September 3, 2013
Week 1 news, notes: Warhawks' Anu among standouts
Everyone who follows central Ohio football closely knows about Westerville Central senior Jared Drake, a multi-threat quarterback who had a nice game as his team beat DeSales 29-7 in its opener Aug. 30.
Those that follow recruiting know about the Warhawks' Nick Richardson, who has verbally committed to play for Kentucky.
Not everyone knows about senior athlete Eldin Anu, but that should change over the next few weeks.
Anu, who has scholarship offers from Kent State, Robert Morris and Savannah State according to his Rivals.com profile, showed off his blazing speed against the Stallions with an 80-yard touchdown reception on a short pass from Drake.
At 5-10, 165, Anu should have the size and speed to be a Division I wide receiver or cornerback.
Anu told me after the game that he also has received interest from Kentucky and Michigan State, which both have hit central Ohio hard this summer in an attempt to reel in the prospects not recruited by Ohio State in the 2014 class. The Buckeyes still have just one player, Lancaster OL Kyle Trout, as a verbal from that class.
*Hartley quarterback Jared Brandewie has the size at 6-4, 202, to be a Division I college quarterback. He's played in Hartley's run-oriented offense the last couple seasons, so his numbers haven't been spectacular through the air, but coach Brad Burchfield likes his arm strength.
In Hartley's 38-6 win over Amanda-Clearcreek on Aug. 30, Brandewie attempted just 11 passes but completed 10 of them for 293 yards and three touchdowns.
The Hawks might try to showcase his experience and abilities a little more this season now that they don't have Ja'Wuan Woodley or Marcellus Calhoun.
*Thomas Worthington has a veteran coach in Scott Gordon and a lot of players back from last season, including senior running back Tony Harvard.
With that in mind, it shouldn't have been a surprise that the Cardinals dominated perennial playoff-contender Jonathan Alder 33-7 in its opener.
Harvard, who is 5-10, 173 and runs the 40 in 4.68, doesn't have any offers according to his profile on ScoutingOhio.com, but he strikes me as possibly an FCS-type of recruit. Don't be surprised if he puts together a great senior season.