Five Ohio State players were selected for the Buckeye State roster, though just four will suit up in the game held Saturday in Hershey, Pa. One of those players, Westerville Central kicker/punter Ben Buchanan, said he's looking forward to the chance to represent his state in one of the biggest high school all-star games in the country.
"There's a lot of tradition," Buchanan said. "A lot of great players have played in the game. It's a great honor to be selected for the team, and to represent Ohio is going to be a great honor and is something I look forward to."
Future scholarship Buckeyes joining him on the roster include Cleveland Glenville defensive tackle Shawntel Rowell, Madison tight end Nic DiLillo and Washington Court House Miami Trace Nathan Williams. As reported earlier this week by Scout's Dave Berk, Beavercreek safety Zach Domicone was slated to play but has had to pull out with a leg injury.
The game will be held Saturday at 7 p.m. in Hersheypark Stadium. It will be broadcast on CN8 on Comcast as well as shown on a webcast, with information on the event's website at big33.org.
Eight other future Big Ten players are also on the Ohio roster, including four Michigan Wolverines in Youngstown Cardinal Mooney defensive end Taylor Hill, Wauseon offensive lineman Elliott Mealer and Trotwood-Madison teammates Michael Shaw (running back) and Ray Roundtree (wide receiver).
Other Big Ten Ohioans include Cleveland Glenville defensive back William Lowe (Iowa); Huber Heights Wayne defensive tackle Jerel Worthy (Michigan State); Cardinal Mooney linebacker Mike Zordich (Penn State) and Dublin Coffman linebacker Steve Gardiner (Michigan State).
Other BCS-bound players include five future Cincinnati Bearcats in Strongsville DB D.J. Woods, Cincinnati St. Xavier DB Danny Milligan, Cincinnati Colerain defensive tackle Brandon Mills, Columbus Eastmoor RB Isaiah Pead and Cincinnati Anderson WR/DB Nick Truesdell. Also on the roster are Hilliard Darby DE B.J. Machen (Georgia Tech), Clayton Northmont OL Zebrie Sanders (Florida State), Chardon OL Joey Madson (West Virginia), Gates Mills Gilmour Academy OL Matt Mihalik (Virginia) and Turpin OL Aaron VanKuiken (Virginia).
Jim Ryan of Olmsted Falls will coach the squad. He will be assisted by Mike Fell of Ada, Ed Miley of Marlington, Jay Minton of Huber Heights Wayne, Dan Reardon of Youngstown Ursuline and Matt Rosati of Perry.
Pennsylvania's roster includes six future Penn State Nittany Lions and eight Pittsburgh Panthers-to-be. The Nittany Lions include DE Pete Massaro, K David Soldner, OL/DL Mike Stankiewich, OL/DL Brandon Ware, DE Mark Wedderburn and LB Mike Yancich, though a report in the Harrisburg Patriot-News indicates Yancich will not play because of injury.
Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at (717) 534-3911. Hershey, Pa., is located in the eastern half of Pennsylvania in Dauphin County, just east of the capital of Harrisburg and approximately a 6½ hour drive from Columbus, just shy of four hours from Pittsburgh and two hours from Philadelphia
North-South Game Sans Buckeyes
For the first time in a while, the Ohio North-South Game, held in Ohio Stadium Saturday, will not feature any players who have accepted scholarship offers to play at Ohio State.
However, the game still should provide some entertainment for central Ohio fans, especially with its move to the Horseshoe after having a home in Columbus Crew Stadium over the past few seasons.
A few Big Ten players are expected to play, including central Ohio star Jeremy Ebert, a 6-10, 178-pound quarterback-turned-wide receiver from Hilliard Darby who will play at Northwestern next year. He is on the South roster.
On the North side, the lone Big Ten representative is linebacker Joe Gaglione, who will move on to Iowa after a career at Mentor Lake Catholic.
Other BCS conference-bound players include linebacker J.K. Schaffer (Cincinnati La Salle; Cincinnati), offensive lineman Evan Davis (Cincinnati Colerain; Cincinnati) and tight end Kenny Anunike (Lewis Center Olentangy; Duke), all of whom will play for the South. On the North are Scout's No. 5-ranked kicker, Kevin Harper (Mentor; Pittsburgh), and linebacker Steve Greer (Solon; Virginia).
The game will kick off at 4 p.m. in the Horseshoe and tickets are $5.