Each summer prospects from Southwest Ohio seem to appear out of nowhere to accept scholarship offers from college across the country. While each of these prospects has enjoyed some success during their prep careers, many go under the radar for several reasons.
In part two we continue looking at ten prospects that could enjoy great summers and earn their first scholarship offers.
Guy Victoria – Huber Heights Wayne – Victoria played at Springfield last season and a move to Wayne could get him a little more exposure during the season. While the new Warrior has all the physical tools with good size and the ability to run, he must show the ability to be consistent on the field.
Jason Graves – Fairfield – Saw Graves last season and liked his ability to go sideline to sideline will also not being afraid to come up and give support against the run. Can play safety or corner as he's got the ability to open up his hips.
Justus Zamarron – Lakota East – We saw Zamarron last season and liked what we saw as he's got a good frame and shows great upside with his ability to open up the hips and run. Wish we'd seen more of the 6-foot-3, 205-pound linebacker in person last season.
Kevin Ferguson – La Salle – Saw Ferguson a couple of times last season and really liked his ability to catch the ball and make something happen after the reception. Has giant hands for a player of his size that allow him to make some great catches. May not have the top end speed some look for but has burst and great football speed. Hear there is a chance he could be moved to defense this season but feel his best future position would be as a slot as he's also willing to block.
Maurice Thomas – Talawanda High School – Thomas opened eyes at two different combines during the winter and has caught the eye of many college coaches in the process. All seem to be waiting to see him in camp because of his small school background. Great speed but a move from running back to defensive back should be expected. Could be a big surprise for many in June with his combination of size and speed.
McKenzie Thomas – Talawanda High School – The twin brother of Maurice, McKenzie was sidelined during the winter months but has enjoyed a solid track season. Must stay healthy in June as he'll have the chance to impress many college coaches with a big camp schedule.
Raymar Rucker – Hughes High School – Saw Rucker last season and found one of the rawest prospects in the region. However, his athletic ability and future potential as an offensive lineman or defensive lineman has us excited about his future. Must get bigger and strong as he was around 6-foot-4, 220-pounds when we saw him.
Robert Landers – Wayne High School – College coaches who are looking for an explosive sparkplug of a defensive tackle need to be sure and check out Landers. May not have the height many want, but with his ability to get his pads low and explode, Landers is a player capable of making plays at the next level.
D.L. Knock – Listed at 5-foot-10, 185-pounds, Knock is one of those guys you can't go by measurements as he just has a knack of catching the ball and getting big yards. Finished last season with 17 touchdowns on 53 receptions for 1,026 yards. Must show he's got the speed and cutting ability to play at the next level and only has to have one good day to open up a door.
Nate Slagel – Loveland High School – Slagel was having one of the best offensive seasons in Ohio last fall when he injured his knee and missed seven games as Loveland won the programs first state championship. However, before the injury, Slagel had rushed for 1,340 yards and 18 touchdowns on only 114 attempts. A tough hardnosed runner, Slagel is faster than people think and could see a move to defense at the next level. We've been told he's back and ready for a big June.