N. Can. Hoover RB Erick Howard earns top honor as ONN-Ohio High Player of the Year (Photo by David Dermer)
For the fifth year in a row, Ohio High magazine has selected the Ohio News Network/Ohio High All-Ohio football team.
We have picked a full team on offense and defense and have also selected special award winners for the player of the year and coach of the year. The team was revealed during a broadcast Wednesday night on ONN.
For the fifth year in a row, Ohio High magazine has selected the Ohio News Network/Ohio High All-Ohio football team.
We have picked a full team on offense and defense and have also selected special award winners for the player of the year and coach of the year. The team was revealed during a broadcast Tuesday night on ONN.
There are three repeat first-team performers from the 2007 ONN/Ohio High All-Ohio team. They are Cleveland Glenville offensive lineman Marcus Hall, Newark Licking Valley running back Storm Klein and Youngstown Mooney defensive tackle John Simon.
The team is selected via nominations made by the staff of Ohio High/JJHuddle.com and Bucknuts.com.
Below is a look at the All-Ohio first team and special award winners, followed by the second team and honorable mention picks (all players seniors unless noted).
ONN/Ohio High All-Ohio First Team
QB: Andrew Holland, Cleveland St. Ignatius – Holland (6-2, 200) has completed 167 of 283 passes for 2,817 yards and 28 touchdowns in leading St. Ignatius to the Division I state title. He played little in the second half of several St. Ignatius blowout wins, leading an offense scoring 33 points per game against one of Ohio’s toughest schedules. He threw for 208 yards and three TDs in his team’s state title game win over Cincinnati Elder.
RB: Storm Klein, Newark Licking Valley – Klein (6-2, 230) was the driving force as Licking Valley went 12-2 and reached the Division III state final for the second consecutive year. For the year, he had 1,811 yards and 28 touchdowns on 257 carries (7.0 average). In his storied four-year career, this Ohio State verbal set Central District records with 6,368 yards and 99 touchdowns. He also excelled at linebacker and as a punter.
RB: Erick Howard, junior, North Canton Hoover – Howard (5-10, 210) led the Vikings to a 12-2 mark and their first trip to the state semifinals in more than 20 years before losing to Cleveland St. Ignatius. Howard finished with 2,387 yards on 404 carries (5.9 average) with 31 touchdowns.
WR: Chris Fields, Painesville Harvey – Fields (6-1, 181) followed up a 57-catch performance as a junior by catching 61 passes for 810 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior. He also had a punt return for a score. Fields has committed to Ohio State.
WR: Jerald Robinson, junior, Canton South – Robinson (6-2, 175) was a two-way star for Canton South, which went 8-4 and reached the second round of the Division III playoffs. During the regular season, Robinson caught 25 passes for 584 yards and six touchdowns. He also played safety and made 48 tackles with four interceptions and 15 pass break-ups.
TE: Dan Fox, Cleveland St. Ignatius – Fox (6-4, 220) was a two-way standout at tight end and defensive back for the Division I state champions. The Notre Dame verbal intercepted a pass and blocked a kick in the team’s D-I state championship game win.
OL: Marcus Hall, Cleveland Glenville – Hall (6-6, 305) is considered one of the nation’s top offensive line prospects. He is mulling scholarship offers from Ohio State, Michigan, Illinois, LSU and Miami (Fla.). This road grader helped power Glenville to an 11-1 season and a Division I playoff berth.
OL: Corey Linsley, Youngstown Boardman – Linsley (6-3, 270) is considered one of the Midwest’s top offensive line prospects. He displays above average strength in his work as a lineman for Boardman. He has committed to Ohio State.
OL: Adam Bellamy, Aurora – Bellamy (6-4, 285) helped lead Aurora to a 13-2 record and the Division III state championship. He was a standout on both the offensive and defensive lines for Aurora. He has verbaled to Ohio State.
OL: Jack Mewhort, Toledo St. John’s – Mewhort (6-6, 295) overcame some injury issues to have another fine season at St. John’s. He could project as a center or guard at the college level. He has committed to Ohio State and will play in the Under Armour All-American Game.
OL: Andrew Norwell, junior, Cincinnati Anderson – Norwell (6-7, 275) helped lead Anderson to a 12-3 record and a berth in the Division II state championship game for the second year in a row. Norwell helped pave the way for 1,000-yard rusher Daniel Rod. Anderson averaged 40 points and 282 rushing yards per game.
All-Purpose: Tony Harlamert, Coldwater – Harlamert (6-0, 185) set a state record with 40 straight games with a catch - and he's a running back. This season Harlamert had 32 TDs and nine interceptions. He also had a couple kickoff returns for TDs, including a 99-yard one against Marion Local. Harlamert had two interceptions against the Flyers as well.
DL: Melvin Fellows, Garfield Heights – Fellows (6-5, 235) is considered Ohio’s top prospect in the senior class and will play in the Under Armour All-American Game in January. As a senior, he had 79 tackles, 10 sacks and 11 tackles-for-loss. This Ohio State verbal leaves Garfield Heights with a school-record 51 tackles-for-loss and 24 sacks in his career.
DL: John Simon, Youngstown Mooney – Simon (6-3, 280) is considered one of the Midwest’s top defensive line prospects. He was the anchor on Mooney’s defensive line and helped lead the Cardinals to a 9-3 season and a berth in the second round of the Division IV playoffs. He has committed to Ohio State.
DL: Jamel Turner, junior, Youngstown Ursuline – Turner (6-3, 215) had a breakthrough sophomore year with 23 sacks in 2007. This year, he led Ursuline to a 15-0 mark and the Division V state championship. In the title game, he had 10 tackles and 1-1/2 sacks.
DL: Pat Muldoon, Cincinnati St. Xavier – Muldoon (6-4, 255) had 64 tackles, 30 tackles-for-loss and seven sacks for St. X. Over three years as a starter, Muldoon amassed 29 sacks and nearly 60 tackles-for-loss. He is considering scholarship offers from Virginia, Duke, Wisconsin, Boston College and Cincinnati.
LB: Zach Boren, Pickerington Central – Boren (6-1, 240) tallied 170 tackles and 14 tackles-for-loss on the season for Pickerington Central, which went 13-1 and reached the Division I state semifinals. Boren also led Pickerington Central in touchdowns as a running back on offense.
LB: Scott McVey, junior, Cleveland St. Ignatius – McVey (6-1, 215) was one-man wrecking crew at outside linebacker in St. Ignatius’ Division I state championship game win over Cincinnati Elder. He had eight tackles, including 4-1/2 sacks, and also had an interception. For the year, he had 94 tackles and 35 tackles-for-loss.
LB: Jordan Hicks, junior, West Chester Lakota West – Hicks (6-2, 210) recorded 70 tackles, four sacks and two interceptions for the 6-4 Firebirds. He is being heavily recruited by the nation's top programs including Ohio State, Florida, Texas and Stanford.
DB: Jamie Wood, Pickerington Central – Wood (6-2, 195) had two interceptions and 80 tackles for Pickerington Central. Wood, considered one of the Midwest’s top safety prospects, has committed to Ohio State.
DB: J.T. Turner, Massillon Washington – Turner (6-2, 180) was a two-way standout for Massillon at running back and at defensive back. This Michigan verbal rushed for 1,380 yards and 11 touchdowns on 207 carries on offense. Defensively, he had 29 tackles, three interceptions (two for touchdowns) and a forced fumble for the Tigers, who went 6-5 and qualified for the D-I playoffs.
DB: C.J. Barnett, Clayton Northmont – Barnett (6-1, 187) is regarded as one of the nation’s top prospects at cornerback. This Ohio State verbal excelled in the secondary as Northmont posted a 10-2 record and reached the second round of the Division I playoffs. He had one interception on the season.
DB: Bobby Spence, Rayland Buckeye Local – Spence (5-10, 160) tallied a whopping 11 interceptions for a 7-4 Buckeye Local team that reached the Division III playoffs.
K-P: Tony Miliano, junior, Cincinnati Elder – Miliano (6-1, 170) tallied 73 points during the regular season for Elder, which went 13-2 and reached the Division I state title game. He was 49 of 50 on extra points and 8 of 11 on field goals with a long kick of 47 yards.
ONN/Ohio High Player of the Year
Erick Howard, North Canton Hoover – See above.
ONN/Ohio High Coach of the Year
Scott Bartholomew, Circleville Logan Elm – Bartholomew coached previously at Oak Hill and Williamsport Westfall before taking a year off from coaching. He returned this season at Logan Elm, which was 0-10 in 2007. He helped guide the Braves to a 12-1 mark and a berth in the Division III regional finals.
WR – Joey Parris, Cleveland St. Ignatius; Darwin Cook, East Cleveland Shaw
TE – Brian Wozniak, Loveland
OL – Sam Longo, Bellbrook; Matt James, junior, Cincinnati St. Xavier; John Prior, Portsmouth; Austen Bujnoch, Cincinnati Elder; Tyler Anevski, Cincinnati Elder
DL – Ben Pike, Mentor; Jonathan Newsome, Cleveland Glenville; Cornelius Carradine, Cincinnati Taft; Darryl Baldwin, junior, Solon
LB – Josh Kusan, Columbus DeSales; Adam Homan, Coldwater; Branko Busick, Steubenville; Chris Borland, Kettering Alter
DB – Luke Kuechly, Cincinnati St. Xavier; Mike Edwards, Cleveland Glenville; D.J. Hunter, Middletown; Ricky Steele, Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit
K-P – Mario de la Rosa, Coldwater
Honorable Mention All-Ohio
QB – Mike Miller, Cincinnati Elder; Neal Seaman, Louisville; Spencer Ware, junior, Cincinnati Princeton; Dwight Macon, junior, Steubenville; Aaron Craft, Findlay Liberty-Benton; Micah Hyde, Fostoria; Eric Page, Holland Springfield; Austin Boucher, Kettering Alter; Terrence Owens, Cleveland Glenville; Mitchell Faine, junior, Ada; Zach Toerner, Hamilton Badin; Ryan O’Rourke, Avon; Courtney Avery, junior, Lexington; Alex Gillett, Clyde; Alex Pidcock, Sylvania Southview; Tyler Tucci, Malvern; Tyler Brown, Bascom Hopewell-Loudon; Eric Schwietermann, junior, Norwalk St. Paul
RB – Chris Snook, Medina Highland; Tyler Williams, sophomore, Cincinnati Colerain; Ben Moody, Cortland Lakeview; John Pettigrew, Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy; Seth Millar, Waynesville; Tyler Fortner, Tallmadge; Zac Kreakbaum, Akron Manchester; Mike Hanhauser, Perry
WR – Connor Ryan, Cleveland St. Ignatius; Steve Hull, Cincinnati Sycamore; Josh Jones, Cincinnati Elder; Logan McCormick, Clinton-Massie; John Runk, Cincinnati Anderson; Heath Jackson, Ada; Patrick White, Pickerington Central; Tyrone Williams, junior, East Cleveland Shaw
TE – Alex Smith, junior, West Chester Lakota West; Blake Annen, Upper Arlington; Ted Bolser, Cincinnati Indian Hill; Javon Cornley, Columbus Northland; Dan France, North Royalton; Anthony Talbert, Cincinnati Winton Woods
OL – Jake Brandt, Bexley; Jake Feldmeyer, Centerville; Nate Klatt, Canal Fulton Northwest; Pat McShane, Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit; Hugh Thornton, Oberlin; Clinton Shepard, junior, Eaton
DL – Adam Replogle, Centerville; J.T. Moore, junior, Youngstown Boardman; Derek Bryant, junior, Columbus Brookhaven; Nick Galvin, Cincinnati Moeller; Davon Coleman, Cleveland Glenville; Davon Custis, Columbus DeSales; Dan Sprague, Worthington Kilbourne; Sean McClellan, Cincinnati Moeller; Cody Pettit, Hamler Patrick Henry
LB – Denicos Allen, Hamilton; Will Studlien, Sunbury Big Walnut; Ryan Cheek, Lancaster; Brad Rogers, Toledo Central Catholic; Marcus Vicars, Genoa
DB – Chris Woods, Cincinnati Winton Woods; Armand Dehaney, Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit; Jordan Barbina, Belmont Union Local; Seth White, Bexley; Ethan Kagy, Tiffin Columbian