Ohio News Network/Ohio High All-Ohio Team

We are proud to present the second annual Ohio News Network/Ohio High Magazine All-Ohio football team. This year's team is led by player of the year Ross Homan, who had a fine season on both sides of the ball for Coldwater High School. Cincinnati St. Xavier head coach Steve Specht wins our coach of the year award. For the rest of the winners, check out this free feature.

For the second year in a row, Ohio High magazine has selected the Ohio News Network/Ohio High All-Ohio football team.

We have picked a full team on offense and defense and have also selected special award winners for the player of the year and coach of the year. The team was revealed during Saturday's pregame broadcast before the Division I state championship game on ONN.

Below is a look at the special award winners, followed by this year's full team (all players listed are seniors unless noted):

Player Of The Year

The ONN/Ohio High player of the year award this year goes to Coldwater running back/linebacker Ross Homan.

The 6-1, 225-pound Homan had 1,042 yards rushing, 312 yards receiving, 20 touchdowns, 141 tackles and four sacks as Coldwater went undefeated in the always tough Midwest Athletic Conference for the second year in a row.

During his team's four-game run to the Division IV state title game, Homan has accumulated 319 yards rushing and nine more touchdowns, giving him 1,361 yards and 29 TDs on the year. His tackle total is now over 200.

"Definitely, getting this award from Ohio High is a big thing," said Homan, who has verbaled to play college football at Ohio State. "When I heard about it, I was happy about it."

Homan is ranked as the state's No. 5 prospect by Ohio High and No. 83 overall nationally by Scout.com.

Other finalists for this award included Bellaire's Nate Davis, Akron Garfield's Chris Wells and Copley's Delone Carter.

Coach Of The Year

The coach of the year award goes to Cincinnati St. Xavier's Steve Specht. He guided St. X to a 14-0 mark this season and a spot in the Division I state championship game against Massillon Washington.

St. X's run included two dramatic victories over defending Division I state champion Cincinnati Colerain (7-0 in Week 1 and a 12-9 overtime decision in the regional semifinals).

Specht is a 1986 graduate of St. X, where he was a team captain. He spent eight years as a St. X assistant before replacing longtime coach Steve Rasso in 2004. In two years, he has an amazing 25-1 record.

Other coaches considered included Steubenville's Reno Saccocia, Hilliard Davidson's Brian White, Massillon Washington's Tom Stacy, Lima Central Catholic's Jerry Cooper, Lyndhurst Brush's Jason Hall, Hamler Patrick Henry's Bill Inselmann and Toledo Central Catholic's Greg Dempsey.

All-Ohio Team Offense

QB – Nate Davis, Bellaire: Davis (6-3, 230) threw for 2,749 yards and 35 TDs as his team went 13-1. He also rushed for over 400 yards and seven TDs. Davis closes his prep career with better than 7,300 yards and better than 70 touchdown passes.

RB – Chris Wells, Akron Garfield: Wells (6-2, 225) followed up a 1,900-yard season as a junior with 2,134 yards and 27 TDs as a senior. Ranked the nation's top RB and top overall college prospect nationally by Scout.com. Ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the state by Ohio High. Verbaled to Ohio State and will enroll in time for the spring.

RB -- Delone Carter, Copley: Carter (5-10, 200) rushed for 5,291 yards and scored 77 TDs in his 25-game career at Copley. He ended up shattering his own single-season school record with 2,735 yards and 49 TDs. Copley ended up 9-3. Committed to Syracuse.

WR – Jeff Cumberland, Columbus Brookhaven: Cumberland (6-6, 222) had 25 catches for 801 yards (32.0 average) and 13 touchdowns during the regular season. He is looking at Ohio State, Minnesota and others.

WR -- Joe Morgan, Canton McKinley: Morgan (6-1, 175) had 30 catches for 822 yards (27.4 average) and 11 TDs during McKinley's 10-0 regular season. He ended up setting a McKinley single-season receiving yardage record. He has an offer from Illinois and other schools are getting in on Morgan, who has great speed in the 4.4 range.

TE – Zach Meagher, Cincinnati Glen Este: Meagher (6-5, 245) had 17 catches for 300 yards for 9-2 Glen Este, which won the Fort Ancient Valley Conference. He suffered a knee injury in his team's playoff loss to Colerain. Verbaled to Louisville

OL – Connor Smith, Cincinnati Colerain: Smith (6-5, 295) is the No. 4 prospect in Ohio by Ohio High and No. 22 overall nationally by Scout.com. He is, perhaps, the best blocker in the state. He helped Colerain post a 10-2 mark after going 15-0 and winning a state title in 2004. He projects as a guard at the college level. He had a number of scholarship offers but verbaled to Ohio State in late July. He will follow in his dad Joe's footsteps as an OSU lineman.

OL -- Justin Boren, Pickerington North: Boren (6-4, 300) is a great physical specimen. He benches over 460 pounds and squats 650. Runs a 4.9 40. He is ranked as the nation's No. 37 prospect overall by Scout.com. He will follow his dad Mike's footsteps and play his college ball at Michigan.

OL -- Aaron Brown, Cincinnati Princeton: Brown (6-6, 283) is the No. 3 prospect in Ohio by Ohio High. He is a gigantic OT prospect with tremendous potential. He had 60 scholarship offers but verbaled to Virginia Tech in October.

OL -- Joe Thomas, Lakewood St. Edward: Thomas (6-4, 285) stepped into the void left by Alex Boone at St. Ed and developed a great reputation as a run blocker. Helped St. Ed post a 13-1 mark. He verbaled to Pittsburgh prior to the season.

OL -- Bryant Browning, Cleveland Glenville: Browning (6-3, 330) is coming into his own as an offensive lineman. He helped Glenville to a 12-1 season. He is a bright student with a 4.2 GPA. Has a scholarship offer from Ohio State.

All-Purpose – Ray Small, Cleveland Glenville: Small (6-0, 170) scored 16 touchdowns on the year and had 1,200 all-purpose yards. He had four returns for scores and the rest were on offense. He stands out at WR, DB and on returns. He is looking at USC, Ohio State, Tennessee, North Carolina and Michigan State.

All-Ohio Team Defense

DL – Ben Martin, Cincinnati LaSalle, junior: Martin (6-5, 225) is the state's top-rated junior prospect by Ohio High,. He had 10 sacks for LaSalle's 8-2 team that just missed the Division I playoffs. He boasts 4.6-second speed in the 40. This versatile athlete, already getting attention from Ohio State and Notre Dame.

DL -- Robert Rose, Cleveland Glenville: Rose (6-5, 238) tallied as many as 17 sacks for Glenville. He is just a raw athletic talent that has a chance to be a big-time college player. He will play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January. He likes Ohio State and USC among others.

DL -- Jake Ballard, Springboro: Ballard (6-7, 265) plays tight end, punts and was the district defensive player of the year for the second year in a row as an impact defensive end. Verbaled to Ohio State.

DL -- John Ryan, Cleveland St. Ignatius: Ryan (6-5, 240) battled some injuries, but still had a great year. Verbaled to Notre Dame.

LB – Ross Homan, Coldwater: See above.

LB -- Thaddeus Gibson, Euclid: Gibson (6-3, 205) is ranked as the state's No. 2 prospect by Ohio High and No. 53 overall nationally by Scout.com. He had 14 sacks, two blocked punts and a 90-yard kick return as a senior. He likes Michigan, Ohio State, Tennessee and Penn State, among others.

LB -- Tyler Moeller, Cincinnati Colerain: Moeller (6-1, 205) was used as a rush linebacker and tallied 11-1/2 sacks as a senior. He earned district defensive player of the year honors. He verbaled to Ohio State at midseason.

LB -- Paul Rice, Hunting Valley University School: Rice (6-2, 215) was a great two-way player. He had 116 tackles on defense and 1,704 yards rushing and 20 TDs on offense. Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and West Virginia are all on his list.

DB – Kurt Coleman, Clayton Northmont: Coleman (5-11, 190) did a little bit of everything for Northmont. He had a 53-yard touchdown catch in his team's playoff loss to Centerville. For the year, he had 23 catches on offense, three interceptions on defense and five TDs (two catches, one kick return, two punt returns). Verbaled to Ohio State.

DB -- Devon Torrence, Canton South, junior: Torrence (6-1, 180) is another great two-way player. He had 99 tackles and a 90-yard INT return for a touchdown on defense and scored 14 TDs and rushed for 639 yards on offense. He is considered the state's No. 2 junior prospect by Ohio High. He is also an outstanding baseball player. He reportedly favors Ohio State at this early stage.

DB -- Eugene Clifford, Cincinnati Colerain, junior: Coleman (6-2, 180) had six interceptions as Colerain went 10-2. He is ranked as Ohio's No. 5 junior prospect by Ohio High. Already being courted by Michigan, among others.

DB -- Drew Kuhn, Louisville: Kuhn (6-0, 180) threw for 1,643 yards and 17 TDs against 11 interceptions and rushed for 964 yards and 16 TDs during the regular season. He is a great two-way player who also excelled on defense. He helped lead Louisville to a 12-1 finish.

K – Bryan Wright, Salem: Wright (6-1, 200) made a 57-yard field goal (second longest in Ohio prep history), He also made FG's from 52, 48, 47, 38, 35 and 30 yards. His 3 misses were from 46, 48 and 55 yards. Verbaled to Michigan in late November.

Other Players Considered

QB -- Arvell Nelson, Cleveland Glenville; Clay Belton, junior, Clayton Northmont; Rick Stanzi, Mentor Lake Catholic; Mike Scherpenberg, Cincinnati Indian Hill, Zach George, Hamler Patrick Henry; Alex Earley, Huber Heights Wayne; Perci Garner, Dover; Miles Schlichter, Washington C.H. Miami Trace.

RB -- Frank Edmonds, Lakewood St. Edward; Morgan Williams, junior, Canton McKinley; P.J. Mahone, Elyria; Jordan Mabin, junior, Macedonia Nordonia; Brandon Shimits, Solon; Darius Ashley, sophomore, Cincinnati St. Xavier; Brian Gamble, Massillon Washington; Scott Weber, Canal Fulton Northwest; Nate Burney, Youngstown Cardinal Mooney.

WR -- Dan Ifft, junior, Dover; Josh Chichester, West Chester Lakota West; Marc Krauss, Hamler Patrick Henry; Rob Parris, Cleveland St. Ignatius; Dane Sanzenbacher, Toledo Central Catholic.

OL -- Lee Tilley, Columbus Franklin Heights; Eric Gohman, Dayton Carroll; Clark Crum, Dublin Scioto; Andrew Hauser, Cincinnati St. Xavier.

DL -- Bill Nagy, Hudson; Kallen Wade, Cincinnati Withrow.

LB -- Cobrani Mixon, Cincinnati Colerain; Alex Albright, Cincinnati St. Xavier; Nathan Williams, sophomore, Washington C.H. Miami Trace; Jermale Hines, junior, Cleveland Glenville.

DB -- Jordan Gafford, Worthington Kilbourne; Royce Adams, Cleveland Glenville; Andrew Dailey, junior, Massillon Washington; Nate Oliver, junior, Lakewood St. Edward; Angelo Babbaro, Canfield; Desmond Marrow, Youngstown Cardinal Mooney.

K -- Nick Blevins, Carroll Bloom-Carroll.


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