The Lakota West Firebirds have two seniors and a junior who are looking to do a lot of damage on the football field this season. Offensive lineman Steve Rehring, TE/OL Evan Spanogians and DB/TB Dane Romero are all expected to have great seasons, and the two seniors can look forward to successful college careers.
At 6'8'', 320 pounds, Steve Rehring is, physically, one of the biggest recruits in the state of Ohio. However, Coach Larry Cox is quick to point out that "Steve is not fat; he is just an overall big kid." Coach Cox also added, "Steve's work ethic is second to none. A lot of kids work as hard, but none work harder. I'll put him on the line any day of the week."
Steve has good but not great feet. However, Coach Cox explains, "A 6'8'' guy that moves good is a 6'6'' guy that moves great. Defensive linemen usually find themselves having to run around Steve."
Steve has received offers from Minnesota, Illinois, Northwestern, Indiana, NC State, Duke, Maryland, Cincinnati, and all of the Mid-American programs. Schools that are showing a high interest in Steve but want to see him camp first include Ohio State, Michigan, Miami (FL), and Tennessee. Miami offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski (a Toledo, OH native), is really interested in his talent.
Steve's favorites include Tennessee, Pittsburgh, Michigan, and Ohio State, with Ohio State being the forerunner since his teammate and best friend Brandon Maupin has signed with the Buckeyes.
Coaches like Steve's athleticism coupled with his size. Coach Cox explains, "You have to be athletic when you are that size. That is the only way a player will be successful." Steve's size in combination with the way he moves reminds Coach Cox of St. Louis Ram and former Ohio State Buckeye Orlando Pace.
In terms of improving to achieve success on the college field, Coach Cox feels Steve needs to work on speed and strength. However, Coach Cox adds that every player must work on speed and strength because the college game is so much different than the high school game.
Tight end Evan Spanogians is another heavyweight that is contributing a great deal to the Lakota West offense. Evan just started playing football two years ago and exploded onto the radar screen this past season.
At 6'4'', 275 pounds, coaches and recruiters like the way Evan bends and his flexibility. He has really good feet, and coaches are impressed mostly with the way he moves and runs. Evan performs well in the classroom and projects to be a center or guard in college.
Despite only playing football for two years, Evan has worked his way up into a spot where he is getting offers. "He never dreamed of playing at the level he is playing," according to Coach Cox. He has already gotten offers from Cincinnati, Minnesota, Bowling Green, and Kent State. He plans on attending camps this summer with big programs to try and get some of them to bite on him.
The Lakota West junior to keep an eye on is tailback and defensive back Dane Romero. At 6'2'', 180 pounds, Coach Cox says, "He is one of the best players in Southwest Ohio."
Romero was one of the few sophomores selected for the Nike combine and covered Toledo Rogers star Fred Davis while he was there. "Dane shut Davis down, despite suffering from a sprained ankle," said Coach Cox.
Coach Larry Cox is enthusiastic about the upcoming season. He has two heavily recruited seniors and a junior standout that promise success for the Lakota West Firebirds this year.