RedHawks Make Initial 27 Offers: Part Three

The Miami RedHawks have gotten off to a fast start in their recruiting of the 2008 high schoool football class. Thus far, Miami has offered 27 high schoolers. RedHawk Insider's three part series looks at these initial offers in alphabetical order, and where they would fit in at Miami. Part two continues where part one left off, looking at the next ten high school prospects Miami has offered.

The Miami RedHawks have gotten off to a fast start in their recruiting of the 2008 football class. Thus far, Miami has offered 27 high schoolers offered. Many are considered a reach by Mid Major standards, but considering the success Miami had recruiting big time prospects last year, the program certainly has some confidence in recruiting similar talent this year. RedHawk Insider's three part series looks at these initial offers, and the competition Miami has for them.

Kyle Rudolph is the second big time tight end prospect on the list. The Cincinnati native already has offers from Ohio State, Notre Dame, and Boston College, and it is no secret why. At 6'7, 230, and 4.7 speed to go along with a great set of hands, he has all the physical tools to become a big time tight end at the next level. Rudolph is also the star of Elder High's basketball team, and just recently OSU head coach Jim Tressel came to watch his athleticism on display on the hardwood. Rudolph didn't disappoint, putting up 20 points in a win over big rival Moeller.

Keeping up with the plan to offer the biggest and baddest O-Linemen before looking at other options, the RedHawks have offered Zebrie Sanders. Sanders may be undersized, but he's still getting some big time looks. Clemson, Georgia, and Michigan have offered the 6'5, 270 pound prospect from Clayton, OH. Sanders has also attended Ohio State's summer camp, and an offer might not be far away. Sanders was honorable mention All-Ohio his junior year, and is being looked at to develop into a first or second team player in his Senior campaign.

Wideout Cordale Scott upped his stock significantly his Junior season, and capped it off by making the All-Scout team at the 2007 Army Combine. He has a body and skill set that many are comparing to USC standout Dwayne Jarrett, however until recently it was thought that grades might hold him back from getting big time offers. Those fears were seemingly put to rest last week when Ohio State formally offered him a scholarship. It is expected he will end up at OSU, as that was his favorite before he was even offered, but he has also been extended an offer from Wisconsin, Iowa, and Bowling Green.

Like Scott, Jacob Stoneburner is another big time Ohio receiver that just received an offer from OSU. That might make the Dublin product hard to reel in for any school. However, there are no shortage of schools trying. Stoneburner has offers from Florida, Michigan, Iowa, Notre Dame, and Penn State, and Cincinnati, among many others. The appeal of Stoneburner is obvious. His junior year he caught 63 passesa, 8 of them for touchdowns, while tallying almost 1000 yards. Stoneburner also doubles as a place kicker and punter for Dublin Coffman High.

Devoe Torrence is one of the great mysteries of this year's Junior class. Not that his talent is a mystery at all, but where he will utilize that talent in college is what is up for debate. As a running back last season Torrence had 1626 total yards and found the endzone 17 times. However, his work at linebacker might have been even more impressive: 127 tackles, 6 sacks, and 1 interception. He is the brother of 2007 Ohio State recruit Devon Torrence, which makes him yet another big time athlete that will be tough to pull away from the Buckeyes. Other offers include: Michigan, Ole Miss, and Michigan State, with heavy interest coming from Notre Dame.

As with any midmajor Miami is looking for diamonds in the rough when it comes to their recruiting, no matter how many big names they offer. They may have found a real gem in Kenny Veal of Hamilton, OH. Veal got the majority of touches at tailback for Hamilton High this year, recording 706 total yards, and 5 touchdowns. What makes Veal's numbers more impressive is that he did not play a full game until Hamilton's fifth game of the year. In that game against Middletown, Veal racked up 187 yards. Right now it appears Veal is only getting looks from midmajors, but look out during his senior year, when he should get enough touches to open a lot of eyes.

Dawawn Whitner, like several others on the list, is a product of Glenville High School where he is coached by Ted Ginn. He is the younger brother of Donte Whitner, who plays for Ohio State, so that is where he would likely go if the Buckeyes offer a scholarship, however it is unclear if that will happen. Also unclear is where Whitner will play in college. At 6'3, 250, he was originally thought to be a sure DL prospect. However, after running the 40 in under 5 seconds on several occasions, he is getting looks at linebacker. He holds offers from Illinois and Minnesota.

Nathan Williams, of Washington Courthouse, OH, is a prospect that has been getting looks from a lot of major schools, but by all indications Miami is the only school to offer thus far. It is yet to see if that will help them going forward as schools like Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Penn State are interested. In fact, Williams attended several Buckeye and Irish games this year on unofficial visits. Williams is another player who doesn't have a defined position he is being recruited at. Most schools see him as a linebacker or defensive end product. Either way, he certainly has the speed to play at either spot, as he has also played tailback for his Miami Trace high school.

Is it possible that some big schools are going to overlook a receiver that can run a 4.37 40 time? That might be the case with D.J. Woods. With such a strong junior receiving corps in the state of Ohio right now, it seems like he has fallen behind some other top prospects like DeVier Posey and Cordale Scott in terms of recruiting hierarchy. Whether that is an accurate assessment of Woods's skills is far to be seen, but the loss of the major programs could be a huge gain for a school like Miami. That doesn't make Woods this year's version of Chris Givens quite yet, however. He is receiving lots of interest from Ohio State, Michigan, and Michigan State. And even if those schools get their fill at wideout without Woods, there is a chance he could be offered as a DB because of his tremendous speed.

It is only fitting, that the last of the 27 junior prospects Miami has offered, at least alphabetically, is considered one of the best at his position in the whole country. That would be linebacker Michael Zordich, of Cardinal Mooney High. Zordich's father was a safety in the NFL for the Eagles, and played for Penn State, which makes the Nittny Lions an early lead. In fact, just last week Zordich got his offer from PSU. Other offers include LSU and Ohio State. Zordich has indicated that he will make his decision before his senior year begins. Zordich has also spent some time as a decoy on offense, carrying to ball a little, spotting another Miami offer: Brandon Beechum.


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