio, Toledo, Bowling Green, Wisconsin and the University of Cincinnati. Newsock also plans to attend Junior Days at Kent State, Toledo, Bowling Green, and Miami of Ohio. The rising senior has kept busy this spring as a starting second- or third-baseman on the Xenia’s varsity baseball team. He’s currently batting .375 with an on-base percentage of .410 – stats that put third in hitting on the team. Xenia will take on Springboro (May 19) at the University of Wittenberg, and a win will advance the baseball team to Districts to face the Vandalia-Butler or Wayne.

– 2012 QB Kevin Besser from Akron St Vincent St Mary has been hitting the weight room hard to bulk up to 200 pounds. Currently, the 6-3 rising senior has a 30-inch vertical, a 4.71 40 time, and a 4.48 shuttle. He’ll be busy on the camp circuit this summer hitting up a number of elite camps starting with the Elite 11 Camp in Columbus (May 20) and Team USA Trials in Atlanta, Ga. (May 28-30). Then it’s on to Ohio University (June 5), Youngstown State (June 6), Bowling Green University (June 11), Ohio State, Cincinnati (June 13), Illinois (June 15), Sound Body Sound Mind at Michigan (June 16), Michigan State (June 18), Michigan (June 20), Penn State (June 21) and Michigan State’s 7-on-7 (June 22). Besser’s also has been hearing from Akron, Ball State, Nebraska, N.C. State, Notre Dame and Rutgers. – 2012 OL Matt Ison of East Clinton is drawing looks during the spring evaluation period from Bowling Green State University, Ashland, Akron and Mount St Joseph. Ison’s also gotten a long list of camp invites that includes Indiana, Duquesne, Marshall, Cincinnati, Youngstown State, Ashland, Bowling Green, Toledo, Vanderbilt, Ball State, Miami of Ohio, Ohio University, Akron, and Ohio Dominican. Last fall, the 6-4, 275-pounder attended a game at NC State on Nov. 10, and he recently attended spring practice at Ball State.

– Ohio State’s one of several major programs to stop by Avon Lake to check out 2012 OL Mac Wightman. The 6-4, 285-pound guard is also drawing looks from Iowa, Toledo, Miami of Ohio, Youngstown State, Akron and Boston College. At the moment, Wightman’s focusing most of his attention on two camps he’ll attend at Ohio State this summer: first, next Saturday’s Nike Invitational followed by the Senior Elite Camp on June 12. Later in the summer, Wightman plans to attend several MAC camps.

– 2012 LB Christian Hauber of Kirtland High School has been hitting the weight room six days a week with workouts that alternate speed and strength days. His goal? To start the fall season somewhere between 220 and 225 pounds. Hauber attended a number of Junior Day visits in March and April, and he plans to attend several MAC camps this summer. Among them? Youngstown State (June 8), Ohio University (June 9), Ohio State (June 12), Miami of Ohio (June 15), Kent State (June 16), and possibly camps at Toledo and Eastern Michigan University later in the summer.

– Coach Tim Budd at St. Thomas Aquinas could have two prospects end up at Northwestern: 2013 TE/DE Joel Rich and 2012 team captain RB/SS Sean Dempsey. The Big Ten school has shown significant interest in both players. Rich has also drawn a lot of interest from Ivy League schools, and he plans to attend the Notre Dame Football Camp this summer. In addition to Northwestern, Dempsey’s getting significant looks from Youngstown State. Both players compete on St. Thomas Aquinas’ track team: Rich in the 110 meter hurdles and Dempsey as long jumper whose personal best currently stands at 20 feet, 4 inches.

Lakota West‘s rising junior MLB Jordan Darland is a third-year varsity player who packs a lot of punch in the weight room. Standing at 6-1, 225, he benches 320, squats more than 400 and ran the 40 in 4.65. That combination of speed and power has garnered him invites to more than 50 senior camps in every major conference this summer. Among the schools interested: Nebraska, Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, Northwestern, Missouri, Air Force, Army, Navy and N.C. State. All told, Darland keeps in touch with 25 schools weekly via phone or email, and he expects to commit to one of them before the start of the fall season.

– Ivy League schools are showing a lot of interest in junior LB Josh High out of London High School. The 6-foot, 215-pounder has gotten a visit from Harvard and calls indicating future visits from Brown and Princeton. A number of other schools are showing interest, too, including Miami of Ohio, Kent State, Davidson College, Albany, Dayton and Ball State.

– Coach Iammarino at Chagrin Falls seems to have done a good job of instilling an appreciation for school work in his players. Three of the guys on his squad – LB/FB Kurt Vidmer (2012), WR/S Anthony DeCamillo (2012), SS/RB Everett Dishong (2012) – are getting a lot of attention from the Ivy and Patriot Leagues. DeCamillo and Dishong are at the very top of their academic class with 4.38 and 4.32 GPAs respectively.

– When Ohio State’s Luke Fickell visited Grove City High School recently, one of the players who stood out was 2012 OT/DE Dalton Chapman. Chapman got an invite to the Ohio State Camp (June 12), and he’s gotten significant interest from a number of other schools including West Virginia, Wisconsin and Cincinnati. He’s also gotten camp invites from Princeton, Penn State, Columbia, Brown and Northwestern. Another player to keep an eye on at Grove City? Aaron Lewis. The linebacker had to sit out last season after transferring, but his coach’s pretty enthusiastic: “Look out, he will put your lights out!” he says.

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