February 29, 2012
Coffman's Walsh picks up offer to Ohio University
The Dublin Coffman football program's history of developing Division I college quarterbacks spans more than a decade, back to when Brady Quinn piloted the team to a 17-7 mark in 2001 and '02.
Quinn of course went on to play for Notre Dame, and Jack Rafferty (Western Kentucky), Josh Febus (Ohio University), Zack Stoudt (Mississippi) and Cole Stoudt (Clemson) have been signal callers since then who eventually played major college football.
The latest member of the crop is junior James Walsh, a 6-2, 186-pounder who picked up an offer from Ohio U. on Monday, according to ScoutingOhio.com.
Walsh completed 154 of 261 passes for 1,837 yards with 13 touchdowns and 12 interceptions last season as the Shamrocks made the Division I, Region 3 playoffs and went 8-3.
Walsh, who added 321 yards and seven touchdowns rushing, reportedly runs the 40 in 4.58. He made special mention all-district and second-team all-OCC-Central Division last fall.
While his statistics imply that he needs some polish in some areas of his game, he has been working hard. On Jan. 2, he and junior teammate Miles McCollum, a defensive lineman, participated in the Proving Ground National Combine on Jan. 2 in Phoenix.
Walsh also made first-team all-league for the Shamrocks' baseball team last spring as it went 23-6 and won its 12th league title in 24 seasons.
*Ohio State picked up its fifth recruit for the 2013 class on Monday night when Centerville offensive tackle Evan Lisle verbally committed.
The Buckeyes now have two cornerbacks (Eli Woodard and Cameron Burrows), a five-star athlete (Jalin Marshall) and linemen on both sides of the ball (Billy Price at DT and Lisle).
What could be the next target?
Walnut Ridge wide receiver Rob Wheelwright was told by coach Urban Meyer that they're after a pass-catching threat, and it would seem likely that OSU will add another defensive back since it still has an offer on the table to Hilliard Darby's Caleb Day.