The Power Polls…are back. JJHuddle’s immensely popular state football
rankings debut today with the release of the Division I preseason poll.
Also this year, JJHuddle is proud to announce that Muscle Milk has
become a co-sponsor of the rankings. See who is where.
The Power Polls…are back. JJHuddle’s immensely popular
rankings debut today with the release of the Division I preseason
Also this year, JJHuddle is proud to announce that Muscle Milk has
become a co-sponsor of the rankings.
We will release the remaining Muscle Milk & JJHuddle Power Polls daily starting with D-II on August 15.
New polls will be unveiled on site every Tuesday during the season.
Muscle Milk & JJHuddle 2011 Division I Preseason Power Poll
1. Lakewood St. Edward (2010 Results: 15-0, DI State Champion)
* Players to Watch – TE Sam Grant (6-6, 240, sr.), OL Kyle Kalis (6-5, 302, sr.), DL Greg Kuhar (6-4, 265, sr.), LB Sam Martello (6-1, 214, sr.), OL Tyler Orlosky (6-4, 290, sr.), DL Darryl Render (6-3, 245, sr.), DL Tom Lally (6-3, 245, sr.), LB Joe Palange (6-2, 215, sr.), WR Quincy Jones (6-4, 205, sr.), WR Chris Connors (6-1, 205, sr.), OL Joe LoSchiavo (6-4, 290, sr.), RB Dwayne Aaron (5-5, 160, jr.), DB Joe Dever (6-3, 210, sr.), ATH/DB Kirkland Bryant (5-11, 185, sr.)
* Outlook – The Eagles and head coach Rick Finotti won their first D-I state title last year and open as the favorites to win another. St. Edward is loaded. Kalis (Michigan recruit), Grant (Boston College commit), LoSchiavo and Orlosky (Michigan, Northwestern, Michigan State offers) return from a dominant offensive line that will open holes for Aaron (nine TDs). Defensively, Kuhar (Michigan, Iowa, Northwestern, Boston College offers), Martello (Toledo offer), Lally and Render (Iowa, West Virginia, Vanderbilt, Pitt, Cincinnati, UConn offers) solidify the middle. Henry Hilow (6-3, 200, sr.) steps in at QB and has D-I prospects in targets Jones, Connors and Bryant (committed to Eastern Michigan).
Opener: vs No. 5 Glenville
2. Cincinnati St. Xavier (7-5, D-I R4 Finalist)
* Players to Watch – RB Connor Hundley (5-10, 200, sr.), QB Griffin Dolle (6-2, 190, sr.), OL Brandyn Cook (6-2, 290, sr.), OL Alex Breen (6-5, 260, sr.), WR Kevin Milligan (5-9, 175, jr.), WR Trey Kilgore (6-2, 175, jr.), LB Nathan Gerbus (6-2, 225, sr.), DB Andrew Arand (6-2, 205, sr.), DE EJ Parchment (6-3, 235, sr.), DE Bryson Albright (6-6, 210, sr.), DB Sean Ahern (6-1, 175, sr.), LB Mark Jacob (6-1, 200, jr.)
* Outlook – Under head coach Steve Specht (72-17 in seven years), St. Xavier has won a pair of state titles with 15-0 seasons in the last five years. They could make it three in six. The Bombers return nine starters on offense and six on defense. Hundley is looking for his third straight 1,000-yard season and has a chance to set the school’s all-time rushing mark this year. He enters the season with 2,561 yards and 23 career TDs. Dolle, who became the starter in Week 7 last year, is back after throwing for 382 yards and three TDs. Kilgore (20 catches, 278 yards, two TDs) and Milligan (12 catches, 76 yards, TD) are viable options. Hundley, Cook (Pitt commit) and Gerbus (Miami commit; five sacks) were first team GCL South. Arand (GCL leading four INTs) was second team. Albright has committed to Miami (Oh). As usual a brutal schedule awaits.
Opener: vs Springfield (at Nippert Stadium)
3. Austintown-Fitch (10-2, D-I R1 Semifinalist)
* Players to Watch – WR/DB Chris Davis (5-9, 188, sr.), QB/DB Demetrious Davis (5-10, 183, sr.), RB/LB William Mahone (6-0, 204, sr.), OL/Dl Billy Price (6-4, 265, jr.)
* Outlook – The Davis twins are the most sought after siblings in Ohio and have committed to Pitt. They each held over 20 offers, including UCLA, Boise State, Oregon State, Oregon, Arkansas, Iowa and Colorado. Last year Chris churned out 748 all-purpose yards, while Demetrious accounted for 39 TDs, threw or 1,424 yards and ran for 1,227 more. The duo teams with Mahone (700 yards, 14 TDs) to give Fitch arguably the top 1-2-3 punch in Ohio. Mahone has over 20 offers too, including: Notre Dame, Michigan State, Penn State and Boston College. Price is one of the state’s top junior prospects and has offers from Ohio State and UCLA.
Opener: @ Warren Harding
4. Pickerington Central (11-1, D-I R3 Semifinalist)
* Players to Watch – QB Nick Jensen-Clagg (6-1, 180, sr.), OL/DL Jacoby Boren (67-3, 275, sr.), WR/DB Roger Lewis (6-2, 190, sr.), RB/LB Jake Kincaid (6-1, 230, sr.), WR/K Jake Raymond (5-9, 170, sr.), RB/DB Billy Eakins (5-10, 180, sr.), OL/DL Nick Wilson (6-3, 280, sr.), OL/DL Adam Cole (6-3, 290, sr.), DB Sebastian Smith (6-3, 185, sr.), DE Taco Charlton (6-6, 240, jr.)
* Outlook – The Tigers lost 28 seniors off last year’s team, but head coach Jay Sharrett (83-15 in eight years) returns plenty of talent. Pick Central has made the playoffs 10 of the last 12 years and is arguably Central Ohio’s top squad this season. Boren and Lewis are Ohio State commits, Smith (60 tackles, two INTs) is an Indiana recruit and Charlton – despite being an underclassmen – already has Cincinnati, Purdue and Syracuse offers. Kincaid is committed to Kent State.
Opener: vs No. 9 Cincinnati Moeller (at Nippert Stadium)
5. Glenville (11-1, D-I R1 Semifinalist)
* Players to Watch – WR/DB VAngelo Bentley (5-8, 170, sr.), FB/LB Devan Bogard (6-0, 175, sr.), DL Alex Pace (6-3, 284, sr.), WR Justin Hardee (6-2, 175, sr.), DE Kevin Kinds (6-6, 220, sr.), QB/DB Davonte Congress (6-0, 167, sr.), OL/DL Willie Henry (6-4, 2160, sr.)
* Outlook – The Tarblooders and head coach Ted Ginn sr. have been to the playoffs 10 straight times, which is the top current streak in Northeast Ohio. Glenville’s cupboard is stocked with the usual: talent – and plenty of it. Bentley (Illinois and Pitt offers), Bogard (Ohio State commit) and Pace (UC, West Virginia, Vanderbilt and Illinois offers) are among the Class of 2012s top prospects. Hardee (MAC offers), Kinds (Syracuse offer), Congress and Henry (Pitt, Syracuse and UC offers) are also D-I prospects.
Opener: @ No. 1 St. Edward
6. Cincinnati Elder (4-5)
* Players to Watch – OL Nick Custer (6-4, 275, sr.), OL/DL T.C. Klusman (6-4, 275, sr.), DT Rakhim Johnson (6-0, 215, sr.), WR Jeff Vorherr (6-2, 204, sr.), QB Ben Gramke (6-1, 180. Sr.)
* Outlook – The Panthers almost made the playoffs last year with a losing record but fell just short and finished ninth in computer points. Head coach Doug Ramsey is starting his 15th year at Elder and looks to have another team capable of adding to the program’s storied tradition. Elder won back-to-back state titles in 2002-03 and made the state final in 2008. The Panthers advanced to the state semifinals in 2009. Klusman is a Louisville commit and Custer is headed to Miami (Oh). Johnson was first team GCL South last year. Gramke (1,488 passing yards, 12 TDs) and Vorherr (35 catches, 454 yards, two TDs) were second team GCL. Overall, Elder returns seven starters on each side of the ball, including four on the OL.
Opener: @ Centerville
7. Middletown (10-1, D-I R4
* Players to Watch – WR Zach
Edwards (6-0, 180, sr.), OL Kevin Henderson (6-2, 245, sr.), QB Jalin
Marshall (6-0, 189, jr.), DB Cody Quinn (5-10, 160, sr.); RB/LB E.J.
Junior (6-1, 205, sr.), QB Geovonie McKnight (6-4, 195, sr.),
Outlook – After a 19-year hiatus, the Middies have made the playoffs
two years in a row. If they make it a third time it will be under a new
head coach. Former mentor Jason Krause resigned in winter to take over
at Fairfield. Middletown named Troy Everhart his successor. Everhart led
Winton Woods to the 2009 D-II state championship before becoming an
assistant at UC last year. The Middies roster is loaded. Marshall is
arguably the state’s top junior prospect (already has offers from Ohio State, Notre Dame, UCLA, Tennessee, UC and
Pitt) and returns at QB after rushing for 1,426 yards and 17 TDs and
throwing 693 yards and 12 more scores. Edwards (UC and MAC offers) and Quinn (30 tackles,
three INTs, TD ) are among the Top 10 prospects in Ohio at their
respective positions. Quinn has committed to Illinois. McKnight is a
Division I basketball prospect.
Opener: vs Huber Heights
Wayne (at Welcome Stadium)
8. Clayton Northmont (6-4)
* Players to Watch – LB Kaleb Ringer (6-1, 220, sr.), DT Jeremy Campbell (6-0, 250, sr.), DB Justin Woods (6-1, 185, sr.), DB Bobby Hardy (5-9, 174, sr.), DB Cody Grillot (6-2, 195, jr.), WR Jamal Trammell (6-4, 185, sr.), OL K.J. Rieder (6-6, 290, sr.), QB Cameron Belton (6-2, 170, jr.), RB Gaven Kenerly (6-0, 215, jr.), TE Troy Mangen (6-5, 235, jr.), FB Dante Bland (6-1, 240, so.)
* Outlook – The Thunderbolts have qualified for the playoffs seven of the last 10 seasons, but have missed the postseason two straight years. Coach Lance Schneider, starting his 13th year at Northmont, has the talent back to stop that slide. Ringer has committed to Michigan and will spearhead the defense along with Campbell and Woods. Last season Northmont started five sophomores and freshmen on offense, which should play dividends. Belton led the GWOC in passing last year with 1,684 yards and 14 TDs. Trammell caught 33 passes for 487 yards and five TDs last year.
Opener: vs Hamilton (at Welcome Stadium)
9. Cincinnati Moeller (7-4, D-I R4
* Players to Watch – WR Monty
Madaris (6-2, 185, sr.), TE John Tanner (6-4, 260, sr.), LB Dillon Kern
(6-4, 225, sr.), LB Tyler Williford (6-3, 210, sr.), DL Kevin
Robinson-White (6-1, 305, sr.), DL Eric Lalley (6-1, 285, sr.), DB Cody
Elias (5-11, 190, sr.), OL Alex Gall (6-5, 285, jr.), WR Mike Means (6-1, 182, sr.)
* Outlook –
Head coach John Rodenberg has led Moeller to playoff berths in each of
his first three seasons as the Crusaders coach and if he does it again
Moeller will have conquered a tremendous schedule that includes meetings
with the defending Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky state champs the final
three weeks. Said Rodenberg: “The schedule will prepare us or break us.”
Our guess is prepare. A stellar junior class will mesh with several
returning starters giving Moeller the potential to be one of the state’s
top teams. Madaris has over 15 offers (including Nebraska, Florida
State, Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, Virginia, UC and Louisville), while
Tanner owns several from MAC schools. Means (MAC offers), Kern (Marshall offer) and Gall are also legit D-I
prospects. One key will be how junior QB Spencer Icavone rebounds from
missing the final six games last year with injury. Junior QB Ricky
Davis (Bowling Green, Akron offers) is also in the mix.
vs No. 4 Pickerington Central (at
10. Whitmer (12-2, D-I State Semifinalist)
* Players to Watch – DB Mark Meyers (6-1, 180, sr.), OL Storm Norton (6-8, 295, sr.), LB Jamar Ridley (5-11, 220, sr.), DE Chris Wormley (6-4, 225, sr.), LB Michael Bodi (6-2, 215, sr.)
* Outlook – The Panthers won the region last year and don’t be surprised to see them do it again. Scoring on Whitmer is going to be difficult for opponents with the likes of Wormley (Ohio State and Michigan offers), Meyers (Kent State offer), Ridley and Bodi on that side of the ball.
Opener: vs Toledo Start
10 More To Watch
Canton McKinley (8-3, D-I R2 Quarterfinalist)
* Players to Watch – DE Sevon Pittman (6-5, 235, sr.), RB Saveon Holloway (5-11, 197, sr.), DB Jermaine Edmondson (6-2, 173, sr.), RB Robert Elijah Beach (5-10, 180, sr.), WR Tyler Foster (6-2, 184, sr.), WR/DB Zach Sweat (5-11, 180, sr.), WR Malcolm Robinson (6-1, 182, sr.), OL Kevin Mills (6-5, 260, sr.), LB Chad Fite (5-11, 202, sr.), DL Antoine Miles (6-3, 240, jr.)
* Outlook – Despite being the No. 1 seed, the Bulldogs were upset in the first round of the playoffs by Medina. This year McKinley’s roster should yield another postseason berth. Pittman is one of the most sought-after seniors in Ohio and committed to Michigan State (despite offers from Ohio State and Alabama). Edmondson is also a Michigan State recruit.
Opener: vs Youngstown Mooney
Centerville (9-3, D-I R4 Semifinalist)
* Players to Watch – OL/DL Benny McGowan (6-4, 290, sr.), S Jay Mastin (6-1, 200, sr.), DE Ifeadi Odenigbo (6-4, 207, sr.), OL/DL Evan Lisle (6-5, 260, jr.); OL/DL Brant Gressel (6-1, 265, jr.); FB Chris Barr (5-11, 210, sr.)
* Outlook – The Elks have been one of the most consistent programs in Ohio under Ron Ullery, who returns for his 35th year at Centerville and 12th as head coach (86-30 career record). The Elks, who lost to rival Wayne in double OT last year in the regional semifinals, return a number of starters. Odenigbo (5.5 sacks last year) is one of the state’s Top 10 prospects and holds offers from over 30 schools (including Ohio State, Michigan, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon). McGowan is a Michigan State commit and Mastin is headed to Miami, Oh. Barr owns an offer from Air Force. Gressel and Lisle are D-I prospects. Barr (813 yards, 10 TDs) is the top returning rusher. Mastin (62 tackles) was the team’s second leading tackler last year.
Opener: vs No. 6 Cincinnati Elder
Colerain (11-1, D-I R4 Semifinalist)
* Players to Watch – LB Jake Blust (6-1, 210, sr.), LB Joe Bolden (6-3, 220, sr.), OL Trae Clark (6-4, 330, sr.), DB Andre Jones (6-2, 195, sr.), LB David Moore (6-0, 180, sr.), RB Chris Davis (5-9, 170, jr.)
* Outlook – Head coach Tom Bolden has posted a 40-6 record in four seasons at Colerain and last year had arguably his most impressive team before. But a disappointing 24-23 loss to St. Xavier derailed the Cardinals state title plans. The bad news is Bolden has to replace a ton of talent. The good news is he’s got a ton coming back. Jones (61 tackles) has committed to Cincinnati and Bolden (considered one of Ohio’s Top 3 LBs) is headed to Michigan. Clark has offers from the likes of Michigan State, Arkansas, Kentucky, N.C. State and West Virginia. Davis (seven TDs) is one of the state’s best junior RBs.
Opener: vs Cocoa (Fla.) *On ESPN
Hilliard Davidson (13-1, State Semifinalist)
* Players to Watch – RB Alex Mickley (5-9, 174, sr.), RB Tyler Talbott (5-9, 163, sr.), OL Jordan Weatherby (6-4, 270, sr.), LB Jake Himmeger (6-0, 205, sr.), DL Dylan Skaggs (5-9, 198, sr.), DL Sam Coles (5-10, 192, sr.), DB Jack Kincade (6-1, 171, sr.), DB Chase Delande (5-10, 164, sr.)
* Outlook – The Wildcats have been the state’s top D-I program the last five years with two state titles and three regional championships. It’s highly likely Davidson makes another solid run. The Wildcats return five starters on defense and three on offense. Mickley (1,538 yards and 29 TDs) is one of Ohio’s top backs and returns after earning first team All-OCC honors. Himmeger was second team OCC. Head coach Brian White (117-32 in 12 years) knows “the target on the Wildcats back only grows bigger.” One concern is the OL where four starters graduated.
Opener: vs Grove City
Huber Heights Wayne (11-4, D-I State Runner-Up)
* Players to Watch – WR Armani Miller (6-0, 175, sr.); Marcus Bonner (6-2, 190, sr.); Toney Peters (6-1, 190, sr.); DL Jonas Mims (6-1, 260, sr.); LB Darien Thornton (5-11, 190, sr.); OL Lovell Peterson (6-4, 280, jr.); QB Javon Harrison (6-1, 190, jr.); DB Jarrod Hardrick (6-0, 180, jr.); OL Cole Newsome (6-3, 260, jr.)
* Outlook – After finishing state runner-up for the second time under his lead, head coach Jay Minton (164-63 in 13 years) said the Warriors goal is easy. “We’re trying to not come in second anymore,” the coach said. Wayne lost in the 1999 state final and followed with a 6-5 record. Overcoming complacency Minton said will be key. A return trip won’t be easy. The Warriors, who play Middletown, Canton McKinley and Trotwood-Madison in the first four games, lost a lot from last year’s team, including superstar QB Braxton Miller (Ohio State). Harrison steps into the QB role and is another young talent. Miller (Toledo commit) is a D-I receiver and Peterson (Illinois offer) and Newsome might be the best 1-2 junior OL tandem in the state. The cupboard is far from bare. “There is not much to say when you come in second place,” Minton said. “We are either going to come at this thing hungry for another shot at it or satisfied with being runners-up. I have faith our guys will be hungry.”
Opener: vs No. 7 Middletown (at Welcome Stadium)
Mentor (7-4, D-I R1 Quarterfinalist)
* Players to Watch – DE Tom Strobel (6-6, 250, sr.), LB Kurt Laseak (6-4, 220, sr.), DL Jack Hanley (6-3, 260, sr.), DL Tyler Koshiol (6-2, 275, sr.), QB Mitchell Trubiski (6-3, 185, jr.), WR Warren Ashton (5-10, n/a, sr.)
* Outlook – Head coach Steve Trivisonno starts his 15th year at Mentor with a club he says is “very good” with “good depth” and “a great front four.” Strobel (Michigan commit) is one of the state’s top prospects and had 23 QB pressures and five sacks last year. Laseak (three INTs, six sacks), Hanely (54 tackles) and Koshiol (45 tackles) lend support to an impressive defensive front. Offensively, Trubiski returns after throwing for 1,250 yards and 14 TDs. Ashton (25 catches) is one of his favorite targets.
Opener: vs Youngstown Ursuline
St. Ignatius (4-6)
* Players to Watch – TE Bake Thomas (6-4, 250, sr.), QB Eric Williams (6-3, 195, sr.), DB Mike Svetina (6-2, 220, sr.), DE Edward Cleveland (6-1, 240, sr.), DB Dan Jones (5-11, 190, sr.), K Tim Shenk (5-7, 160, sr.), OL Zachary Lozar (6-2, 250, sr.)
* Outlook – The Wildcats missed the playoffs for the first time since 1987 last year and for the first time in head coach Chuck Kyle’s tenure (which has produced 10 state titles). Expect St. Ignatius to play in Week 11 again. Williams (Toledo and Eastern Michigan offers) and Blake (Ohio State commit) will lead the offense, while Svetina, Cleveland and Jones anchor the defense. Svetina had 163 tackles (91 solo) and three INTs last year and has committed Miami (Oh).
Opener: vs Detroit (Mich.) Cody
Solon (12-1, D-I R1 Finalist)
* Players to Watch – OL/DL Nathan Hoff (6-1, 285, sr.), WR/DB Tres Barksdale (6-2, 176, sr.), OL Austin Stock (6-3, 262, sr.), LB/RB Nick Davidson (5-8, 185, sr.), DE/TE Michael Dunn (6-1, 197, sr.), DB/WR Darian Hicks (5-10, 165, jr.), OL/DL Vince Hill (6-1, 256, sr.), P/K Alex Knight (5-11, 199, sr.), DB Justin Kresevic (5-9, 170, sr.), DE/OL Ryan Pastor (6-3, 198, jr.), DB/RB Ryan Schwenke (5-11, 175, sr.), WR/DB Cory Stuart (6-0, 160, sr.)
* Outlook – The Comets have been to the playoffs 11 of the last 12 years and expect to make it 12 out of 13 under head coach Jim McQuaide (74-20 in eight years at Solon, 150-82 overall). Solon lost three D-I recruits off last year’s team and must find replacements for graduation hits at RB and LB. The DL, DB and WR spots are strengths. Overall 12 starters return. Hoff is a four-year starter who had 62 tackles and 21 TFL last season. He’ll lead the defense along with Davidson (150 tackles and 24 TFL), Schwenke (88 tackles, 10 TFL, three INTs, three fumble recoveries), Stuart (37 tackles), Hill (eight TFL) and Hicks (six INTs). Knight is a threat in the kicking game (52-of-52 PATs, 11-of-14 FGs). Stuart and Barksdale own big-play potential. Stock is a D-I prospect.
Opener: @ Shaker Heights
Toledo St. John’s (11-2, D-I R2 Finalist)
* Players to Watch – RB/LB Kent Kern (6-1, 220, sr.), K Brandon Smith (6-1, 202, sr.), OL Troy Favorite (6-6, 300, sr.), OL Christopher Costa (6-3, 275, sr.), QB Brogan Roback (6-4, 170, jr.), OL Matt Miller (6-5, 250, jr.)
* Outlook – The Titans returned to the playoffs after a two-year absence last year and are poised for another postseason berth. Smith is one of the state’s better kickers and Kern has committed to Miami (Oh). Favorite, Costa and Miller (Toledo offer) anchor a solid OL. Roback (Bowling Green offer) is one of Ohio’s top junior QB prospects. He completed 119-220 passes last year for 2,179 yards and a school record 25 TDs. Roback also ran for 416 yards and four TDs.
Opener: vs Highland Park (Mich.) Community.
Troy (8-3, D-I R3 Quarterfinalist)
* Players to Watch – DB/RB Marcus Foster (6-0, 195, sr.), RB Isiah Williams (5-9, 170, sr.), QB Cody May (6-3, 190, sr.), LB Chris Blair (6-0, 220, sr.), DL Alec Sears (6-1, 290, sr.), OL Ethan Hargrove (6-3, 290, sr.), DB Seth Predziola (6-1, 190, sr.), LB Zach Butcher (6-0, 210, sr.), WR Ian Dunaway (5-9, 180, sr.), RB/LB Zach Jones (5-9, 170, sr.)
* Outlook – The Trojans and head coach Steve Nolan (194-90 at Troy, 225-97 overall) made the playoffs for the first time since 2004 last year. Anything but a return trip this season would be a disappointment. Troy returns a talented nucleus that includes its QB, leading receiver, top three rushers, top two tacklers and seven All-GWOC performers. Foster has committed to Cincinnati and was the team’s leading rusher last year (870 yards and 13 TDs). He also caught 14 passes for 336 yards and three TDs. Defensively, Foster had three INTs. Williams (755 yards, eight TDs) and Jones (480 yards, six TDs) were second and third in rushing, respectively, while Williams (the leading receiver) added 14 receptions for 231 yards and a TD. Dunaway caught 17 passes for 208 yards and three TDs. May threw for 922 yards and seven TDs. Blair (125 tackles) will lead the defense along with Butcher (109 tackles) and Sears (38 tackles). An early season meeting with Middletown will tell a lot about each team.
Opener: @ Chaminade Julienne