Signee: OL/DL Mike Cross

Cats sign Michael Cross from Marion Franklin HS in Columbus, Ohio

Michael Cross
, Offensive Lineman/Defensive Lineman,
6-6, 295, Fr-HS,
Columbus, Ohio (Marion-Franklin)

First-team all-state lineman as chosen by the Ohio sportswriters … Four-year starter at Marion-Franklin HS in Columbus, Ohio … Played several positions in the offensive and defensive lines during his career and also got some time at tight end … Made 107 tackles as a senior, including a whopping 32 tackles for loss … Also a member of the all-city and all-district teams … Helped lead Marion-Franklin to a 9-2 record and the first playoff spot in school history … Blocked for a running back that gained more than 1,400 yards … Honorable-mention all-state as a junior … Has been selected for an all-star game in June … Coached by Gary Tucker … "Mike is a very hard worker, a co-captain and team leader," Tucker said. "A lot of teams tried to double-team him but he would still make tackles. His size and strength are big pluses, and he has pretty good footwork." … Three-year letterman in basketball … Has a cousin, John Cross, who played football at Virginia Military … His recruiting finalists included Kentucky, Toledo, Ohio, and Connecticut.

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