Several area football players get Division I offers

For BCS programs, the time right after signing day through the end of the summer is when its next recruiting class takes shape.

From the 2014 recruiting class, for example, that period was when athletes like Hartley's Alonzo Saxton (Duke), Hamilton Township's Micky Crum (Louisville), Newark Catholic's Chayce Crouch (Illinois) and many others made their verbal commitments.

It takes some prospects more time to build up steam, and that can occur throughout the regular season and playoffs.

Three of central Ohio's best seniors this season were Pickerington North's Zeph Miller, Westerville South's Curtis Mitchell and St. Charles' Nathan Puthoff, and each has begun to gain some traction in their pursuit of a Division I college football future.

According to ScoutingOhio.com, over the past few weeks Miller has been offered by Air Force, Mitchell by Navy and Puthoff by Wake Forest.

Miller was a standout quarterback for the Panthers this fall, but at 6-0, 180, he could end up at another position in college. Mitchell is a DL who also has offers from Akron and Air Force.

Puthoff was a standout lineman who also has been offered by Marshall, Middle Tennessee, Kent State, Akron, Air Force, Bowling Green & Navy.

*From the 2015 class, one player who we should be hearing a lot about over the next several months is Walnut Ridge DB Anthony McKee Jr.

According to his ScoutingOhio.com page, he recently added an offer from Indiana. He also has been offered by Toledo, Illinois, West Virginia, Arkansas, Kentucky, Bowling Green, Tennessee and Pittsburgh.

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By: Jarrod Ulrey

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