Over the past several weeks, we have unveiled Ohio High's top 105 football prospects for the Class of 2006. Today, we are up to the No. 8 spot on the list. Here is Duane Long's capsule on this prospect:
8. ***** Ross Homan 6-1
225 LB Coldwater
"Did somebody say A.J. Hawk?"
That is how I described Homan in the last issue. The comparison is a valid one. They have so much in common. They have similar games as well as personalities. The only real difference I see in their games is Hawk was a little more physical while Homan is a step faster.
The question comes up about the level of competition. I think Coldwater, while playing against Division IV-VI competition, plays against a level that is a bit underrated. We may not be seeing a lot of Division I-A prospects on those teams, but the teams and the coaches were outstanding, and most importantly, Homan absolutely dominated every game he played in. There was no question who was the best player on the field. He had over 140 tackles on defense and was also a standout on offense as Coldwater rolled through the Midwest Athletic Conference unbeaten on its way to a 13-1 mark and a berth in the Division IV state semifinals.
Homan reads the game so well. You can watch him and see by his reaction at the snap that he had the play diagnosed before he ever took a step. His read and react skills are second to none. To complete the package, Homan is one of the five best backs in Ohio this year.
Homan's mother is a cousin to former Buckeye quarterbacks Bob and Tom Hoying. He continued the family tradition with a verbal to the Buckeyes days after junior day in February. He will likely play on the weak side at Ohio State.
We also have an update on Homan from Bucknuts assistant editor Dave Biddle. Homan took some time to chat with Biddle at the recent photo shoot and ceremony for the Tremendous 26 for the Ohio High School Football Guide, which provides capsules for football teams all over the state. To order your copy of the guide, check out http://www.jjhuddle.com/update/OHSSP2005.htm
Below is the update on Homan:
Coldwater linebacker Ross Homan committed to Ohio State in February and says it is still a relief to have that decision out of the way.
"Yeah, it definitely takes some pressure off me," Homan said. "I can focus on getting better, conditioning, weightlifting. And overall, looking at the season ahead, I don't have to worry about recruiting and all that stuff and going to camps this summer. So, it definitely gives you more time to work out and get better."
Homan is cousins with former Buckeyes Bobby and Tom Hoying. Most of the rest of his family members are Buckeye fans. Homan said there was never any doubt where he would play in college.
"It was pretty much just Ohio State," he said. "I didn't really strongly consider any other schools. If anything happened, then it would be different, but it was Ohio State from the beginning."
Homan is a quiet young man. He hasn't tried to "recruit" any players to OSU as of yet.
"I've just talked to Chris (Wells)," Homan said. "I haven't really talked to many of the other guys. But, when I can, I will."
Homan thinks Coldwater is in store for a big season in 2005.
"We should be pretty good," he said. "We have a lot of key positions coming back. Only time will tell, but I think we'll be pretty good."
Homan played at 6-1, 225-pound as a junior, but is now a little bigger.
"I've grown a little bit," he said. "I'm about 6-1 ½, 235 pounds."
Homan talked about his plans for later this spring and summer.
"Well, this spring I have track, so I've worked on my speed a lot," he said. "Then after that, just get in the weight room and work on my core muscles. Squatting, bench pressing and everything."
Homan will graduate high school early and will participate in OSU's spring practice in 2006.
"I kind of decided about a month after I committed that it was definitely an option to do," he said. "So, I talked to my guidance counselor, who is also my head coach, we talked it over and we thought it would be a good decision to do."
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