Westerville South has produced numerous skill position players the last few years, from players like Rocco Pentello to Jayshon Jackson to Nick Renzetti.

One player who might have slipped under the radar in highlight sections of local papers because of his position has been well known to college recruiters the last couple years.

Darryl Long, a tight end and defensive lineman who helped the Wildcats go 8-3 a year ago, made a verbal commitment late last month to play for the University of Kentucky.

Long, a 6-4, 225-pounder who was ranked the 22nd-best tight end in the nation by Rivals.com, had 28 catches for 434 yards and four touchdowns last season. He was special mention all-district and second-team all-OCC-Cardinal Division.

"I really liked the atmosphere in UK when I visited, and the new offensive coaching staff is very good," Long said. "It's in the SEC and not too far from home."

Long also considered Louisville, Pittsburgh, Indiana, Purdue, North Carolina and Illinois among the Division I offers he has collected.

Recruiting is going at a slower pace than a year ago for central Ohio football players. So far, there have been four others from the Central District who have made verbal commitments in Lancaster's Kyle Trout (Ohio State), Hamilton Township's Micky Crum (Louisville), Hartley's Alonzo Saxton (Duke) and Newark Catholic's Chayce Crouch (Illinois).