The opening night of high school football in Ohio saw Akron Hoban defeat Akron Firestone 24-0 Thursday evening. Several players from both squads had impressive performances.
Hoban sophomore runningback Todd Sibley is one of the top 2017 prospects in Ohio, and he put on quite a show. Sibley rushed for 197-yards and scored three touchdowns. An effective inside runner, Sibley showed his speed on two long scoring runs where he outran the the defense. Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State and Kentucky are showing early interest in this talented back. Sibley, 5-foot-11, 205-pounds, also blocked well for his team in pass protection.
Senior Ted Stieber (6-foot-6, 310-pounds) is committed to Minnesota, and he showed why against Firestone. Stronger and quicker than last year, Stieber has also added a lot of nasty to his game, as he battled a very impressive defensive front. Although he plays tackle for Hoban, Stieber will probably play guard for the Gophers. He showed the ability to run block and pass protect Thursday evening. Stieber is fundamentally sound and a good student in the classroom, which adds to his value.
Hoban junior Jonah Morris impressed last year as a safety, but he now plays both sides of the football as a wide receiver. Morris is a legit 6-foot-4, and I think his future at the next level will be as a wideout. A basketball player, Morris has the ability to go up and over defensive backs, and he did that against Firestone. Following an impressive camp at Ohio State, Morris is a 2016 prospect to watch in-state and should be a Big Ten recruit.
Bryce Harris played every play at both guard and defensive end for Firestone, and the Toledo commit competed extremely hard. Late in the game, trailing 24-0, Harris chased a Hoban defensive back 30 yards after an interception and made a touchdown-saving tackle. That type of effort will be something the Rockets will appreciate. I see Harris as a guard at Toledo.
Firestone's Jovahn Fair is committed to Ohio University, and he also played both sides of the football. He will probably play guard for the Bobcats, but could possibly slide outside and play offensive tackle.
Junior defensive end Bryce Obeng stood out at his defensive spot for Firestone, and marked himself as a player to watch in Ohio for 2016. Obeng, 6-foot-1, 225-pounds, applied pressure on the quarterback and was effective against the run, showing speed and strength.