February 19, 2014
Considering the success the Ohio Dominican University football team has begun to have the last few years under Bill Conley, it's hard to believe the program has been in Division II for just four seasons.
The former Ohio State assistant and recruiting coordinator quickly has proven he knows how to head a program, leading it to the playoffs and a 10-1 record last fall.
Not surprisingly, solid central Ohio talent has followed.
Last week the school announced that it had 47 signees for its 2014 recruiting class, and 16 of them come from the Central District.
It's an interesting mix of players.
One signee that people might not realize will be joining the program is 2011 Watterson graduate Hunter Maynard, who has transferred in from Bowling Green.
Also among the recruits is Westerville resident Elijah Bowie, a home-schooled student who played for the Columbus Crusaders.
Two of the most well-known players to followers of central Ohio football should be quarterbacks Tommy Horn (Hilliard Bradley) and Grant Russell (Newark).
Other talented athletes like Hartley wide receiver Jacob Mercier, Pickerington Central defensive back Tawain Gordon and Watterson defensive back Ryan Urquhart also will be Panthers.
Here are the other central Ohio recruits to ODU:
John Bogue, Watterson DL; Cameron DeBevoise, Newark Catholic LB; Shawn Dillon, Newark RB; Seth Gamby, Pickerington North DB; Wesley Graham, Watterson P; Chris McDowell, Pickerington North WR; Andrew Payne, Danville OL; James Peters, Thomas Worthington OL/LS; Angel Slaughter, Thomas Worthington DL.
The entire list of ODU signees can be found here.