10 to track in Ohio

As spots continue to fill in the class of 2012, we thought it was time to look at the top 10 names from Ohio for Irish fans to watch in the class of 2013.

Irish head coach Brian Kelly signed 10 players from the state of Ohio over his first two recruiting classes. Kelly has the verbal pledge of offensive lineman Taylor Decker for his 2012 class and Notre Dame remains in the mix for more.

But who are the names in the 2013 class to continue to monitor?

We have 10 to remember as the 2011 high school football season prepares to kick off.


Evan Lisle - OT - Centerville (OH) High School
Scouting Report:

HT: 6'5 WT: 260

Lisle is a player still developing. This fall will be his first as a starter, however, he earned major minutes on the field a year ago and big things are expected out of him in 2011. Lisle has a long frame that is still filling out and is the type of player Irish strength and conditioning coach Paul Longo loves to work with. The first few games of the season will find Lisle tested against some of the top competition in the state.

Alex Gall - OT - Cincinnati (OH) Moeller
Scouting Report:

HT: 6'5 WT: 285

Gall enjoyed a great summer and much is expected out of him this fall as a result. Some feel he could be the best offensive lineman prospect in Ohio in the 2013 class. He plays against a high level of competition and will receive plenty of exposure/early season tests.

Lovell Peterson – C/DT – Huber Heights (OH) Wayne
Scouting Report:

HT: 6'3 WT: 270

Peterson has already been a two-year starter at one of the top programs in Ohio. While many will look at him as only an offensive lineman, IrishEyes.com feels Peterson could be a major force as an inside defensive tackle or nose tackle. He possesses great physical abilities with a high motor, making Peterson one of the top prospects in Ohio. However, Peterson could be a hard player on which to close as he's very close with former Wayne quarterback Braxton Miller (Ohio State).

Taco Charlton – DE – Pickerington (OH) Central
Scouting Report:

HT: 6'6 WT: 235

Charlton's best football is ahead of him as he's learning his future is football, not basketball. But this fall will tell us the level he's capable of achieving. Notre Dame has an inside track as he's close to freshman Eilar Hardy and has spoken highly of the Irish.

Ricky Davis – QB – Cincinnati (OH) Moeller
Scouting Report:

HT: 6'3 WT: 180

I'm going out on a limb here as Davis will get his first real varsity action this fall. We'll tell early if possesses the tools to be a player that Brian Kelly will favor in recruiting. Could the pipeline between Notre Dame and Moeller be starting again? We'll know in a few weeks as Davis has a couple of high profile games early in the season, and then an always-tough Greater Catholic League schedule.

Jalin Marshall – QB / Athlete – Middletown (OH)
Scouting Report:

HT: 6'0 WT: 190

Marshall already holds an offer from the Irish and IrishEyes.com will be getting another look at him in Week One as he'll face off against Huber Heights (OH) Wayne. A high school quarterback, Marshall projects as a running back, wide receiver, or even a safety at the college level. I'd love to see the ball in his hands as he's a dynamic player that can score anytime he carries the pigskin.

Cam Burrows – S – Trotwood-Madison (OH)
Scouting Report:

HT: 6'2 WT: 195

Burrows will be in the running as one of Ohio's top prospects in the 2013 class and for good reasons. While he already holds an Irish offer, Burrows is also hearing from several programs from across the country including Ohio State. A big physical player, Burrows has all the tools necessary to be a strong BCS player.

Ben Gedeon – LB – Hudson (OH)
Scouting Report:

HT: 6'2 WT: 190

Mr. Everything is the only appropriate nickname for Gedeon. Projected as an outside linebacker, the Hudson, Ohio native has played quarterback, running back, wide receiver and more. Penn State, Tennessee, Michigan and Boston College have already offered.

Dymonte Thomas – S / RB – Alliance (OH) Marlington
Scouting Report:

HT: 6'1 WT: 180

The Irish have already offered Thomas, one of the top prospects in Ohio for the 2013 class. He could play on either side of the ball and will be one of the more sought after prospects in the state. Right now it looks like Michigan may have the early advantage.

Billy Price – DT – Youngstown (OH) Fitch
Scouting Report:

HT: 6'4 WT: 265

Price holds early offers from Notre Dame, Ohio State, UCLA, Tennessee and SMU. He's a player who could lineup on either side of the ball at the college level, but at present is projected as a defensive tackle. Price has the tools but needs to continue to work on his game if he wants to reach his full potential. If the Irish can win the William Mahone recruiting battle they may have a better in-road with Price.

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