Diamond In The Rough?

Division VI players getting the attention of big-time programs is a bit of a rarity, but one player with the talent and athleticism to catch the eye of the powerhouse programs is Columbus Grove's star RB Blaine Maag. Maag has already had a sensational high school athletic career, but recruiting has just begun.

It's not often that you see a player come out of a Division VI school and get attention of the big time college football programs. Usually, the fact that a player is at that level of competition is a red flag in itself. However, RB Blaine Maag of Columbus Grove, OH may be an exception.

The 6-1 195 pound Maag ran for well over 2,000 yards in his junior season and was named Division VI offensive player of the year. Maag shattered playoff records and had a monster state championship game with 287 yards and 3 TDs on 40 carries.

Blaine Maag runs for yardage in the state championship game vs. Maria Stein Marion Local

"A lot of the credit for the success that he has goes to (the offensive line)," said Columbus Grove head coach Jerry Cooper after the championship game. "But he's an awfully special back, too. In crunch time, we said, 'Let's just keep giving it to him every down.'"

Maag's season was a big reason why Columbus Grove ran up a 15-0 record last year, and now he is looking to have an equally big year in track. Last year as a sophomore, he ran the lead leg for Columbus Grove's 4x100 squad that was fourth in the state.

"I ran a 10.9 in my leg of the 100 meters," he said.

That was only part of Maag's success though.

"I won the state in the discus with a throw of 178 and was sixth in the shot put," he said.

Maag's specialty in track is the discus throw. He placed third in the state in discus as a freshman when his brother won the title.

"My brother is a shot and discus thrower at Ohio State," he said. "He is benching 500 pounds now."

Not surprisingly, Maag is getting a lot of looks for track, but football is his sport of choice.

"I have been throwing since the fourth grade," he said. "I'm getting recruited harder in track but I want to play football."

Football recruiting is underway for Maag, and he is already getting some attention. He realizes though that camps are going to be very important to him. He plans to camp at Iowa and Ohio State for one day, and he might go to some others.

"I know that will help me being that I'm from a small school," Blaine said.

Blaine plans to attend the Nike Camp in Iowa City.

"I have a track meet the day of the Ohio State Nike Camp," he said. "I thought about going to Virginia Nike, but Iowa's recruiting me."

If he had his choice, it sounds like Maag would be joining his brother in Columbus.

"I always wanted to go to Ohio State," he said. "I want to go to a big school where football is a big deal."

Keep an eye out for Blaine Maag this year as he has the athleticism to get the attention of the big schools.

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