Alex Kielmeyer was known as an offensive and defensive lineman with the Licking Heights High School football team.

Alex Kielmeyer was known as an offensive and defensive lineman with the Licking Heights High School football team.

But like so many other top players, he pulled special-teams duty as well. Those experiences with the punt and place-kick teams have resulted in an opportunity to keep playing after graduation.

Coach Darren Waters said last week that the 6-foot-1, 245-pound senior has been invited to walk on at the University of Cincinnati as a long-snapper. He won't be signing a letter-of-intent this week, but that doesn't mean Kielmeyer won't have the chance to compete for a job and earn a scholarship if all goes well.

"I think he's getting into a real good situation at Cincinnati," Waters said. "Good long-snappers are hard to find, you know. Coaches stress about the kicking game all the time, and everything starts with the snap.

"And Cincinnati, that's a tremendous program. They've played in BCS bowls (the past two years), and I don't think they'll be much of a drop off (with former coach Brian Kelly leaving for Notre Dame)."

It looks as if two more Hornets also will get the opportunity to play at the next level. They include 5-10, 190-pound Dan Pennington, who was a four-year starter at both running back and linebacker. Waters said Pennington, the Central District's Division III Offensive Player of the Year last fall, has been offered a chance to play at several smaller schools such as Ashland, Ohio Dominican, Hillsdale (Mich.), Lake Erie and Indianapolis. Edwin Kamara, a defensive end, has decided on Central State, Waters said.

Pennington, who totaled 2,150 all-purpose yards from scrimmage last fall and scored 30 touchdowns, made first-team all-state as the Hornets finished 8-2 overall. The 6-1, 210-pound Kamara earned first-team all-district and third-team all-state honors. Kielmeyer was second-team all-district.

Each played key roles as the Hornets enjoyed a recent revival, posting a combined 25-7 record over the past three years with a Division IV playoff appearance in 2007.

Waters added that another member of the 2007 team, Anthony Lawson, is expected to be listed third on the depth chart at inside linebacker going into spring ball at Bowling Green. The 6-0, 241-pound Lawson walked on with the Falcons and earned playing time as a freshman last fall on special teams.

"If Alex is looking for an example to follow," Waters said, "he's got a good one in Anthony."

ELSEWHERE -- Newark Catholic's Clay Harris has been agonizing over his college options. He's not the only one, though.

"Me, too," his father, Jim Harris, said last week.

Harris, the defending Division III state champion in the discus, already has a track and field offer on the table from Ohio State. The 6-3, 228-pound senior offensive and defensive lineman also is weighing opportunities to play both football and track at the Division II level. Those schools include Hillsdale and Ashland. Because track only offers partial scholarships, Harris was awaiting word late last week on what kind of academic money he might get from Ohio State, but even that news might not be enough for him to render a decision before National Signing Day on Wednesday.

Youngstown State, meanwhile, reportedly has jumped into the mix in recent days when it comes to Newark Catholic's Nate Adams, who already has an offer from Air Force.

The 6-2, 222-pound senior tight end/linebacker was scheduled to visit Youngstown State, a Football Championship Subdivision school (formerly Division I-AA), last Thursday.