June 20, 2012
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-- Jarrod Ulrey
June 15, 2012
Dublin Coffman quarterback James Walsh announced Wednesday night on his personal Twitter feed that he will play football for Ohio University.
A member of the 2013 recruiting class, Walsh completed 154 of 261 passes for 1,837 yards with 13 touchdowns and 12 interceptions last season as the Shamrocks went 8-3.
Walsh also rushed for 321 yards and seven touchdowns while making special mention all-district and second-team all-OCC-Central Division last fall.
He could be poised for a big senior season, considering the Shamrocks return several key players who saw action as juniors last season. Among those is wide receiver Austen Rankin, who had 20 catches a year ago, and running back Bilal Williamson.
Combine that with the Coffman's propensity for developing quarterbacks, and Walsh would seem to be a star in the making this coming fall.
According to Walsh's page on ScoutingOhio.com, the 6-2, 186-pounder also had offers from Akron, Bowling Green, Central Michigan and Toledo.
June 11, 2012
Fresh off a strong track season and after putting together a strong pool of offers, Reynoldsburg wide receiver Mykel Traylor-Bennett verbally committed to Cincinnati late Sunday night.
According to Traylor-Bennett's profile on ScoutingOhio.com, the 6-3, 195-pounder from the 2013 recruiting class also had offers from BCS schools such as Syracuse and Minnesota as well as several from the MAC.
Last season, he finished with 26 catches for 540 yards and seven touchdowns and rushed 48 times for 240 yards and five scores. He also had six punt returns for 166 yards and a score and another 211 yards on kickoff returns.
"I'm happy to be a Bearcat," Traylor-Bennett said on a text. "I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. It feels like home there. I love the football team and that's where I feel most confident and most comfortable about."
The biggest things about Traylor-Bennett that make him an attractive college recruit are his quickness and his energy.
This spring, Traylor-Bennett ran on the 400 relay that placed third (43.13) at the Division I, district 3 track meet to advance to the regional.
He also contributed 4.8 points per game for the boys basketball team as it earned the program its second district championship in March.
June 5, 2012
Africentric Early College's Marley Hill became the latest central Ohio girls basketball player to make her college choice when she verballed to the University of Cincinnati earlier this week.
A 6-foot-2 post player who helped the Nubians win the Division III state championship this season, Black is considered a four-star recruit by ESPN HoopGurlz.
"She is the seventh player from Africentric since 2007 to sign a Division I scholarship," Africentric coach Will McKinney said. "We are extremely proud of her."
Hill joins Gahanna's Maddison Blackwell (Xavier) and Olentangy Orange's Taylor Agler (Indiana) among the area players who have verballed from the 2013 class.
Several others are likely to announce over the coming months, once players such as Northland's Alexis Peterson, Gahanna's Quiera Lampkins and a group from Reynoldsburg make their decisions.
Hill averaged 10 points and made honorable mention all-district as a sophomore for Pickerington Central before transferring to Africentric last season.
In the Nubians' 70-66 overtime win over Anna in the state championship game March 17, Hill had 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Kiyanna Black, a 2012 graduate who had 27 points and 12 rebounds for Africentric in that game, signed with Ohio University last November.
- Coffman's Walsh to play football for Ohio University
- Reynoldsburg's Traylor-Bennett picks Cincinnati
- Africentric's Hill to play women's basketball for Cincinnati