One of the top juniors in Ohio is Canton GlenOak's Brian Hartline. Hartline played several different positions for GlenOak this year.
"I started the season at quarterback, but I spent the rest of the season at wide receiver. I have played defensive back too," he said.
The 6-3, 175 pound Hartline (4.45 40) played the first three games at QB, then the next two at QB/WR, then last five at WR. He also punts and returns kicks and punts. Hartline can indeed play plenty of positions, but he has singled out the one he wants to play in college.
"Wide Receiver," he said. "That's where I'm best at, and that's where I want to play."
"I've been going down to Ohio State games," he said.
He's also been to Ohio State camp.
Hartline is a great athlete, and he proves it on the track. He qualified for the state meet in track in the 110 m high hurdles and the 300 m high hurdles. He also high jumps 6-7, has turned in a 14.3 in the 110 and has ran a 49 second 400 meters.
This winter, he's going to be busy as he is set to run in the Nike indoor championships. He's already qualified in the high jump and 60 meter high hurdles.
"I'm also going to run in the Adidas outdoor," he said.
"I want to play basketball (this winter), but I also want to run indoor track, and if I have to choose, I'll run indoor track."
Hartline, who also has a 33-inch vertical and has run the 100 in 11.1, is an excellent student and plans on taking the test very soon.
"My core is no problem," he said. "I'm a 4.0 student."
Does he have a favorite school right now?
"Ohio State," he said. "I'd commit on the spot if offered."
Brandon Lombardy of Chagrin Falls may not have gotten the big headlines of a Raymond Williams or Erik Haw this season, but he had a great year nonetheless, and things are starting to heat up recruiting-wise as he has proven himself to be back from injury.
"He's coming off an ACL tear and didn't really get revved up until after the first couple of games," said Chagrin Falls coach Mark Iammarino.
This season, Lombardy had 220 rushes for 1,767 yards and 18 TDs. He also had 37 tackles at LB, including five for loss. Over his career, he had 643 carries for 4571 yards and scored 71 TDs, breaking the previous school TD record set by PSU fullback Sean McHugh.
"He's got great vision, runs hard, and has a good cutback," said the coach. He was not caught from behind all year.
"He's doing well in the weight room; he's bench-pressing 400 pounds."
Several MAC and Big Ten schools are showing interest in Lombardy, including Ohio State.
"Ohio U loves him," the coach said. "Purdue is showing a lot of interest. All the MAC schools are coming in on him, and Mel Tucker from Ohio State has contacted me. He wants to know where I think he fits in (best)."
"He's one of the best running backs I've ever coached," said Coach Iammarino. "That includes Sean McHugh, Kim Herring and Barry Foster."