Really need defensive players who can run and change direction. Better yet- they must play hard and make plays. Some of the defensive players that I have can change positions. Most can play another position.
Defensive End : Rashod Berry - Lorain HS – Thought that Rashod was just okay as a sophomore. Saw him this fall and a different player. Listed 6’4-225 good speed coming off the edge. Changes direction okay. Finishes plays. Like his balance. Ohio State
Defensive End : Justice Alexander – Nordonia HS – Really good frame to add weight. Fast off the edge. Stays on feet. Pass rusher. Changes direction well. Quickness. Gets thru stuff to make plays. Michigan State
Defensive Tackle – Davon Hamilton – Pickerington Central HS – Tremendous improvement in off season. Excellent quickness. Plays pad under pad. Physical player who disrupts. Undecided
Defensive Tackle – Elijah Taylor – Moeller HS – Solid 6’2-280 and explosive. Pad under pad guy. Strong. Gets off blocks and makes plays. Run stopper. Solid pass rusher. Motor runs. Just scratching surface. Notre Dame
Defensive Tackle/D end – Jordan Thompson – LaSalle HS. Need Jordan because he can play either on the edge or on the inside. Extremely quick. Excellent explosion. Physical, but so quick. Needs to add weight. Watched him since 9th grade. Fast off edge. Northwestern
Outside Linebacker – Justin Hilliard – St Xavier HS. Runs well. Good open field tackler. Physical. Hips to get into coverage. Pad under pad player. Finishes. Natural leader. Plays with emotion. Ohio State
Outside Linebacker – Jerome Baker – Benedictine HS. Excellent athlete. Runs well. Finishes. Make plays. Excellent speed on blitz. Could run ball occasionally. Intense. Motor more than a spark plug this past fall. Ohio State
Middle Linebacker – Chris Green – Toledo Central Catholic HS. Ineligible due to age limits. Listed 6’1-220. Believe that he is one of the most physical prospects out there. Junior year- Runs downhill. Finds the ball. Finishes. Pad under pad tackler. Emotional leader. Toledo
Corner Back – Denzel Ward – Nordonia – Fast. Excellent hips. Excellent vertical. Recovers well. CB swagger. Solid 5’10 corner, but plays bigger. Speed and recovery speed are good. Ohio State
Corner Back – Nick Coleman – Alter HS – Like his size. Fast-fast. Recovers well. Really good run stopper. Good hips, but need to get better. Like his CB confidence. Good balance. Also play zone. Also played RB in high school, but can develop into a corner. Notre Dame
Strong Safety -Andrew Dowell – Lakewood St Edward HS. Continues to get and better. 6’1-200. Physical player. Can man up and inside guy. Runs down hill well. Good open field tackler. One inside DB has to be able to play in box and he can. Kentucky
Free Safety – Tyree Kinnel – Wayne HS . Some like him as a corner, but I like him at free safety. Smart. Needs to improve top speed, but should. Tough on run support. Back-pedals well. Change direction. Like his confidence and toughness. Understands pass schemes. Michigan
Athlete : Brody Hoying – Coldwater HS. I have watched Brody for four years and there is just something I like about him. Not fast – fast. Not really big. 5’10-180. Closes well. Play either side of ball. Gray shirt status. Work at free safety. Eastern Michigan
Punt/Kickoff Return : Dante’ Redwood – Midview HS. Did not see him play this , except on video. Really liked the way he returned punts/kickoffs last year. Good burst. Good balance. Stays on feet. Can plant and go.
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