The HS football season is three months away and we’re busy preparing our
Ohio HS Football Preview, which is due
out in July. From now until then we’ll feed your football hunger by releasing several articles on
the state’s top players and teams. Below is our second 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.
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
(MORE) NAMES YOU NEED TO KNOW
Dion Dawson, Western Hills, RB, sr., 6-1, 290: That weight is no joke, and neither is Dawson. Used only in short yardage situations the first five games of the season, Dawson got 14 carries in a Week 6 win over Aiken and was the man after that. He finished with 683 yards and 10 TDs on just 74 attempts (averaged 9.2 yards per carry). This kid can move.
Jeremy Quinlan, Brookfield, QB/DB, jr., 6-3, 180: A three-sport star (All-Ohio in basketball and a baseball standout), Quinlan had over 100 tackles and eight interceptions last year. As a quarterback he ran for over 800 yards and threw for 756 more.
John Banyasz, Columbia Station Columbia, QB, sr., 6’2, 190: A starter since his freshman season, Banyasz already owns school career records for yardage and TDs. Last season he threw for 1,478 yards and 23 TDs and ran for six more scores.
Luke Creditt, Waynesville, QB, sr., 6-2, 205: Creditt, who owns all the Waynesville single-season passing marks and is five TDs away from the career record, is one of the state’s top small school QBs. Last year he accounted for over 3,000 yards of offense and 40 TDs (threw for over 2,500 yards and 31 TDs and ran for over 900 yards and nine TDs).
Kris Hall, Dayton Dunbar, QB/DB, sr., 6-1, 180: Hall is a dynamic player who threw for 1,981 yards, 21 TDs and just three INTs last season. He also ran for three TDs. He holds an offer from Eastern Illinois.
Tyler Eden, University School, QB, sr., 6-4, 220: Eden completed 137-of-203 passes for 2,253 yards, 22 TDs and just six INTs last season. He also ran 68 times for 542 yards and seven TDs.
Nick Davidson, Solon, LB/RB, sr., 5-9, 185: Three-year starter had 150 Tackles, including 24 TFL last season. He also recovered a fumble and carried the ball seven times for 112 yards (16 yards per carry) and a TD on offense.
Ronnie Beers, Canal Fulton Northwest, RB/LB, sr., 5-10, 190: The versatile two-way player ran for 680 yards and had 391 yards receiving en route to accounting for 14 TDs. On defense he tallied 73 tackles and had an interception.
Justin Miller, Hicksville, QB/DB, sr., 6-1, 185: Miller is a three-year starter who led the team in rushing (850 yards) and TDs (11). He also threw for 586 yards and six TDs. Defensively he snagged had five INTs.
Connor Cleveland, Jefferson Area, QB/WR/DB, sr., 5-10, 170: A two-time first team All-Geauga County selection, Cleveland caught 22 passes for 300 yards and three TDs and carried the ball 43 times for 239 yards and a TD last year. Defensively he had 87 tackles, four pass break-ups, an interception, a blocked kick and a forced fumble. On special teams he returned 11 kickoffs for 234 yards.
Aaron Gillis, Brookfield, OL, sr., 6-10, 370: Coach Randy Clark may have the biggest player in Ohio on his squad this year. Gillis has yet to play in an Ohio 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.
John McKelvey, University School, RB, sr., 6-0, 190: Senior standout racked up over 2,000 all-purpose yards and scored 22 TDs last season.
Chris Beaschler, Ada, LB, sr., 6-0, 200: Defensive standout had 125 tackles, 10 sacks and eight TFL last season. He also returned two INTs for TDs.
Brandon Schoen, Olentangy Orange, RB/DB, sr., 6-0, 190: A two-way starter since his sophomore season, Schoen tallied nearly 1,000 all-purpose yards, scored 12 TDs, had 41 tackles and made three INTs last year despite playing most of the season (nine games) with a broken hand. As a sophomore he ran for 641 yards and eight TDs on 75 carries.
Beginning today, we’ll start unleashing Team Previews in both our Football and Coaches Office forums.
We’ll key on the top players, strengths,
weaknesses, milestones and more.
Talk to real Ohio High School Football Coaches in our Coaches Office forum.
JJHuddle is now the official media partner of the Ohio High School
Football Coaches Association and a proud sponsor of the organization.
The partnership gives OHSFCA members a place
to engage with and push information out to fans faster than ever before.
Think of it like an exclusive club for the state’s
most die-hard football fans!
POSITIONAL RANKINGS – June
In mid-June we’ll begin releasing our 2011 positional listings for
seniors. Daily, we’ll unveil a new list of the top players at QB,
RB, WR, FB, TE, OL, K, P, DE, DT, ILB, OLB, CB, S and ATH. There’s no
guarantee these guys will make the 2011 Top 200, but plenty will.
Due out in July, the 2011 Ohio High School Football Preview issue
– PREVIEWS FOR ALL 24 PLAYOFF REGIONS
PREDICTIONS FOR EVERY REGION
– PRESEASON ALL-OHIO TEAMS FOR EACH
DIVISION AND BEST OF THE REST
– THE VAUNTED TOP 200
more…including an OHIO STATE PREVIEW by Bucknuts! ORDER
You know what they are and we know you want them. They’re coming in
August…Our Preseason State Rankings. Who is No. 1?