Three promising athletes from Ravenna

Defensive end Charlie Wanyek, offensive lineman John Long, and wide receiver/defensive back Lamonte Nelms are three standout student athletes from Ravenna High School in Ravenna, Ohio that are drawing plenty of interest from college coaches.

Charlie Wanyek is a 6-4, 245 lb. defensive end who is gathering a lot of interest from college coaches. As a junior, Wanyek registered 33 tackles - 17 solo, 6 sacks, and 4 tackles for a loss resulting in -39 yards. Wanyek was named All-Conference 2nd team in the Western Reserve South Conference. He is an excellent athlete and was also used on offense at fullback and tight end. Charlie played basketball as a freshman and sophomore and currently is a pitcher and first baseman on Ravenna's baseball team. He can bench press 250 lbs. and squat 385 lbs. Wanyek played early as a freshmen and will be a 4-year starter. Pitt, Boston College, Iowa. and most of the MAC schools have shown early interest.

John Long is a 6-4, 245 lb. offensive tackle who may be one of the biggest sleepers in Ohio High School football. As a junior, Long was named 1st team All-conference, All-Portage County, and 2002 Associated Press All-State honorable mention. He was also honored by the Akron Touchdown Club. Long can bench press 270 lbs., squat 320 lbs., and power clean 225 lbs. John also plays on the defensive line. Long is gathering interest from all over the country and has a tremendous upside. He will need to increase his weight and strength, but he should not have any problems once he gets into a collegiate strength and conditioning program.

Lamonte Nelms is a 6-3, 195 lb. wide receiver/defensive back who is starting to gather interest from college coaches. Lamonte can catch the ball in traffic and will also come up and lay the big hit on defense. Nelms can bench press 200 lbs., squat 325 lbs., and has a vertical jump of 25 inches. Navy has recently shown interest and more will be soon to follow. If he does not end up at wide receiver, Nelms has ideal size to play safety and could grow into a rush linebacker in college.

All three have recently visited Ohio State and have taken part in the Cleveland High School Combine. Ravenna is in the Division 2 Ohio High School Classification and they play in the Western Reserve South Conference. Best of luck to these three standout athletes during the 2003 football season.

Brian Gold

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