Each summer prospects from Southwest Ohio seem to appear out of nowhere to accept scholarship offers from colleges across the country. While each of these prospects has enjoyed some success during their prep careers, many go under the radar for several reasons.
In part three we look at another ten prospects that could enjoy great summers and earn their first scholarship offers.
Clayton Schmerber – Centerville – With a coaching change, Schmerber may see the biggest bump in his stock as he's going from a run dominated offense to one that will be more open to throwing the ball. We caught Schmerber at the MSR Ohio Combine and liked his physical frame at around 6-foot-7, 220-pounds. We also liked his athletic ability as he showed the ability to run solid routes and use his hands to catch the ball. The other advantage with Schmerber is his willingness to make a position move if teams want him to grow into an offensive tackle.
Richard Rhodes – Fairfield – We recently caught Rhodes in a team college day and liked his ability to move for such a big person. Athletic enough to get some looks as a defensive tackle or nose guard, Rhodes could see interest grow as an offensive guard with his physical frame and ability to move out in space. However, the biggest concern is that fact he's carrying more weight than we'd like to see at around 330-pounds. If Rhodes could get his weight down to around 300-pounds, we would feel more confident in college coaches taking a much harder look.
Ryan Lucas – Trotwood – We caught Lucas a couple of times over the course of the past year and always like what we see. Great speed and the ability to play on either side of the ball make Lucas a player we're surprised has not seen more attention. We feel Lucas will post solid camp numbers and should turn a head or two and see his recruitment pick up in the process.
Trent Yoemans – Piqua – After rushing for 2,007 yards last season, Yoemans joined former Piqua and Ohio State standout Brandon Saine on a very small list of Indians to reach the plateau in a season. The question has been if Yoemans is a next level running back or a player that needs to be moved to slot receiver or even defense. Those questions should be answered in the next month.
Elliot Higgins – McNicholas - We caught the linebacker late last season and found an old-school player who has a nose for the ball and just makes tackles. After posting 143 total tackles last season we thought he's see more early recruiting action. However, we college coaches are wondering what his true speed is and would also like to see him open up his hips better.
Sean Cook – Princeton – We caught Cook in a preseason workout and once during the season and liked his skill set as a cornerback with his good hips, quick feet and ability to recover using his speed. Not afraid to come up and make a tackle, the one area we question is his hands as he breaks up throws but seldom makes the interception.
Marcus Davis – Winton Woods – Davis is a hard running back who goes north and south with the best in the state. Has the speed to hit the corner and the strength to go between the tackles and break off big runs. Shows great balance but we're sure teams are more concern with his height at around 5-foot-10.
Ryan Stofko – Moeller – There is nothing fancy about Stofko as he's an old-school linebacker who must play inside the box. While our biggest concerns are flexibility and getting his hips open, Stofko can plug the gaps between the tackles and does a solid job of keeping his feet in mass traffic to make a play. Well tested against a high level of competition, we would not be surprised if a Mid American Conference program or two showed interest before all is said and done.
D'Mitrik Trice – Wayne – Will we see Trice choose football over basketball? That is just one of the questions when looking at the Wayne quarterback who threw for over 3,000 yards and 34 touchdowns last season. Add in the fact Trice is right around 6-foot tall, and you can see why college coaches may be taking a step back. Watched in a couple of games and liked what we saw as he's very competitive and a natural leader.
Sean Steele – Winton Woods – Steele is a transfer from North College Hill who has seen issues with academics keeping him from showing off his full potential. A great athlete who can play on both sides of the ball, while we wouldn't be surprised to see Steele play several skill spots on offense, his athletic ability and future could be on defense.