Tyrece Speaight expects to run into some old friends this weekend.

Tyrece Speaight expects to run into some old friends this weekend.

An Upper Arlington High School senior who helped the Golden Bears' football team reach the second round of the Division I playoffs last fall, Speaight is one of 19 area players scheduled to compete in the Ohio North-South All-Star Classic on Saturday, April 30, at Welcome Stadium in Dayton.

Speaight, who is playing for the South all-stars in the Divisions I-III game, helped Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary win Division III state titles in 2012 and 2013 and reach a state semifinal in 2014 before moving to central Ohio last summer.

Two of his former teammates at St. Vincent-St. Mary, Zach Corrigal and Niko Lalos, are listed on the North roster.

"Being from up north, I get to play with those guys again," Speaight said. "It means a lot. I always felt like I was one of the top players in Ohio and now I get to show it against the state's best."

The all-star game for players from Divisions IV-VII is at 11 a.m., followed by the game for players from Divisions I-III at 4 p.m. Central Ohio players will represent the South all-stars in both games.

Speaight, a Miami University recruit, had 35 catches for 591 yards and six touchdowns as a wide receiver last fall but was named first-team all-OCC-Central Division and second-team all-district as a defensive back, which is the position he projects to play collegiately.

Upper Arlington coach Joel Cutler is an assistant on the South staff for the Divisions I-III game. Last fall, in his second season, Cutler guided the Bears to an 8-4 record and their first playoff berth since 2011.

Two of the area's top offensive players, Olentangy quarterback Deeb Haber and Westerville Central running back Benny Snell, are others who headline the Divisions I-III South all-stars.

Haber passed for 3,135 yards and 33 touchdowns last season while making first-team all-district and earning ThisWeek Super 25 captain honors. Haber, an Ashland recruit, and teammates Luke Campbell and Obi Anunike helped Olentangy finish 11-2.

Campbell, an offensive lineman, has committed to Michigan State and Anunike, a wide receiver who had 61 catches for 672 yards and seven touchdowns last fall, has signed with Toledo.

"I'm looking forward to playing with some of the elite players in Ohio," Haber said. "It's the only all-star game (involving players from around) the whole state, so it's pretty special to take part in."

Snell, a Kentucky recruit, rushed for 1,825 yards and 26 touchdowns and was named district Offensive Player of the Year in Division I last season as the Warhawks went 10-2.

"I'm looking for very good competition and having fun out on the field," Snell said. "To be invited, it's an honor and a great opportunity to represent where you came from."

Five central Ohio players expected to compete in the Divisions I-III game have committed to Big Ten Conference schools in Campbell, Olentangy Liberty offensive lineman A.J. Arcuri (Michigan State), Dublin Coffman linebacker Griffin Grady (Wisconsin), Walnut Ridge linebacker Malik Harrison (Ohio State) and Westerville South offensive lineman Gunnar Vogel (Northwestern).

Last season, Harrison finished with more than 2,000 combined passing and rushing yards along with 17 touchdowns passes and made first-team all-district in Division II on defense.

Other area players expected to compete in the Divisions I-III game are Franklin Heights' Seth Dawkins (WR), Pickerington North's Trezden Johnson (DB), Hamilton Township's Jake Long (DB) and Worthington Kilbourne's Josh Stoner (RB/DB).

Dawkins, who has committed to Louisville, had 66 catches for 944 yards, scored 22 touchdowns and was the Division II district Offensive Player of the Year last season.

Long, who has signed with West Virginia, scored 21 touchdowns on offense and had three interceptions on defense last season, while Stoner scored 17 touchdowns and set Kilbourne's program record for single-season all-purpose yards (1,897), punt return yards (426), total points (126) and receptions (39).

Johnson and Stoner have committed to Air Force.

Of the six area players expected to compete in the Divisions IV-VII game, three are from Division IV state champion Hartley and two are from Division VI state semifinalist Grandview.

Rhodes Jump (RB/LB) and Benton Bair (K) helped Grandview finish 12-2 last season under coach Jason Peters, who will serve as an assistant with the South all-stars.

Jump was named district Defensive Player of the Year and had 1,454 yards rushing and 19 touchdowns on 223 carries. Bair was 8-for-9 on field-goal attempts and 59-for-60 on extra-point attempts and made first-team all-district.

Representing Hartley are Rian Anderson (WR/DB), Quri Hickman (RB) and Richard Jones III (RB/DB).

Last fall, Anderson had 16 catches for 493 yards and eight touchdowns and Hickman had 2,247 yards rushing and scored 32 touchdowns. Jones rushed for 903 yards and eight touchdowns and had three interceptions, as the Hawks went 12-3 and defeated Steubenville 31-28 in the state final.

Anderson and Hickman both made second-team all-state.

"I'm excited to play in this game because I'll be playing with the best players in the state," said Jones, who has committed to Ashland. "Also, alumni from my school have played in this game, so that makes the opportunity that much sweeter. I'll be able to test my skills against the best players from around the state."

The other central Ohio player expected to compete in the Divisions IV-VII game is Newark Catholic's Wes Jurden (RB/LB), a special mention all-state selection who helped the Green Wave finish 8-3 and qualify for the Division VI playoffs last fall.