The evaluation process does not stop when the football season ends. There are still things going on that continue the evaluation process. Track is a big thing. Football is first and foremost about running, so you can bet the colleges are keeping track of what is happening there. You have camps which have become as important as anything to players getting offers. The Nike camps have already happened. They kick off the recruiting year for all intents and purposes.
Offers also play a part in this. You have to pay attention to what schools are offering players. I am confident to the point of arrogance about my ability to evaluate talent, but when I see schools offering players that I don't have highly rated, I have to go back and re-evaluate and sometimes I have players highly-rated that are not getting offers. I have to go back and take a look again there too. Lastly, you hear things. That plays into this too. You hear who is working hard and who has spring fever. You hear who is stretching the limits of the weightroom and who needs time to think about it if you would ask him the last time he was in there.
This is a list of players who have made themselves hot properties since Ohio's Future Stars came out. They will surely be rated higher come the July issue.
1. WR Bryan Williamson, 6-3, 200, 4.54, Thomas Worthington
Williamson said he ran a 4.52 last year at the Ohio State camp. I was never able to confirm that but he now has run under 4.55 at the Michigan State Nike camp and was rated the second best receiver there. Williamson is the biggest and the strongest of the nice crop of receivers her in Ohio this year, and only Gonzalez and Darryl Snow are faster but they give up 3 inches or better and 20 lbs to Williamson.
2. OL Mike McGlynn, 6-6, 310, 5.1. Austintown Fitch
McGlynn didn't play due to grade problems last year. This spring he has impressed with his agility at 1st base for the baseball team and the fact that his weight is under control. He may be leaner now than he was the last time we saw him on the football field. Don't be surprised if he is the first offensive lineman offered by Ohio State.
3. WR/LB Curt Lukens, 6-2, 210, 4.7, North Canton Hoover
Lukens was always a fine football player but he looked to be one without a position. He is a high school WR and LB. He was not fast enough to be a top WR but lacked the size to be an LB. That has changed. He has added weight and at the same time become faster. His performance on the track at the district meet was really eye-popping. He ran an 11.29, beating Buckeye recruit Tyler Everett and several other names you would recognize. Ohio State likes him a lot.
3. DB DeJuan Tribble, 5-11, 180, 4.4, Cincinnati North College Hills
I know Tribble was already a top 25 player in OFS but his offer list is more impressive than Mike Phillips and Eric Thatcher, corners rated ahead of him. He will camp at Ohio State and the Buckeyes lead.
4. Ty Hall, 6-6, 280, 5.4, Cincinnati Anderson
The thing that has changed the way Ty Hall is being recruited is a tape going around of Hall going against Brandon Maupin, a DT from Lakota West who has as impressive an offer list as anybody in the Big 10 region, and clearly showing who was the better player. Maupin is a top 10 player in Ohio. Hall will camp at Ohio State and favors the Buckeyes.
5. Raymond Edwards, 6-5, 230, 4.6, Cincinnati Woodward
Not much more needs to be said than what is on his measureables line. All he needed was some attention. Edwards has been one of the best-kept secrets in Ohio. Most of the top 20 programs have started making their way to Woodward and Ohio State is one of them. He plays the Mike in high school but will be a DE in college. 3.8 gpa to boot.
6. Devin May, 6-5, 275, 5.2, Columbus Bishop Watterson
May disappeared from Ohio's Future Stars. He is back in with a vengeance after a monster camp showing at Michigan State Nike. His performance prompted one coach there to say he was one of the top 5 prospects there. That's a pretty bold statement when 263 of the Midwest's best were in attendance. I spoke to coach Golden last week and he told me that it would be easier to list the schools that had not been in than to list the ones that had. It is unfortunate that it may be pointless as May has some serious work to do in the classroom before any of this amounts to anything.
7. Romeo Travis, 6-6, 230, Akron St.Vincent-St. Mary
I spoke to coach Brophy and he told me that he has been telling Travis, who until last year was strictly a basketball player, that 6-6 forwards are a dime a dozen in basketball but 6-6 DEs are a rare commodity in football. It seems to have taken root in Travis mind.
8. Jeff Terrell, 6-3, 205, 4.7, Cleveland University School
Talk about coming out of nowhere. I could not believe what I was seeing when I saw his tape. He is a fine prospect with a really good arm and probably is the most accurate passer of the QB crop in Ohio this year. This lefty makes good decisions and Ben Mauk is the only QB in Ohio who runs better.