* Outlook – Lakota West coach Larry Cox is back for
his 13th year with the Firebirds. He welcomes back six starters on
offense and five on defense.
“We never change our expectations,” Cox said. “We have a
good senior class coming back. There are 30-plus seniors. Our main goal is to
win the (Greater Miami Conference) championship. We feel if you win our league,
you’ve got a shot to win a state championship. It is easier to get into the
playoffs than it is to win our league.
“We’ve got a good senior class coming in. We have 30-plus
seniors. It’s a pretty good group.”
Hicks is rated as Ohio’s No. 1 college prospect and as one
of the nation’s top linebackers. He tallied 88 tackles, 15-1/2 tackles-for-loss
and two interceptions as a junior. He is considering offers from Ohio State,
USC, Texas, Alabama, Georgia and Florida.
“The most important thing to Jordan right now is his senior
season,” Cox said. “He said to me, ‘Coach, we want to accomplish things that
have never been done around here.’ The biggest thing about him is the person he
is. Yeah, he’s a great athlete. He’s going to get offers because of his
athleticism. You throw in how committed he is to his academics and being a good
person, now everybody wants him.”
Smith tallied 27 catches and four touchdowns as a junior.
He committed early to Cincinnati, but has reconsidered that verbal.
“He is a big and strong kid,” Cox said of Smith. “He is
built like a college tight end right now.”
Peters threw for 765 yards and 10 touchdowns last year.
“He’s got a strong arm,” Cox said. “He sees everything. He
is a very good athlete and is athletic for a tall kid.”
Lakota West faces Clayton Northmont, Lancaster and
Kettering Fairmont before embarking on GMC play.
“We don’t face Colerain or Middletown and I think they will
both be real good,” Cox said. “We do play Princeton and Sycamore and they should
both be pretty good. Cincinnati Oak Hills and Hamilton should also be pretty
good. Lakota East is our rival and that’s always a tough game for us.”
Aug. 28, vs. Clayton Northmont (Skyline Chili Crosstown
Showdown at Dayton’s Welcome Stadium), 6 p.m.