This morning, as I glanced down the list of Ohio high school players whom have signed the dotted line to play college football, I will miss them in the fall. Some of these recruits I have watched play for three years. Some I know better than others, but I respect them all.
I really do not follow the recruiting of players once they enter the senior year. Always think that my job is to get them to their senior year. Internet recruiting media can “annoy” them after they begin their senior year.
The following are some players who were always interesting to me.
Prince Sammons ( Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy) – Auburn. First time I talked with him, he did not say much. Thought that he had an attitude, but found out that he was not real fluent in English. Huge. Excellent feet. Was just learning the game. Have always thought he would be an excellent left tackle. Everybody wanted him on the DL.
Deshauntae Jones (Colerain) – Iowa State. Played QB in high school, but should move to the slot in college. Fast, but was faster with pads. Threat to score every time he touched the ball. Excellent hips. Typical Colerain QB. Just makes plays. For some reason, I new that he make a play. Short, but quick and fast.
Jataris Grant – (Akron Garfield) – Iowa State. First met Jataris at a basketball game at Akron St V’s. He was a sophomore. Just half listening to him talked, but when I got home and watched video, I was impressed. Does not have great speed or hips, but will get faster/stronger. Good closing speed. Physical. Should be SS type in college. Actually came to my camp. Will be a very good player.
Liam Eichenberg – (St Ignatius) – Notre Dame. Still do not know how good he will be. Liked his footwork as a sophomore. Gained bad weight as a junior and had a leg injury. Disappointed at his play as a junior, but did not realize that he was hurt. Knew he was too heavy. Thought that he played well his senior year. Really physical. Will be a really good player.
Ryan Smith – (Moeller) – Indiana – Began a TE at Moeller. Moved to defense his senior year. A DE first and then moved inside some. Athletic. Big. Strong. Plays with a toughness. Moves well. Once he learns DL tech, he has a chance to be special. Willing to move to defense. I also liked him as an offensive center even better.
Ruben Flowers (Lima Senior) – Pitt. The steal of recruiting. Tremendous athleticism. Excellent vertical. Excellent ball catcher. Needs to keep getting faster and stronger. Listed 6’4-6’5. needs to stay focused and is getting better at that. I like him, but sometimes he makes me tired. But he is a gifted wide receiver(6’4). Could be special.
Noah Davis (St Xavier) – Michigan State. Southwest Ohio seemed to have many TE prospects last fall. Moeller junior – may eventually be the best. Not many talked about Noah Davis, but he is big, strong, and athletic. Needs to add some weight. Good ball catcher. Blocks well. Actually, like his confidence and competitiveness. Could be really good.
Jeremy Larkin (LaSalle) – Northwestern. Too small. Too short. No speed. Two state championships and no one could stop him. Granted 5’9, but has vision and quickness. Tough to tackle. Great kid, with super attitude. No could stop him. Will make plays at Northwestern. Not the big RB that many seem to have to have. No catches him. Really good prospect.
Chawntez Moss (Bedford) – Pitt. Watched him as a sophomore and liked him. Just getting to run some. Injured some his junior year. Tough. Durable. A north/south runner with a good burst. I like him more on defense. A strong safety type. Nasty at times. Just did not like his RB skills.
Zach Sandwisch (Toledo Central Catholic) – West Virginia. Zach and I have a long history. Back toi his freshman year. Tremendous respect for what he has done. LB – guessin 6-3-230. Runs well. Physical player. So much talent as a 9th grader, but he kept working to get better. All kinds of potential to use. Excellent closing speed off the edge. Good prospect.
Malik Harrison (Walnut Ridge) – Ohio State. In the game I saw him play as a junior, he just took over. Played QB, some WR, some RB, some FS, and some OLB. Big athletic frame. Big. Works hard. So athletic. Wants to play WR at Ohio State. We’ll see. Maybe a defender. Not sure OSU was the best for him, but time will tell. Admire his ability.
Terrance Landers (Dunbar) – Purdue. Rough as an unmade bed. 6’4 -wide receiver. Needs to keep working hard. Have always liked his ability, but necessarily his attitude. Did not see him play last fall. Catching skills are really good. Always thought that once he “got it” he would be fine. Athletic and can run. Please stay focused. Potential.
Dalton Hicks (Delphos Jefferson) – Kent State. Where in the world is Delphos Jefferson? Not the fastest. Not the best at changing direction. Maybe not the most athletic. But a football player. Tough football player. Guessin 6’1-225. Physical. Impressed me at my football combine. Will bring a toughness to the Flashes. Really glad that he is getting a chance. Looking forward to seeing him play.
Thomas MacVitte – (Moeller) – Pitt. First time I saw him as a sophomore – so mechanical, so mechanical, and so mechanical that I underrated him. Being 6’4 and 4.6(maybe faster), recruiters started thinking WR. Athletic. The he worked with Tony Pike. Mechanics good. Saw him last Feb in Indianapolis and told him stay at QB. “Do not listen to the WR chatter.” Granted he was “zoned-in,” but his performance against St Ignatius last fall was the best QB play of the season for me. A QB, but could be WR(not yet).
Of course, I respect and like all of the Ohio recruits whom signed D-1 scholarships yesterday. The above mentioned are just a few I saw something in that may be others did not. Please do not make me “message board” material.
Most of all, I did not list a name, do not contact me.
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