Ohio High Top 100 Countdown: No. 5

As we continue the Ohio High top 100 countdown, we get to the higest-rated player to make an out-of-state commitment so far. It seemed for a while like offensive lineman Justin Boren might be headed to Ohio State despite his family's Michigan roots, but he decided recently that he couldn't see himself playing against the Wolverines in college. Click the link to check out his capsule, written before his commitment to Michigan.

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. 5 spot on the list. Here is Duane Long's capsule on this prospect:

5. ***** Justin Boren     6-4     300     OL     Pickerington North
Three offensive linemen in the top five shows the strength of this class. Boren was the first of those three linemen to receive an early scholarship offer from Ohio State.
    Boren played both ways early in the season, and I think he got tired late. I have a late season tape that showed him to be one of the top linemen in Ohio, but his dad, former Michigan linebacker Mike Boren, sent me a tape of two games early in the year, and that is where you can see why he was an early offer talent and what I based this top-five ranking on.
    Aaron Brown is the only lineman in this class with better feet. He plays against a high level of competition in the Ohio Capital Conference. I have seen more spectacular play out of Brown and Smith, but what stands out about Boren is I never saw him get beat. I have three full game films, and the kid never seems to be out of position and never got beat. That kind of consistency on the offensive line is what championships are built on.
    Boren is the powerhouse of the three national offensive linemen in Ohio with a 450-pound bench and a 600 squat. He ran a 4.9-second 40-yard time at 300 pounds and had 24 pancake blocks on the year. Boren is a quiet homebody, so even though schools like Miami (Fla.) are showing interest, he will likely make his choice between Ohio State and Michigan.
    I think his father, despite playing at Michigan, is going to let his son make his own decision. He played his high school ball at Eastmoor, and two of his teammates, Mike Kee and Byron Lee, played for Ohio State. From my conversation with him, Mike Boren has too much respect for Ohio State to try and sway Justin to Michigan. It will be Justin's decision.

Previous top ten: 10. Lee Tilley  9. Mike Hartline 8. Ross Homan 7. Robert Rose 6. Ray Small

Click here for a link to the fourth  installment with a look at players ranked between No. 11 and No. 20.

Click here for a link to the third installment with a look at players ranked between No. 21 and No. 30.

Click here for a link to the second installment with a look at players ranked between No. 31 and No. 50.

Click here for a link to the first installment with a look at players ranked between No. 51 and No. 105.


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