October 16, 2013
Week 7 news, notes: Alfred, Scots duo among area DB crop
As is the case in most years, the City League is producing some of the best defensive backs in central Ohio.
Two of the area's better ones this fall have been Marion-Franklin's Omar Alfred and Walnut Ridge's Brandon Paschal, seniors who each have five interceptions.
Walnut Ridge's coach Byron Mattox might be the most underrated defensive mind in the area. When you consider that the Scots haven't had their best player, Michigan State-recruit Robert Bowers all season because of an injury and yet have been giving up just 13.1 points, the numbers back him up.
Paschal is a 5-8, 150-pounder in the 2014 class who might not be fast or big enough to go DI, but he's someone to watch the rest of this season.
Another of Paschal's teammates, 6-2, 197-pound free safety Anthony McKee from the 2015 class, already has offers from Toledo, Illinois, West Virginia, Arkansas, Kentucky, Bowling Green, Tennessee and Pittsburgh.
Alfred still will have time to get noticed since his team likely will make the Division III playoffs. Walnut Ridge could be in line for a Division II playoff berth if it can win out.
*Speaking of the City League, has anyone noticed what Columbus South's Deone Lindsey has been doing this fall?
OK, I know, the Bulldogs haven't played the toughest schedule in the world, they're 2-5 and they still have to play Marion-Franklin so they're certainly not even a .500 team.
But Lindsey's numbers are at least taking note of.
He had three touchdowns last Friday in South's 34-21 win over Briggs to give him 15 on the season. More impressive is that he's averaging 11 yards per carry and battling Ready's Akili Taylor for the area lead in rushing yards with 1,352.
Lindsey strikes me as a kid who could thrive at the Division II or III level.
*The biggest game of last week was New Albany against Olentangy, and the Eagles proved again why they should be one of central Ohio's top candidates to go deep into the state playoffs.
New Albany is 7-0 despite battling injuries to multiple running backs and having a first-year coach. That's impressive.
Joe Siegenthaler is a senior standout athlete who had two interceptions, giving him four on the season, and also had five catches for 91 yards and one touchdown. According to his ScoutingOhio page, he has offers from Saginaw Valley State and Ohio Dominican.