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|Tyler Combs||OL||Louisa, KY||Lawrence County|
|Matt Cincotta||LS||Charlotte, NC||Charlotte Catholic|
|Josh Murriel||OL||Port St. Lucie, FL||Port St. Lucie|
|Deyonte Henderson||LB||Orlando, FL||Oak Ridge|
|Andre Scott||SAF||Orlando, FL||Oak Ridge|
|Devon Johnson||LB||Richlands, VA||Richlands|
|Billy Rone||OL||Glendale, AZ||Glendale, C.C.|
|Amos Leggett||CB||Miami, FL||South Miami|
|Eric Ansley||OL||Riverdale, GA||Charles Drew|
|Gunnar Holcombe||QB||Ft. Lauderdale, FL||University School|
|Marcus Gilchrist||DL||Port Charlotte, FL||Port Charlotte|
|Ryan Riedel||LB||Huntington, WV||Cabell Midland|
|Chris Hall||TE||Fork Union, VA||Fork Union|
|Cameron Dees||OL||Seffner, FL||Armwood|
|Gary Thompson||LB||La Mesa, CA||Helix|
|Chris Alston||WR||Winnsboro, SC||Fairfield Central|
|Steward Butler||RB||Lakeland, FL||Lakeland|
|Steve Dillon||DL||Palmdale, CA||Palmdale|
|Stefone Grace||SAF||New Berlin, NY||Milford Academy|
|Kevin Grooms||RB||Hollywood, FL||South Broward|
|Joe Massaquoi||DL||Alexandria, VA||T.C. Williams|
|Gage Niemeyer||OL||Port San Jacinto, CA||Mt. San Jacinto C.C.|
|DeAndre Reaves||WR||Sterling, VA||Dominion|
|Rakim Reed||TE||Fork Union, VA||Fork Union|
|Shawn Samuels||SAF||Bainbridge, GA||Bainbridge|
|Ken Smith||DL||Brenham, TX||Blinn C.C.|
|Corey Tindal||DB||Dawsonville, GA||Atlanta Sports Aca.|
|Kent Turene||LB||Dawsonville, GA||Atlanta Sports Aca.|
|Clint Van Horn||OL||Beckley, WV||Woodrow Wilson|
|Deontae West||CB||Hollywood, FL||Hialeah|
5’11”, 185 Fairfield Central High School (South Carolina)
Winnsboro, South Carolina
Coached By: Reggie Kennedy
Recruited By: Gerad Parker
Senior Stats: 33 receptions, 1,154 all-purpose yards, 14 total touchdowns (27.5 yards per touchdown).
Accolades: Class 3A Offensive Back of the Year…Two-time all-region…Shrine Bowl selection.
Charles Drew High School (Georgia)
Coached By: Jarrett Laws Recruited By: Fred Tate
Career Stats: Graded out over 88% in blocking efficiency with 50+ pancake blocks.
Accolades: Selected as Most Outstanding OL at Clayton County Senior Bowl, honorable mention all-state, honorable mention all-county.
Other Offers: Troy, Western Kentucky and Ohio.
5’10”, 170 Lakeland High School (Florida)
Coached By: William Castle
Recruited By: Todd Hartley & Mike Waugh
Senior Stats: 294 carries, 2,934 yards rushing, 30 touchdowns
Accolades: Third on the all-time single-season rushing list in Florida state history…Broke numerous Lakeland High School rushing records previously held by Florida’s Chris Rainey.
Other Offers: Arizona State, West Virginia, Boston College, South Florida, Cincinnati, Rutgers and UCF.
6'0", 220 Charlotte
Catholic High School (North Carolina)
Charlotte, North Carolina
Coached By: Jim Oddo
Recruited By: Gerad Parker
Career Stats: 213 Tackles, 6.5 Sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, two blocked punts, one interception.
Other Accolades: NC/SC Shrine Bowl All-Star participant…Two-time first-team all-conference.
6'5", 275 Lawrence County High School (Kentucky)
Coached By: Joey Cecil
Recruited By: Gerad Parker
Career Stats: Blocked for an offense averaging over 450 yards per game…Amassed 100+ pancake Blocks.
Accolades: Four-year starter, two-time all-state, three-time all-county.
Armwood High School (Florida)
Coached By: Sean Callahan
Recruited By: Bill Legg
Career Stats: Graded out at 90% blocking efficiency as a three-year starter, while tallying 40+ pancakes as a senior.
Accolades: Led team as captain to perfect 15-0 record and #9 Ranking in Final USA Today Poll…First-team all-county, second-team all-state & two-time all-conference.
Other Offers: Florida International, New Mexico, Ohio, Western Michigan and Ball State.
Palmdale High School (California)
Coached By: Jeff Williams
Recruited By: Mike Waugh
Stats: 74 Tackles, 9 Sacks, 20 TFLs, 3 FFs, 1 FR, 6 PBUs.
Accolades: First-team all-conference and all-region.
Other Offers: USC, Arizona State, California, Oregon State, UCLA, Washington, Washington State, Iowa State, Utah, Colorado State and New Mexico.
Port Charlotte High School (Florida)
Port Charlotte, Florida
Coached By: David Hoffer
Recruited By: Bill Legg
Senior Stats: 63 Tackles, 10 TFLs, 9 Sacks, 9 QB Pressures, 7 PBUs, 3 FFs & 2 FR.
Accolades: First-team all-conference and all-county.
Other Offers: Kentucky, Purdue, Florida International, Middle Tennessee, Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan.
Milford Academy (Connecticut) via North College Hill High School (Ohio)
Coached By: Bill Chaplick & Bruce Baarendse
Recruited By: Mike Waugh
Senior Stats: 51 tackles, 20 TFL, 1 INT, 7 PBUs, 3 FFs, 1 FR, 1 DEF TD, 1 KR TD.
Accolades: First-team all-city, all-state honorable mention, East vs. West Ohio All-Star Game participant.
Other Offers: Toledo, Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Ball State, Eastern Michigan.
South Broward High School (Florida)
Coached By: Allen Held
Recruited By: JaJuan Seider & Mike Waugh
Career Stats: 2,909 yards rushing, 36 rushing TDs, 6 PR TDs, 316 receiving yards, 4 TDs receiving.
Accolades: Two-time All-State…ESPN 150 Recruit…Ranked as a Top RB in the nation.
Other Offers: Miami, Florida, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Mississippi, Kansas, Kansas State, Minnesota, Louisville and Rutgers
Fork Union Military Academy (Virginia)
Fork Union, Virginia
Coached By: Billy Mills
Recruited By: Mike Waugh
Career Stats: 4,849 yards passing, 2,023 Yards rushing & 75 total TDs.
Accolades: Two-time all-district, second-team All-State, District Player of the Year.
Other Offers: Virginia Tech & Virginia.
Oak Ridge High School (Florida)
Coached By: Eli Williams
Recruited By: Todd Hartley
Career Stats: 397 tackles, 29 sacks, 7 INTs
Accolades: Second-team all-state & four-time Central Florida Defensive Player of the Week
Other Offers: Washington State, Temple, New Mexico, Florida Atlantic
University School (Florida)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Coached By: Roger Harriott
Recruited By: JaJuan Seider
Senior Stats: 66% completion rate, 2,305 yards passing, 29 TDs, 126.5 QB Rating.
Accolades: First-team all-area, second-team all-state, Nike Dade vs Miami All-Star Game.
Other Offers: South Florida, Indiana, Western Michigan and Buffalo.
Richlands High School (Virginia)
Coached By: Greg Mance
Recruited By: Gerad Parker
Career Stats: 216 tackles, 47 TFLs, 16 sacks, 10 FFs, 1 INT, 457 carries, 4,340 yards rushing, 63 rushing TDs, 23 receptions, 399 yards receiving, 6 receiving TDs.
Accolades: Three-time first-team all-district and all-region, two-time first-team all-state, two-time BDT/Pocahontas Coal Association Player of the Year, MVP of Virginia/Tennessee All-Star Game.
Other Offers: Virginia, Kentucky & Louisville.
South Miami High School (Florida)
Coached By: Lamont Green
Recruited By: JaJuan Seider
Senior Stats: 68 tackles, 4 INTs, 1,600 all-purpose yards and 15 total TDs.
Accolades: Rated #9 CB in the country, Super 75 selection in state of Florida, first-team all-county, Nike South Florida All-Star Game participant, Nike Miami-Dade vs. South Florida All-Star Game participant.
Other Offers: Alabama, LSU, Florida, Florida State, Louisville, Miami, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio State, South Carolina, Syracuse, Tennessee and UCF.
T.C. Williams High School (Virginia)
Coached By: Dennis Randolph
Recruited By: Gerad Parker & Mike Waugh
Stats: 20 tackles and four sacks in four games as a senior due to minor knee injury.
Accolades: Regional Rumble All-Star Game participant.
Port St. Lucie High School (Florida)
Port St. Lucie, Florida
Coached By: Hilary Poole
Recruited By: JaJuan Seider
Senior Stats: Led an offensive line that blocked for a unit averaging 376 passing yards and 258 rushing yards per game.
Accolades: First-team all-area and first-team all-county.
Other Offers: Florida Atlantic, Memphis and New Mexico State.
Mount San Jacinto C.C. (California)
San Jacinto, California
Coached By: Casey Mazzotta
Recruited By: Fred Tate & Gerad Parker
Junior College Stats: 92% grade in blocking efficiency and no sacks allowed.
Accolades: CCCAA All-Conference and Team MVP.
Other Offers: Nevada and New Mexico State.
Dominion High School (Virginia)
Coached By: Kyle Buckwalter
Recruited By: Gerad Parker & Mike Waugh
Senior Stats: 1,780 yards rushing and 31 touchdowns.
Accolades: Second-team All-Metro.
Other Offers: West Virginia and Maryland.
Fork Union Military Academy (Virginia) via Canton Timken High School (Ohio)
Coached By: John Shuman & Kevin Henderson
Recruited By: Gerad Parker
Senior Stats: 42 catches, 657 yards receiving, 8 TDs receiving, 1 rush TD.
Accolades: First-team all-conference and honorable mention all-county.
Other Offers: Pittsburgh and Buffalo.
Cabell Midland High School (West Virginia)
Huntington, West Virginia
Coached By: Luke Salmons
Recruited By: Bill Legg
Career Stats: 305 tackles, 47 tackles for loss, 15 sacks.
Accolades: Led the state of West Virginia in tackles as a senior…First-team all-state and all-conference.
6'4", 290 Glendale C.C. (Arizona)
Coached By: John Rome
Recruited By: Gerad Parker
Junior College Stats: Blocked for a unit that amassed 5,000+ total yards and ranked 15th nationally in the NJCAA.
Accolades: First-team All-Conference.
Other Offers: Mississippi State, Purdue, Indiana, East Carolina, SMU, Utah State, Western Kentucky and Akron.
6’1”, 180 Bainbridge High School (Georgia)
Coached By: Ed Pilcher
Recruited By: Mike Waugh
Stats: 54 tackles, 7 INTs, 12 PBUs, 2 PR TDs & 3 KR TDs.
Accolades: First-team all-state and all-conference.
Other Offers: Arkansas, UCF & UAB.
Oak Ridge High School (Florida)
Coached By: Eli Williams
Recruited By: Todd Hartley
Career Stats: 93 tackles, 7 INTs, 7 sacks, 2,972 yards passing, 1,600 yards rushing, 851 yards receiving, 28 Total TDs.
Accolades: Central Florida Athlete of the Year, second-team all-state, seven-Time Central Florida Player of the Week
Other Offers: Arkansas, South Carolina, West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Kansas, Purdue, Georgia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Louisville, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, South Florida, Syracuse, Washington State, Florida International, UCF, Memphis, Temple and Ball State.
Blinn C.C. (Texas)
Copperas Cove, Texas
Coached By: Ronnie Feldman
Recruited By: Fred Tate
Junior College Stats: 32 Tackles, 11 Sacks, 12 TFLs
Accolades: SWJCFC All-Conference
Other Offers: Colorado State, Ohio & Buffalo
6'3", 206 Helix High School (California)
La Mesa, California
Coached By: Troy Starr
Recruited By: JaJuan Seider & Gerad Parker
Senior Stats: 55 Tackles, 18 TFLs, 14 Sacks, 23 QB Hurries & 3 FFs
Accolades: All-City, All-Conference, All-County, Prepstar California Classic All-Star Game Participant
5'10", 175 Atlanta Sports Academy (Georgia) via Boyd Anderson High School
Lauderdale Lakes, Florida
Coached By: Damon Dawson & Mark James
Recruited By: JaJuan Seider
Senior Stats: 20 Tackles, 2 INTs, 187 Carries for 1,300 Yards and 15 Total TDs.
Accolades: 1st Team All-County, UnderArmour Dade vs Broward All-Star Game Participant
Other Offers: Maryland, Minnesota, Florida International, Western Kentucky, Toledo & Bowling Green
Atlanta Sports Academy (Georgia) via Boyd Anderson High School (Florida)
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Coached By: Damon Dawson & Mark James
Recruited By: JaJuan Seider
Career Stats: 230 Tackles, 20 sacks, 4 INTs, 8 FFs
Accolades: PrepStar All-American, 1st Team All-State
Other Offers: Amassed over 50 offers including Georgia, LSU, Florida, South Carolina, Nebraska, Ohio State, West Virginia and Tennessee.
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Woodrow Wilson High School
Beckley, West Virginia
Coached By: John Lilly
Recruited By: Bill Legg
Senior Stats: 87% Blocking Efficiency and 32 Pancakes
Accolades: 1st Team All-State
Hialeah High School (Florida)
Coached By: Mark Berman
Recruited By: JaJuan Seider
Career Stats: 91 tackles and 11 interceptions.
Accolades: Miami-Dale all-county, Miami-Dade North/South All-Star Game.
Other Offers: Texas Tech, Duke, Florida Atlantic, Toledo and Western Michigan.
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Imarjaye Albury, DT, 6-1, 280, Miami, Fla./Northwestern HS
Coached by Billy Rolle at Northwestern High … helped lead Northwestern High to a 16-6 record as a two-year starter at defensive tackle … in 2011, finished with 45 tackles, including 12 tackles for loss and four sacks … helped Northwestern advance to the regional semifinals of the 2010 Florida 6A state playoffs ... named second team All-Miami Herald Dade Defense … invited to 2012 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl … played in the Nike South Florida All-Star Football Game for the Miami-Dade All-Stars … 2012 rivals.com No. 41 defensive tackle … 2012 Scout.com No. 74 defensive tackle … 2012 Tom Lemming Top Defensive Tackle … Miami Herald Miami-Dade County Top 25 Recruit … ranked as the No. 3 defensive lineman on Miami Herald Top Players by Position list … previously played at Carol City … Also offered by Cincinnati, Florida Atlantic, Kansas State, Kentucky, Louisville and Wake Forest.
Christian Brown, DL, 6-3, 290, Bridgeton, N.J./Bridgeton HS
Played for coach Dave Ellen at Bridgeton High in 2011 … saw action in seven games, helping lead the team to a 6-4 record … finished the season with 35 tackles (14 solo, 21 assisted) and two sacks … recorded a season-high nine tackles against Holy Spirit … previously played two seasons at Dunbar High (Ft. Myers, Fla.) …as a junior, he finished with 40 tackles and three sacks … helped team finish with an 11-11-1 record during those two years … completed 2009 with 22 tackles (12 solo, 10 assisted), one sack and one forced fumble … three-star prospect according to rivals.com, Scout.com and ESPN.com … ranked No. 38 defensive tackle in 2012 by rivals.com … No. 17 on the rivals.com 2012 New Jersey Postseason Top 30 list … also offered by Connecticut, Duke, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa State, Kentucky, Louisville, Minnesota, NC State, Purdue, USF and UCF.
Roshard Burney, RB, 5-10, 205, Lake Park, Fla./Palm Beach Gardens HS
Played two seasons for coach Chris Davis at Palm Beach Gardens High … team went a combined 14-8, with a 9-3 record in 2011 that included an appearance in the Florida 8A Regional Finals, falling to Miramar … led Palm Beach County in rushing yards with 2,000 yards on 284 carries with 19 touchdowns in 2011 … completed the 2010 season with 84 carries for 642 rushing yards and five touchdowns … rushed for 487 yards on 68 carries with three touchdowns in 2009 … 2011 Florida 8A first team all-state offense … 2011 Sun Sentinel Palm Beach County Class 8A-7A-6A Player of the Year … 2011 Sun Sentinel Palm Beach County first team offense … 2011 Palm Beach Post Large Schools Offensive Player of the Year … 2011 Palm Beach Post Large Schools first team offense … 2011 Palm Beach County Athletic Association first team offense … No. 6 Palm Beach Post Top 75 recruits … 2010 Palm Beach Post Class 6A second team offense … three-star prospect according to rivals.com, Scout.com and ESPN.com … ranked No. 44 running back by rivals.com … No. 93 on the rivals.com Florida Postseason Top 100 … also offered by Cincinnati, Illinois, Memphis, Purdue, Rutgers and USF.
Ford Childress, QB, 6-4, 210, Houston, Texas/Houston Kinkaid HS
Coached by Steve Hill at Houston Kinkaid High … led team to a 20-1 record in two seasons as a starter, winning back-to-back Southwest Preparatory Conference (SPC) championships in 2010 and 2011 … completed 184-of-292 passes for 3,171 yards and 41 touchdowns and only seven interceptions in 10 games as a senior, completing 63.01 percent of his passes … sixth in passing yards and second in touchdown passes in the Houston area … threw for 300 or more yards in six games and 400 or more yards in one game … completed 19-of-26 passes for 354 yards and seven touchdowns against Anahuac … threw for 328 yards and four touchdowns on 21-of-30 passing against Westbury Christian … threw for three touchdowns and rushed for two touchdowns on 21-of-37 passing for 357 yards against Second Baptist School … completed 13-of-15 passes for 322 yards and six touchdowns against Tulsa Holland Hall … threw for 376 yards and three touchdowns on 20-of-40 passing against Bellaire Episcopal … threw six touchdowns on 14-of-17 passing for 283 yards against Kipp Academy … completed 17-of-23 passes for 369 yards and seven touchdowns against Dallas Greenhill … threw for 447 yards and three touchdowns on 30-of-46 passing against Dallas St. Marks, with one rushing touchdown … finished 2010 season completing 177-of-307 passes for 2,658 yards, 25 touchdowns and 13 interceptions … threw for 300 or more yards in three games … Houston Chronicle Texas Top 100 recruit … a two-time all-SPC first team quarterback … invited to the 2012 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl … ESPNU Top 150 … 2012 rivals.com No. 15 pro-style quarterback … 2012 rivals.com No.
37 Texas Preseason Top 100 … 2012 rivals.com No. 38 Texas Postseason Top 100 … 2012 Scout.com No. 25 quarterback … 2012 Tom Lemming Top Pro-Style Quarterback … also offered by Arizona, Arizona State, Florida State and Oklahoma State.
Torry Clayton, RB, 5-9, 195, Florida City, Fla./South Dade HS
Three-year letterwinner and two-year starter for coach Greg Dentino at South Dade High … led team to a combined three-year record of 26-10, including two appearances in the Florida 6A regional finals … finished 2011 as Miami-Dade County’s seventh leading rusher with 1,108 yards on 168 carries with 15 touchdowns … rushed for more than 200 yards in two games and over 100 yards in six games … registered four touchdowns and 221 rushing yards against Ferguson … ran for 144 yards and three touchdowns against Varela … scored two touchdowns with 202 yards rushing against Krop … ran for 151 yards and one touchdown against Killian … had two touchdowns and 141 rushing yards against Palmetto … ranked third in county in touchdowns (20) and seventh in rushing yards (1,142) on 170 rushes in 2010 … scampered for 405 yards with eight touchdowns on 87 rushes in 2009 … named 2011 Miami Herald all-Dade County first-team offense … played in the 2011 Nike South Florida All-Star game, finishing with six carries for 65 yards and two touchdowns … 2011 Florida 8A second team all-state offense …No. 9 on Miami Herald Top 25 Miami-Dade County 2012 recruits … No. 2 running back on Miami Herald Miami-Dade County Top Five players by position list … 2010 Miami Herald All-Dade 6A first team offense … three-star prospect according to rivals.com, Scout.com and ESPN.com … ranked No. 33 running back by rivals.com … No. 70 on the rivals.com Florida Postseason Top 100 … 2012 Tom Lemming Top Running Back … also offered by Cincinnati, Illinois, UCF and Western Michigan.
Travares Copeland, WR, 6-0, 185, Port St. Lucie, Fla./Treasure Coast HS
Played two years at Westwood High before playing his senior season for coach Irvin Jones at Treasure Coast High … as a senior, he completed 78-of-144 passes for 1,096 yards and 13 touchdowns … ran for 497 yards and six touchdowns … selected first team all-area offense by the Palm Beach Post … named second team all-state as a utility player … selected to play wide receiver for the Palm Beach County-Treasure Coast All-Star Game … as a junior, he was named a first team all-area quarterback and a second team all-area utility player by TCPalm … he completed 102-of-200 passes for 1,691 yards and 16 touchdowns … also ran for 344 yards and six scores … as a sophomore, threw for 1,866 yards, rushed for 407 yards and six touchdowns … selected third team all-state 3A … a first team all-area quarterback … a three-star prospect by rivals.com, Scout.com and ESPN.com … No. 28 athlete by rivals.com … No. 49 on Orlando Sentinel Florida Top 100 … No. 53 on Florida’s Postseason Top 100 … also offered by Cincinnati, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan State, Pitt, Rutgers, USF, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest.
Kimlon “K.J.” Dillon, S, 6-2, 185, Apopka, Fla./Apopka HS
Three-year starter for coach Rick Darlington at Apopka High … combined for a record of 30-9, including an appearance in the Florida 6A state championship game … finished 2011 with 45 tackles and three interceptions on defense, while leading the team with 422 yards on 20 receptions with one touchdown … also had 36 carries for 224 yards and two touchdowns … named a member of the 2011 Orlando Sentinel All-Central Florida second team defense … played in the 2011 Central Florida All-Star Game for the East Side … No. 56 on Orlando Sentinel 2012 Florida Top 100 … No. 10 on Orlando Sentinel 2012 Central Florida Super60 … three-star prospect according to rivals.com and ESPN.com … ranked No. 44 safety by rivals.com … also offered by Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa State, Kentucky, Louisville, Purdue, USF and UCF.
Mark Glowinski, OL, 6-5, 290, Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Lackawanna College
Two-year starter for coach Mark Duda at Lackawanna College … finished with a combined career record of 16-6, including a win in the 2010 Graphics Edge Bowl and an appearance in the 2011 Salt Lake City Bowl … helped anchor an offense that was ranked No. 23 nationally in 2011, averaging 388.36 yards per game … the rushing offense was ranked No. 6, averaging 239 rushing yards per game … team averaged 327.6 total yards and 138.5 rushing yards during the 2010 season … 2011 NJCAA second team All-American … previously played for GAR Memorial High (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.), leading the team a 26-8 record as three year, two-way starter … team averaged 331.5 rushing yards per game in 2009, 218.9 rushing yards per game in 2008 and 193.9 rushing yards per game in 2007 … three-star prospect according to rivals.com and Scout.com … also offered by Arkansas, Connecticut, East Carolina, Kansas State and NC State.
Jarrod Harper, S, 5-11, 200, Frostburg, Md. /Mountain Ridge HS
Three year, two-way starter for coach Roy Devore at Mountain Ridge High … finished 2011 with a 9-2 record and appearance in the Maryland state playoffs … recorded 52 tackles, five tackles for loss, three interceptions, five fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles in 2011 … rushed for 1,334 yards on 187 carries, totaling 24 all-purpose touchdowns on offense … finished 2010 with 72 tackles, one tackle for loss, nine interceptions and one fumble recovery on defense, while recording 1,860 all-purpose yards, along with 18 touchdowns on offense … 2011 Maryland small school first team defense ... 2010 Maryland small school second team defense … 2011 Cumberland Times-News Co-Defensive Player of the Year … 2010 Cumberland Times-News first team defense and second team offense … 2010 Mineral Times Daily News-Tribune Player of the Year … 2009 Cumberland Times-News honorable mention offense … Tom Lemming Top Safety … three-star prospect according to Scout.com.
Korey Harris, DL, 6-4, 230, St. Augustine, Fla./Bartram Trail HS
Two-year starter for coach Darrell Sutherland at Bartram Trail High … finished career with a 19-6 record, including a 12-2 mark in 2011, advancing to the Florida 6A state semifinals … recorded 53 tackles (36 solo, 17 assisted) in 2011, along with 4.5 sacks and one pass breakup … made a season-high 10 tackles against Pace and had at least five tackles in six different games … finished 2010 with 45 tackles (34 solo, 11 assisted) and finished with eight sacks, including three sacks against Bishop Kenny to go with a season-high eight tackles … two-time member of The St. Augustine Record All-County squad, while also earning honorable mention honors on the 2011 Florida Times-Union All-First Coast team … three-star prospect according to rivals.com and ESPN.com … also offered by Cincinnati, NC State and Western Michigan.
Garrett Hope, LB, 6-3, 225, The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands HS
Two-year starter and three-year letterwinner for coach Mark Schmid at The Woodlands High … led team to a record of 12-2 and appearance in the Texas 5A state quarterfinals in 2011 and 10-1record in 2010 … finished 2011 as team captain with 71 tackles, two forced fumbles, two passes defended, three sacks, 18 tackles for loss and seven quarterback hurries … recorded 67.5 tackles in 2010, along with two interceptions, three forced fumbles, 4.5 sacks, five tackles for loss and 13 quarterback hurries … 2011 Houston Chronicle Top 100 recruit … 2011 second team Houston Chronicle All-Greater Houston defense … Texas 5A honorable mention all-state in 2011 … named the 2011 District 14-5A Defensive Player of the Year … earned all-District 14-5A second team defensive honors in 2010 … three-star prospect according to rivals.com and Scout.com … also offered by Nevada, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Northwestern, UTEP and Wyoming.
Will Johnson, TE/WR, 6-6, 245, Maple Grove, Minn. /Osseo HS
Two-year starter for coach Derrin Lamker at Osseo High … finished 2011 with a 9-2 record, while recording a 7-3 mark in 2010 … made 16 receptions for 199 yards and one touchdown in 2011 … scored three touchdowns on 14 receptions for 169 yards in 2010 … three-star prospect according to rivals.com, Scout.com and ESPN.com … ranked No. 26 tight end by rivals.com … No. 5 on rivals.com Minnesota Postseason Top 10 … also offered by Auburn, Boston College, Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas, Minnesota, Mississippi and UCF.
Karl Joseph, S, 5-11, 190, Orlando, Fla./Edgewater HS
Coached by Zac Yarbrough at Edgewater High School … helped lead Edgewater to a 7-4 record as a senior … played for coach Bill Gierke as a junior and helped lead Edgewater to a 7-4 mark … finished 2011 with 126 tackles (97 solo), three sacks, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, four blocked punts and two blocked field goals … registered 142 tackles (109 solo) in 2010, to go along with 22 tackles for loss, nine sacks, three interceptions and three fumble recoveries … registered first team Orlando Sentinel all-Central Florida Defensive honors in 2011 … rated No. 7 on the Orlando Sentinel 2012 Central Florida Super60 … ranked No. 53 Miami Herald 2012 pre-spring Florida Top 101 … also was No. 48 Orlando Sentinel 2012 Florida Top 100 … 2012 rivals.com No. 31 safety … 2012 rivals.com No. 82 in the Florida Postseason Top 100 … 2012 Scout.com No. 37 safety … 2012 Tom Lemming Top Safety … also offered by Cincinnati, East Carolina, Illinois, Louisville, Memphis, Miami (Fla.), Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue, South Carolina, Tennessee, UCF, USF and Virginia.
Darreall “Dee” Joyner, WR, 5-11, 180, Miami, Fla./Miami Central HS
Helped lead Miami Central High to a 13-1 record in 2011 under coach Telly Lockette … team finished No. 17 on the MaxPreps.com Xcellent 25 Rank, falling in the Florida 6A state championship ... recorded 28 receptions for 466 yards and five touchdowns in 2011 … had a season-high 131 yards on four receptions for three touchdowns in season opener against Booker T. Washington … 2011 Miami Herald all-Miami Dade County second team offense … played for the Miami-Dade squad in the Nike South Florida All-Star game … previously played for Fitzgerald High (Fitzgerald, Ga.) in 2010, making 42 receptions for 719 yards and nine touchdowns … 2010 Georgia second team all-state … 2010 honorable mention all-Middle Georgia … three-star prospect according to rivals.com and ESPN.com … also offered by Illinois, Minnesota and Wake Forest.
Nana Kyeremeh (Ky-rum), CB, 5-11, 170, Worthington, Ohio/Thomas Worthington HS
Three-year starter for coach Scott Gordon at Thomas Worthington High … finished 2011 with 73 tackles, six interceptions that totaled 145 return yards and two touchdowns, four blocked punts with two being returned for touchdowns and two blocked extra points … registered four interceptions in 2010 and three interceptions in 2009 … earned a spot on the 2011 all-Ohio Division I second team defense … earned 2011 All-Central District first team defense honors after being recognized as special mention in 2010 … two-time All-OCC Central Division first team honoree … 2011 Columbus Dispatch All-Metro first team defense … member of This Week’s 2011 Super 25 first team defense … three-star prospect according to rivals.com, Scout.com and ESPN.com … ran that anchor leg of the 2011 2x200 meter Ohio state champion relay team … runs a 4.3 40-yard dash … also offered by Boston College, Northwestern and Vanderbilt.
Sam Lebbie, LB, 6-2, 215, Washington, D.C./DeMatha HS
Three-year starter for coaches Elijah Brooks and Bill McGregor at DeMatha High … finished career with a combined 26-9 record … finished 2011 with 79 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, eight sacks and seven forced fumbles … played in the 2011 Chesapeake Bowl, where he was named the rivals.com “Most Physical Player” … named to the 2011 Washington Post All-Metro first team defense … member of the 2011 Maryland Consensus all-state defense and Maryland big school first team defense … four-star prospect according to Scout.com and ESPN.com … three-star prospect on rivals.com … No. 23 on rivals.com Maryland Postseason Top 25 …No. 6 middle linebacker on Scout.com …Tom Lemming Top Inside Linebacker … also offered by Cincinnati, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina, Rutgers and Vanderbilt.
Devonte Mathis, WR, 6-2, 210, Hollywood, Fla./Miramar HS
Two-year starter for former Mountaineer Damon Cogdell at Miramar High … finished 13-1 in 2011, falling to Plant in the Florida 8A state championship … finished 2011 with 35 receptions for 552 yards and eight touchdowns … recorded five receptions for 86 yards and two touchdowns against West Broward … made three receptions for 115 yards and one touchdown against Palm Beach Gardens … spent 2010 between quarterback, running back and wide receiver … threw for 713 passing yards and seven touchdowns, while rushing for 167 yards and two touchdowns … also caught 10 passes for 198 yards … represented the South Florida squad in the Nike South Florida All-Star game … named Miami Herald all-Broward County second-team offense … member of the 2011 Sun Sentinel Class 8A-7A-6A second team offense … No. 12 on Miami Herald Top 25 2012 recruit list … came in at No. 39 on Miami Herald 2012 Pre-Spring Florida Top 101 … ranked No. 44 on Orlando Sentinel 2012 Florida Top 100 … previous played for Carol City High …three-star prospect according to rivals.com, Scout.com and ESPN.com … rivals.com No. 66 wide receiver … No. 67 on the rivals.com Florida Postseason Top 100 … also offered by Florida State, Louisville, Mississippi, Ohio State, USF, UCF and Wake Forest.
Tony Matteo, OL, 6-5, 280, Clinton, Ohio/Manchester HS
Played three seasons for coach Jim France at Manchester High … finished career without delivering a bad snap … went 7-4 in 2011, advancing to the Ohio Division IV regional quarterfinals … anchored a line that averaged 184.8 yards per game … graded out at 97 percent in blocking efficiency on a team that amassed more than 4,000 yards … helped lead team to a 12-1 record and a spot in the Ohio Division IV regional finals in 2010 … led an offensive line that paved the way for an average of 188.3 rushing yards per game … earned Division IV All-Ohio first team offense honors in 2011, after being named special mention in 2010 … two-time Northeastern Inland All-District first team offense and All-Pac 7 first team offense member … 2011 Cleveland Plain Dealer Offensive All-Star … 2011 Akron Beacon Journal Football All-Star … No. 20 on the 2011 Cleveland Plain Dealer Top 50 Northeast Ohio football players … served as a team captain and earned team MVP award in 2011, while being named the school’s top lineman in 2010 … three-star prospect according to rivals.com, Scout.com and 247sports.com … ranked No. 16 center by rivals.com … 2012 Tom Lemming Top Center … also offered by Cincinnati, Connecticut, and Pitt.
Deontay McManus, WR, 6-1, 209, Randallstown, Md./Dunbar HS
Three-year two-way starter for coach Lawrence Smith at Dunbar High … appeared in three Maryland 1A state championship games, including back-to-back state championship wins in 2010 and 2011 … combined for a three-year record of 36-5 … made 40 receptions for 590 yards and six touchdowns in 2011 … made two receptions for 29 yards and had five carries for 63 yards and one touchdown in state championship game against Perryville … recorded 102 tackles in 2011, including 12 tackles in state championship game … had 25 receptions for 341 yards and five touchdowns in 2010, while making 88 tackles and four interceptions defensively … two-time Baltimore Sun All-Metro first team defense … two-time Maryland consensus all-state defense … two-time Maryland small school first team defense … 2009 Maryland small school second team defense … played in the 2011 Chesapeake Bowl … finalist for the 2011 Under Armour All-America game … four-star prospect according to rivals.com, Scout.com and Prepstar.com … three-star prospect on ESPN.com … No. 169 on rivals.com Rivals250 … No. 25 wide receiver on rivals.com … rivals.com No. 4 on Maryland Postseason Top 25 … Tom Lemming No. 18 wide receiver … also offered by Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Maryland, Miami (Fla.), Michigan, NC State, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Penn State, Rutgers, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
Brandon Napoleon, CB, 6-0, 175, Rahway, N.J./St. Peter’s Prep
Two-year starter for coach Rich Hansen at St. Peter’s Prep … led team to a combined record of 16-6, including two appearances in the NJSIAA Non-Public Group 4 semifinals … went 81-for-144 for 1,218 and 11 touchdowns as a quarterback in 2011 … also rushed 79 times for 460 yards and two touchdowns, while also returning a kickoff … made two interceptions as a defensive back … played in the 2011 U.S. Marines Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl … 2011 HCIAL Red Division Co-Player of the Year … HCIAL Red Division first team all-conference offense in 2011 and third team all-conference offense in 2010 … 2011 All-Hudson County first team offense and 2010 All-Hudson County third team offense … three-star prospect according to rivals.com, Scout.com and ESPN.com … No. 26 rivals.com New Jersey Postseason Top 30 … Tom Lemming Top Combo Quarterback … No. 17 cornerback according to Tom Lemming … son of former Mountaineer standout Eugene Napoleon … also offered by Arizona, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, North Carolina and Rutgers.
Noble Nwachukwu (nu-watch-ew-koo), DL, 6-2, 240, Wylie, Texas/Wylie HS
Started two seasons for coach Bill Howard at Wylie High, leading the team to a 15-10 combined record as a starting defensive end … recorded 53 tackles, eight tackles for loss, four sacks, nine quarterback hurries and one forced fumble in 2011 … played first season of football in 2010, leading Wylie to the Texas 4A state semifinals with an 11-4 record … finished 2010 with 50 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, three sacks, 11 quarterback hurries, two pass breakups and three forced fumbles … two-time unanimous All-District 10-4A first team defense member … five-time Wylie News Player of the Week … one-time Dallas Morning News Player of the Week honor in 2010 … three-star prospect according to rivals.com, Scout.com and ESPN.com … also offered by Houston, Iowa, Kansas, Memphis, New Mexico, Purdue, SMU and Texas Tech.
Tyler Orlosky, OL, 6-4, 290, Cleveland, Ohio/St. Edward HS
Played two seasons for coach Rick Finotti at St. Edward High … former high school teammate of Mountaineer offensive lineman Brandon Jackson … finished career grading out at 93 percent blocking efficiency and 72 pancake blocks … led team to an 8-4 record in 2011 and a trip to the Ohio Division I second round … recorded a 90 percent blocking efficiency with 38 pancake blocks … won the Ohio Division I state championship in 2010, finishing 15-0 and earning a No. 2 national ranking … in 2010, team averaged 268.1 rushing yards per game with three players over 900 yards rushing, while also averaging 115.8 passing yards per game … finished 2010 with a 96 percent blocking efficiency and 50 knockdown blocks … Division I All-Ohio special mention honors in 2011 … was named to the Division I All-Ohio second team offense in 2010 … two-time Northeastern Lakes All-District first team offense … two-time Cleveland Plain Dealer Offensive All-Star … No. 3 on the 2011 Cleveland Plain Dealer Top 50 Northeast Ohio football players … rated as a four-star prospect by Scout.com … three-star prospect according to ESPN.com and rivals.com … ranked No. 24 2012 guard by rivals.com … ranked No. 41 on rivals.com 2012 Ohio Postseason Top 60 … ranked No. 13 on Scout.com 2012 guards … 2012 Tom Lemming Top Guard … also offered by Illinois, Michigan State, Northwestern and Ohio State.
Adam Pankey, OL, 6-5, 324, Hamilton, Ohio/Hamilton HS
Three-year starter for coach Bob Jacoby at Hamilton High … finished with a combined 13-18 record … team averaged 189 rushing yards in 2011 and a total of 236 yards per game … helped team to average 347 yards of total offense per game, including 306 rushing yards per game in 2010 … earned Division I All-Ohio third team offense honors in 2011 … Southwest All-District first team offense in 2011, after earning second team honors in 2010 …three-time All-Greater Miami first team offense member … three-star prospect according to rivals.com and Scout.com … No. 51 on rivals.com Ohio Postseason Top 60 … 2012 Tom Lemming Top Offensive Tackle … also offered by Illinois, Indiana, Louisville, Minnesota, NC State and Pitt.
Devonte Robinson, WR, 6-1, 170, Delray Beach, Fla./Village Academy HS
Three-year starter for coach Donald Hanna at Village Academy High … finished career 17-13, including an 8-3 mark in 2011 … led Palm Beach County with 950 receiving yards on 31 receptions and 30.6 yards per catch, while ranking No. 4 in touchdown receptions with 10 in 2011 … also recorded seven interceptions on defense … finished 2010 with 18 receptions for 534 yards and six touchdowns … average 29.6 yards per catch …member of the 2011 Florida 2A all-state first team offense … Palm Beach Post Small Schools first team offense ... 2011 Sun Sentinel Class 5A-4A-3A-2A first team defense … No. 11 on the Palm Beach Post Gametime Top 100 … invited to play in the 2011 Palm Beach County/Treasure Coast All-Star game and the 2011 Nike South Florida All-Star game … named 2010 Sun Sentinel Class 2A-2B-1A-1B honorable mention … three-star prospect according to rivals.com and ESPN.com … No. 78 wide receiver on rivals.com … rivals.com No. 84 on Florida Postseason Top 100 … also offered by Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan State, Minnesota, SMU, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and Western Michigan.
|Daron Blaylock||DB||Marietta, Ga. (Walton)|
|Shawn Blaylock||DB||Lithonia, Ga. (Stephenson)|
|Zack Blaylock||DB||Marietta, Ga. (Walton)|
|Kory Brown2||DB||Moncks Corner, S.C. (Berkeley/East Central CC)|
|Thomas Chapman||DL||Louisville, Ky. (duPont Manual)|
|Landon Foster||K/P||Thompson Station, Tenn. (Independence)|
|Patrick Graffree||DT||Elizabethtown, Ky. (Central Hardin)|
|Josh Harris||DB||Maysville, Ky. (Mason County)|
|Khalid Henderson||LB||Mableton, Ga. (Pebblebrook)|
|T.J. Jones||OL||Myrtle Beach, S.C. (Myrtle Beach)|
|A.J. Legree||WR||Fort White, Fla. (Fort White)|
|Dyshawn Mobley||RB||Powell, Tenn. (Powell)|
|Zach Myers||OL||Miamisburg, Ohio (Miamisburg)|
|Langston Newton||DL||Carmel, Ind. (Carmel)|
|Cody Quinn||DB||Middletown, Ohio (Middletown)|
|Jonathan Reed||DB||Indianapolis, Ind. (Pike)|
|DeMarcus Sweat||WR||Lithonia, Ga. (Stephenson)|
|Jordan Swindle||OL||St. Johns, Fla. (Creekside)|
|Justin Taylor||RB||Atlanta, Ga. (Washington)|
|Fred Tiller||DB||Homerville, Ga. (Clinch County)|
|Kadeem Thomas||LB||Tallahassee, Fla. (Godby)|
|Jon Toth||OL||Indianapolis, Ind. (Brebeuf Jesuit)|
|Patrick Towles||QB||Ft. Thomas, Ky. (Highlands)|
|Jordan Watson||OL||Fayetteville, Ga. (Whitewate|
|Jalen Whitlow||QB/ATH||Pratville, Ala. (Pratville)|
|Sterling Wright||DB||Miami, Fla. (Coral Reef/North Carolina Tech)|
|Warren Ball||RB||Columbus, Ohio/St. Francis DeSales|
|Devan Bogard||DB||Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville|
|Jacoby Boren*||OL||Pickerington, Ohio/Central|
|Taylor Decker||OL||Vandalia, Ohio/Butler|
|Bri'onte Dunn*||RB||Canton, Ohio/GlenOak|
|Pat Elflein||OL||Pickerington, Ohio/North|
|Frank Epitropoulos||WR||Upper Arlington, Ohio/Upper Arlington|
|Cardale Jones*||QB||Cleveland, Ohio/Glendale & Fork Union Mil. Acad.|
|Jamal Marcus||LB||Durham, N.C./Hillside|
|Najee Murray||DB||Steubenville, Ohio/Steubenville|
|Joey O'Connor||OL||Windsor, Colo./Windsor|
|David Perkins||LB||South Bend, Ind./ South Bend Washington|
|Joshua Perry*||LB||Lewis Center, Ohio/Olentangy|
|Se'Von Pittman||DE||Canton, Ohio/McKinley|
|Tyvis Powell*||DB||Bedford, Ohio/Bedford|
|Armani Reeves||CB||West Roxbury, Mass./Catholic Memorial|
|Luke Roberts||LB||Lancaster, Ohio/Lancaster|
|Tommy Schutt||DT||Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard|
|Ricquan Southward||WR||Lakeland, Fla./Lakeland|
|Noah Spence||DE||Harrisburg, Pa./Bishop McDevitt|
|Blake Thomas||TE||Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius|
|Michael Thomas*||WR||Los Angeles, Calif./Woodland Hills Taft & FUMA|
|Adolphus Washington||DE||Cincinnati, Ohio/Taft|
|Camren Williams||LB||West Roxbury, Mass./Catholic Memorial|
Jacoby, playing mostly at offensive guard, was a first-team Division I Ohio all-state selection by the Associated Press as a senior … he helped lead Central, coached by Jay Sharrett, to the first Division I state championship game in school history and an 11-3 record in 2011 … Boren was a two-way player on a team that lost its first two games of the season, but then won 11 consecutive games before losing in the state championship game to Cleveland St. Ignatius … rated the No. 37 offensive guard in the country by Rivals.com and No. 41 by ESPNU … also rated as the No. 37 player in the six-state Midwest region by SuperPrep … a four-year letterwinner, a three-time all-Ohio Capital Conference first-team performer, an all-central district honoree and a member of the Columbus Dispatch 2011 all-Metro team, Jacoby will be the third Boren brother to play for the Buckeyes after Zach, a senior fullback for the Buckeyes, and Justin, a two-year starter (2009-10) who was with the Baltimore Ravens practice squad this season but was signed to its active roster for the playoffs … the Boren brothers are the sons of Mike and Hope Boren, both of whom were student-athletes at Michigan … Mike finished his football career at Michigan in 1983 as the second-leading tackler in school history with 332 tackles, a total that still ranks sixth all-time in school history … Hope competed in track and field … Jacoby enrolled at Ohio State in January 2012.
Anyone who weighs 220 pounds, runs downhill and accumulates 5,479 rushing yards during a career is going to get a lot of attention, and Bri'onte Dunn certainly garnered his share; until he enrolled at Ohio State in January 2012, happy to finally be a Buckeye, and looking forward to having "a chance to play for a national championship" as he told the Canton Repository … named first-team Division I Ohio all-state by the Associated Press as a junior and senior, Dunn rushed for 2,030 yards and 22 touchdowns as a junior - and twice topped 300 yards rushing - and 1,657 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior … rated the No. 11 running back nationally by Rivals.com, No. 12 by ESPNU and No. 7 by Scout.com … the No. 2 senior in Ohio by Scout.com, No. 6 by Rivals.com and No. 7 by 247Sports … Scout.com also had him rated as a five-star recruit, and he was rated No. 138 on the Rivals 250 … he scored 51 touchdowns his final three seasons and was named all-Northeast Inland District first-team, Repository all-Stark County first-team and all-Federal League first-team numerous times ... coached by Scott Garcia at GlenOak … played as a freshman and sophomore at Alliance High School and amassed 1,900 yards rushing … the first Stark County running back since 1992 to sign an NLI with Ohio State, according to the Repository … Bri'onte is the son of Brion Dunn and Donna Hatcher.
Cardale Jones initially signed his national letter of intent with Ohio State in February 2011, but with the plan of delaying his enrollment and attending Fork Union Military Academy in the fall, which he did this past season and where he roomed with 2012 Ohio State recruit Michael Thomas … rated by Rivals.com as the No. 12 prep school player in the country in 2011 … he led perennial northeast Ohio power Cleveland Glenville to a 24-3 record as a starting quarterback … passed for 1,689 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior in 2011 for coach Ted Ginn and was named third-team Division I all-state by the Associated Press … threw for 2,168 yards and 18 touchdowns as a junior in 2009, and he also had 14 career rushing touchdowns … was the MVP of the 2010 Offense-Defense Bowl, and he also played in the Big 33 Game … a basketball letterman at Glenville … relishes competition; "I'm not afraid to compete because that's the attitude we're taught to have at Glenville," he said during his recruitment … Cardale is the son of Florence Jones … he enrolled at Ohio State in January 2012.
Joshua Perry is a fine and versatile athlete who excelled in three sports and was even better as a student with a high school grade point average above 3.8 on a 4.0 scale … he was the first Ohio State commitment of this 2012 class (June 2010) … rated as the No. 9 outside linebacker prospect in the country by Scout.com and No. 11 nationally at the position by Rivals.com … the No. 6 senior in Ohio by Rivals.com; No. 9 by Scout.com … also a member of the Rivals.com 250 … named second-team Ohio Division I all-state by the Associated Press as a senior for coach Ed Terwilliger … had 70 tackles and seven sacks as a senior … described as big, strong, fast, intelligent and the ultimate team player … in addition to being a standout football player, he was top-five twice in the long jump at the Ohio state track and field championships, including a runner-up finish as a sophomore in 2010 (current Buckeye receiver Devin Smith won the event) … produced a long jump personal-best leap of 23 feet, and also ran the hurdles and 400 meters … played basketball as well … older brother, Wes, is a second-year student at Ohio State studying jazz and music education and younger brother, Jahred, is a sophomore in high school … the son of Jim and Georgette Perry … enrolled at Ohio State in January 2012.
Regardless if officially listed as 6-foot-3 or 6-foot-4, Tyvis Powell immediately becomes the tallest defensive back on the Ohio State roster (or at least the tallest; Zach Domicone is 6-3) and he is one of the few defensive backs nationally in the 2012 recruiting class who are at least 6-foot-3 … was coached at Bedford, located near Cleveland in northeast Ohio, by Sean Williams … ranked No. 33 among all cornerbacks nationally by Rivals.com and the No. 37 safety by Scout.com … a top 100 defensive back by ESPNU … No. 20 senior in Ohio by 247Sports.com … totaled six interceptions as a junior and senior, to go along with over 115 tackles … had four interceptions as a junior … a three sport athlete, Tyvis also played basketball and baseball … ran track instead of playing baseball as a junior, though, to improve his speed … also picked up strength and speed in the past year through early morning workouts with a 250-pound tractor tire … reportedly never missed a day of classes while in high school … the son of Robin Powell-Richardson … enrolled at Ohio State in January 2012.
Michael produced a highlight reel of a senior season at Woodland Hills Taft High School, located in the San Fernando Valley, in 2010 … he caught 86 passes for a state-leading 1,656 yards and 21 touchdowns and was called the most improved football player "by a landslide" in Southern California in November 2010 by the Los Angeles Times … named first-team all-city as a senior, and the No. 98 receiver nationally by Scout.com … played in the 2011 Under Armour All-American game … coached at Taft by Matt Kerstetter … did not catch a pass as a junior in 2009, was homeschooled the previous year and attended Westlake Village Oaks Christian as a freshman … attended Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy last fall (and roomed with Cardale Jones) … he caught 23 passes for 497 yards and seven touchdowns at FUMA in 2011 … rated by Rivals.com as the No. 4 prep school player in the country in 2011 … the nephew of NFL star Keyshawn Johnson … called "a premier athlete…rangy and explosive" by Fork Union coach John Shuman … enrolled at Ohio State in January 2012 … Michael is the son of Michael Thomas, Sr.
Football isn't just a hobby for Camren Williams, a four-star prospect and the No. 1 player in the Northeast region, according to SuperPrep; it's his way of life and, it's a family affair … his father, Brent, had an 11-year NFL career between 1986-96 with three teams - New England, Seattle and the New York Jets - and his brother, Brennan, recently completed his junior year as an offensive lineman at the University of North Carolina … described as "a student of the game" by his brother and "very thorough…very organized...and with a lot of football sense" by Catholic Memorial coach Alex Campea, Williams is rated as a four-star prospect and the No. 8 inside linebacker in the country by Rivals.com, and a four-star prospect and the No. 16 outside linebacker by Scout.com … the No. 1 player in Massachusetts according to Rivals.com … named a SuperPrep All-American who is also on the Rivals 250 list, Williams had 119 tackles for a 7-2 Catholic Memorial team this year … he was named all-scholastic by the Boston Globe and the defensive player of the year in the Catholic Conference … played in the inaugural Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl Jan. 3 in Phoenix, Ariz. … a member of the National Honor Society who is considering studying kinesiology, Camren is the son of Jacquelin and Brent Williams.
Armani Reeves was a Sunday of signing week commitment for Ohio State, and he certainly helps fill a depth need at the cornerback position for the Buckeyes … Reeves was the No. 6 ranked cornerback in the nation by Scout.com and a four-star-recruit … he also earned four stars from Rivals.com, which had him ranked as the No. 17 cornerback in the nation and the No. 2 player in the state of Massachusetts … Rivals.com also had Reeves on its Rivals 250 … SuperPrep had Reeves ranked No. 2 in New England and on its all-Northeast team … the Catholic Conference overall MVP after a senior season that included 445 rushing yards and nine total touchdowns and 57 tackles and an interception on defense … had four interceptions and two punt return touchdowns as a junior … high school coach Alex Campea said Reeves "is as skilled as any player I've ever had … athletically, he's off the charts in his running ability and his ball skills" … Reeves and fellow recruiting Class of 2012 commit Camren Williams are high school teammates, not to mention great friends … Williams' father, Brent, is Reeves' God father … originally is from Alabama, and is reportedly the first cousin to NBA all-star and Hall of Famer Charles Barkley … a member of the National Honor Society who may study information technology at Ohio State, Reeves is the son of Victoria Reeves.
Big and strong Blake Thomas will come to Ohio State with a reputation of being an overpowering blocking tight end, but he can catch the football as well … he had a combined 49 receptions for 506 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior and senior … he was described by one evaluator as having "soft hands…big, soft hands," traits that will no doubt help Thomas on the football field but will also be appreciated after his playing days are over as he has intentions of attending dental school … the only tight end in the Ohio State class of 2012 caught 24 passes for 256 yards and scored two touchdowns as a junior for the powerful St. Ignatius program under the direction of Chuck Kyle, and then he came back as a senior to record 25 catches for 250 yards and six touchdowns … Thomas helped St. Ignatius win its 11th Ohio Division I state championship in 2011, capping a 13-2 season with a 34-13 win over Pickerington Central in the title game … he caught four passes for 47 yards in the title game … was named special mention all-state by the Associated Press in 2011 and to the Northeast Lakes all-district football team … he was the No. 16-ranked tight end nationally by Rivals.com with additional rankings of No. 22 by Scout.com and No. 42 by ESPNU … rated as the No. 29 prospect in Ohio by Rivals.com … Blake is the son of Gail and Kevin Thomas.
Pat Elflein didn't wrestle with his decision about which school to attend once he received a scholarship offer from Ohio State … as a result, the Buckeyes' recruiting class has two of the 2011 Associated Press first-team Division I all-state offensive linemen: Elflein and Jacoby Boren, from cross-town school Pickerington Central … in Elflein, the No. 22 offensive guard prospect in the nation by ESPNU and the No. 31 guard by Scout.com, the Buckeyes are getting a rock solid worker, someone who has spent his summers pouring and breaking up concrete after already working through a full high school calendar year of sports and studies … "I like to work hard and I always put 100 percent effort into what I do," Elflein told the Columbus Dispatch … a four-year football letterman and a two-time football team captain, Elflein is currently working on his fourth varsity letter in the sport of wrestling and he could earn a fourth letter this year in track and field, which would give him 12 letters for his high school career … he has been named in football to all-Ohio Capital Conference, all-Central District and to the Dispatch's all-Metro teams … he was the 2011 wrestler of the year in the OCC and was a state and national qualifier … Elflein, whose older brother, Matt, played linebacker for Ohio Dominican, is the son of Lisa and Kenneth Elflein.
Ricquan is the only recruit in the class of 2012 from the state of Florida, but he keeps alive a streak of nine consecutive years - and 18 of the last 20 years - that a prospect from Florida has signed with the Scarlet and Gray on signing day … a Top 75 player (No. 62) in the talent rich state according to Rivals.com … playing for the powerful Lakeland Dreadnaughts, Florida Class 7A state semifinalists for three consecutive years including in 2011, Ricquan had a breakout senior season for coach Bill Castle's 13-1 team with 54 receptions for 994 yards and nine touchdowns … he also scored touchdowns off punt and kickoff returns, and he averaged 11.2 yards per rush off 24 rushing attempts … Ricquan broke the Lakeland school single game records for receptions (12) and receiving yards (238) against Hialeah Oct. 14, plus scored the winning touchdown in a 16-10 game … named first-team Class 7A all-state by the Associated Press in 2011 … rated the No. 36 receiver nationally by ESPNU … Ricquan is the son of Cathy Howard.
Two-sport star - football and basketball - Taylor Decker was the third offensive lineman out of four to officially commit to Ohio State, doing so in January … the biggest player in this recruiting class at 6-foot-8 inches tall and 315 pounds, Decker was a three-year starter at tackle for Vandalia Butler and a three-year letterman in basketball, and he was good enough on the hardwood to draw interest from mid-majors … this past season he helped the Aviators to a 6-4 record on the gridiron, the school's first winning record in eight years, and he was named first-team Division II all-state by the Associated Press … he was rated the No. 23 offensive tackle in the nation by Rivals.com and a four-start prospect by the site … also rated the No. 77 player nationally and the No. 7 senior in the state of Ohio in 2011 by Scout.com (No. 14 by Rivals.com) … a member of the Rivals 250 … will play in the OHSFCA North-South Classic football game April 20 at Ohio Stadium … a fine student as well, Decker will consider pursuing a degree program in some area of sports medicine … he is the son of Ron and Sheila Decker.
A visit to Ohio State's campus in early January convinced David Perkins, the 13th-ranked "athlete" nationally by Rivals.com, that Ohio State is where he wanted to play collegiately … "They say when you get on campus and you get that feeling, you just know that's the place," Perkins said. "When I got on campus, that's what I felt." … outstanding on both sides of the ball and with reported 4.43 speed, Perkins is a 4-star recruit, the No. 22 outside linebacker (Scout.com) and a member of the Rivals 250 … rated as the No. 2 senior in Indiana by Rivals.com … one publication wrote "he makes the best quarterbacks nervous"… here's why: he totaled 103 tackles as a senior with 22 tackles-for-loss, including seven sacks … also had eight forced fumbles and nine pass break-ups … his 63 tackles as a junior included 13 sacks … rushed for 1,311 yards with 15 touchdowns as a senior, plus had 20 receptions for 291 yards … gained 765 rushing yards as a junior … helped Washington, coached by Antwon Jones, to its first state championship game in 38 years in 2011 … transferred to Washington after his sophomore season at Kalamazoo (Mich.) Central … David is the son of Natalie and Mac Henry.
Warren, who grew up approximately 15 minutes from the Ohio State campus, was the second commitment to this 2012 class (summer 2010) … he committed early so he could focus solely on football, and despite opponents keying on him because of his Ohio State commitment, Ball's focus didn't waver and he produced a senior season that turned him into a four-star prospect who was ranked as the No. 13 running back by Scout.com, No. 16 by Rivals.com and No. 26 by ESPNU … he was also on the Rivals 250 list … rushed for 1,232 yards and 29 touchdowns as a DeSales senior and was named first-team Division III all-state by the Associated Press … scored six touchdowns Sept. 2 vs. Brookhaven … led the Stallions to a 2011 Central Catholic League championship, the second round of the state playoffs and was named all-conference … also named to the Columbus Dispatch 2011 all-metro team … helped DeSales reach the Division III state championship game as a sophomore in 2009 … gained 700 yards and eight touchdowns as a sophomore despite missing part of year with an injury … missed six games with a high ankle sprain as a junior … will play in the OHSFCA North-South Classic football game April 20 at Ohio Stadium … rushed for 55 yards and a touchdown at the Offense vs. Defense All-American game … Warren is the son of Warren Sr. and Danielle Ball.
Noah Spence knows a good family atmosphere when he sees it … and as one of nine brothers in the Helen and Greg Spence household, the Parade Magazine All-American, five-star prospect and No. 2 defensive end in the nation (Rivals.com; ESPNU) was seeking a school with a family atmosphere and great coaches … and as he told The Patriot-News in Harrisburg in December: "I found what I was looking for at Ohio State" … one of the Top 5 prospects nationally (ESPNU; MaxPreps) and a Top 10 prospect by everyone else, Spence was the No. 1 player in the state of Pennsylvania and the state's two-time big school defensive player of the year … he was selected the 2011 Pennsylvania Gatorade Player of the Year, an award that recognizes high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character in addition to athletics … also named the Maxwell Football Club's national high school player of the year in 2011 … described as the "fastest pass rushing end in the country" and "a terror to opposing quarterbacks," Spence amassed 204 tackles, including 50 tackles-for-loss and 35.5 sacks, during his junior and senior seasons … he helped Bishop McDevitt, under coach Jeff Weachter, advance to consecutive state Class AAA title games … he topped 50 quarterback sacks in his career and then had an Under Armour All-American game record three sacks Jan. 5 in St. Petersburg, Fla., for "Team Highlight" … comes from same high school that has produced current Philadelphia Eagle LeSean McCoy, current Detroit Lion Aaron Berry and former NFL great Ricky Watters … his father played football at North Carolina State and an uncle, Phil, was a standout basketball player for the Wolfpack and was part of the school's 1974 national championship team.
Najee Murray was the leader of the secondary for three fine Steubenville Big Red teams, including the 12-2 2009 state semifinalist squad and the 11-1 team in 2011 that advanced to the regional semifinals … a shut-down defensive back who opposing quarterbacks rarely challenged, Murray had 54 tackles as a senior and was named first-team Division III all-state by the Associated Press and was the state's AP co-defensive player of the year … blessed with speed, Murray led the Big Red with 17 receptions in 2011 for 280 yards and four touchdowns, and he averaged 16.8 yards per rush off 11 carries … named a four-star recruit by Rivals.com in its final rankings, Murray was the No. 16 safety prospect in the nation by Rivals.com and held the No. 20 ranking from Scout.com … had 62 tackles and two interceptions as a junior and 57 stops as a sophomore … helped the 2011 Steubenville 4x200-meter relay team win a state title at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in a state record time of 1:27.02 … will play in the OHSFCA North-South Classic football game April 20 at Ohio Stadium … Murray, reportedly the first Big Red alumnus to sign an NLI with Ohio State since Buster Tillman in the 1990s, is the son of Danita Murray-Hampton and Horace Hampton.
Luke Roberts is another in the line of fine Lancaster linebackers; former Buckeye and current Detroit Lion Bobby Carpenter and current N.C. State linebacker Ryan Cheek are each from the area … Roberts, who is expected to enroll at Ohio State for the 2012 spring quarter, was rated the No. 28 inside linebacker prospect in the nation by Scout.com and the No. 44 linebacker prospect by ESPNU … he was a Top 100 prospect in the six-state Midwest region by SuperPrep … he was named second-team Division I all-state by the Associated Press as a senior after recording 118 tackles, including 19 tackles-for-loss and five quarterback sacks for coach Rob Carpenter's Gales squad … as a junior in 2010 Roberts received AP all-state special mention after a 96-tackle season that also included 23 tackles-for-loss and three sacks … earned all-Ohio Capital Conference and all-district honors both years … a three-year starter … Lancaster H.S. also has produced notable Buckeyes Jim Cordle and Rex Kern … Roberts also wrestled in high school … he is the son of Mathew and Sharon Roberts.
There are all kinds of numerical listings among Ohio State's 2012 recruiting class, like five- and four-star prospects and first-team All-Americans, but Tommy Schutt owns the unique numerical distinction of being first: as in the first high school senior to commit to Urban Meyer's Ohio State program … Schutt, a five-star prospect and the No. 5 defensive tackle in the class by Scout.com and the No. 1 player in Illinois (Rivals.com), committed Dec. 12 … he is ranked among the Top 100 players nationally by Scout.com (No. 47), MaxPreps (No. 47) and Rivals.com (No. 64) and is also a member of the ESPNU 150 … helped Glenbard West, coached by Chad Hetlet, to four state playoff appearances and amassed 33 career sacks, 45 tackles-for-loss, 21 batted balls and eleven forced fumbles … earned all-state honors three consecutive years, including by the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association and the Chicago Tribune as a junior and senior … named ESPNChicago.com defensive player of the year after senior season that included 73 tackles and 23.5 tackles-for-loss, including 14.5 sacks … No. 6 player in the Midwest by SuperPrep and the No. 16 defensive line prospect … a U.S. Army and SuperPrep All-American … had 67 tackles and 15 sacks as a junior … Tommy is the son of David and Stella Schutt.
Frank Epitropoulos is truly a multi-dimensional player, one who rarely came off the field for the Upper Arlington Golden Bears in his three years as a starter at wide receiver, defensive back and as punter … a two-time second-team Ohio Division I all-state pick by the Associated Press as a punter, Epitropoulos averaged 42.2 yards per punt as a junior and 39.2 as a senior … however, this 6-foot-3 athlete with a reported vertical jump that exceeds 40 inches is projected as a wide receiver for the Buckeyes … he recovered nicely from a hand injury as a senior that kept him out of four games to catch 25 passes for 459 yards and seven touchdowns … he was a big reason UA, under coach Mike Golden, advanced to the state playoffs in 2011 for the first time in three years … as a junior, Epitropoulos caught 29 passes for 459 yards and seven touchdowns … the No. 31 senior in Ohio according to Rivals.com and a Top 80 receiver by both Scout.com and 247Sports.com, he will play in the International Bowl today (Feb. 1) in Austin, Texas … Frank is the son of John and Alice Epitropoulos, both of whom attended Ohio State … John was a three-year Ohio State football letterman between 1978 and 1980, playing in 34 games for both coaches Woody Hayes and Earle Bruce … an uncle, Ernie Epitropoulos, also played for the Buckeyes … a sister, Christina, has been accepted into Ohio State's dental school … Frank is considering a pre-medicine course of study at Ohio State.
Devan Bogard is yet another punishing Glenville High School defensive back who could have gone almost anywhere and yet he chose the Buckeyes … called by some recruiting analysts as the hardest-hitter among an Ohio senior class full of big-hitting safeties, Bogard is the latest in an impressive line of Tarblooder DBs - and players - to end up at Ohio State, a list that includes NFL DBs Donte Whitner and Jermale Hines and current Buckeye Christian Bryant, and also includes 2006 Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith and NFL receiver/return man Ted Ginn … Bogard, who is described as playing "with rabid intensity," was a first-team Division I all-state selection by the Associated Press after a 91-tackle-two-interception senior season for coach Ted Ginn … named special mention all-state as a junior after recording 74 tackles and an interception … played linebacker in high school but always was projected as a safety in college … was considered the No. 1 safety in Ohio in 2011 by Bill Kurelic and garnered national rankings of No. 14 by Rivals.com, No. 24 by Scout.com - both sites had Bogard projected as a four-star prospect - and No. 32 by ESPNU … ranked as the No. 6 senior in the state by 247Sports and No. 21 by Scout.com … is the son of Cynthia Shakir and Ali Shakir … will play in the OHSFCA North-South Classic April 20 at Ohio Stadium.
Parade Magazine All-American, U.S. Army All-American and five-star recruit (Rivals.com; Scout.com; 247Sports.com) Aldolphus Washington cited honesty as a reason he chose Ohio State, a decision he made before Urban Meyer was named head coach … "If Ohio State is that special that you [former coaches] would still sell me the school even though you probably won't be there, that tells me a lot about Ohio State," Washington told a media gathering … here's more honest-to-goodness truth: Washington is big-time … he helped lead Taft High School to the 2011 Ohio state playoffs, registering 23.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and 90 tackles for coach Mike Martin's Senators … he was named the state's Division III co-defensive player of the year and a first-team Associated Press all-state selection … the No. 1 player in the state by Scout.com and 247Sports.com and the No. 2 player in the Midwest region by SuperPrep, Washington was regarded as the nation's 25th-best senior by Rivals.com, and he was also considered the No. 3 defensive end prospect by Scout.com, No. 5 by Rivals.com and No. 7 by ESPNU … his junior stats were similar to his senior numbers (107 tackles and 19 sacks in 2010) when he helped Taft make its first-ever state playoffs appearance … an outstanding basketball player as well, he was leading the Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference in scoring (21.0) and rebounding (15.5) as of last week … he was named the Division III basketball co-player of the year in 2011 after leading Taft to the state Final Four … Adolphus is the son of Adolphus Washington, Sr. and Rhonda Edwards.
Talented, four-star defensive end prospect Se'Von Pittman committed to the Buckeyes Dec. 12, giving new coach Urban Meyer his second commitment and the school's third impressive defensive lineman commit with a fourth soon to come … Pittman was a two-time Associated Press Division I all-state first-team selection for coach Ron Johnson at Canton McKinley … he was a Top 100 recruit by every major recruiting service, with rankings of No. 58 (Scout.com), No. 66 (MaxPreps), No. 95 on the Rivals 250 and No. 98 ESPNU 150 … he was also a Top 10 senior in the state of Ohio by Rivals.com (3rd), Scout.com (4th) and 247Sports.com (10th), and a SuperPrep All-American rated by that service as the No. 13 player in the Midwest region … totaled 34 tackles-for-loss as a junior and senior, including 20 TFLs with eight sacks among his 102 tackles as a senior for a 9-3 regional semifinalist team … started as a sophomore, as well, and finished his career with 18 quarterback sacks … expected to enroll at Ohio State in March for the 2012 spring quarter, and will reconnect on the defensive line with high school teammate Steve Miller, a freshman at Ohio State … Se'Von is the son of Velvet Hutchinson.
Joey O'Connor is the No. 12 offensive tackle prospect in the nation by Rivals.com and a four-star recruit … he was a starter on the offensive line for four years at Windsor High School, earning all-state honors as a junior and senior … he learned about physical, aggressive play first by playing hockey for 11 years … even considered moving to Canada before his freshman season in high school to pursue a career in that sport … Colorado's 2011 state 3A player of the year was a force on the line … it's been written on ESPN.com that he "made a habit of turning defensive ends and linebackers into football sleds" … and it was written in ESPNHS Magazine that O'Connor is "vicious and unrelenting" but he is this way "cleanly and without malice" … an Under Armour All-American who was the No. 1 player in Colorado according to ESPNU and the No. 2 player by the Denver Post and Rivals.com, O'Connor just missed a Top 100 ranking by Rivals.com (102) … a SuperPrep all-Midlands selection … he capped his career by helping coach Chris Jones' Wizards team win the 2011 state championship … the student body president at Windsor High, he is the son of Ann and Joe O'Connor … he is believed to be the first football recruit from Colorado to sign a letter of intent with Ohio State since Chris Sanders, from Denver's Montbello H.S., did in 1990.
North Carolina all-state defensive end Jamal Marcus is a 6-2, 235-pounder who projects as a linebacker in college and has reported 4.6-second speed in the 40 … Marcus was one of the final players in this recruiting class to commit to Ohio State, having done so in the last two weeks prior to signing day … this past season Marcus helped lead Hillside High School, under the direction of coach Antonio King, to a 16-0 record and the NCHSAA Class 4A state championship … he tallied 89 tackles and 17.5 sacks for the PAC 6 Conference champions and he was named first-team all-state by the Associated Press … in fact, he led all defensive players in votes for the AP all-state team … also was named all-PAC 6 Conference … rated the No. 32 outside linebacker in the nation by Rivals.com … also was rated the No. 29 linebacker prospect nationally and the No. 9 player in North Carolina by SuperPrep … a SuperPrep All-American and an all-Mid Atlantic Region selection, he had 14 sacks as a junior…Jamal is the son of Keisha and Reginald Marcus.
|Ty Branz||DE||York, Neb.||York/Iowa Western CC|
|Trae Clark||DL||Cincinnati, Ohio||Colerain|
|Toran Davis||S||Lithonia, Ga.||Southwest DeKalb|
|Tim Edmond||LB||Cincinnati, Ohio||La Salle/Hutchinson CC|
|Nick Gibbons||OL||Stone Mountain, Ga.||Stephenson|
|Davon Henry||ATH||Round Rock, Texas||Hyde Park Baptist|
|Kurt Laseak||DE||Mentor, Ohio||Mentor|
|Chris Murray||WR||Tampa, Fla.||King|
|Daz'mond Patterson||RB||Plant City, Fla.||Plant City|
|Jordan Reid||WR||Stone Mountain, Ga.||Parkview|
|Mike Roberts||ATH||Cleveland, Ohio||St. Benedictine|
|Malik Rodriguez||WR||Brooklyn, N.Y.||Poly Prep Country Day|
|Jake Schany||LB||Blair, Neb.||Blair|
|Sebastian Smith||ATH||Columbus, Ohio||Pickerington Central|
|John Tanner||TE||Cincinnati, Ohio||Moeller|
|Troy Watson||OL||Aurora, Ohio||Aurora|
|Matt Waters||WR||Council Bluffs, Iowa||Saint Albert/Iowa Western CC|
|Wade Wells||DE||Gautier, Miss||Ocean Springs/MGCCC|
|Greg Windham||QB||Tampa, Fla.||King|
|Nick Passodelis||FB||Wexford, Pa.||North Allegheny|
|Marcel Edwards||OL||Waldorf, Md.||Westlake|
|Justin Lawrence||TE||Waldorf, Md.||Westlake|
|Zach Seifert||TE/DE||Pasadena, Md.||Chesapeake|
|Cyril Nuworsoo||OL/DL||Reistertown, Md.||Franklin|
|Zach Erb||OL||Mechanicsville, Va.||Hanover|
|Toquan Hayes||WR||Huntington, W.Va.||Huntington High|
|Cody Carter||ATH||Huntington, W.Va.||Cabell Midland|