Ohio Sophomore Is One To Watch

After starting last year as a freshman on a state championship team, Tyrece Speaight marked himself as a player of note in Ohio for the class of 2016. The Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary sophomore stood out last week in their win over Massillon.

Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary defeated Massillon 28-23 last weekend in one of the top games in the state of Ohio. The Irish squad is loaded with Division-I talent once again.

Sophomore defensive back Tyrece Speaight (5-foot-11, 170-pounds) impressed throughout the game, both with coverage skills and the ability to come up and tackle.

"This was a big win for us and we wanted revenge from losing to them last season," Speaight said. "Playing at Massillon is a great challenge for us, and this was a great atmosphere to play in. I gave up a touchdown last year, so I wanted to get back here and play well."

Speaight is much improved as a sophomore over his play last year, and he is one of the top 2016 prospects in Ohio.

"I feel like if I continue to work hard, that I will get better as a player," he explained. "The tradition at our school is great, so I'm able to learn things from our older players. This is a great place to play."

Although he holds no offers at the present time, Speaight is drawing interest from several top programs.

"I have visited Cincinnati already and I liked it there," Speaight explained. "I'm also hearing from Ohio State, Michigan, Texas A&M, Georgia, Purdue, and a couple other schools."

"I will be going up to Michigan in a couple weeks and I'm pumped about that," he continued. "I'm very interested in Michigan, even though a couple of our seniors (Parris Campbell and Dante Booker) are committed to Ohio State. I figure I will either play with them, or play against them in college."

EVALUATION: Speaight is very comparable to former St. Vincent-St. Mary and current Ohio State standout Doran Grant at the same age. He has quick feet, long arms, and the knack for being able to cover man-to-man. He has quite a bright future ahead of him.

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