Coldwater (Oh.) High School fields one of the best teams in Division IV year in and year out, and for the most part, they do it without Division I-A prospects. However, junior linebacker/running back Ross Homan is changing that.
The 6-1, 225 Homan is already listed as one of the top ten overall players in his class by Ohio High magazine. Homan was an All-Ohio performer as a sophomore and is already getting letters from some of the top programs in America.
"Ohio State, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska, West Virginia, Tennessee, Florida, and Indiana," he said. "Those are just the ones off the top of my head. I can't remember them all."
Homan attended camp earlier this year at Ohio State.
"I camped at Ohio State," he said. "I didn't do any other school camps. I went to Nike and MSL. I didn't run well there because I had shin splints from track. I ran a 4.5 at Ohio State."
I have been told by several people that Homan's best position may be running back. Homan says he has not played running back much but will be playing more of it this season. In track, he ran the 100, 200, and the 4x1. He has a 350 bench, a 440 squat ("That was last winter, so I'm sure I will do much better when I go for a max," he said) and a 440 deadlift.
Homan has a unique connection to one of the Buckeye coaches. Homan is the cousin of ex-OSU quarterback Bob Hoying, and Linebackers coach Luke Fickell is married to the sister of Hoying's wife.
"I spent a lot of time at the camp talking to Luke Fickell," Homan said.
Homan said he will probably make a decision before his senior year and that the Buckeyes are in the lead.
"Miami, Oklahoma, USC, and Notre Dame are the other schools I am looking at," he said.