10. ***** Antonio Jeremiah
6-5 275 DT/OL Hilliard Davidson
If I took a full length picture of Jeremiah and passed it around to every Division I college or university in the country, I am sure he would get offers just on how he looks on the hoof.
I saw him for the first time when he was a freshman, and at the time I couldn't believe his size and frame. He is tall with very long arms and is a natural wide body. I don't think he could lose weight if his life depended on it.
Jeremiah is such an athletic player that he plays defensive end. His tape shows he belongs at that position but head coach Paul Jenne is going to play him at defensive tackle this year to prepare him for college.
When I first saw Jeremiah this year, it was on a tape from another school, so obviously the tape was not meant to showcase Antonio. I always look at the other team because I can find other players and I can sometimes see a player I know already and get a different view of him. Jeremiah leaped out at me. The first thing that caught my attention is just how athletic this huge kid is. He is as explosive as a kid this big can be. Jeremiah is my No. 1 "big man" in this class. By big man I mean defensive tackle/offensive lineman. When I first saw him on the other school's tape, I thought he would make a great offensive lineman, but after the tape from Jenne I think everyone gives him a shot at defensive tackle. He is a real load, comes off the ball very well and shows a good motor.
If he does not turn into a great defensive tackle, I am absolutely sure he will be a great offensive lineman.
Update: At the Ohio State Nike Camp, Jeremiah ran the 40-yard dash in 5.05 seconds. He also had a 26-inch vertical jump and a 4.88-second time in the pro shuttle
Some of the schools that have already offered Jeremiah include West Virginia, Michigan State, Illinois, Louisville, Maryland, Syracuse and Boston College.
"I'm just loving this," Jeremiah said. "I'm letting it all sink in and starting to think about what school I want to go to. It's cool having a lot of different schools looking at me like this."
Jeremiah is hoping Ohio State will also come through.
"Ohio State has some things they want to see happen," said Darby coach Paul Jenne, who coached former OSU captain Donnie Nickey at Jonathan Alder. "He knows that. I think they like him a lot. He's just planning on having a good football year and whatever offers are there when it comes time to make a decision, they will be there."
Jeremiah holds a 2.67 GPA.
Here is a link to Jeremiah's database bio page in the Scout.com system. It contains video links of him in action from this past season:
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