Bucknuts Recruiting Quick Read: Dec. 5

The last Bucknuts Recruiting Quick Read came out just a week ago, but there have been plenty of developments over the past week, so we want to bring you a new installment. Check out the latest edition for all the news as well as an update on Cleveland (Oh.) Glenville WR/CB Ray Small from Gary Housteau.

Welcome to the Bucknuts OSU football recruiting Quick Read. This is a one-stop reference where you can come to get the latest summary on Ohio State football recruiting and where the Buckeyes stand with various in- and out-of-state prospects. In this feature, we will list the top ten remaining uncommitted prospects from both inside and outside of the state of Ohio, as well as a summary of each position and the latest on the players who currently stand as recruiting possibilities for the Buckeyes. Also included will be staff commentary from Steve Helwagen, Gary Housteau and Duane Long as they give their current thoughts on the state of OSU football recruiting. 

This feature will be updated every two weeks and more as needed as the recruiting season starts to heat up. Read on for the latest summaries and developments concerning OSU football recruiting.   


The following is a compilation of the opinions of the Bucknuts staff and does not represent the Ohio State football program.

Ohio Top 10 Uncommitted Prospects (w/OSU interest) Out-Of-State Top 10 
Based on Scout.com Rankings
1. Thaddeus Gibson, LB *
2. Ray Small, WR*
3. Jeff Cumberland, WR
4. Robert Rose, DL*
5. Arvell Nelson, QB
6. Anthony Harris, S, Col. Brookhaven
7. Derrell Johnson, ATH 
8. Bill Nagy, OL
9. Bryant Browning, OL *
10. James Allison, LB, Lima Senior


Thaddeus Gibson

1. Ryan Hill, CB *
2. Jason Adjepong, DE *
3. David Ausberry, WR*
4. A.J. Wallace, CB*
5. Mark Johnson, LB*
6. Elijah Fields, S
7. Navorro Bowman, LB*
8. Brian Whitmore, DE *
9. Bryant Miller, DE*
10. Colin McCarthy, LB * 


Jason Adjepong


Bryant Browning


Colin McCarthy

* - denotes a reported OSU offer

Ohio State Official Visit Weekends

Sept. 9-11 (Texas): Aaron Brown, A.J. Wallace, Steven Wesley
Sept. 23-25 (Iowa): David Ausberry, Colin McCarthy
Oct. 14 (MSU): Navorro Bowman, Wes Lyons, McKenzie Matthews
Dec. 2 Jason Adjepong, Jake Ballard, Bryant Browning, Kurt Coleman, Ryan Hill, Dexter Larimore, Tyler Moeller, Robert Rose, Ray Small, Joe Thomas, Chris Wells
Dec. 11 Andy Miller
Jan. 6 Mark Johnson (?), Johnnie Troutman

 

Bucknuts Staff Commentary

Steve Helwagen:

I had the privilege of attending the OHSAA state playoffs this past weekend in Canton. I covered two of the state championship games and also joined ONN for its unveiling of our All-Ohio team. The player of the year on the All-Ohio team was Coldwater running back/linebacker Ross Homan.

Of course, Homan is set to enroll at Ohio State in just a few weeks so he can get a head start on his college career.

As a senior, Homan got it done on both sides of the ball for the Cavaliers. He tallied over 1,300 yards rushing and 20 TDs on offense and over 200 tackles on defense. I think you would be hard pressed to find anybody in the state who played at such a high level on both sides of the ball. And he did it for a team that rolled to a 15-0 mark and the Division IV state title.

In the title game, Homan was a one-man wrecking crew. He had a touchdown run on offense and also tallied some 16 tackles on defense. I think it would be a stretch to say he will step right into one of the three linebacker openings at OSU next year. But, by enrolling early, Homan will position himself for some work perhaps as a backup or special teams player right away.

Homan won the player of the year award in a very tight race over fellow OSU verbal Chris Wells from Akron Garfield, Syracuse verbal Delone Carter of Copley and Bellaire quarterback Nate Davis.

 

Gary Housteau:

Speaking with Ray Small on the telephone on Sunday night, he convinced me that his visit to Ohio State went really well this weekend. But in typical Glenville fashion, he just won't come out and pull the trigger.

Off the record or on the record, I can never get Small or any of the Glenville kids, for that matter, to toss the ultimate bone my way. The most I ever get from any of them early in the recruiting season is a wink or smile from them in person or an "It's a tough decision" from them when I'm on the phone with them.

I think back to when Donte Whitner was still at Glenville and he and Dareus Hiley had just completed their round of official visits. I remember Donte telling me that he still hadn't decided while we were sitting in Ted Ginn Sr.'s office at Glenville High School on one December day.

That particular day, Whitner did go as far as telling me that he just recently had a talk with Maurice Clarett who had enrolled early in January at Ohio State the year before. Little did Whitner know at the time that I already knew that the paperwork to enroll at Ohio State had already been started and I knew he would be enrolling at OSU the very next month just like Clarett did.

Other than Jamario O'Neal, who had committed to Ohio State before he transferred there, none of the coveted Glenville kids choose to go public with their respective decisions until late in the recruiting process. It's become the modus operandi at the school.

In Small's case, he would only go as far as admitting to me that he already knows where he's going. Throughout our brief conversation he talked freely about all of the good things about his visit to Ohio State but at the same time would not confirm or deny that his choice is Ohio State.

O'Neal was his host on his visit this weekend and Small said that he showed him around and he really enjoyed his visit. Small also said he got to watch the groundbreaking of the new weight training facility while he was there and that was a pretty neat experience.

"I spent time with all of the coaches individually and that was really nice," Small said. "They showed me all around the campus and I got to take a look at what I'm going to major in, sports management, so it was nice little trip."

Jim Tressel himself was one of the coaches that Small spent some individual time with in his office.

"We sat down and talked for about 35 or 40 minutes about life and about making it in life and being a good person," Small said. "We didn't even talk about football. He got to know me and I got to know him a little bit."

When the proper time comes, Small will let everyone know if his final decision is indeed Ohio State or USC. He said it will definitely be one of those two schools even though he still plans to visit Tennessee and Michigan State.

"SC was a nice visit, parts of it," Small said. "But at O-State I did everything and went everywhere. They even showed me the equipment room."

And he also talked about how nice it was to spend some time again with Ted Ginn Jr., a player whose career he would love to emulate in college. Ohio State is looking at him as an offensive player while USC likes him on the defensive side of the ball.

"Ted's like a big brother to me. He's my idol," Small said. "We talked and he told me what to do when I get there."

Some time in January, we all will find out exactly how big of an influence Ginn is on him. Small is still hoping a roster spot might open up for him at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and he would make his decision public at that time. If not, he plans do it some later time in January.

Even though all signs might point to Small becoming an Ohio State Buckeye, his ultimate destination won't become official until he actually signs on the dotted line come Feb. 1, the national letter-of-intent day.

 

Duane Long:

Ohio State's depth at defensive tackle has been outstanding for the past few years. That is about to change with four seniors-to-be on the roster (I consider David Patterson and Tim Schafer as tackles).

You don't want to play true freshmen at defensive tackle in a league like the Big Ten. That is what would happen in 2007 if there are no tackles brought in this year. The two-deep would have at least one true freshman. You want to get a couple of kids in this year. That left me puzzled about the lack of offers to defensive tackles. It is an uninspiring lot to choose from this year, granted, but I think they have to get some bodies in there.

Then I noticed how many defensive ends the Buckeyes are offering. The depth is good at defensive end, and the talent is young. We could be seeing the staff do some intersquad recruiting. Until a couple of outstanding all-star game showings at defensive end most thought Alex Barrow would end up at defensive tackle. I have always thought Doug Worthington could just as likely end up at a defensive tackle or even an offensive tackle. We have seen this staff make this move before.

Darrion Scott and Kenny Peterson both made themselves into NFL players after moving down. Simon Fraser was highly effective when he moved inside on passing downs. Moving players down is something you see a lot in the south. That is where most of the top defensive linemen are coming from. A good number of the top defensive ends came to college as linebackers and a good number of the top defensive tackles started out as defensive ends.


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Position-by-Position Rundown
(Commitments and Possibilities, listed in alphabetical order)

Red text indicates updated info since last quick read

Quarterback


Antonio Henton

Verbals: 1
Needs: 0

  • Antonio Henton, Peach County, Ga. *
    Verbal to OSU -- 6/28/05. Will likely be lone QB in this recruiting class. Helped lead his team to a Class AAA state championship this weekend. Was 8-of-18 for 223 yards passing with one TD and rushed six times for 38 yards with two TDs in the title game. 
  • Arvell Nelson, Cleveland Glenville
    Ohio's top QB prospect. Has stated OSU would be at the top if they offered. 
  • Commentary: With Henton's commitment, Ohio State is likely done with recruiting the quarterback position this year. 

Running Back


Chris Wells

Verbals: 1
Needs: 1

  • Chris Wells, Akron, Oh.  Garfield*
    Verbal to OSU -- 2//6/05. Visit - 12/2. Scout.com No. 1 RB prospect.  Had a dynamite final game on 10/28, logging (unofficially) 370 yards on 37 carries to finish the season with over 2,000 yards. Garfield missed the playoffs so Wells's high school career is done. Visited USC on 11/4 and seemed to love the trip, but stated his desire to play at Ohio State. Was recently named Scout.com's top overall prospect in America. Will play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January before enrolling early at Ohio State. 

  • Travis McBride, McKeesport, Pa.
    Running back has had consistent interest in Ohio State throughout the recruiting process. Latest update from PackPride.com has Ohio State in his top five along with Iowa, NC State, West Virginia, and Penn State. Has been talking about a visit to OSU. 
  • Aram Olsen, Irmo, S.C.
    Came up to OSU for the Illinois game on an unofficial visit. Could be one to watch if the Buckeyes decide to take a fullback.   
  • Commentary: Some felt the Buckeyes might try to land two running backs this season, but Wells will likely be the only one.

Wide Receiver


Josh Chichester

Verbals: 1
Needs: 2

  • Josh Chichester, West Chester, Oh. *
    Verbal to OSU -- 7/1/05.  Big receiver is having a solid season. 
  • David Ausberry, Leemore, Calif. *
    OSU Visit -- 9/23/05 (Iowa game). Top 100 receiver. Most recent scout.com update states Ausberry will most likely decide from USC, Georgia and Ohio State. Did not take scheduled visit to USC this past weekend. 
  • Jeff Cumberland, Columbus, Oh. Brookhaven
    Big, athletic receiver/ATH reportedly needs a boost academically for OSU. Has shown heavy interest in Miami, Minnesota and others.  Updated academic info makes it look like Cumberland might be a long shot for Ohio State. 
  • Dominique Douglas, Detroit (Mich.) Murray Wright
    OSU Visit -- 12/9. New name on the scene. Aa season of whopping stats (86 catches, 25 TDs) has caught the attention of several area colleges. Douglas was in attendance at Michigan for OSU-UM. Committed to Iowa after 12/2 visit. 
  • (NEW) Terrence Jeffers, Lilburn, Ga. Berkmar
    Recent Scout.com update quotes him as saying OSU is coming in for a visit this week. 
  • Derrell Johnson, Youngstown, Oh. Mooney
    Excellent athlete who is listed here as a receiver but could play several positions. Prime in-state candidate for a Buckeye offer.  Offers from Penn State, Iowa, North Carolina, others. Buckeyes remain solidly interested but academic issues could play a role. 
  • Wes Lyons, Pittsburgh, Pa. Woodland Hills*
    Visit - 10/14. Brother of OSU WR Devon Lyons. Also considering Miami (Fla.), West Virginia, Louisville, and Boston College. Visited Ohio State for MSU game and had positive things to say about the trip. Boston College and West Virginia may be the teams to beat, but Ohio State is still in the picture. 
  • Damon McDaniel, Virginia Beach, Va. Landstown *
    Did not list Ohio State in most recent Scout.com update although there was mention of Ohio State in a local newspaper report last week. 
  • Joe Morgan, Canton (Oh.) McKinley
    Was an under the radar player before the season but is seeing his stock rise after a strong senior year. Ohio State is showing some interest. 
  • Tamarcus Porter, Pahokee, Fla.
    WR/DB prospect to keep an eye on. Considering Ohio State and says the Buckeyes may be in his top five. Will probably visit. Also likes BC, Iowa, Maryland, Pitt, and Florida. Has officially visited BC and Pitt already. 
  • Ray Small, Cleveland Glenville *
    Visit - 12/2. The latest in a long line of electric Glenville football players. Can play WR or CB in college. Plans to announce in January. See Gary Housteau's comments above for the latest on Small.  

 

  • Commentary: A solid group of wide receivers showing strong interest in Ohio State. The Buckeyes will likely try to add at least one more receiver.  

Tight End


Jake Ballard

Verbals: 1
Needs: 1

  • Jake Ballard, Springboro, Oh. *
    Verbal to OSU --6/2/05. Visit - 12/2. Scout.com No. 5 TE prospect. Picked OSU over Michigan, several others. Team is having excellent season, one of the top teams in Division II. 
  • (NEW) Andy Miller, Washington, Pa. Trinity*
    Visit - 12/11. Very recently offered by Ohio State and has a Sunday/Monday visit set up. Could be an OL at the next level. Also considering Indiana, Pittsburgh, and West Virginia. 
  • Kyle Sheehan, Grayson, Ga. *
    Recent report from Chris Pool states this Purdue commit may take one last look at Ohio State. Hopes to enroll early; visit to OSU may come before then. Can play DE or  OL but listed here as a TE because Sheehan told Pool OSU is recruiting him as a TE. 
  • Commentary: An offer extended to Miller makes it a third player in this category that could play on the line somewhere. If more than one of these players were to sign with Ohio State, it is likely that at least one would be looked at in another position. 

Offensive Line


Connor Smith

Verbals: 1
Needs: 2

  • Connor Smith, Cincinnati, Oh. Colerain *
    Verbal to OSU -- 7/31/05. Scout.com No. 5 OL prospect. Five-star prospect, rated by Scout.com as tops in the Midwest. 
  • Bryant Browning, Cleveland, Oh. Glenville *
    Visit - 12/2. Was recently offered by Ohio State, making the Buckeyes the favorites to land his signature. Also interested in Indiana, Northwestern, others. Had good visit to OSU this past weekend but plans on taking more trips before deciding. 
  • Bill Nagy, Hudson, Oh.
    Two-way lineman is a candidate for a Buckeye offer in the coming weeks.  
  • Joe Thomas, OL, Lakewood, Oh. St. Edward*
    Visit - 12/2. High school teammate of OSU lineman Alex Boone. Committed to Pittsburgh in the summer but was offered by Ohio State after his commitment. Took visit to Ohio State on 12/2 but he announced his intentions to stick with his Pittsburgh commitment after the visit. 
  • Commentary: Buckeyes would like to take more than one OL this year, but lack of interest from out-of-state prospects does not help. Two of top three in-state prospects, Aaron Brown and Justin Boren, have committed elsewhere. 

Defensive End


Robert Rose

Verbals: 0
Needs: 1-2

  • Jason Adjepong, Cartaret, N.J. *
    Visit - 12/2. Recently began speaking with reporters again after shutting down interviews during the season. Most recent scout.com update has Ohio State on a list of eight schools under consideration. Has taken one official so far (Michigan). Took his visit to OSU on 12/2, but we have been unable as of yet to get word from Adjepong regarding the trip. 
  • Walter Dublin, Sarasota, Fla. *
    Ohio State has been solidly in his top five for some time. Will likely visit. Most recent update from RutgersInsider.com has OSU in the top five with Ole Miss, Florida, Minnesota, and Iowa.  
  • McKenzie Mathews, Syracuse, N.Y. Christian Brothers Academy *
    Lists Ohio State, Michigan, others. Visited Ohio State 10/14-10/16 and enjoyed the trip. Has said he will wait until signing day to decide. Visited Pittsburgh over the weekend of 12/2; no word yet on his trip. 
  • Bryant Miller, Miami (Fla.) Central *
    Lists Buckeyes as one of his favorites along with Miami, Florida State, Ole Miss, and Auburn. Interested in visiting OSU but may be tough to get out of the south. 
  • Jamil Paris, Sebastian, Fla.  Sebastian River
    Visit - 12/9. Tall (6-7, 225) DE prospect did not play much football as a junior due to hurricanes and injuries. Has solid interest in OSU but Florida might be tough to beat. Surprised many people by announcing a commitment to Kentucky after his visit on 12/4. 
  • Robert Rose, Cleveland, Oh. Glenville *
    One of Ohio's top line prospects and a U.S. Army All-American selection. Has officially visited USC and will visit Ohio State. Other schools of interest include LSU, Florida and North Carolina. Enjoyed his trip to OSU. Said he may or may not take trips to Tennessee and Michigan State. Will decide at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. 
  • Steven Wesley, Bartow, Fla. *
    Visit - 9/9/05 (Texas).  Still mentioned Ohio State in most recent update along with Miami (Fla.), Florida, Ole Miss, and Alabama. Still has yet to visit UF and Miami. Liked visit to OSU but could be tough to get out of the south. Committed to Miami (Fla.)
  • Brian Whitmore, Chesapeake, Va.  Oscar K. Smith
    Scout.com No. 22 DE. Has shown solid interest in Ohio State, but the Buckeyes could be facing an uphill battle behind Miami (Fla.) and Virginia Tech. 
  • Commentary: Several talented ends are interested in the Buckeyes. Many expect Rose to eventually pick Ohio State, and the Buckeyes should be able to get at least one more out of the above group.

Defensive Tackle


Dexter Larimore

Verbals: 0
Needs: 1-2

  • Dexter Larimore, Merrillville, Ind. *
    Visit 12/2. Offered by Ohio State in September and a Michigan offer came quickly after. Has been to games at OSU and UM and will likely officially visit both. Rated as the nation's top heavyweight wrestler. After visiting OSU on 12/2, Larimore is now done with official visits and hopes to make a decision by Christmas.  
  • Alex Dekle, Statesboro, Ga. *
    Lists offer from OSU and consistently mentions the Buckeyes among his favorites. Also likes Tennessee, Ole Miss, Mississippi State. Recent Scout.com update had Dekle listing no leader among Clemson, Ole Miss, Mississippi, OSU, and Tennessee. 
  • Johnnie Troutman, Browns Mills, N.J. Pemberton Township *
    Talented DE /DT who is out for the season due to an ACL injury. Ohio State is among many who have offered. Took an official visit to Penn State on 12/2 and had a good visit. Came away saying Penn State and Ohio State were his co-leaders, per FightOnState.com. 
  • Commentary: Buckeyes could use some defensive tackles in this class but the list is short, especially with a very thin year for DTs in Ohio. 

Linebacker


Tyler Moeller

Verbals: 2
Needs: 1

  • Ross Homan, Coldwater, Oh. *
    Verbal to OSU -- 2//7/05. Solid commitment to Ohio State. Wrapped up his outstanding high school career with a state championship ring as Coldwater defeated Youngstown Mooney this past weekend. Was named Ohio High/ONN state player of the year. Will be enrolling at OSU in January.  
  • Tyler Moeller, Cincinnati (Oh.) Colerain *
    Verbal to OSU -- 9/14/05. Visit - 12/2. Having a fine year as Colerain is in position to defend its Division I state title. Had several big plays in nationally televised win over Tyler (Texas) Lee.
     
  • Navorro Bowman, Forestville (Md.) Suitland *
    Visited 10/14. Has also visited Penn State and is very high on the Nittany Lions. Is planning on announcing his final decision on 12/8. Stated that he grew up a fan of Ohio State, which was not previously reported. Some feel Penn State still may have an edge.  
  • (NEW) Freddie Lenix, LB, Cleveland Glenville *
    Lenix signed with Ohio State in February but has been attending community college to improve his academic status. Originally planned on grayshirting, but BearcatInsider.com reports that Lenix took a visit to Cincinnati this weekend. As the Drudge Report would say, "Developing..."
  • Thaddeus Gibson, Euclid, Oh. *
    Top remaining uncommitted recruit in Ohio. One of the best defensive prospects in the Midwest. Ohio State, Tennessee, Michigan, and Penn State are among his schools of interest. Academic situation could be a concern. Will likely officially visit Ohio State. Has visited Michigan and was slated to visit Tennessee 12/2. 
  • Mark Johnson, Los Angeles, Calif.  Dorsey*
    West Coast standout who has consistently shown interest in OSU.  Has already visited LSU and has one set up to Cal. Florida and Ohio State are also remaining on his list of schools he'd like to visit. A couple sources have reported a 1/6 visit to Ohio State, but Johnson's father Daryl told Bucknuts last week that a visit had yet to be set up. Solid interest in OSU remains, along with LSU, Cal, Fresno State, and UCLA. 
  • Colin McCarthy, Clearwater, Fla. Central Catholic *
    Visit - 9/24. Outstanding athlete who visited for Iowa weekend. Has roots in Pa. Plans to take all visits before deciding. Told Bucknuts.com that his decision is down to Georgia Tech, Miami (Fla.), Nebraska, and Ohio State and that he plans on checking out OSU one more time unofficially before deciding. Talked about deciding around Christmas.  
  • Eric Schwartz, Clyde, Oh.
    Linebacker who is high on Ohio State; Buckeyes are remaining in contact. Seems to be on a short list of Ohio players still under consideration by OSU. Recently told Chris Pool that OSU is still calling, along with Northwestern and several MAC schools.

 

  • Commentary: With a need for linebacker, Ohio State has several possibilities to go with their current commitments, but they will be in a fight for each. 

Cornerback


Kurt Coleman

Verbals: 1
Needs: 1 or more

  • Kurt Coleman, Clayton, Oh. Northmont
    Verbal to OSU -- 6/26/05. Visit - 12/2. Outstanding athlete; listed over 40 offers. Plays WR and CB exceptionally well. 
  • Ryan Hill, Tallahassee, Fla. Rickards *
    Traveled to Ohio State this past weekend. Has said Ohio State and Miami lead the way and Alabama is also in consideration.  
  • Taylor Price, Hilliard, Oh. Darby
    Super-fast prospect who emerged out of nowhere by running blistering 40 times during camps. OSU is said to be keeping an eye on him this season. Committed to Akron. 
  • A.J. Wallace, Pomfret, Md. McDonough *
    Visit - 9/9. Recently told CanesTime.com that he was focused on Ohio State, Florida State, Nebraska, USC, Penn State, and Miami. USC is a new addition to his list as the Trojans are starting to show interest. Took a visit to Penn State this past weekend, and the Nittany Lions appear to be a player in this derby. 

 

  • Commentary: The list of cornerback possibilities is starting to narrow a bit, but OSU already has a potential impact commitment in Coleman. 

Safety


Grant Schwartz

Verbals: 1
Needs: 1 or more

  • Grant Schwartz, Dana Point, Calif.  Dana Hills *
    Fine athlete and the son of ex-Buckeye Brian Schwartz. Committed to Ohio State on 10/27, not long after receiving an offer. Chose the Buckeyes over Oregon and others.  
  • Mister Alexander, Houston, Tex. Eisenhower
    Big  (6-3, 188) safety prospect, rated No. 39 at his position by Scout.com. Told Bucknuts last week that Ohio State informed his coach that an offer was on the way. Ohio State and Florida State remain two schools he likes quite a bit. 
  • Elijah Fields, Duquesne, Pa.
    Four-star prospect who has been consistently listing Ohio State. Also showing interest in Penn State and West Virginia. Scout.com's Bob Lichtenfels reports Ohio State is among the list of schools still interested. Fields said OSU will likely get a visit. Academics are an issue. In a recent chat, Lichtenfels listed Fields as a good possibility to commit to Pittsburgh. 
  • Nick Prochak, Spartanburg, S.C.
    Under-the-radar QB/DB prospect who is just starting to get his name out more. Took unofficial to Ohio State for the Illinois game. Grew up in Ohio and was an Ohio State fan. Was recently offered by Clemson, his biggest offer to date. Some of the bigger programs are taking notice. 
  • Commentary: What Donte Whitner decides to do regarding the NFL may play a role in how many safeties Ohio State would like to take. 
Underclassmen Watch

By Steve Helwagen

Darius Ashley

It was interesting to attend the state playoffs this past weekend in Stark County. I had a chance to see Massillon juniors Andrew Dailey and Brian Gamble up close and in person. Dailey had one of the great individual efforts of the weekend when he stripped Cincinnati St. Xavier sophomore Darius Ashley of the football and returned it 80 yards for a touchdown.

Dailey plays safety for Massillon, but he could grow and become almost an ideal OLB - perhaps in the Bobby Carpenter mold - at the college level. I really like what I saw of Dailey, who had a team-high nine tackles. The sky could be the limit for him as he enters his senior year.

Gamble is a fine two-way player, but St. X never gave him an opening to get much done on offense. He also plays defensive back and did a fine job on that side of the ball with six stops. I want to see more out of Gamble next year, but I think he has the potential to be really good.

St. X's Ashley is a little guy at 5-9, 170 pounds. But he runs with a lot of heart. He is just a sophomore. Perhaps he can put on, say, 25 pounds over the next two years and change his body to where he would become a major college prospect. For some kids who are so active that is hard to do. I was impressed with what I saw out of Ashley. To carry the ball 27 times for 153 yards and a 50-yard touchdown as a soph in the Division I state title game, that is a pretty heady accomplishment in my book.

One more name to remember from this game was Massillon sophomore kicker Steve Schott. On what was a terrible night weather-wise, he hit a line drive 44-yard field goal. That was no small accomplishment, either.



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