Scouting: Massillon vs St. Edward

Two of Ohio's top programs squared off Tuesday in the first day of live scrimmage action in Ohio. Lakewood St. Edward traveled to Massillon, and both teams featured several top prospects. Who stood out for each squad?

Massillon looks to take the next step this season with a deep playoff run, and expectations are high for Jason Hall's Tigers.

Junior offensive linemen Chase Lash and Nathaniel Devers were both impressive Tuesday, and both will be playing at the next level. Devers also starred at defensive tackle, and the two-way lineman is a top 2014 prospect in Ohio. Very similar to Billy Price at the same stage of development.

Senior quarterback Kyle Kempt (Cincinnati commit) is poised to have a great season in the Tigers new spread attack. His arm strength is far better, and his supporting cast is also much improved. Massillon will put plenty of points on the board in 2012.

Gareon Conley (Michigan commit) had opportunities to make big plays offensively, and just missed connecting with Kempt on several long throws. Defensively, Conley had great success locking up multiple offer wide receiver Anthony Young. Conley will play cornerback for the Wolverines, and could be ready to play early.

Kentrell Taylor looked aggressive and quick from both his runningback and linebacker spots. With four offers to his credit, Taylor will be counted upon heavily on both sides of the ball.

Junior Marcus Whitfield shined at both wide receiver and safety, and is a top 2014 prospect in Ohio. He closed well against the run from his safety spot, and caught a long touchdown pass from Kempt. One to watch.

St. Edward is two years removed from a state championship, and will put a very young team on the field this season under excellent head coach Rick Finotti.

Sophomore Shaun Crawford is already a track legend in Ohio, and his speed is well-known. Crawford showed Tuesday he is also a fine football prospect as a slot receiver. He caught everything thrown his way and had the ability to make people miss. One to watch for 2015.

Senior safety Dom Abounader was not a player I was too familiar with, but he showed range in the secondary and was a big hitter on receivers crossing the middle of the field. No offers to date, but this wrestler has a chance to play Division-I football somewhere.

Sophomore quarterback Kyle Shurmur (son of the Cleveland Browns head coach) will probably not be the starter this season, but should be on the field in certain packages. He is tall and features a live arm. Shurmur has improved greatly since we saw him last February at the Raw Talent Sports, and he has a chance to be a top 2015 prospect in Ohio. Definitely one to keep an eye on.

Senior linebacker Lavonte Robinson is a seek-and-destroy type of run-stopper in the middle. He holds four offers and controls the middle of the defense for St. Eds.

Sophomore wide receiver David Dowell caught our eye as an athlete with a lot of talent and potential. He has size and is a glider running pass routes, with good hands. Will be a player to track going forward for the class of 2015.

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