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.
February 14, 2014
Despite most schools not being in session Feb. 5, National Signing Day went on as planned for high school football players and college programs.
It's been almost an entire year since Lancaster offensive lineman Kyle Trout verbally committed to Ohio State, and he was an early enrollee at the school.
Numerous others from central Ohio made it official whether they'll be heading off to Football Bowl Subdivision or Football Championship Subdivision schools, Division II programs and some Division III schools this week.
It says on Urbana's website, for example, that they'll be announcing their entire list of signees over the next few days.
So at this time, here is the most complete list I have.
Over the coming months, Otterbein, Ohio Wesleyan and various Division III programs will also be filling out their rosters. What we know at this point is most of the Division I and II signees.
If you know of a football player from central Ohio who will be playing at any level collegiately from the 2014 class that is not listed below, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet me at @UlreyThisWeek.
Brookhaven -- Paul Hughes, Urbana
Centennial -- Jirequez Fair-Harris, Notre Dame College
Central Crossing -- Michael Traversa, West Liberty State; Dustin Vanscoy, Urbana
Delaware -- Collin Wittig, Duquesne
DeSales -- Griff Saunders, Bowling Green; Andrew Sparks, Walsh; Charlie Stack, Valparaiso; Tucker Yinger, Dayton
Gahanna -- Kevin Randolph, Walsh
Grove City Christian -- Casey Stauffer, Malone
Groveport -- Tyren Jackson, Ashland
Hamilton Township -- Micky Crum, Louisville
Hartley -- Jared Brandewie, Walsh; Sam Mackowiak, Ashland; Jacob Mercier, Ohio Dominican; Kalil Morris, Kent State; Alonzo Saxton, Duke
Hilliard Bradley -- Ryan Beveridge, Air Force; Walker Hamilton, Wittengerg; Skylar Hartley, Buffalo; Tommy Horn, Ohio Dominican; Zachary Popovec, Davidson; Ryan Reffitt, Air Force; Daniel Tepe, Malone
Hilliard Darby -- Tony Hajjar, Notre Dame College; Josh Humbert, Saginaw Valley State; Hamzah Masood, Marietta; Anton Trapasso, Notre Dame College
Hilliard Davidson -- Alex Backenstoe, Air Force; D.D. Clark, Walsh; Phillipie Motley, Pittsburgh; Nick Iske, Capital
Independence -- Iman Lowery, Walsh
Lancaster -- Isaiah Dexter, Tiffin; Kyle Trout, Ohio State
Licking Heights -- Aaron Tiller, Southern
Marion-Franklin -- Martesse Patterson
Marysville -- Darius Walker, Tiffin
Newark -- Shawn Dillon, Ohio Dominican; Grant Russell, Ohio Dominican
Newark Catholic -- Spencer Chapman, Walsh; Chayce Crouch, Illinois
New Albany -- Hayden Hatten, Saginaw Valley State; Tyrell Howard, Air Force; Ob Oppong, Malone; Trey Quillin, East Tennessee State; Joe Siegenthaler, Lehigh
Northland -- Jhustus Cornley, Indiana State
Olentangy -- Chase Carter, Tiffin; Andy Simms, Colgate
Olentangy Liberty -- Luke Callahan, Cincinnati; Eric Lorenzen, Mercyhurst; Skylar Taphorn, Siena Heights
Pickerington Central -- Brennan Dudziak, Ohio U; Tawain Gordon, Ohio Dominican; Vince Lewis, Ashland; Andrew Meyer, Ohio U.
Pickerington North -- Karch Holland, Gannon; Chris McDowell, Ohio Dominican; Zeph Miller, Air Force; Geno Rollo, West Virginia State; Dylan Weigel, East Tennessee State; Tony Welch, East Tennessee State
Ready -- Bran-den Bailey, Notre Dame College; Akili Taylor, Navy; Brady Taylor, Ohio State; Matt Yoho, Morehead State
Reynoldsburg -- Solomon Grace, Saginaw Valley State
St. Charles -- Ben Hale, Bowling Green; David Heil, Tiffin; Nathan Puthoff, Kent State
Thomas Worthington -- Tony Harvard, Ashland; Jalen Wells, St. Francis
Upper Arlington -- Jason Finfrock, Stetson; Chris Frey, Michigan State; Lewis Hughes, Siena Heights; Noah Spielman, Toledo
Walnut Ridge -- Robert Bowers, Pittsburgh; Da'Veon Miskel, Ashland; Brandon Paschal, Notre Dame College
Watterson -- John Bogue, Ohio Dominican; Wesley Graham, Ohio Dominican; Ryan Urquhart, Ohio Dominican
Westerville Central -- Eldin Anu, Kent State; Jordan Bratton, West Virginia State; Jared Drake, East Tennessee State; Eric Fisher, East Stroudsburg; Micah Lowe, West Liberty State; Tommy Mansfield, Colgate; Nick Richardson, Kentucky; Jeremiah Shaw, Cornell
Westerville North -- Andy Struttman, Duquesne
Westerville South -- Torrodd Carter, Eastern Kentucky; Trey Harden, Eastern Kentucky; Darryl Long, Kentucky; Curtis Mitchell, Colgate; Kamaree Walden, Eastern Kentucky
Whetstone -- Ramroth Finnegan, Mercyhurst
Worthington Kilbourne -- Seth Hill, Air Force; Alex Meehan, Notre Dame College
Columbus Crusaders -- Elijah Bowie (home-schooled student), Ohio Dominican; Kyle Nowak (Worthington Christian), Malone
- Ohio Dominican a popular landing spot for area football players
- Dozens of area football players sign with colleges