A name to keep an eye on this coming season is linebacker Jason Stiel of Reynoldsburg (Oh.) High School. Stiel (6-2, 225, 4.6) camped last year at Purdue, Michigan and Ohio University.
"I went to Michigan camp as a sophomore and received a handwritten invitation to come back after my junior year," he said. "I tried to get to Ohio State too but things got messed up. I will be there this year."
Stiel plans to begin training at Max Sports center in Columbus this month.
"I will start working with Bill Conley in January," he said. "I play no other sports."
He plans on playing middle linebacker this season but is open regarding where he plays long term.
"I will be playing the middle this year," he said. "I don't really don't care where I play. I just want to help the team."
Stiel is hoping for an offer from a major college program but also will not be disappointed if one didn't come.
"Whether I commit early or not will depend on the offer," he said. "I would love to get offers from the real big boys like Ohio State and Michigan but I am a realist. My favorites right now are Miami of Ohio and Ohio U... I want to stay local."
Stiel was an all-conference performer as a sophomore and has a brother who is an offensive lineman at Ashland. He is also an excellent student.
"My GPA is 3.5," he said. "I will take the ACT in January... Education is priority No. 1."