This week: Mauk to Mizzou no bologna; Trotwood-Madison getting a transfer; Hoke Causing Reason for Concern?; Which uncommitted 2013 player has the most offers in Ohio?; Wrestling Attendance Continues to Dip; And more…
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OHIO HIGH SCHOOL INSIDER
Mauk to Mizzou no bologna: Last week we mentioned Kenton grad and former Mr. Football winner Ben Mauk might be following his brother Maty to Missouri and become the Tigers QB Coach. Turns out what we said held merit. Turns out as well, that Mauk isn’t going. This week Mauk did confirm to a source that he’s been offered the job as Mizzou’s QB Coach and was weighing his options. He was leaning towards staying put in Kenton because he really loves his job and role in the community.
Mauk told us Tuesday he has in fact decided to stay put. Mauk will remain at Kenton next year and continue to man a spot on the coaching staff. He hasn’t ruled out college coaching but he has ruled it out for now.
Trotwood-Madison getting a DL transfer: Last year Trotwood-Madison won its first state title (Division II) thanks in part to a standout defense. This year, with eight starters back on that unit including highly touted DB Cameron Burrows (Ohio State commit) and LB Michael McCray (Michigan commit), the Rams are poised to defend their title and make a case as the state’s best team regardless of division. Turns out that Trotwood “D” might get even stronger. Rams head coach Maurice Douglass has caught a lot of flack through the years for a rash of high-profile transfers. Looks like the Rams are getting another. A source told us that Douglass expects to land a big-time transfer on the DL soon. No names were given. Stay tuned.
Hoke Causing Reason for Concern?: Before Ohio State offered Hudson linebacker Ben Gedeon, it was reported he was a strong Michigan lean.
Despite the Buckeyes offer, we continue to hear the same. We also hear Gedeon has a particular fan in Luke Fickell, so losing him to Michigan will sting. Not that it will last long. Ohio State will move on in the search for linebackers and on a national scale. But even with Urban Meyer at the helm, it is starting to become even more clear how great a hire Rich Rod was for Buckeyes fans.
And we hear there is at least some degree of concern in the WHAC (Woody Hayes Athletic Center) about home-state recruiting. The OSU strategy was a simple one. Go after the best of the best and work back towards home. The thinking was some good players would be there to fall back on. Some of the in-state verbals given out recently did not raise an eyebrow. Several others did. The OSU staff wanted (and expected) to have time to review the national kids, but…
It was taken for granted some Ohio players would want to show at camp this summer. Trotwood’s McCray, Pickerington North’s Jake Butt (Michigan), Mooney’s Marcus McWilson (Nebraska), Marion-Franklin’s Jaron Dukes (Michigan) and Avon’s Ross Douglas (Penn State) were players the OSU staff would have liked the opportunity to get a better look at this summer. It would have given them time to get a better feel for the national players. That luxury is now gone so it will be interesting to see how OSU reacts.
Which uncommitted 2013 player has the most offers in Ohio?: We wanted to know. So we scanned ScoutingOhio.com and here are the Top Nine (and some of their notable suitors)…
1. Donovan Munger, OL, Shaker Heights: 16 offers (Notre Dame, Georgia, Auburn)
2. Ben Gedeon, LB, Hudson: 13 offers (Ohio State, Michigan, Stanford, Michigan State)
3. Malik Zaire, QB, Alter: 12 offers (Ohio State, Alabama, Wisconsin, Notre Dame)
Godwin Igwebuike, DB, Pickerington North: 12 offers (Wisconsin, Northwestern)
Shane Jones, LB, Moeller: 12 offers (Oklahoma, Michigan, Nebraska, Penn State)
6. Rob Wheelwright, WR, Walnut Ridge: 11 offers (Michigan, Wisconsin, Nebraska)
Shelton Gibson, WR, Cleveland Heights: 11 offers (Ohio State, Auburn, Vanderbilt)
8. Tracy Sprinkle, DL, Elyria: 10 offers (Arkansas, Michigan State, Penn State)
Reon Dawson, DB, Trotwood-Madison: 10 offers (Penn State, West Virginia, Purdue)
Wrestling Attendance Continues to Dip: Despite the sport’s popularity in Ohio, attendance at the state wrestling meet continues to drop. The finals and overall attendance for the state tournament continued a recent trend and again were the lowest since the event moved from Wright State’s Nutter Center to Ohio State’s Schottenstein Center in 1999. For the first time ever during the event’s run at the Schott, a crowd of less then 14,000 (13,520) witnessed Saturday’s finals session, while the five-session total was under 60,000 (59,446) for the first time. Last year 14,121 witnessed Saturday’s finals, and the five-session total was 61,856. In 2010 the numbers were 14,886 and 64,617, respectively.
The largest five-session total ever is 75,582 in 2003.
Of note: Regardless of its recent decline, the state wrestling championship (Session 5) remains the single highest attended OHSAA state championship event in Ohio, eclipsing finals in both football and basketball. However, now that the wrestling final has fallen under 14,000, potential match-ups in the boys basketball tournament, especially in D-IV, will challenge that mark.
Lights Please: At the state wrestling meet the OHSAA decided to make some un-announced changes to how the final matches would be conducted. One change – holding the wrestlers in the tunnel and introducing them individually before each final – was great. Changing the lighting and using spotlights to focus on each championship mat wasn’t. For the first few weights the OHSAA lit up each mat like a boxing ring. After that the crowd lit up the Schott. Voting like a mob at the Coliseum, the crowd chanted “Lights” until the OHSAA obliged.