Recruiting Updates

We have brief recruiting tidbits on five Ohio players today -- Columbus Academy's Ray Jones, Columbus Eastmoor's Dionte' Johnson, Youngstown Liberty's DeShawn Crenshaw, Chagrin Falls Kenston's Mickey Palace, and Bedford Chanel's Antonio Steele.

RB Ray Jones from Columbus Academy in Gahanna, OH is a highly-recruited back.  We got in touch with him briefly and he stated that he is not in a hurry to make a choice but will be checking out some schools soon.  "I'm going to check out Indiana, Kentucky and Vanderbilt (this) week," he said.

Columbus Eastmoor's Dionte' Johnson put in a good showing at OSU camp recently, where he measured in at 5-11 ½, 233 and ran a 4.5. He's got an offer from Bowling Green and Ohio State and Pitt are both showing a lot of interest. "They're both looking at me as a fullback," Dionte' said. "Ohio State said I could still end up at linebacker though."

"This season I will be playing both fullback and tailback," he said.

Dionte' is fully qualified, with a 3.7 GPA, a 23 ACT and a 1050 SAT.

Youngstown Liberty's DeShawn Crenshaw recently measured in at 6-0 ¾, 210 and ran a 4.6 40. He went to the Kent Senior Combine and was invited to Eastern Michigan but didn't make it. "Indiana is sending me a lot of letters," he said.

"Nobody said what position (I will play)," he said. "I just tell them I play linebacker."

"I'm doing both basketball and football stuff right now to stay in shape," he said.

He also gave an update on his brother Sam, who was a WR for Penn State.

"He's playing arena ball in Cincinnati," DeShawn said.

A name you might not have heard much yet is Chagrin Falls Kenston's Mickey Palace. The DE is a fine player and will play on a Division I-A level in college. So far, he has an offer from Akron and is going to be checking out West Virginia on the 19th and Indiana on the 26th. The 6-3, 225 pounder camped at OSU, where he ran 40 times of 4.61 and 4.77. He was also getting some interest from Iowa, who has offered his teammate Anton Narinskiy.

Bedford Chanel's Antonio Steele stands at 6-1, 190 and runs a 4.5. So far this year he has camped at Toledo and he says everyone's recruiting him as a safety even though he plays LB in high school. USC, Pitt and Virginia are his top three. "Virginia is paying the most attention to me," he said.

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