This team was unveiled on ONN's coverage of the Ohio high school football state championships Saturday night with a live broadcast from Canton's Fawcett Stadium.
In selecting this 23-man team, we looked at all divisions and picked a team that combines the very best college prospects with those who performed the best during the 2004 Ohio high school season.
Before getting into the team, we have a pair of special award winners.
ONN/Ohio High Player of the Year
This award went to Akron Hoban running back Tyrell Sutton. The 5-9, 195-pound Sutton ended his career as Ohio's all-time leading rusher in high school football with 9,438 yards. He also scored 115 touchdowns in his career.
As a senior, Sutton was Ohio's leading rusher during the regular season. He helped lead Hoban to a 9-3 record and a berth in the Division III playoffs. Including two playoff games, Sutton finished with 3,241 yards on 360 carries, averaging 9 yards per attempt and 270 yards per game, with 36 of his 38 touchdowns this past season coming on the ground.
Sutton also tied the state record with eight TDs in a game against Youngstown Ursuline. He also had 505 yards rushing in that game.
And to top it all off, he rushed for at least 100 yards in each of his last 38 consecutive games. Sutton will play his college football at Northwestern.
ONN/Ohio High Coach of the Year
This award went to Cleveland Glenville coach Ted Ginn Sr. He led the Tarblooders to a 12-2 record and the Division I state semifinals, including wins over Lakewood St. Edward and Cleveland St. Ignatius on successive weeks. Ginn helped Glenville become the first Cleveland Senate League (public school) team to reach both the regional finals and state semifinals.
A 1974 graduate of the school, Ginn worked as a volunteer coach from 1974-86. He then served as a paid assistant from 1987-96. He is also paid as a security officer at the school and doubles as the track coach. His track teams have won two straight big-school state titles and competed in national events as well.
He took over as the head coach in 1997 and, in 1999, became the first coach to lead a team from the Cleveland Senate League to the state football playoffs.
ONN/Ohio High All-Ohio Team
Sutton headlines the 2004 ONN/Ohio High All-Ohio team. The rest of the team is listed below, followed by honorable mention selections. All players listed are seniors unless noted.
Mario Manningham and Tyrell Sutton
* QB Tyler Horner, Clayton Northmont – 6-3, 195 pounds, 185 of 321 (57.6 percent), 2,635 yards, 36 TDs and five INTs, team was 9-1 but missed the Division I playoffs in the tough Southwest Ohio region.
* RB Javon Ringer, Dayton Chaminade-Julienne – 5-10, 186 pounds, had 1,763 yards when he went down with an injury in Week 7, has numerous offers but seems intent on waiting on Ohio State.
* RB Chris Wells, junior, Akron Garfield – 6-2, 225 pounds, 1,702 yards, 18 TDs during regular season, state's top college prospect among juniors, figures to be a battle between Ohio State and Michigan. Helped Garfield post an 8-3 record. Including a 237-yard effort in his team's Division II playoff loss, he ended up with 1,939 yards on 212 carries with 20 TDs.
* WR Mario Manningham, Warren Harding – 6-0, 180 pounds, 42 catches for 665 yards during regular season. (Michigan verbal).
* WR Trey Stross, Avon Lake – 6-3, 195 pounds, 40 catches for 809 yards, 10 TDs in regular season (Iowa)
* OL Justin Boren, junior, Pickerington North – 6-4, 285 pounds, one of the state's top junior prospects.
* OL Jimmy Cordle, Lancaster – 6-5, 280 pounds, helped Golden Gales go 8-3, reach the Division I playoffs. (Ohio State)
* OL Alex Boone, Lakewood St. Edward – 6-8, 300 pounds, helped St. Ed go 10-2 on the field and reach the Division I playoffs, state's top overall college prospect and one of the nation's top 40, according to Scout.com. (Ohio State)
* OL Rocco Cironi, Warren Harding – 6-7, 280 pounds, one of the state's top OL prospects (Michigan State)
* OL Jake Ballard, junior, Springboro – 6-6, 270 pounds, one of the state's top junior prospects.
Alex Daniels of Columbus Brookhaven
* DL Lawrence Wilson, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary's – 6-6, 230 pounds, 70-plus tackles as a senior. (Notre Dame – at least until Tyrone Willingham's firing)
* DL Todd Denlinger, Troy – 6-3, 280 pounds, powerful force on defensive line. 60 tackles, seven sacks, 15 forced/bad pass and caused 12 fumbles, recovering three of them. (Ohio State)
* DL Curtis Smith, Cleveland Glenville – 6-2, 241 pounds, 14 sacks during regular season for state semifinal team.
* DL Terrill Byrd, Cincinnati Colerain – 6-0, 289 pounds, leader on state's top-ranked Division I team.
* LB Ross Homan, junior, Coldwater – 6-2, 225 pounds, had over 140 tackles on defense, also standout on offense, helped Coldwater win the Midwest Athletic Conference title, go 13-1 and reach Division IV state semifinals.
* LB Alex Daniels, Columbus Brookhaven – 6-3, 225 pounds, impact player on Division II state final team, 75 tackles, 4-1/2 sacks, 3 INTs, 2 for TDs, has numerous offers, most notably Ohio State, Minnesota, LSU and Oklahoma.
* LB Freddie Lenix, Cleveland Glenville – 5-11, 195 pounds, 56 tackles, 7 sacks, 4 fumbles caused during regular season, has a number of offers (Iowa, Wisconsin, among others) but is waiting on Ohio State to offer.
* DB Jamario O'Neal, Cleveland Glenville – 6-1, 205 pounds, one of nation's top defensive back prospects. (Ohio State)
* DB Brandon Harrison, Dayton Chaminade-Julienne – 5-9, 180 pounds, intercepted four passes as a senior, filled in at tailback when Javon Ringer went down (Notre Dame – at least until Willingham firing)
* DB Chris Rowell, Warrensville Heights – 6-0, 170 pounds, 100 tackles, intercepted two passes, and recovered two fumbles during his senior season.
* DB Ryan Brinson, Canton McKinley – 5-10, 180 pounds, One of state's top two-way players, carried 177 times for 1,685 yards and 16 touchdowns during the regular season, adding six catches for 128 yards and two more scores, owns most of McKinley's game, season and career rushing and scoring records, led team to Division I title game.
* K Joe Kleinsmith, Lakewood St. Edward – Made 8 FGs during the season, also standout WR, KR (Indiana)
Here are some other players considered for the ONN/Ohio High All-Ohio team:
Quarterbacks -- Greg Micheli, Upper Sandusky; Miles Schlichter, junior, Washington C.H. Miami Trace; Tim Hiller, Orrville; Dominick Goodman, Cincinnati Colerain; Brennan Glass, Springfield South; Mike Hartline, junior, Canton GlenOak; Rudy Kirbus, junior, Cleveland St. Ignatius; Nate Davis, junior, Bellaire; Jon Brown, Westlake; Bob Ovesny, Girard; Rocco Pentello, sophomore, Westerville South.
Running Backs -- Anthony Elzy, junior, Warren Kennedy; Delone Carter, junior, Copley; Tommy Tamaska, Centerville; Brandon Shimits, Solon; Alex Allen, Youngstown Ursuline; Bobby Doyle, Avon Lake; Nick Lewis, Dayton Oakwood; Nate Kmic, Delta; Jacob Zerkle, Sarahsville Shenandoah.
Wide Receivers -- Andre Amos, Middletown; Mike Chambers, Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit; Greg Orton, Huber Heights Wayne; Ryan Collins, Girard; Brian Robiskie, Chagrin Falls; Stevie Barrett, Westlake.
Offensive Linemen -- D.J. Burris, junior, Kenton; Aaron Brown, junior, Cincinnati Princeton; Robert Brewster, Cincinnati Wyoming.
Defensive Linemen -- Jim Ramella, Cleveland St. Ignatius; Steve Zywotek, Avon Lake; Tyler Clifford, Portsmouth.
Linebackers -- Nick Simon, Shaker Heights; Austin Spitler, Bellbrook; Eric Tupta, Gates Mills Gilmour Academy; Brandon Long, Canton GlenOak.
Defensive Backs -- Joe Cigas, Cleveland Benedictine; Dominic Jones, Columbus Brookhaven; Jordan Gafford, junior, Worthington Kilbourne; Brian Williams, Akron Buchtel.