Nine Underclassmen To Watch Closely was on hand for two playoff games last weekend, featuring some of the top underclassmen in the state of Ohio. Friday night Poland defeated Akron Hoban 10-7, and on Saturday we were there for Canton McKinley's 48-7 win over GlenOak. Bill Greene filed this report on the top junior and sophomore prospects. was on the scene last weekend for Poland's 10-7 victory over Akron Hoban, and also witnessed Canton McKinley's 48-7 route over GlenOak. All four teams featured some of the top underclassmen in the state.

Darius Patton: Poland junior. Wide receiver-Cornerback-Kick returner. 5-10 and 170 pounds. Patton was the biggest reason Poland advanced to the third round of the playoffs with a win over Akron Hoban. He caught seven passes for 122 yards, including a catch that set up the game-winning field goal. Patton also was exceptional in coverage from his defensive back spot and was an impressive kick returner. Patton has no scholarship offers at this time, but that figures to change soon. He might project as a slot receiver at the next level, but could possibly play cornerback. Patton's father Shawn, starred at Youngstown State under Jim Tressel.

Greg McMullen: Akron Hoban sophomore. Defensive end. 6-5 and 255 pounds. Although hampered all season by a hand injury, McMullen proved he deserves to be listed with any of the top defensive linemen in the state, including Steve Miller, Darryl Baldwin and J.T. Moore. McMullen is impossible to run on and has the ability to rush the passer. Great athletic ability and a motor that never stops make this youngster one of the top prospects in the 2012 class. He will probably be a national recruit and it's impossible to see Ohio State bypassing McMullen.

LaTroy Lewis: Akron Hoban sophomore. Defensive end. 6-4 and 225 pounds. Lewis is an extremely athletic prospect and compares favorably to current Ohio State defensive end Thad Gibson. He will put on weight easily and be an excellent weak-side end. He uses his basketball skill set, and long arms, to pressure the quarterback. Lewis has tremendous upside and figures to be a high-level recruit.

DeShawn Hall: GlenOak sophomore. Safety. 6-2 and 195 pounds. Hall had a tremendous season as a first-year starter at safety. He is a physical run-stopper and excels in coverage. The sky is the limit for Hall, who also can play wide receiver. Hall will be one of the top safety prospects in the class of 2012 in Ohio, and should draw recruiting interest from the top schools in the Midwest. Hall recorded several tackles and had an acrobatic interception in the loss to McKinley.

Brionte Dunn: GlenOak sophomore. Tailback. 6-2 and 205 pounds. Dunn had a great season, gaining more than 1,000 yards for GlenOak and leading it to the second round of the playoffs. He has size, speed, power and vision. Dunn will only get better as he matures, and will enter the 2010 season as one of the top overall prospects in the Ohio 2012 class. He figures to be a national recruit and that will be enhanced by his fine academic record. Dunn gained 71 yards and scored a touchdown in the loss to Canton McKinley.

Kyle Ohradzansky: Canton McKinley junior. Quarterback. 6-0 and 195 pounds. Ohradzansky might be the most improved player in Northeast Ohio over the past month. He led McKinley to its fourth straight win over playoff opponents Saturday against GlenOak. Ohradzansky completed 5-of-12 passes for 183 yards and two touchdowns. Heading into the last month of the season he was considered a marginal D-I quarterback prospect, but he has shown vast improvement, and has put himself in position to be re-evaluated by college recruiters. Ohradzansky could continue to improve his stock with a great playoff run and a strong off-season camp performance.

Steve Miller: Canton McKinley junior. Defensive end. 6-4 and 230 pounds. Miller has already committed to Ohio State, and he certainly looked the part Saturday versus GlenOak. Miller pressured the quarterback and totally eliminated any possibility of running the football to his side. The sky is the limit for this exciting player, and he's nowhere near his potential as a football player. Miller will eventually fill out and play for the Buckeyes at the 275-pound mark. He compares favorably to current Buckeye standout Cameron Heyward.

Sevon Pittman: Canton McKinley sophomore. Defensive end. 6-4 and 225 pounds. Pittman spent his sophomore season backing up two returning starters at defensive end, but has showed flashes of his great potential when he's played. He recorded a sack versus GlenOak and excelled on special teams play. Pittman will take over a starting job next season and should flourish as a junior starter. He compares favorably to fellow Lewis. Pittman needs to add weight and muscle in the offseason, and remains a top prospect in the Ohio 2012 class.

Eric Snow: Canton McKinley junior. Defensive tackle/fullback. 6-1 and 260 pounds. Snow might be the best story in the 2009 Ohio high school playoffs. He was ineligible all season and didn't play his first football game until the opening-round win against Toledo Whitmer. In that game he recorded ten tackles and three sacks. He followed up that showing with another ten-tackle performance in the win against GlenOak. McKinley head coach Ron Johnson indicated that Snow practiced every week during the season and was unblockable. Snow might project as a fullback at the next level, but right now he is dominating the line of scrimmage as a down lineman.

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