Ohio HS Insider: ‘I couldn’t imagine the amount of kids that get passed up in Ohio (because of no spring ball)’


JJHuddle’s Ohio HS Insider

What’s on the wall this week? How about: Answering emails earns kids college scholarships; Spring Football devastates Spring Sports?; More Ursuline vs St.
Edward; and Ohio’s 2013 QB Class the best ever? All that and more inside the

Today we continue a new feature on JJHuddle called the Ohio HS
. So what exactly is it? It’s our home for material we’ve
collected and can’t house anywhere else. Call it a message board with
. We know you want to hear the good stuff. And that’s what this
is…high school-wise.

has a few rules. In order to offer this material to you we have to:
Not attribute it to any particular source (but they are ones we trust)
Not attribute it to any particular reporter
3) Disclaim that we
don’t know if any of it is true (plenty of it is)

Simple enough
and No, we’re not just starting rumors. We’re reporting to you what you
want to know and protecting those who have told us at the same time.

Ohio HS Insider will run every Wednesday. Should we receive
news, however, that we don’t think can wait, we reserve the right to
unleash special Ohio HS Insider’s as needed.

That being said, we think this info is interesting and fairly entertaining.
Hope you do too. Enjoy…

JJHuddle’s Ohio HS

*Opening an Email can lead to a College Scholarship…We occasionally get correspondence from parents, fans and others asking why we didn’t mention a certain football player as one of our top prospects or players. The most common answer is: “We didn’t know about them.” As smart as we are and as detailed, there are always some big-time recruits that slip through the cracks. Point in case is Akron North senior DeShawn Dowdy. A 6-4, 215 pound WR/DE, Dowdy was an unknown until recently when his head coach Mike Laktash replied to our email request for 2011 football information. Laktash included Dowdy’s vitals and stats from last year (first team All-City, 36 receptions, 430 yards, four TDs, 60 tackles, 10 TFL, five sacks, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and five pass deflections). Seeing Dowdy’s prowess, our recruiting analysts started drooling over his potential. Since then we’ve pimped him on JJHuddle, Bucknuts and ScoutingOhio. Not surprisingly, Dowdy has recently picked up offers from Youngstown St., Kent St., Akron, and Western Michigan. More will come. Dowdy can thank his coach for being responsible enough to fill out our questionnaire and send it back. He has options for college now because of it. Note to coaches: Have you filled out your form yet? A scholarship might just be riding on whether or not you do.

*Coaches could be conducting Spring Football this Week…Back in April, the OHSAA Board of Directors voted unanimously to defeat a proposal by the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association that would’ve allowed football coaches an additional 10 hours of instruction with their players over the last two weeks of May. One specific fear and argument made against spring football was what it would do to spring sports. Well we’re in one of those two proposed weeks and here’s who is still playing: 16 baseball teams and 1,014 boys track athletes. Both sports are at the state level and will hold their finals this weekend. Congrats to those athletes and good luck. As for the 700 other schools whose baseball and track seasons are complete and who could be practicing football this week – tough luck.

“There are a couple of folks on the (OHSAA) board and some commissioners that sometimes it is simply about control and nothing more,” one Ohio football coach said. “It wasn’t even ‘Spring’ Football’ we were trying to push. It was ‘work with your kids for some time in May’ football. Our baseball season is over. Track has wrapped. What do those kids do now?”

As is, from June 1-July 31, Ohio football coaches are permitted 10 days of instruction with their players. Asking for an additional 10 hours was too much – for now.

*Speaking of Scholarships and Spring Football…One of the positives the OHSFCA was/is pushing for Spring Football is that it will allow college football recruiters more time to visit schools and evaluate potential recruits. In Texas, which has full blown Spring Ball complete with scrimmages at the end, that happens daily.

“I’ve seen kids get scholarships from spring ball performances,” said a Texas HS coach in the JJHuddle Coaches Forum. “We had one kid who played safety for us but is a D-I corner. Spring drills allowed him to show his man press technique and his capabilities of doing it.”

Added that same coach: “Had six D-I coaches at practice (today). Feels good to know the kids know their choices dictate the outcome of their future. I couldn’t imagine the amount of kids that get passed up in Ohio (because of no spring ball). Then again ‘Let’s let kids be kids’ is a good way to not see them learn to be better men in the future through the guidance of the coaches who are giving up 10 more hours of their time. Ten hours. Hahaha. That’s three days in Texas.”

*Youngstown Ursuline versus Lakewood St. Edward…One of the hottest topics on the JJHuddle Football Forum has been the discussion of three-time defending Division V state champion Youngstown Ursuline playing defending Division I state champion Lakewood St. Edward in the regular season (Week 6) this year. The Irish also have a date with Division I public school power Mentor. Much of the recent Competitive Balance talk has revolved around Ursuline and how last year in particular the Irish may have been the best team in the state regardless of division. This year we’ll get to see if they are firsthand. St. Edward will be as stiff a challenge as Ursuline has faced in several years. In 2008 the Irish did play – and beat – two D-I schools in Warren Harding (33-7) and Massillon Washington (23-13).  In 2007 Ursuline went 2-1 against D-I schools: beat Harding (28-13) and Austintown-Fitch (21-4) and lost to Massillon (14-3). The last time the Irish lost to a D-V school was the 2007 state final, which they dropped 20-14 to Marion Local. St. Edward and Ursuline have played in the past and most recently met in 2003. That year the Eagles, who finished D-I runner-up, opened the season with a 37-28 win over the Irish who were the classified D-IV and finished the season 5-5. In 2002, St. Edward beat Ursuline 31-12.

*Ohio QB Class of 2013 could be best ever?…Some food for thought, but the 2013 QB class in Ohio is shaping up to be one for the ages. Among the big names are Middletown’s Jalin Marshall, St. Henry’s Kyle Stahl, Codlwater’s Austin Bruns, Massillon’s Kyle Kempt, Marion-Franklin’s Corry Benson, Tri-Valley’s Nathan Strock, Brecksville’s Tommy Tupa and Alter’s Malik Zaire. Right now only Marshall (Cincinnati and Pitt) and Kempt (Stanford) have offers, but that will change greatly. Did we mention that Kempt earned his Stanford offer when he was an eighth-grader in Oregon?


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