One of the top juniors in the state is middle linebacker Andre Sturdivant. Sturdivant, 6-foot-3 and 215-pounds, missed the opening game against Cleveland St. Ignatius because of a lingering illness, but is now at 100 percent and playing exceptionally well for the Tarblooders.
"I'm doing really well now after being sick earlier in the year," Sturdivant told BuckeyeSports.com. "I'm finally feeling healthy and I'm starting to play the way I know I can. I missed the St. Ignatius game but I came back for the [Huber Heights] Wayne game and I thought I played well. I had ten tackles against them and felt pretty good. I was way behind in my conditioning but I feel I'm catching up to where I need to be. The coaches have been working extra with me so I can get caught up mentally also."
Sturdivant figures to be one of several Glenville juniors that will be attracting a lot of recruiting attention over the coming months.
"I have offers from Buffalo, Toledo and Michigan State," he said. "I've also been talking a lot to [assistant coach] Taver Johnson from Ohio State. I definitely want to play football in college some day but I'm not getting too caught up in the recruiting stuff right now. I was at Ohio State with some of my teammates for the USC game and that was a great experience."
Although very well developed physically, Sturdivant said he feels there is a lot of room for improvement in his overall game.
"Right now, I'm just trying to get faster and improve my awareness of the game," he said. "Some people say if I continue to get bigger that I might end up playing defensive end in college and that's fine with me. I like playing linebacker in high school but I don't care about what position I play at the next level. I just want to work hard and be the best player I can be. I ran a 4.6 40-yard dash at the Toledo camp last summer, but I know I can run faster than that."
"I also want to try and be more of a leader for this team, because I think a middle linebacker needs to set the tone for the defense," Sturdivant added. "I need to lift up my teammates with my play. I need to constantly strive to get to the football faster, and try to create turnovers through being more physical than the offensive players. I think I try to play with a lot of intensity, try to hit hard and always lift up my teammates."
The sky is the limit for this youngster and his scholarship offer should be changing dramatically over the next year. Even though the 2011 Ohio class is extremely strong, Sturdivant is clearly one of the top prospects in the state.