Scouting RePorter: Looking for the biggest tailback in the country? Look no further


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
: Western Hills, St. John’s, Woodward, Norwalk, Mount Vernon, Grove City, Valley View, Walnut Hills, Ashland and more…

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,


Looking for the biggest tailback in the country?  Look no further than Cincinnati Western Hills High School. Class of 2012 Dion Dawson is 6-1 and 290lbs and is very nimble for his size.  Watching this steam roller run down the field is almost comical at times as players run for cover instead of taking on this raging bull.  Coach Paul Jenne tells us that Dawson did not take over the RB duties until week 6 after their starting tailback was injured.  Dawson literally took the ball and never looked back.  Jenne tells us that Dawson has been working very hard this year in the classroom and in the weight room and college coaches are starting to take notice.  Look for this big back to get his first official offer when he camps this summer.

2012 Kicker/Punter Brandon Smith is rewriting the record books at St. Johns Jesuit High School in Toledo. Standing 6-1, 202, Smith set the single-season records for most points and most field goals. In addition to those records, he scored 50 extra points during the season. That was good enough for him to land 2nd Team All Ohio kicker, 1st Team District (Div I) kicker and Toledo City 1st Team Punter and 2nd Team kicker awards. Smith will attend a number of camps this summer including Cincinnati, Illinois, Toledo and Harvard.

2013 Gahanna Lincoln High School RB Geoffrey Helms (6-1, 2010) turned a lot of heads at the recent Schumans National Underclassmen Combine. He topped all skill-position players with 28 bench press reps, was rated one of the Top 2 running backs at the camp, and was named to the All-Combine Team. That performance earned him an invite to the Ultimate 100 Camp in Indianapolis on July 9th. Helms’ next stop will be the Senior Advanced Camp at OSU (6/12).

Talk about a middle linebacker who can move. Jerry Braden Jr. of the class of 2013 at Norwalk High School is currently ranked No. 1 in the nation for outside linebackers in the 5-10-5 shuttle after he ran a 4.06 at the Nike Combine in Massillon. Braden’s been pounding away in the weightroom to get his numbers down, and he’s already showing results. He can deadlift 565, squat 450, power clean 275 and bench 295. Not bad for a 6-0, 200-pounder. Braden put that speed and strength to good use on the field last year. He was involved in 147 tackles, 19 for loss, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, five pass defenses and 1 interception.

2012 OL Dalton Chapman of Grove City High School nabbed the event MVP at the recent University of Toledo Big Man Camp. That’s no small feat considering 160 linemen from several states were there (including some who already hold offers from Toledo). In addition to interest from Toledo, Ohio State’s Jim Bollman visited Chapman recently and gave him a personal invite to the Buckeyes’ June 12th camp. We will be keeping tabs of Chapman this summer as he looks to pick up his first offer.

Let’s call 2012 ATH JaVaughn Harris a diamond in the rough. The 5-10, 175-pounder of the Woodward Polar Bears in Toledo is one of the fastest players on the roster, clocking 4.5 in the 40-yard dash. Harris is comfortable at wide receiver, running back and defensive back. Though he might not hail from one of the state’s marquee high school programs, he shows great potential that the right college could transform into a truly exceptional footballer.

2012 running back Kenneth Davis of Walnut Hills (5-7, 175) could very well be the fastest player in Ohio. As a rising junior, he ran a 4.38 at Toledo’s summer camp, and he’s clocked a 10.76 electronic 100 meters and a 22.13 200 meters – the best 100 and 200 times in Cincinnati according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Coach Kontsis puts it simply: “Kid can play.”

A number of schools have started giving 2012 Valley View High School QB Patrick Boyle (6-4, 176) a closer look. Among them? N.C. State, Harvard, Toledo, Butler, Valparaiso and Ashland. Boyle’s working hard to bolster his stock, too, joining his team for offseason workouts at MVP Sports Acceleration in West Chester. His summer camp tour is just warming up as well. Expect more interest after he camps at Ohio State, Toledo and Northwestern among other schools.

2012 Ashland QB Zach Bernhard (6-2, 205) is ready to turn his focus back on football after earning All-Conference, All-District and All-Area honors in baseball this spring. He’s also been hitting the books. And that’s earned him a lot of interest from Ivy League and MAC schools as well as from Northwestern. Right now, Bernhard’s carrying a 3.96 GPA, a 27 on his ACT and a Top 10 ranking out of the 282 students in his class at Ashland. The Week in Football magazine has taken note, and the publication will feature him in its October 29th edition as the McDonald’s Scholar Athlete of the week. Bernhard plans to hit a number of summer camps before then including Toledo (June 5), South Florida (June 16), Ohio State (June 25) and Ball State.

An invite to Michigan’s summer camp is just the latest in a string of invites for 2012 SS Bradley Fenton (6-3, 200) of Mt. Vernon High School in Mt. Vernon. Coaches from Kent State and Ashland have dropped by Mt. Vernon to inquire after Fenton, and the rising senior’s working with a personal trainer three days a week as he gets ready for a camp tour. He’s already scheduled stops at Ohio State (June 12), Penn State (June 24), UC (June 13), Michigan (June 19) and Kent State (June 16) among others. Expect his hard work in the gym to bear fruit.

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