Senior running back and defensive back Noah Key of the Division IV state champion Hartley High School football team has verbally committed to play for the University of Toledo, according to Hawks coach Brad Burchfield.
Key rushed for 2,885 yards and 42 touchdowns on 338 carries (8.5 average) last season and shared the Division IV Offensive Player of the Year award with Kenton quarterback Maty Mauk.
The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder made the ThisWeek Super 25 while leading the Hawks to a 13-2 finish, including a 34-13 victory in the state final over Chagrin Falls on Dec. 3 in Massillon's Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.
Defensively, Key finished with three interceptions, five pass deflections and one fumble recovery. He also returned 17 kickoffs, including one for a touchdown, and had seven catches for 38 yards including one score.
"He's phenomenal," Burchfield said in December." I told someone you run out of accolades for him. He poses so many problems for so many people."
Key is part of a recruiting class for Toledo that is approaching double digits, according to Scout.com. He joins Hilliard Davidson senior kicker J.D. Detmer as central Ohio players who verbally have committed to play for the Rockets.