Size Matters Most With Hubbard's O'Hara

As a first-year varsity starter at right tackle Hubbard's Marcus O'Hara played well enough to attract some interest from some of the top collegiate programs in the Midwest. Now he's looking for more. A solid off-season and a few camping stops in the spring and summer could help turn that interest into eventual scholarship offers.

In a state sorely lacking in top-rated offensive line prospects next season Marcus O'Hara of Hubbard High School, the same school that sent Shaun Lane to Ohio State, has the kind of size that just might garner him some extra attention going into his senior season.

Schools like Michigan and Notre Dame thought enough of O'Hara last season to invite him to their games and he also attended an Ohio State practice in Columbus before the team departed for the Fiesta Bowl.

"The thing that might separate him from some of the other top lineman out there is his potential for growth and his willingness to do whatever it takes to get better," said Hubbard head coach Jeff Bayuk, who noted that O'Hara, at 6-6 and 290 pounds, has grown about three inches since the spring before his sophomore season. "He's the first one in the weight room and he's the last one to leave. We constantly have to chase him out of there. He's certainly willing to put in the time to get better."

O'Hara, who was called a "late-bloomer" by Bayuk, started for the first time on the varsity last season at right tackle.

"He does a good job at zone-blocking and down-blocking but I think he still needs to work some on his pass protection," said Bayuk. "And he needs to work on his feet more but I think that's pretty common for a lot of guys his size."

Schools like Notre Dame, Ohio State, Michigan, West Virginia, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati are some of the teams that he is hoping to attract some serious interest from.

"I really don't know what to expect with recruiting. I would think my size and speed would be an advantage for me," said O'Hara who camped at West Virginia and Youngstown State last summer. "I'm not interested in any one particular school over the other so I'll just have to wait and see whoever it is that gives me the best offer."

Bayuk certainly thinks that O'Hara is worthy of a scholarship offer from any big-time Division I program willing to take a chance on him.

"I've been coaching in this (Youngstown-Warren) area for 27 years and I've coached against a lot of Division I scholarship linemen over that time and not any of them were nearly as good as Marcus O'Hara," the coach said. "Marcus might be considered a project by some people but he understands what we're doing up front and if he works a lot on his feet and rolling his hips, then he can be as good as anyone."

O'Hara, who intends to camp at Ohio State and Michigan among some other places this summer, has a 2.5 GPA and will take the ACT test for the first time on Saturday.


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