2011 HS Football: Hidden gems and under the radar players

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Shane Denny, Groveport Madison

The HS football season is three months away and we’re busy preparing our 2011 Ohio High School Football Preview, which is due
out at the beginning of July. From now until then we’ll start
feeding your hunger for football
by releasing several articles on the state’s top players and teams. Below is our first installment.


The high school football season is three months away and we’re busy preparing our 2011 Ohio High School Football Preview, which will help prepare you for the season. Our Football Almanac is due out at the beginning of July, but from now until then we’ll start feeding your hunger for football by releasing several series on the upcoming season and the state’s top players and teams.

Below is our first installment.

During our research we’ve uncovered some hidden gems we think you – and everyone else – should know about. These guys might not make BCS rosters (although some could), but they will definitely make headlines this fall.

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NAMES YOU NEED TO KNOW

Rob Overbeck, Milford, senior, TE/DE, 6-7, 215: As a junior he played tight end and defensive end. During the 2010 season Overbeck was second in receptions at Milford, catching the ball 17 times for 222 yards (averaging 13.1 yards per catch) and a TD. A two year starter on defense he has recorded four TFL, four sacks, 27 solo tackles, 20 assisted tackles, four batted passes, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

A.J. Henson, Orwell Grand Valley, senior, QB/DB, 5-11, 170:
last year in nine games Henson completed 99-of-162 passes for 1,180 yards and 13 TDs. He also ran 106 times for 542 yards and 10 TDs. Henson is an All-Ohio basketball player too.

DeShawn Dowdy, Akron North, senior, 6-4, 215, WR/DE:
Dowdy was first team All-City last year after catching 36 passes for 430 yards and three TDs. He also ran for a TD. Defensively Dowdy registered 60 tackles, including 10 TFL and five sacks. He also forced four fumbles, recovered two and had five pass deflections.

Shane Denny, Groveport Madison, senior, QB, 6-3, 215:
Denny will be a four-year starter who took over the reigns middle of his freshman season. He accounted for nearly 30 TDs last year.

Jake Butt, Pickerington North, junior, 6-6, 215, DE:
As a sophomore last year, Butt led the Panthers in sacks (6.5), TFL (14.5) and fumble recoveries (two). He had 47 total tackles and also added an interception.

Hunter Schneiter, Strasburg-Franklin, senior, 5-11, 175, RB/LB:
Despite coming from a small school, Schneiter has posted some big numbers. Last year he rushed for 1,098 yards and 17 TDs on 169 carries. Defensively he had 97 tackles, two interceptions and 11 sacks.

Colton Bowling, Miami East, senior, 6-1, 180, QB/OLB:
A two-way starter, Bowling registered 70 tackles, 12 TFL, three QB hurries, three fumble recoveries and three pass deflections. As QB he threw for 508 yards and five TDs.

Gabe Mohler, Covington, junior, 6’5, 190, LB/WR:
As a sophomore, Mohler had 44.5 tackles, 12 TFL and six sacks.

Caleb Maurer, Anna, senior, 6-1, 195, LB:
The leader of the Rockets defense, Maurer tallied 85 tackles, including eight TFL last season.

Joe Dempsey, Elyria Catholic, senior, 6’1, 210, LB/RB:
Dempsey has had over 100 tackles each of the last two seasons and also ran for 700 yards last fall.

Wally Brewer, Grove City Christian, senior, 6-1, 175, WR/DB/KR:
Despite missing one game and playing with a cast on his wrist in four more, Brewer had six return TDs last season including two on interceptions. He also had nearly 1,000 yards in kickoff returns (920 yards). Brewer also led the team in receptions (18) and receiving yards (295).

Matt Eckhardt, Avon, senior, 6-0, 190, WR:
Eckhardt averaged 19.25 yards per catch last season when he hauled in 40 passes for 760 yards and 10 TDs.

Cody Lotton, Hamilton Ross, senior, 5-11, 215, LB/RB:
Lotton tallied 126 tackles and forced three fumbles last season. As a short yardage back he also scored three TDs.

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