September 24, 2013
Week 4 football news, notes: Haber shines in 1st start
One thing that was impressive the last few years about the Olentangy football team under former coach Ed Terwilliger was the program's ability to develop Division I-level talent at several positions.
There was of course Joshua Perry, who is now playing for Ohio State, and guys like Austin Schmidt, Bryce Cheek, Kenton Playko and Zach Kerin just to name a few who went on to sign with FBS or FCS programs.
It might be several more months before the recruiting process of sophomore Deeb Haber starts to really heat up, but he's clearly going to be an athlete to watch over the next couple of seasons.
During the Braves' 25-19 win over Big Walnut on Sept. 20, he passed for 168 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 51 yards in his first varsity start.
This is what first-year coach Mark Solis told one of our reporters after the game: "We broke in a sophomore tonight. Boy, is he going to be a heck of a football player. I'm really proud of Deeb. He has a bright future here at Olentangy."
Another factor with Haber is that he also plays baseball. According to his page on prepbaseballreport.com, Haber is a 5-11, 150-pound outfield prospect with speed.
*The latest running back to shine in Davidson's triple-option system is senior D.D. Clark, who had 197 yards on 29 carries in a 28-7 win over Dublin Coffman on Sept. 20.
Clark doesn't have any FCS or FBS offers yet according to his scoutingohio.com page, but at 5-11, 186, he'll probably end up somewhere next year playing football if he wants to.
His given first name, by the way, is Dametrius.
*Senior Jabree Lather has fit in almost immediately as Pickerington North's new No. 1 running back.
He had to sit out North's opener because of paperwork issues regarding his transfer from Fremont Ross but he has rushed for 257 yards in three games.
The Fremont Ross transfer is listed anywhere between 5-5 and 5-7 depending on website, so he might just be too small for an FBS school, but there's no arguing with the numbers. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards each of the last two years at Fremont Ross and should approach those figures for North, which is in the midst of another great start after winning its first nine games last season.