To be considered for our Ohio Stock Climbers a prospect had to be ranked three stars or less and put together a great senior season.
We present ten players college football fans will soon get the chance to know as they take their game to the next level.
Shane Jones – Cincinnati (OH) Moeller HS
The future Michigan State linebacker continues a trend with Moeller standouts heading to the Spartans. A three-star ranked linebacker, Jones posted 130 total tackles on the season against some of the best competition in the country as Moeller captured the Ohio big school (Division I) state title with a 20-12 victory over Toledo (Ohio) Whitmer.
Mike Tyler – Broadview Heights (OH) Brecksville HS
We saw Tyler last winter in an early big man camp knowing he needed to add some weight and strength to turn heads. All Tyler did was bulk up to 225-pounds and earn an offer with his camp performances from Vanderbilt. After giving the Commodores his verbal pledge in late summer, Tyler saw Stanford take a look at his senior film in November before handing him an offer that he quickly accepted. This fall the 6-foot-5, 225-pound Tyler posted 89 tackles with 18 sacks.
Darron Lee – New Albany (OH) HS
Despite being in the back yard of Ohio State the future Buckeye has gone under the radar while others in the class have received more press. However, Buckeye fans should be excited to see Lee in the future as his best football looks ahead of him when he plays defense fulltime. This past season Lee was too valuable for his high school to risk losing him on offense so many have yet to see the skill set we feel will allow him to have a chance to a special player.
Airion Kosak – Vandalia (OH) Butler HS
After moving to Ohio just prior to the season Kosak was a surprise to many as he helped Butler in all three phases of the game. On offense the 6-foot-185-pounder rushed for 224 yards and one score while also pulling down 22 receptions for 382 yards and five touchdowns while also posting 33 total tackles with five interceptions and one he returned for a score. On special teams Kosak had 14 punt returns for 352 yards and four touchdowns while also returning six kickoffs for 281 yards and two touchdowns. After going the whole fall without a scholarship offer, Kosak picked up offers from Eastern Michigan and Miami Ohio in the last week and issued a verbal pledge to the RedHawks.
Heath Harding – Dayton (OH) Christian HS
Harding showed up his speed in the summer with a 4.33 forty at Ohio State camp and earned a handful of offers from the camp circuit before continuing his outstanding career at Dayton Christian where he holds several school records including career rushing yards (5,121) and touchdowns (102). The 5-foot-10 170-pounder can play on both sides of the ball and showed off his defensive skills this fall posting 72 tackles (8 for loss, 2 sacks, 14 PBU) while also posting two interceptions that he returned for touchdowns. On offense Harding posted 2,218 rushing yards on only 129 carries while scoring 32 times. After considering a handful of offers Harding pledge to Miami Ohio.
Greg Hart – Kettering (OH) Alter HS
A Nebraska pledge, Hart returned for his senior year injury free and showed why the Huskers are getting a solid player who can lineup as a tight end or on defense as an outside linebacker/defensive end. On the season Hart registered at least 10 sacks while also taking reps as a wide receiver. On defense Hart showed the ability to dip his shoulder and use a quick burst to beat offensive linemen.
Jawaun Woodley – Columbus (OH) Bishop Hartley HS
Toledo will soon be getting an undersized player in Woodley who plays hard on both sides of the ball. While the 5-foot-10, 220-pound Woodley projects as a linebacker the Rockets could also flip him over and place him at fullback. Woodley reminds me of current Kent State defensive lineman Roosevelt Nix who went under recruited and is having a great college career for the Flashes.
Keith Watkins – Cincinnati (OH) Moeller HS
An early pledge to Northwestern, Watkins was the key to Moeller's offensive on their way to a state championship posting 2,146 rushing yards and 25 touchdowns. Add in another 42 receptions for 499 yards and three touchdowns and you can see why the Wildcats coaching staff may have a hard time placing Watkins on defense.
Alex Gall – Cincinnati (OH) Moeller HS
Gall is the third member of our stock climbers out of Moeller after showing great improvement each week against some of the toughest competition in the Midwest. His performance against Louisville (KY) Trinity defensive end Jason Hatcher and performance during Moeller's march to a state title proved why Miami Hurricanes fans should be excited about this Ohioan leaving his home state.
Godwin Igwebuike – Pickerington (OH) North HS
Another Northwestern pledge expected to be placed on defense that enjoyed a great senior season on offense. Igwebuike posted 1,985 rushing yards and 25 touchdowns this season while also posting 79 total tackles before Pickerington North loss to Moeller one game short of the state title game.