Ben Mauk coached his brother Maty at Kenton. Could he do the same in College? Is Columbus Hartley the state’s top D-IV football team heading into 2012? Who does Dunbar’s outstanding freshman PG prefer? When will Moeller send another player to Ohio State? All that and more in this edition of the Insider…
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OHIO HIGH SCHOOL INSIDER
Ben Mauk to Missouri too?: Try this one on…could Ben Mauk be joining Maty Mauk at Missouri? One rumor has Ben Mauk making the leap from high school coaching to college and becoming the Tigers quarterbacks coach. I’d applaud the move.
The current Missouri QB coach is David Yost who also owns assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator duties. It’s obvious Yost wanted Maty Mauk – he spent the day after Kenton’s D-IV state final loss in Kenton with the Mauks – but could he want Ben too? Yost is regarded as one of the country’s top QB coaches so it’s hard to imagine he’d give it up but maybe he’s growing tired of too many titles.
Hartley the early football favorite in D-IV?: Columbus Hartley has staged some classic playoff games the past two years en route to a D-IV state championship (2010) and regional final (2011) appearance. Expect the Hawks to make another deep postseason run in 2012.
According to a source this is the most talented Hartley team of the last three. All the pieces are there. The schedule is no doubt difficult.
How deep are the Hawks? Key returnees include:
*2013 TE Jacob Matuska who owns offers from Toledo, Cincinnati, Illinois, North Carolina State, Oklahoma, Syracuse, Michigan, Nebraska, Kentucky, Notre Dame, Northwestern, Indiana and South Florida.
*2013 LB/RB JaWuan Woodley who was the 2011 JJHuddle D-IV Defensive Player of the Year and made the JJHuddle All-Ohio First Team (All-Divisions) at LB. Woodley has on offer from Toledo.
The Sleeper? Junior-to-be ATH Alonzo Saxton. According to our source he’ll have a ton of offers from “the same caliber of schools” as Matuska a year from now. Saxton already holds an offer from Illinois.
Dunbar’s Harris a big Duke fan: Dunbar is 21-0 heading into tonight’s D-II sectional game against Eaton and is ranked No. 14 in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 National Rankings. It’s floor leader is a 5-9 point guard named A.J. Harris who many consider one of the top three freshmen in Ohio. Harris averages 8.4 assists and 8.1 points per game. He holds an offer from Dayton and is also receiving strong interest from Indiana, UCLA, Cincinnati, West Virginia, Xavier, Butler and Washington. When asked who his favorite team to root for was Harris said: “Definitely Duke. I’m a big Duke fan.” Hear that Coach K?
Moeller Extracted: If there is one Ohio high school loaded with Class of 2013 talent it is traditional power Cincinnati Moeller.
Jones appears to have the best chance because he is a speedy but undersized linebacker at 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds (heard “undersized” and “linebacker” and “Moeller” in the same sentence before? See New York Giants, current roster … ). Michigan State, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Michigan are among those to have offered. OSU has been in contact with Jones, but no offer has been issued thus far as Meyer and Co. scour all 50 states for the best and brightest linebackers the country has.
Gall, a 6-foot-5, 295-pound offensive lineman, just added a Florida State offer (Kentucky was his leader prior to the Seminoles getting involved) and might be the best guard prospect in Ohio. The Buckeyes have been in touch. But are they really pining for guards in this recruiting cycle? (Answer: Nope.)
Watkins, a running back, has eight offers – including West Virginia, Boston College and Northwestern – but is to on the outside looking in when it comes to Ohio State.
Last season, Moeller had highly touted wide receiver Monty Madaris, who waited for Ohio State until the 11th hour before selecting Michigan State just before signing day.
We are not suggesting there is a problem between Ohio State and Moeller. And some educated observers of the process tell us they think it will come back around and the Buckeyes might have to tap into the Moeller talent pool. But will it be too late?
“I just don’t know what Ohio State is looking for,” a Moeller source said. “We think we have some of the top prospects in Ohio and they will be headed out of state.”
Obviously, things could change, especially after the summer camp season. But as of now, it appears Moeller will be fortifying programs outside state borders.
Passing Fancy?: Mentor QB Mitch Trubisky has scholarship offers from Ohio State, Cincinnati and Toledo, though the Ohio State staff wants to see him throw in person before they would likely accept his commitment.
Trubisky plans to throw for the Buckeyes sometime this spring, but he plans to throw for others as well. Wisconsin, Penn State, Boston College, Duke and Bowling Green have all indicated they will head to Northeast Ohio to watch Trubisky throw this spring too. Odds are high Trubisky will come away with at least an additional offer or two.
In addition to throwing for the Buckeyes, Trubisky plans to attend an Ohio State spring practice.
Which in-state LBs will be headed to Ohio State?: Urban Meyer signed a very good group of five linebackers in his 2012 recruiting class. But Meyer is looking to sign at least a couple more outstanding linebackers for his 2013 class. One seems likely to be Courtney Love (Youngstown Mooney) who could commit to the Buckeyes in the next couple of weeks. Meyer has also offered Ben Gedeon (Hudson).
Shane Jones (Moeller…see above) is a third Ohio linebacker that is highly rated. Jones has a dozen scholarship offers including Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska and Oklahoma. He attended a Michigan State junior day this past weekend and has been to one at Ohio State. When Jones attended the Buckeyes’ junior day he was told to be patient while the OSU staff continues to do their evaluations.
However, Jones does not appear to have a strong interest in Ohio State at this point. Of course a scholarship offer from the Buckeyes could change Jones’ thinking, but the feeling right now is that it is unlikely Jones will end up at Ohio State.
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