Breakdown: Ohio Defensive Ends & Tackles

As we get another step closer to the Bearcat Insider Super 50, we breakdown Ohio's top defensive ends and tackles.


Alex Stewart – Columbus DeSales

Jeremy: Great lateral movement and has the ability to find the ball. Has five offers from a host of MAC schools and Indiana. Nice size that will also allow him to grow into a three technique player in college.

Dave: Player that hasn't seen much press over the past year. Has skills to excel in the MAC and seems to be climbing the charts. Comes from program that plays tough schedule and that will help him at the next level. But like many players at this position lacks the big time height looked for by the bigger programs.

Martin Channels - Xenia

Jeremy: The ultimate one gap fire plug can be very difficult to block, but also keeps himself in poor condition. Could be one of the top defensive tackles in the nation if he had a better work ethic. Given his current level on conditioning he has only garnered some of the smaller offers because so many schools see the potential and are willing to take the chance that he will work once he gets on campus.

Dave: I've watched Martin during his whole high school career. A player who can plug gaps with the best of them, Channels is seeing the same talk that Cincinnati Colerain's Terrill Bryd saw last season. Is he tall enough? Just like Bryd, Martin is a player and will do well at the next level.

Antonio Reed – Warren G. Harding

Very similar to Channels, not as big an upside in my opinion. But has the tools to be a heck on a defensive tackle in college. Also has the pedigree as his cousin, Anthony Hoke, plays for the University of Cincinnati currently.

Dave: Is Antonio is anything like his cousin then college coaches need to get this kids signature. Reed is field tested in a program that keeps producing talent year-in/year-out. Is undersized but will make someone a very good player.

Chris Harrison – Youngstown Liberty

Jeremy: Another player who has a chance to be a great player. Plays both ways but will wind up on the defensive side of the ball according to his coach. Holds several MAC offers along with Cincinnati.

Dave: Player who has the size you want for a defensive tackle. But while he's got that size no majors have knocked on his door. Chris is very athletic but still has a lot to learn about playing at the next level. Don't be surprised if a program looks to make him into an offensive lineman.


Robert Rose – Cleveland Glenville

Jeremy: The top prospects, size, speed, and athleticism are what make Rose a special player. He is very low key as a person though so his play surprises you a bit.

Dave: If you look for a player to build around Robert Rose is that type of player. Very athletic with a good motor, Rose is a major player in Ohio and the nation. Biggest advantage to his game is the ability to get on the hip of offensive linemen very fast.

Kalen Wade – Cincinnati Withrow

Jeremy: One of two Notre Dame commits on the defensive line from Ohio. Needs a lot of work, but will be heck of a player in South Bend. Will be a good pass rusher at the next level.

Dave: Coach Gamble has always spoken so high of Kalen and when you watch his film you see why. Notre Dame wasted little time and the pass rushing specialist wasted little in accepting.

John Ryan – Cleveland St. Ignatius

Jeremy: Big bodied run stuffer who will anchor a line and be a top player for the Domers. Great arm reach and uses leverage well.

Dave: Another Notre Dame verbal who will help return the Irish back into the power from days past. Look for him to play with his hand down at the next level and excel. You know he's going to be tough and smart coming out of the Ignatius program. Needs to work on disengaging from offensive linemen.

Antonio James – Massillon Washington

Jeremy: The Illinois commit has nice size and plays low has a tendency to play soft and get driven off the ball. Also has a tough time getting off blocks at times.

Dave: A player I felt could have gone bigger than Illinois. Has size to compete the day he arrives on campus, James is another player who could grow into a down lineman. While he's a defensive end in high school, I don't see him with enough skills to come off the end and make plays.

Reilly Lauer – Cleveland St. Ignatius

Jeremy: Very similar to Kalen Wade, needs to grow into his body and his position. Not as athletic as Wade but will turn a lot of heads in his first year of full time play for perennial football power Cleveland St. Ignatius.

Dave: Another player out of Ignatius that you know will be tough and smart. Not the player Ryan is but one who will play at the next level and do very well. More of a MAC player who will grow into a solid dependable player.

Lamar Mapp – Springfield South

Jeremy: Long arms, and athletic, describe Mapp, academic question marks have plagued him all off-season. Mapp is on track to qualify, but will need his whole senior season to complete the task. One of the most impressive athletes in Ohio, it will be a major coup to whoever lands this diamond in the rough.

Dave: Another player I've watched during his high school career. Very underrated player with great upside and skills you want for the next level. Has the body style needed to excel and be a difference maker.

Alex Albright – Cincinnati St. Xavier

Jeremy: The Boston College commit will be making the transition from high school linebacker to college defensive end. Was a part time player for Cincinnati St. Xavier last season who boasts several division prospects every year, from the talent rich Cincinnati Ohio. Athleticism that will be a great combination defensive end for B.C.

Dave: Watched Alex during preseason of his junior year and during a regular season game last season. Plays for a school not much different than a college with the numbers on their roster. Waited his turn and was able to show his talents when needed. I look forward to watching him in week one of the high school season.


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