WHAT: Ohio North-South Classic
WHO: 72 of the top HS football players in Ohio
WHERE: Ohio Stadium
WHEN: Friday, April 22 at 4 p.m.
TICKETS: Tickets are $5 and available at the gate on game day.
TV: SportsTime Ohio HD (tape delay)
LIVE BROADCAST: JJHuddle will team with WRSCradio.com to bring you the North-South game live on JJHuddle.com. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
The nation’s longest running high school all-star game and one of the top events of its kind in the country will take place in Ohio Stadium today when the 66th annual Ohio North-South Classic kicks off at 4 p.m.
This is the fourth straight year the game is being played in Ohio Stadium, and the second time it will be played on the eve of the annual Ohio State Spring Game. The Ohio State Marching Band will perform pre-game and halftime shows.
Overall 15 players who have signed to play in college for Big Ten Conference schools and nearly 50 who will continue their careers at major-college football programs will participate.
Here's What We Think
And the runner-up goes to…
Ohio State’s recruiting class is by far the most impressive collectively on the North-South game rosters. Second place however goes to Michigan State. Despite just three players in the game, future Spartans include arguably the best offensive lineman on either side in Finneytown’s Donovan Clark and the game’s best quarterback in Walsh Jesuit’s Connor Cook. Dayton Dunbar defensive back Roger Williamson will start for the South as well. Clark is extremely intriguing. The 6-foot-5, 300 pound left tackle has been drilling against Cincinnati Moeller end Jesse Hayes (Wisconsin) all week and has excelled. Friday he’ll go against Ohio State recruits Steve Miller (Canton McKinley) and Chase Farris (Elyria). Said Clark: “I’ve actually heard they’ve been talking a little trash. I’ll be ready for them.”
Keep an eye on…
Westerville South senior running back Jayshon Jackson. Jackson (5-9, 190) is hands down the best running back in the game and it’s easy to see how he managed crazy numbers (2,583 yards and 23 TDs on 349 carries) for a D-I playoff team last year. On national signing day Jackson signed two letters of intent – one to Kent State (pending a passing ACT score) and another to Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College. As of now Jackson still lists GRCC as his college destination. It’s unlikely he will ever be an option at Ohio State, but Jackson could end up in the Big Ten. He is a small, compact back with plenty of power and agility. Think Maurice Jones-Drew. He also seems to be a character that has character. Academics are his toughest opponent. Remember his name.
Small but explosive…
You don’t have to be the biggest player on the field to make the biggest impression, just ask Cincinnati Colerain senior Tyler Williams. The 5-7, 155 pound senior is headed to Akron and can literally zip. Named by numerous South teammates as the No. 1 player of note, Williams will play wide receiver and possibly some quarterback for the South. This past fall Williams led Colerain to an 11-1 record by rushing for 1,654 yards and accounting for 31 TDs. He’s also a return specialist and should see action immediately when he gets to Akron. Why the Zips? Williams wants to make an impact immediately and Akron should afford him that chance. Two of Williams’ Colerain teammates are also suiting up and both have drawn rave reviews as well. Fullback Trayion Durham (6-2, 240, Kent State) is a load, and defensive back Chris Dukes (5-9, 175, Toledo) has made some jaws drop.
If it’s a close game…give the edge to the South and kicker J.D. Detmer. The Hilliard Davidson senior excels on special teams and showed this week that Toledo got a steal. Detmer repeatedly put kick-offs into the end zone against a stiff headwind and also made all but one field goal attempt. His leg strength is not in question and neither is his toughness or character. Detmer addressed peers as “sir” all week and wore a T-Shirt all practice long Wednesday while temps lingered in the 40s with the wind-chill inside Ohio Stadium. He also stayed active the entire time, never once sitting down over the course of two hours.
Under Armour in Ohio Stadium…
Under Armour is a corporate sponsor of the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association (like JJHuddle.com and Bucknuts.com) and one of their duties is outfitting the teams for the North-South game. This means that Under Armour gets to have its day inside Ohio Stadium, the home of a NIKE school. Friday, the shoes, pants, jerseys and accessories will all be Under Armour.
Prediction? North wins…
In all-star games the defense is usually ahead of the offenses and the North has a stellar defense. Farris and Miller give the North Buckeye bookends and the defensive backfield is led by OSU commit Grant. Ohio State players don’t ensure victories, but the North’s defensive line and backfield are extremely tough. Conversely, the South’s strength looks like it’s going to be Jackson’s running and Williams’ cunning. Keep an eye on Cook and the North’s wide receiving duo of Justin Olack and Devin Smith (both of Massillon Washington). Expect them to hook up for a big play – or two.
Head coach – Dick Angle (Warren Howland). Assistant coaches – Brian Colatruglio (Tiffin Columbian), Ed Miley (Marlington), Bryan Miller (Archbold), Mickey Sikora (Campbell Memorial), Joe Vassalotti (Tallmadge).
No., Player, , Pos., Ht., Wt., High School, College
54 Andrew Bohan, OL, 6-4, 265, Avon Lake, Akron
79 Dylan Brumbaugh, OL, 6-5, 265, Green, Akron
44 Chase Farris, DE, 6-6, 265, Elyria, Ohio State
63 Zach Conlan, OL, 6-1, 290, Youngs. Ursuline, Youngs. State
12 Connor Cook, QB, 6-5, 200, Walsh Jesuit, Michigan State
23 Doran Grant, DB, 6-0, 170, Akron SV-SM, Ohio State
8 Jesse Hernandez, DB, 5-10, 175, Tiffin Columbian, Findlay
15 Dakota Hoffman, DB, 5-10, 165, Marlington, Ashland
11 Chris Humphrey, QB, 6-1, 180, Solon, Kent State
50 Chase Hounshell, OT, 6-5, 260, Mentor Lake Cath., Notre Dame
6 Demond Hymes, RB, 5-10, 190, Warren Harding, Youngs. State
3 Aaron Macer, DB, 6-1, 185, Twinsburg, Ohio U.
56 Nate Manos, OL, 6-4, 285, Marlington, N. Dame Coll.
21 Steve McAninch, LB, 6-2, 220, Tallmadge, Undecided
9 Chris McClearn, P/PK, 5-10, 178, Warren Howland, N. Dame Coll.
90 Brian Mihalik, OL, 6-7, 250, Avon Lake, Boston College
88 Steve Miller, DE, 6-4, 242, Canton McKinley, Ohio State
10 Garrett Morton, QB, 6-3, 190, Archbold, Undecided
37 Mark Murphy, DB, 6-2, 200, Akron SV-SM, Indiana
2 Cheatham Norrils, WR, 6-0, 185, Toledo St. John’s, Toledo
25 Dan O’Brien, WR, 5-11, 180, Warren Howland, Bald.-Wallace
14 Justin Olack, WR, 6-4, 205, Massillon, Toledo
4 Darius Patton, WR, 5-10, 165, Poland Seminary, Pittsburgh
22, Drew Pendergast, RB, 5-7, 170, Minerva, Mount Union,
58 Collin Perchinske, DL, 6-5, 265, Parma Padua, Toledo
66 Adam Redmond, OL, 6-5, 245, Walsh Jesuit, Harvard
5 Trent Rivera, OL, 6-3, 275, Lake. St. Edward, Pennsylvania
55 Cody Reesman, NT, 6-5, 275, Warren Howland, Tiffin
5 Richie Saunders, RB, 5-8, 185, Mentor Lake Cath., Mercyhurst
20 John Sikora, LB, 5-10, 213, Campbell Memorial, Waynesburg U.
9 Devin Smith, WR, 6-3, 185, Massillon, Ohio State
43 Trevor Strickland, DE, 6-6, 245, Clyde, Youngs. State
26 Jacob Supron, DB, 6-0, 180, Mansfield Senior, Brown
89 Nate Terhune, DL, 6-4, 245, Orange, Kent State
45 Trent Toothman, LB, 6-1, 225, Salem, Ball State
7 Devyn Woods, WR, 6-0, 185, Willoughby South, Mercyhurst
Head coach – Jason Krause (Middletown). Assistant coaches – Corey Dye (Washington Court House), Brian Haffele (Columbus Marion-Franklin), Andy Hall (Jackson), Nate Moore (Minster), Jimm Morris (Strasburg).
No., Player, , Pos., Ht., Wt., High School, College
38 Klay Arthur, RB, 6-1, 215, Jackson, Findlay
23 Bryce Cheek, DB, 6-0, 180, Olentangy, Akron
70 Donavon Clark, OL, 6-5, 300, Finneytown, Michigan State
2 Gerald David, LB, 5-11, 225, Hamilton, Undecided
4 J.D. Detmer, PK/P, 5-8, 165, Hilliard Davidson, Toledo
21 Chris Dukes, DB, 5-9, 175, Cinn. Colerain, Toledo
34 Trayion Durham, RB, 6-2, 240, Cinn. Colerain, Kent State
10 Matt Fox, DL, 6-4, 245, Lakota West, Ball State
8 Paul Harris, WR, 5-11, 185, Col. Marion-Franklin Grand Rapids
41 Jesse Hayes, DE, 6-3, 230, Cinn. Moelller, Wisconsin
20 Keith Heitzman, DL, 6-4, 240, Hilliard Davidson, Vanderbilt
71 Alex Huettel, OL, 6-5, 290, Pickerington North, Bowling Green
5 Jayshon Jackson, RB, 5-9, 190, Westerville South, Grand Rapids C.C.
92 Terrion Jackson, DL, 6-4, 250, Hamilton, Grand Rapids
68 Hunter Maynard, DL, 6-2, 290, Cols. Watterson, Bowling Green
25 Max Morrison, WR, 6-1, 170, Kenton, Cincinnati
67 Nathan Nicol, OL, 6-6, 315, Xenia, Undecided
24 Shaquil Petteway, LB, 6-1, 210, Steubenville, West Virginia
14 Kyle Pohl, QB, 6-3, 205, Valley View, Akron
72 Anthony Pruitt, DL, 6-4, 260, Groveport Madison, Kent State
64 William Pruitt, OL, 6-4, 260, Steubenville, Undecided,
17 Brandon Shankweiler, WR, 5-11, 185, Wheelersburg, Ohio U.
33 Zach Shaw, LB, 6-3, 225, Coshocton, Indiana
76 Matt Skura, OL, 6-4, 285, Worth. Kilbourne, Duke
15 Luke Smurthwaite, QB, 6-2, 195, Grove City, Kent State
3 Devante Strickland, DB, 6-2, 220, Col. Marion-Franklin, Kent State
6 Austin Traylor, DE, 6-4, 220, Col. Walnut Ridge, Wisconsin
66 Joe Tull, OL, 6-3, 280, Cinn. Moeller, Princeton
7 Nick VanHoose, DB, 6-1, 175, St. Paris Graham, Northwestern
85 Nick Vannett, TE, 6-6, 240, Westerville Central, Ohio State
51 Austin Vogt, DL, 6-3, 275, Delphos St. John’s, Indianapolis,
32 Brian Warner, WR, 6-0, 215, Ironton, Marshall
1 Tyler Williams, WR, 5-7, 155, Cinn. Colerain, Akron
12 Roger Williamson, DB, 6-1, 190, Dayton Dunbar, Michigan State
78 Jack Woodall, OL, 6-2, 265, Cinn. St. Xavier, Princeton
9 Colton Zahner, WR, 6-2, 190, Dover, Undecided