Footballs were flying around Wayne High School on Thursday night. With a few teams in town for some 7 on 7 Ozie and myself had a chance to see some top Ohio talent.


What a night for some football in the Miami Valley.  Ok I know its only July, but when the bug bites you have to get a fix.  With a seven-on-seven held at Wayne High School on Thursday night several of the states top players were seen getting ready for the upcoming season.

Huber Heights Wayne, Clayton Northmont, Hamilton, Fairborn and Princeton all looked to get ready for the season.  While events like this are different than live game action it gives you a chance to see players use the skills they have. Who were some of the top players who looked ready to go?

Some of the buzz headed into the night was Hamilton's DB Brandon Underwood. With his verbal to Ohio State last night several receivers were looking to make a mark.  Did any come close?  Yes, while Brandon displayed the skills that made him a top recruit one receiver gave him all he could handle. 
Romunn Grigsby of Northmont is plain and simple a great receiver.  In watching the 6'3 receiver most of the night he showed all of the skills needed to play at the next level.  By running great routes and making catches on about every ball thrown his way Grigsby is moving himself up on my list of players to watch. How was Grigsby able to have such a great night?  Easy, Tyler Horner can plain out throw the ball.  The 6'2 QB has great mechanics and puts the ball in the right spot for his receivers.  Tyler who is entering his junior year impressed all who watched Northmont during the night.  As many know in the Miami Valley, Coach Mike Schneider knows about quarterbacks.  Mike told OhioPrepScene "Tyler may be the best QB I have seen at this early stage of his development."   Tyler is going to see his stock climb with a good season and is an OPS player to watch in 2003.  In talking with head coach Lance
Schneider he stressed what a great group of kids they have this year.  As many know Northmont will have no problem putting points on the board this season, but how will the defense be.  If Northmont can put a solid defense on the field this team will make a strong playoff run.  While many are talking about a preseason Top 10 ranking I will have to wait and see if the defense can support the offense.

Another player who has everyone talking is Marcus Freeman.  Marcus is working hard on the other side of the ball this year.  During the night Marcus could be seen putting in time at LB, inside and outside, Fullback, Tight End and Wide Receiver (would you want to be the DB that has to lay a hit on him?)  As I have said, the Insiders may rank Marcus in the lower end of the Top 100, but I don't buy it.  Having seen this kid play over the last few years (In Person) and seeing how he's developed I know that he is a Top 25 player, not just in the Midwest but also the nation.  Marcus Freeman plain and simple is the top defensive player in the Buckeye State hands down..

Another player you have read about on OhioPrepScene is Clayton Mullins.  This linebacker is coming off a great camp at Michigan and while there he won the Smokehouse drill.  Clayton is going to make someone a great linebacker at the next level.  He has a hard-nosed style in his play and room to add bulk to his body without giving up speed.  Clayton told us that at this time he's received 3 offers.  Navy, Akron and Miami of Ohio are in early on Clayton.

Cincinnati Princeton made the trip up north with new head coach Brian Dodds.  Coach Dodds is all moved in and enjoying his return to the Buckeye state.  Princeton was missing one of its top players Johnny Long who was out with an injury.  Coach Dodds said that Johnny was getting a doctors release this afternoon and was not able to make the trip.  The one area Coach Dodds is looking to fill is QB.  Don't be surprised to see Long take some snaps this season.  Princeton has many top athletes but with the change they could be a year away.

Other players seen were Adele Givens of Hamilton, David Day and Greg Orton of Wayne.  Orton is working hard and his stock is rising this summer, by the time he finishes his junior year he may well be one of the top WR prospects in the state.  Day may be the most underrated prospect in Ohio.  I have seen this kid add 15-20 pounds this summer and making great strides in his performance.  Look for a big season from David.  Another player who is showing great skills is Adam Myers of Hamilton.  This kid is a great athlete and is still growing.  Keep an eye on this kid because he can play.  Also Michael Mickens of Wayne is moving up the charts.  We saw him make some good plays on the night.  Both Mickens and Myers are juniors.

We would like to thank our host.  Coach Minton and staff made sure we had a great time taking in this event.  We would also like to thank all of the coaches who gave us some time and talked about how things are going.  Plus we can't leave out the kids and parents.  Ozie and I enjoyed the chance to get out and meet with several of you.  Thanks for helping OhioPrepScene grow into the premier Ohio Prep Web Site.

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