Ohio HS Insider: Big MAC QBs, Hoke vs Meyer, Dead Silence, Earle Bruce and Fear the Turtle


JJHuddle’s Ohio HS Insider

Now that football season has officially wrapped and we’ve had some time to catch our breath, we return with our weekly installment of the Ohio HS Insider. Enjoy…



The MAC’s QB Bumper Crop: College recruiters looking to save some gas and snag a quality quarterback better head down State Route 119. In a 15-mile stretch that includes Minster, Marion Local and St. Henry there are three dandies. Take a right on 118 and go another four miles and there’s another stud in Coldwater.

The Midwest Athletic Conference has turned out its share of Division I QBs (St. Henry’s Bobby Hoying and Todd Boeckman and Coldwater’s Keith Wenning) but this year there are a couple more that could make the jump.

Minster junior Adam Niemeyer (6-3, 185) was invited to and attended games at Ohio State, Michigan State, Purdue, Bowling Green and Miami (OH) last year. He was also invited to Notre Dame but didn’t go. Indiana, Kent State and Bowling Green have stopped by the school.

St. Henry senior Kyle Stahl, a 6-5, 215 gunslinger, may have “the strongest arm in the state” according to one source. He’s been on recruiting radars for sometime. Stahl is arguably the state’s No. 1 pure drop back QB prospect.

Coldwater junior Austin Bruns (6-4, 207) recently attended Indiana’s junior day and has plans to attend Illinois junior day as well. Bruns has camped at Nebraska and has been told he’ll receive an invite to the ESPN Elite 11 regional competition in the spring. There he’ll compete for a spot in the national event.

The sleeper could be Marion Local’s Adam Bertke who is just a sophomore. Bertke however is 6-4, 180 and just led the Flyers to the Division VI state championship. Head coach Tim Goodwin called Bertke a D-I prospect before he’d even started a varsity game.

As one source said: “That’s a lot of bang for your buck for anyone looking to sign a QB.”

We should throw in that Versailles sophomore Nick Campbell (6-0, 163) will be back as well. All he did was earn first team All-MAC honors last year.

Definite Difference between Urban Meyer and Brady Hoke: We
heard Brady Hoke and Urban Meyer speak back-to-back in a span of 12
hours at the OHSFCA Coaches Clinic. Our thoughts? The two have very
different demeanors – as in drastic.

Hoke will keep you interested and is passionate. But he also leans on
his “aw-shucks” perception. He tries to play to the common man by being
one himself.

Meyer on the other hand is more in your face and straight forward. He
expects and demands results and excellence and you walk away knowing
this. You walk away “on edge.”

When asked to sum up Meyer’s performance, once source said “that’s recruiting.”

Also, think about this…Hoke said he doesn’t use email, Twitter or
Facebook. Meyer said Ohio State is going to develop a weekly email it’s
going to send to all Ohio HS coaches.

Win OSU.

Earle Bruce covets…: Being the only coach to have an undefeated career record at Massillon. Addressing the audience at the OHSFCA Coaches Awards Banquet, Bruce said the fact that his teams went 20-0
at Massillon in 1964 and 1965 was one of his crowning achievements.
What made the undefeated streak even better was the fact that Massillon trailed or was tied in the fourth quarter in 14 of those games.

Dead Silence: What kind of reception would you expect an official to receive at a banquet full of football coaches? Exactly – and that’s what happened.

Henry Zaborniak Jr., an OHSAA assistant commissioner and the overseer of the state’s officials presented Sycamore Mohawk’s Erik Baker with the OHSAA’s Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Award at the OHSFCA Coaches Awards Banquet.

Zaborniak is a Big Ten official, serves on the NFHS Football Rules Committee and the Officials Advisory Committee, presents at officiating conferences throughout the country and is currently serving two years on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Sports Officials. He knows his stuff.

He also didn’t get a single applause when introduced. His opening joke didn’t draw laughter either.

Nothing against Zaborniak, he’s one of the best there is in his profession. Just seemed to be a subtle stance – and expected one – from a room full of coaches.

Spring Football Update: While addressing HS coaches Friday morning, Meyer expressed his interest in getting spring football in Ohio. The coach said he would do “anything he could” to progress the situation and land programs 10 extra days of spring instruction.

Expect this issue to continue to linger. And it’s one we fully support.

Fear the Turtle: If you ever meet Urban Meyer, tell him you want to hear the “Turtle” story. Just ask him. It’s worth it.


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