Gunslingers, Receivers & Prospects, Oh My!

Saturday may have seen some of the top prep players take the field for one last time before heading off to college. But the early part of the day belonged to those who will be filling the air this fall with footballs from across the state.

The Ohio High School Coaches Association (OHSFCA) looked to make Saturday more than just a day to hold an All-Star game for players leaving for college.  By holding a 7-on-7 passing tournament and lineman's challenge on the grounds of Dublin Coffman High School, the association made the day one of excitement as over 50 teams took part in the exempted coaching day.

While many fans focused on the hometown team Dublin Coffman Rocks and their all-star class of offensive talents, the Rocks had a good day but didn't finish at the top of the brackets when all was said and done.  With Jacob Stoneburner out nursing an injury the Rocks still had plenty of weapons on both sides of the ball as Trey Fairchild looked to pick up the slack.  Fairchild enjoyed a great day and helped quarterback Zack Stoudt put up some nice numbers.   Linebacker Steve Gardiner was keep busy on the defensive side of the ball and helped power the Rocks on defense. 

While many came to see Dublin Coffman many stopped to watch Hamilton High School during the day.  Head Coach Jim Place may not have been on hand for the day but his talented team showed they will be even better this fall as Kenny Veal is one of Ohio's best keep secrets.  The talented Veal has great physical size and great body control.  With an offer from West Virginia already in hand don't be surprised if others jump on board very soon.

Veal #1 – Has great use of his hands on this play.

Veal #2 – Again he uses his hands for the score.

The Big Blue also have a couple of others to keep an eye on as wide receiver Marquis Powell has the size college coaches look for and the ability to go up and get a ball at its highest point.  While Powell still needs to continue working on his overall game, his stock will continue to rise as he begins his senior season.

Marquis Powell Hamilton HS

On the defensive side of the ball the Big Blue looks to Damian McIntosh (the correct spelling is Damien) a nice looking linebacker at the high school level who many project becoming a defensive end. 

While the Big Blue had a good day it didn't compare to that of Fairview.

The overall tournament had three winners on the day and Fairview under the direction of fast rising quarterback Ryan Radcliff was one of them.  Radcliff may not be getting the headlines as others in the QB class of 2008 but he should. 

Ryan Radcliff and his Fairview teammates won a bracket.

One of the biggest matchups on the day came when two of Ohio's top quarterbacks went at it.  Fairview took on Ada and quarterback Zac Dysert.  Both of these prospects can light up the sky with their aerial attack and on this day Radcliff held the advantage when all was said and done.

Ada QB Zac Dysert

If you're looking for a real sleeper in the class of 2008 you can look at tight end Ross Joost from Fairview.  At 6-foot-8, 215-pounds the first year player is coming along very nice.  Talking with his quarterback college programs need to keep an eye out on his development as he's only lacking time on the field to improve his game.

While Fairview was enjoying a nice day so was Southview.  Keep an eye on this team as they have some very nice looking talent at the skill positions.  The one that really caught our eye was Shawn Joplin who will only be a junior this fall.  Southview was another bracket winner on the day.

Southview WR Shawn Joplin Class 2009

But while many watched some of the Class of 2008 do well the third winner on the day saw a name many know help his team win the third bracket in the tournament.

When you say Mauk or Kenton High School you know when it comes to throwing a football they know what to do.  While big brother Ben Mauk was walking around the tournament helping his father Mike, another Mauk was busy on the field helping the Kenton B team win their bracket.

Another team I watched was Xenia High School.  While their main prospect wasn't there they did show a few underclassmen who should continue to have an eye kept on them.  Chad Steele (Class 09) and Alshon Horton (Class 09) both show nice ability and it will be interesting to see how both progress this fall.  But the one prospect I really want to keep an eye on is 2010 prospect Dakota Anderson.  While he lined up as a receiver on the day his future looks like a tight end with nice size and great hands.

Class of 2010 Dakota Anderson

Overall there was a lot of talent on the fields of Dublin Coffman and this event should only grow in the coming years.

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