The summer before their senior season has proven in recent yearsto be a great time for Division I recruits to nail down what college they'd like to play for, and this summer was no exception for some of central Ohio's top 2014 prospects.

One thing I find interesting about the time between when school lets out in May or June until the first day of two-a-days is what prospects emerge that most casual high school football fans have probably never heard of.

St. Charles has been an average, and sometimes slightly above average,team for most of the 18 years I've covered high school sports. You can count on the Cardinals to go at least 5-5, and occasionally they slip into the playoffs.

The great thing about college recruiting is that if you're good, you get discovered regardless of if your teams makes long postseason runs or not.

The Cardinals' top player this season might be senior safety Ben Hale, who verbally committed to Bowling Green over the summer.

Hale is 6-2, 187, and also had an offer from Toledo before settling on BGSU.

"I wanted to commit before the season to just focus on my senior year of football," Hale said. "I chose BG because it has a great business school. I like the coaches and players, and I will have an opportunity to have early playing time. What I like about the school as well was the layout. Everything was relatively close to one another."