October 2, 2013
Football news, notes: Panthers' Weigel, Granville duo starring
Plenty of players end up with Division I football scholarships despite not putting up standout numbers at the high school level.
A lot of what gets players recruited by big-time programs has to do with things that aren't under anyone's earthly control -- like height.
Regarding some players who have amazing skills but find themselves lacking in something such as height or God-given wheels, there's nothing wrong with appreciating what they're accomplishing as prep players.
One such player is Pickerington North senior linebacker Dylan Weigel.
North has been blessed the last few years with talent like Darien Bryant, Jake Butt, Godwin Igwebuike and a few others who have gone on to play collegiately. One of the greatest linemen to come through central Ohio over the last couple decades was Justin Boren.
Weigel, meanwhile, is having another monster year after entering his senior season as the program's all-time leading tackler.
During North's 5-0 start, he had 27 solo and 35 assisted tackles, and he also has 3.5 sacks and six tackles for losses.
Those are the type of numbers that will make him an obvious first-team all-district player.
So why does he, according to his page on ScoutingOhio.com, have no scholarship offers?
If he was 6-foot-5 instead of 6-foot, I've got a feeling numerous DI programs would be hard after him.
Two other players who have produced unbelievable numbers so far but aren't receiving DI offers are the Granville pair of senior wide receiver Ajay Alderman and senior quarterback Isaac Maurer.
Maurer is 6-5, 215, which would seem to give him the necessary size, and he's completed 107 of 159 yards for a central Ohio-best 1,826 yards. Perhaps as he continues to rack up the numbers, offers will come.
Alderman is just 5-10 but has 36 catches for 834 yards (23.2 average). His older brother, Adam Alderman, walked on at Ohio University, and Ajay would seem to be just as talented.
*Is Jared Drake moving closer to his dream of being a Division I college quarterback?
Well, his team, Westerville Central, is 4-1 and doing just about everything it can offensively to help his case.
Drake, who has a Division I offer from Indiana State and could end up at a DI college as an athlete, is an effecient 72 of 116 passing for 1,061. His team is averaging a whopping 46.2 points against a fairly tough schedule -- two teams on its schedule are 3-2, with its only loss coming 57-50 to undefeated New Albany.
What would help Drake's case would be a long playoff run in Division I, Region 2, which promises to be full of standout competition.