Ohio HS Insider: 2013’s top position, OSU QB battle, Michigan not making a move & More…


JJHuddle’s Ohio HS Insider

Last year Ohio had a deep and talented defensive line class. This year
early returns show another position may be the state’s best in 2013. Which is it? Also, is the door closing on an OSU offer already?; Does Dayton Dunbar have another NBA prospect?; Urban Meyer made his players eat what?…that and more inside.

Another week, another Insider. Enjoy…


Ohio’s QB Corps strong as ever: Last year Ohio had a deep and talented defensive line class. This year early returns show quarterback may be the state’s top position in 2013.

Middletown’s Jalin Marshall has already committed to Ohio State, while both Alter’s Malik Zaire and Mentor’s Mitch Trubisky hold OSU offers. Zaire also has offers from Wisconsin, Northwestern, Cincinnati, Boston College, Indiana, Nebraska, Pitt and Illinois. Trubisky has an additional offer from Toledo.

In addition to those three, Toledo St. John’s junior Brogan Roback has offers from Bowling Green and Toledo and has visited Ohio State, Illinois and Iowa. He has scheduled visits to Michigan State and Cincinnati.

Kent Roosevelt’s Tra’Von Chapman owns offers from Northwestern, Illinois, Arizona and Kent State.


-Massillon’s Kyle Kempt has offers from Toledo, West Virginia and Bowling Green.

-Fenwick’s Ricky Davis has offers from Bowling Green and Akron.

-Westerville South’s Marcus Ball has been offered by Toledo.

Some additional 2013 QBs on D-I radars include: Nathan Strock (Tri-Valley), Tommy Tupa (Brecksville Broadview Heights), James Walsh (Dublin Coffman), Javon Harrison (Wayne), Kyle Stahl (St Henry) and Austin Bruns (Coldwater).

OSU door closing for Zaire?: Ohio State quarterback chatter went up a few decibels this weekend when Trubisky was offered by Meyer and Co.

One connected source we talked to asked if this meant the writing is on the wall for Alter’s Zaire. And is it another sign of the changes taking place at Ohio State?

Our source says Team Meyer “wants players who want to be Buckeyes. The days of stringing OSU along and using the interest to parlay into other offers is over.”

Zaire was offered by the Tressel regime and was the No. 1 quarterback on the board for that group. Loyalty towards Zaire now could be limited.

Zaire has a tough decision. With Braxton Miller and Cardale Jones already in the fold, the Buckeyes are expected to take only one quarterback in the class. If another quarterback commits any time soon, Zaire could be left in the cold.

Our source said he believes the thinking is Zaire has had the Buckeyes offer for long enough. If he holds his ground for much longer, said offer may no longer be there.

Roback a Michigan fan, but not prospect: Roback is set to visit Michigan State for the sixth time later this month during MSU’s junior day. And while there is plenty of interest in the Spartans, there has been a lot of talk regarding his University of Michigan ties. The junior grew up a Wolverines fan and attended nearly every home game at Michigan Stadium since the age of five. Despite his early allegiance, there hasn’t been a whole lot of discussion regarding a potential offer from Ann Arbor.

“I know that they got (2013 quarterback commit) Shane Morris going there so I don’t know if they want to add another quarterback or not,” Roback said. “It’s a great place, but as of right now I haven’t got much from them.”

Things can change rapidly in recruiting, but with Morris already in the fold Roback’s childhood favorite may not play a large role in his recruiting process.

Michigan State likes Taco: Pickerington Central junior outside linebacker Taco Charlton has been in touch with Michigan State and will be the next Ohio prospect to receive a Spartans offer. There is one waiting for him once he visits East Lansing. The 6-foot-6, 245-pound Charlton has over a dozen offers already, including Michigan, Notre Dame, Iowa and Nebraska.

Familiar Face: Scratch one open job off the board. Minster has hired former New Bremen head coach Rob Messick as its offensive coordinator. Consider this one a coup.

Minster didn’t have a teaching job open and didn’t expect to get a former head coach – especially one from the MAC – to fill the vacancy. But it did.

Messick resigned from New Bremen in December after compiling a 12-38 record in five seasons. Messick’s best year with NB was 5-5 in 2009. This past year the Cardinals went 0-10 against a schedule that included seven playoff teams and Anna. NB scored 21 on both Coldwater and Delphos St. John’s and lost two games by a point. 

Dunbar grad to Memphis, not Kansas: Dayton Dunbar boys basketball head coach Peter Pullen broke the news to us last week on the JJHuddle Podcast that former Dunbar star Geron Johnson had committed to Memphis. That breaking news was reason for celebration.

Lately some athletes with special talent have thrown it away (see Erick Howard and Akise Teague). Johnson, however, has a chance to be a success story.

One of the country’s best players when he led Dunbar to the Division II state title as a senior in 2010, Johnson didn’t qualify academically for a scholarship and took the junior college route. Plagued by a shady past – he missed his sophomore season due to academics and missed the postseason as a junior due to an attempted burglary charge – Johnson ran into trouble at his first junior college as well.  He was kicked out of Chipola CC (Fla.) after being sentenced to six months for violating terms of a diversion program (marijuana possession). He served about six weeks.

Johnson ended up at Garden City and has been straight ever since. Johnson, who is averaging 19 points, six rebounds and four assists for Garden City, also had offers from Kansas, Pitt and Nebraska.

Said one insider: “I really hope he’s turned a corner, because he has NBA ability.”

Right now the Wolverines have two current NBA players in Daequan Cook (Oklahoma City) and Norris Cole (Miami Heat). 

Urban Legend: According to a longtime Urban Meyer acquaintance one of his favorite stories about the current Buckeyes coach was when Meyer was in Utah.

As the Utes head coach, Meyer made all the players sign a code of conduct. At the end of the year he took the entire team to a nice restaurant in Salt Lake City. Meyer called ahead of time and asked what the most expensive meal on the menu was. Turns out it was a 20 oz. steak. He also asked what the cheapest meal they had was.

When the team arrived at the restaurant, those that abided by the code of conduct were treated to the huge steak and all the trimmings. Those who failed to follow the code were led out back where Meyer had picnic tables prearranged. Their dinner? Cold hamburgers that Meyer purposely told the staff to cook three hours ahead of time. There were no condiments. Just rock hard cold burgers. To drink? Water. No ice.


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