2012 Ohio National Guard JJHuddle Division I Preseason Power Poll


Ohio National Guard JJHuddle HS Football Power Poll

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 the Ohio National Guard has
become the presenting sponsor
of the rankings. Now…who is No. 1?

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 the Ohio National Guard has
become the presenting sponsor
of the rankings.

We will release the remaining Ohio National Guard & JJHuddle Power Polls daily this week. The schedule will be: D-II (Tuesday), D-III (Wednesday), D-IV (Thursday), D-V (Friday) and D-VI (Friday).

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1. Moeller (9-4, Region 4 Finalist)
The Crusaders are celebrating “50 Years of Moeller Football” and would like nothing more than to cap it with a state title in Canton. Moe has the roster to do it too. Head coach John Rodenberg has had some good teams in his four years at Moeller (31-16 record), but this is arguably his best. LB Shane Jones (6-1, 220) is one of the state’s top prospects and is committed to Michigan State. RB Keith Watkins (6-0, 180, sr.), who rushed for 625 yards and nine TDs last year (also had four receiving TDs) holds offers from Cincinnati, Northwestern, Minnesota, Iowa and others. OL Alex Gall (6-4, 295, sr.) committed to Miami (Fla.) in June, picking the Hurricanes over Florida State, Pitt, Kentucky, Cincinnati and others.TE Evan Jansen (6-5, 250, sr.) is headed to Indiana. The leader of the Moeller offense is QB Spencer Icavone (6-1, 210, sr.), a three-year starter who led the Greater Catholic League in passing last year (1,635 yards and 19 TDs). He also ran for seven TDs. Junior DL Chalmer Frueauf (6-3, 230) is a future D-I recruit. Moeller opens its brutal schedule Aug. 26 at 2 p.m. on ESPN against the Gilman School from Baltimore (MD). The Crusaders only play four Ohio teams (St. Xavier, LaSalle, Elder and St. Edward).
Opener: vs Gliman (Baltimore, MD)

2. Cleveland St. Ignatius (13-2, State Champions)
A year after missing the playoffs for the first time since 1987, St. Ignatius rebounded to win the program’s record-setting 11th state championship. For en encore Iggy will attempt to repeat. There are holes to fill but this is Ignatius after all. The Wildcats defensive line is stacked with two D-I prospects in senior DL David Katusha (6-3, 274/Air Force commit) and senior DE Kevin Kavalec (6-3, 240/Boston College commit). Senior RB Tim McVey returns to lead the offense. Junior OL Jimmy Byrne (6-4, 285) is a top 2014 prospect and has offers from Ohio State and Illinois. Head coach Chuck Kyle owns a career record of 290-67-1 since taking over at Ignatius in 1983. He has led the Wildcats to 11 state titles and a 61-12 postseason record.
Opener: vs Youngstown Mooney

3. Colerain (10-2, Region 4 Semifinalist)
The Cardinals won their 12th straight Greater Miami Conference title last year but lost to St. Xavier in the regional semifinals for the second straight season. Head coach Tom Bolden (50-8 in five years) and Colerain are ready for another run – literally. The Cards ground game will again be punishing behind a line anchored by senior OL Dylan Wiesman (6-4, 295). Wiesman is one of Ohio’s top OLs and is committed to Cincinnati. A pair of talented senior RBs – Jackson Sorn (5-11, 195) and Chris Davis (5-9, 170) – will log plenty of carries. Davis, starred as a sophomore, before suffering a knee injury last year (missed final 10 games). Sorn (914 yards, 11 TDs) filled in admirably. Also back is senior QB Alfred Ramsby (offer from Eastern Illinois). Senior DB Dejuan Lang (5-10, 185) is a JJHuddle Top 100 prospect. Colerain doesn’t throw the ball a ton, but junior WR prospect Tre Hudson (6-4, 205) is as good as it gets.
Opener: vs Pickerington Central

4. Mentor (11-2, Region 1 Finalist)
Head coach Steve Trivisonno has had some explosive teams in the past, but the 15-year veteran says this year’s offensive group “could be the best we have ever had.” Senior QB Mitch Trubisky (6-3, 205) is a Top 10 Ohio prospect and has verballed to North Carolina. Last year he threw for 3,845 yards and 41 TDs and ran for 611 yards and 12 TDs. Trubisky has two standout WRs to throw to in juniors Conner Krizancic (58 receptions, 19 TDs) and Brandon Fritts (60 receptions). Mentor added Erie (PA) McDowell to its non-league slate, which also includes St. Ignatius.
Opener: vs Euclid

5. Lakewood St. Edward (8-4, Region 1 Semifinalist)
The Eagles have made the postseason 10 of the last 12 years and should be primed for another November run. On offense St. Ed has a pair of standout senior RBs in Dwayne Aaron (5-7, 170) and Kenneth Butler (5-10, 190). Senior WR Anthony Young (6-1, 171) is a JJHuddle Top 100 prospect with offers from Illinois, Northwestern, Indiana, Cincinnati and others. Directing the offense is second-year starting QB Ryan Fallon (6-1, 185) who returns for his senior season after throwing for 1,350 yards and 14 TDs last year. He also rushed for six scores and 400 yards.  Defensively, the Eagles secondary – led by seniors Domenic Abounader (6-0, 190/state wrestling champion), Soloman Warfield (6-0, 185) and Steven Clark (5-10, 160) – is one of the state’s best. Warfield is a JJHuddle Top 100 prospect who has picked Iowa over Penn State, Michigan State, West Virginia, Illinois, Pitt, Arizona State and others. Senior LB Lavonte Robinson (5-11, 215) holds a Toledo offer. The question marks are the DL & OL.
Opener: vs Glenville

6.  Findlay (9-2, Region 2 Quarterfinalist)
The Trojans must replace eight starters on defense, but their offense will be powerful. QB Paul Cosiano (6-2, 200, sr./2,100 passing yards, 19 TDs) was first team All-Three Rivers Athletic Conference last year and will have a veteran receiving corps to throw to led by senior WRs Austin Niswander (6-1, 190/second team All-TRAC/eight TDs, Toledo recruit), Joe Davidson (6-7, 190/five TDs/second team All-TRAC) and Jim Orwick (6-0, 180/second team All-TRAC/six TDs). Senior LB Devin Dennard (6-0, 185/first team All-TRAC) anchors the defense (105 tackles, six caused fumbles). Said head coach Mark Ritzler: “We snuck up on people last year, but this year we will have a bulls-eye on our back and will have to kick it up a notch if we want to reach the playoffs and go deeper into them.” 
Opener: Vs Cleveland East Tech

7. Solon (10-2, Region 1 Semifinalist)
Solon has been to the playoffs 12 of the last 13 years and has won three straight Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division titles. Head coach Jim McQuaide (84-22 in nine years at Solon) welcomes back several key standouts including top senior prospects QB/WR Drew Barksdale (6-0, 184) and DB/WR Darian Hicks (5-10, 172). Senior RBs Khoury Crenshaw (5-10, 155/599 yards and eight TDs) and George Berry (5-11, 170/347 yards and five TDs) will share carries behind a line that returns three starters (Sandip Janda, 5-11, 254, sr.; Ryan Pastor, 6-3, 215, sr.; and Nick Spitaleri, 6-0, 235, jr.). Defensively, Berry (79 tackles, 17 TFL), Hanna (97 tackles, 18 TFL) and Pastor (18 tackles, five TFL) return. A Week 2 meeting with Glenville lingers. The Comets close with three of their last four (Mentor, Brunswick and Strongsville) on the road.
Opener: vs Shaker Heights

8. Huber Heights Wayne (6-4)
Things are lining up for the Warriors to have a big year. Wayne missed the playoffs last season but returns enough talent to challenge fort a spot in its second state final in three years. QB Javon Harrison (6-2, 190, sr.) threw for 2,144 yards and 21 TDs and ran for 673 yards and 19 TDs last year. He is committed to Cincinnati. OL Lovell Peterson (6-4, 285, sr.; Illinois offer) and OL Cole Newsome (6-3, 290, sr.) form one of Ohio’s best 1-2 OL punches. WR Jesse Bray (6-2, 190, sr.) accounted for six TDs last year as a dual-threat flanker. The Warriors added depth at QB with the addition of super sophomore QB Devin Reed (6-2, 175) who transferred in from rival Centerville in June. Defensively, LB Dorian Hendrix (6-1, 215, jr.; Illinois offer) is one of the state’s top junior prospects, He made 73 tackles last year, including six sacks, and forced three fumbles. DB Jarrod Hardrick (6-1, 195, sr.; 16 tackles, INT) and DB Tyree Kinnel (6-0, 190, so.; 37 tackles, two INTs) anchor the secondary. Sophomore DE Robert Landers is one to watch. The Warriors open with Winton Woods (Skyline Shootout) before taking on Canton McKinley and Trotwood-Madison back-to-back. Wayne has six home games.
Opener: vs Winton Woods (at Welcome Stadium)

9. Pickerington North (8-2)
The Panthers have a loaded roster and appear ready to take the next step. The bad taste of last year’s finish (ninth in computer points) adds motivation. Pick North has three JJHuddle Top 100 players in TE Jake Butt (6-6, 230), OL Chris Huhn (6-6, 275) and DB Godwin Igwebuike (6-0, 190). Butt is committed to Michigan, while Igwebuike has over 20 offers including Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, Michigan State, Northwestern, Pitt, Wake Forest and Boston College. Huhn has offers from several MAC schools and Louisville. Also back is senior LB/FB Warren Stoddard (5-11, 200) who had 68 tackles and 6.5 TFL last year. WR/DB Mason Olszewski (6-2, 175) is back after earning second team All-OCC honors after making 37 tackles, 4.5 TFL and two INTs. 
Opener: @ Columbus St. Charles

10. Middletown (10-2, Region 4 Semifinalist)
The Middies are coming off the most successful three-year run in school
history but must cope with the loss of 10 first team All-GMC players.
Any squad with senior QB Jalin Marshall (6-0, 200) returning, however,
is dangerous. Marshall, one of the country’s top 20 prospects, has
committed to Ohio State and is the reigning GMC Player of the Year. Last
season he ran for 1,859 yards (school single-season record) and 20 TDs
and threw for 782 yards and six TDs. Marshall is already Middletown’s
career rushing leader (3,285 yards). Head Coach Troy Everhart (second
year; won state title at Winton Woods) also welcomes back junior LB Brad
Carr (6-0/222; 97 tackles) and senior OL Kenny Patrick (6-0/190;
All-GMC). Contributions from a strong sophomore class will be key.
Opener: vs Cincinnati St. Xavier

More To Watch (Alphabetical Order)

Brecksville-Broadview Heights (6-4)
The Bees haven’t been to the playoffs in three years but fully expect to get to Week 11 – and beyond – this season. Senior QB Tommy Tupa (6-4, 214) returns to lead the offense. A Miami (Oh) commit, he threw for 1,700 yards and 18 TDs as a sophomore. Last year Tupa suffered a left shoulder injury in Week 2 and played half the season. He threw for 980 yards and eight TDs. Senior TE/DE Mike Tyler (6-5, 220) is also a D-I prospect. Tyler (69 tackles last year) holds offers from Pitt, Minnesota, Syracuse and others.
Opener: @ North Royalton

Centerville (7-4, Region 4 Quarterfinalist)
The Elks and head coach Ron Ullery (93-38 in 12 years) will again rely on a ground-game anchored by lineman Evan Lisle (6-6, 265, sr.) and Patrick Osterhage (6-4, 270, jr.) Lisle is headed to Ohio State. Senior QB Jimmy Brooks (494 yards, nine TDs)) is back, as is senior RB Kyle Wenning (6-0, 210/432 yards, eight TDs). Defensively, Iowa DL commit Brant Gressel (6-2, 279) and Purdue LB recruit Jake Replogle (6-4, 230) anchor the front seven. The Elks own one of Ohio’s better kickers in senior Andrew Gantz (5-9, 169). 
Opener: vs Elder

Dublin Coffman (8-3, Region 3 Quarterfinalist)
Senior QB James Walsh (6-2, 186) is a JJHuddle Top 100 prospect and has committed to Ohio. Last year he accounted for 2,158 total yards (1,837 passing) and 20 TDs. Senior C Tanner Zinni (6-0, 250/second team All-OCC) anchors the OL. Defensively, senior DE Miles McCollum (6-3, 240/first team All-OCC) is back after registering 60 tackles, 14 TFL, six sacks and three caused fumbles. Also back is senior DB Jacob Gilbert (5-9, 180/first team All-OCC/67 tackles and three INTs) and senior LB Ian Flinders (6-0, 205/HM All-OCC/99 tackles). Senior kicker Grant Coffman (5-10, 173/first team All-OCC) is one of Ohio’s best. He made 41-of-42 PATs and 9-of-10 FGs last year.
Opener: @ Dublin Jerome

Gahanna Lincoln (9-3, Region 3 Semifinalist)
The Lions lost three games last year and two were to state runner-up Pickerington Central. Gahanna has high expectations again and returns 19 lettermen. Head coach John Snoad (124-97 career record) begins his fifth season with the Lions (22-20) high on his offensive backfield. QB Alec Tuohy (6-0, 170, sr.) returns after getting hurt in the season opener last year against DeSales. He could be pushed by transfer Marcus Ball (6-3, 210) from Westerville South. Ball, a JJHuddle Top 100 prospect, could be back at South by the time the season begins, but if not he’ll likely look to join the Lions. RB/LB Geoff Helms (6-1, 225, sr.), LB/RB Mitchell Rowell (6-0, 215, sr.) and RB/DL Granyl Smith (6-0, 220, sr.) head an experienced backfield. Defensively, newcomers will have to plug holes on the edges and in the secondary. A deep senior class (25) should help. Scrimmages at St. Edward and against Dublin Coffman are early tests.
Opener: vs Columbus DeSales

Glenville (6-3)
The Tarblooders missed the playoffs last year for just the second time since 1999 and are eager to get back. Head coach Ted Ginn returns another talented roster, but one that lacks a ton of big-time recruits like in year’s past. The headliner is JJHuddle Top 100 prospect Chris Worley (6-3, 185), a DB with offers from Ohio State, Arkansas, West Virginia and others. Other key contributors will be RB Herbert Walker, Jr. (5-7, 172, sr./six TDs) and LB Singleton Grant (6-1, 185, sr.).
Opener: @ St. Edward

Hilliard Davidson (11-1, Region 3 Finalist)
Wildcats have made the playoffs 10 of the last 12 years and own two
state titles since 2006. This year there are question marks. “With only
one returning starter on defense and three on offense, we have many
shoes to fill from last season’s undefeated season,” head coach Brian
White (138-43 in 13 seasons) said. White and the Davidson faithful can
expect big contributions from seniors DL Nick Wright (5-10, 241), RB EJ
Jennings (5-11, 205), ATH Nick Waters (5-8, 170) and OL John Browning
(6-2, 230). New additions to the schedule include Marysville and
Olentangy Liberty. Chief rivals Dublin Coffman, Hilliard Darby and Upper
Arlington also loom.
Opener: @ Grove City

Hudson (10-2, Region 2 Semifinalist)
The Explorers made the postseason for the first time since 2004 last year and second year head coach Ron Wright returns a roster capable of making it again. Defense will be a strength. Senior LB/RB Ben Gedeon (6-3, 225) is one of the state’s top prospects and is committed to Michigan. Last year he had over 100 tackles and ran for over 1,100 yards. Senior DE Adam Coberly (6-3, 190) is a standout lacrosse player and one of the state’s top edge players. WR/DB/KR Leighton Antonio (6-1, 185, sr.), a state-caliber sprinter, returned three kicks for TDs last season. OL/DL Jason Idoine (6-4, 225, sr.)  will anchor the OL. Creating excitement is a new 5,000-seat stadium that will host its first game Aug. 24 (against Kenston). The new Hudson Memorial Stadium was built thanks to $5.5 million of privately raised funds.
Opener: vs Kenston

Massillon Washington (7-3)
The Tigers failed to reach the playoffs for the first time in head coach Jason Hall’s tenure (30-16 in four years at Massillon) last year and aim to get back. Senior QB Kyle Kempt (6-5, 200) is a JJHuddle Top 100 prospect and has committed to Cincinnati, choosing the Bearcats over Mississippi, Tennessee, West Virginia and Indiana. Kempt threw for 1,643 yards and 14 TDs as a sophomore and 1,335 yards and 16 TDs as a junior. Senior DB Gareon Conley (6-1, 170) is a JJHuddle Top 100 prospect as well and has committed to Michigan.
Opener: vs Akron Buchtel

Pickerington Central (11-3, State Runner-Up)
The Tigers rebounded from an 0-2 start last year to reach their second state championship game and first in D-I. Pick Central lost to St. Ignatius. This season the Tigers must replace 12 All-OCC Ohio Division performers. Senior DE Taco Charlton (6-6, 245) is a JJHuddle Top 100 prospect and has committed to Michigan. Also back is senior LB Greg Basalyga (5-11, 215) who had 115 tackles last year. Head coach Jay Sharrett is 94-18 in eight years.
Opener: vs Colerain

St. Xavier (10-4, State Semifinalist)
Head coach Steve Specht has led the Bombers to an impressive record of 82-21 in his eight years. This season X and Specht have a lot of unknowns. The Bombers lost nine All-GCL performers, including six first teamers. Key returners are seniors WR Tery Kilgore (6-2, 180), LB Mark Jacob (6-2, 215), DB Robbie Ries (6-0, 180) and WR Kevin Milligan (5-10, 180). Kilgore is a JJHuddle Top 100 prospect.
Opener: vs Middletown

Toledo St. John’s (7-3)
The Titans have two JJHuddle Top 100 prospects in QB Brogan Roback
(6-4, 185) and OL Matt Miller (6-5, 250). Roback, who’s thrown for 39
TDs the last two years (including a school record 25 as a sophomore),
has offers from Bowling Green, Toledo, Ohio and Miami (Oh). Miller has
committed to Wisoconsin. Senior DB Tony Harper (6-4, 200/second team
All-TRAC) is a D-I prospect as well. Harper made 64 tackles last year
and is committed to Pitt.
Opener: @ Cleveland Heights

Sylvania Southview (9-2, Region 1 Quarterfinalist)
According to head coach Jim Mayzes (144-56 in 18 years and two state finals), the Cougars “return a lot of talent with little experience.” Southview returns five starters on offense and four starters on defense. The offense will rely QB Austin Valdez (6-1, 200, sr.) to distribute the ball to a talented receiving corps. The OL returns three starters. The Defense will be led by LB Tino Vergeils (5-11, 205, sr.). The Cougars, who are going for their sixth straight Northern Lakes League title (record), should challenge for the postseason, where they hope to grab their first D-I win. Southview is a two-time D-II finalist and was the 2008 D-II champion.
Opener: @ Toledo St. Francis

Westerville Central (8-2, Region 3 Quarterfinalist)
Longtime head coach John Magistro (led Bellaire to two state finals) added a feather in his cap last year by leading Westerville Central to its first playoff berth in school history and its first winning season since 2006. For an encore the Warhawks want to win a playoff game. Senior DL/OL John Whitman (6-2, 245) anchors a talented OL that also includes seniors C.J. Naples (5-11, 209), Mohammed Sankoh (6-1, 220) and Justin Winrow (6-5, 300) and junior Nick Richardson (6-5, 285), one of Ohio’s top 2014 prospects. Also back are TE Jeremiah Shaw (6-4, 210, jr.) and FB Jordan Bratton (6-2, 230, jr.). Senior RB/DB Alfred Colson (5-11, 170) will makes plays on both sides of the ball (42 tackles). WC also received a boost when former Upper Arlington QB Jared Drake transferred in. Drake was second team All-OCC at UA last year. New opponents include Hilliard Bradley, Hilliard Darby and Worthington Kilbourne. Said Magistro, who needs four wins to reach 200 for his career: “After accomplishing a few firsts last season, that’s something we want to use as a team builder and make sure it’s not a one time achievement.”
Opener: @ Big Walnut

Westerville South (6-4)
The Wildcats are in limbo with  JJHuddle Top 100 prospect Marcus Ball who transferred to Gahanna Lincoln in the spring. The QB continues to do WS workouts and expects to be back in a WS uniform come August but that’s yet to be seen. If Ball (Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Michigan State offers) isn’t back, expect senior Nick Renzetti (6-4, 175) to step in under center after throwing for 753 yards and seven TDs last year. Senior WR Gary Brown (6-0, 187) is one of Ohio’s best at his position (60 rec., 1,048 yards and 13 TDs last year). Brown also had three INTs as a DB. Senior RB Noah Prentiss (5-8, 200) is also back after earning second team All-OCC Cardinal Division honors last year. Defensively, senior DB Myles Collier (6-0, 185) anchors the secondary after making 125 tackles, 15 TFL and 15 pass break-ups as a junior. Senior LB Jordan Rodriguez (6-3, 225/87 tackles) was second team All-OCC Cardinal Division.
Opener: @ Groveport-Madison

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