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: Steubenville, Miamisburg, Canal Winchester, St. Charles, Brush, Vandalia-Butler, Canton South, Archbold, Mason…
–Steubenville’s Najee Murray is having fun in the recruiting process right now and boasts nine Division I offers, including his first from the Big Ten in Indiana. Wisconsin, West Virginia, Ohio State, Louisville, Michigan State and Northwestern have shown interest.
“Indiana and Toledo are my top two right now because they have offered,” Murray said. “I’m interested in majority of the schools that I talk to. I really don’t have a top list right now because different schools may come in the picture like they have been and they change it all up.” Murray is planning out his summer now but he has already committed to camp at Ohio State, Toledo, Pitt, and Michigan State.
–Miamisburg head coach Tim Lewis is excited about 2012 offensive lineman Zach Myers, who at 6-foot-4 and 278 pounds is a potential college prospect. Myers has added good strength and weight since the season ended and was recently tested in the bench (370 pounds), squat (410), clean (285) and also did 12 pull-ups. “At 17 years old, Myers has a rare combination of athletic ability and strength,” Lewis said. “Myers is flat-out violent on the football field.”
–Canal Winchester’s Antonio Whitfield, a 2012 running back/wide receiver prospect, attends classes at Columbus State Community College through the PSEO program and maintains a 3.5 GPA and received a 26 on the ACT. He was the MSL 100-meter and long jump champion (22-1.25). Air Force recently visited and Whitfield has been invited to over 10 summer football camps this summer including: Youngstown State, Louisville, Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, Tennessee, Bowling Green, Toledo, Princeton, Marshall, and South Carolina. Whitfield’s academic prowess will open doors when it comes to football recruiting and colleges have already started to take notice.
-Last week, three players from St. Charles had visits from DI schools. Josh Padgett, a 2012 prospect who projects as a college linebacker but plays defensive end currently, is seeing interest from Ohio U., Dartmouth, Brown, Navy, Penn, North Carolina State, William and Mary, Lehigh, Lafayette, Davidson and many Division III schools. At almost 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds, he has room to fill out in college as he grows into his frame. His athleticism was recently recognized by being selected to participate in the Blue-Grey National Super Combine Top 200 which will be held at the NFL Hall of Fame Stadium on June 18.
Another St. Charles prospect, 2012 middle linebacker Brooks Wagstaff, has had visits from Miami (Ohio) and several Division III schools. With a 6-foot-2, 215-pound frame, great speed and great vision, he was a starter the last half of the his junior season after recovering from a broken knee cap. St. Charles coaches see him as one of their senior leaders this year.
Phil LaFleur, a class of 2013 middle linebacker, was named second team all-conference as a sophomore. He is getting attention from Dartmouth, Brown and many smaller schools. As with all 2013 prospects, LaFleur can expect to see his interest level really rise after his junior season. All three of these players are expected to make huge impacts in the conference this year.
–Brush defensive back Kevin Houchins, Jr. has been invited to compete for a spot on the USA National 19-under Team in Atlanta, Ga. Some of the top prospect from across the country will be there and former NFL players like Desmond Howard are coaching.
-Senior quarterback Ryne Pugh of Vandalia-Butler plays quarterback but says he is getting most if his looks as an athlete. He has a 3.6 GPA with a 24 on the ACT. Toledo, Kent State, Miami (Ohio), Butler University and Valparaiso are looking at him as a quarterback. Michigan, Syracuse, Bowling Green and Ball State have said they are interested in him as an athlete. He plans to attend camps this summer at Ohio State, Bowling Green, Kent State, Ball State, Toledo and Ohio. He has also received camp invites from Michigan, Syracuse, Louisville, Cincinnati and Marshall.
–Canton South middle linebacker Joshua Kenny competed at the National Underclassman Football Combine on May 15 and did very well. He was awarded All Combine Team, Combine MVP, and the Combine Top Performer. His overall best performances from three combines attended thus far : 4.9 40-yard dash; 33.9-inch vertical jump; 4.54-second shuttle run; 8-foot-6 broad jump; benched 155 lbs. 46 times; bench pressed 185 lbs. 25 times.
Kenny has is bench pressing 350 lbs., power cling of 275 lbs., and is squatting 475 lbs. as a 16-year old sophomore. He also maintains a 4.0 GPA. He still has the Ohio State Senior Advance Camp on June 12.
–Archbold High School’s got two players in particular who are drawing lots of looks from college recruiters: 2012 WR/DB TJ Gerken and 2013 do-it-all utility man Tyson Dietrich who’s seen time at wide receiver, quarterback and defensive. The 5-10, 155-pound Gerken had 46 catches last fall for 675 yards (14.7 avg.) and 12 touchdown receptions. He also carried the ball 24 times for 129 yards (5.4 avg.) and ran back two kickoffs for touchdowns. Of his five kickoff returns last year, he averaged 48.4 yards on each. On the other side of the ball he logged 27 tackles (4 for loss) and averaged 16.5 yards on punt returns. All that and he carries a 3.78 GPA.
Rising junior Dietrich is currently ranked No. 1 in his class with a 4.0 GPA. As a sophomore, he carried the ball 46 times for 302 yards (6.6 avg.), had 16 receptions for 329 yards (20.6 avg.) and was 10 of 20 passing for 115 yards. On the other side of the ball, he logged 48 tackles with two sacks. He’ll definitely be a name to watch this year.
-2012 Brush High School DT/Nose man Carlutorbantu Zaramo has garnered offers from Akron, Ball State, Western Michigan and more may be on the way. Zaramo stands 6-4 and tips the scales at 297, and shows great speed for his size with a 5.0 40 time. Zaramo’s as serious in the classroom as he is in the weight room (where he now benches 350, squats 460 and power cleans 260). He’s carrying a 3.39 GPA and plans to double major in college in Aerospace Engineering and Computer Science.
-Joseph Spencer from Mason High in Cincinnati got a surprise last week when Ohio State stopped by to check on him. With offers from Ohio, Toledo, Bowling Green, Kent State, Miami (Ohio), Buffalo, Akron, FIU, and Air Forcem Spencer has seen recruiting really heat up. Spencer was at the NIKE combine in Columbus this past weekend and put on a good showing against some of the best players in the Midwest. Not only is Spencer having a big off-season in regards to football recruiting, he also just recently scored a 31 on his ACT (32 is a perfect score). With one of the more impressive resumes in the class, he is poised to blow up this summer as he attends college camps.