There aren't a lot of knockout players in Ohio, not as many as usual, but it is a strong year in the northeastern part of the state, including Cleveland, Canton and Akron. Cleveland's Glenville, coach Ted Ginn's school, once again is producing as much or more talent than any high school in the nation.
The best player in Ohio, as I've mentioned earlier, is quarterback Braxton Miller or Huber Heights, a 6-2, 200-pounder who is one of the leading three or four quarterbacks in the country.
Glenville has five big-time prospects--6-6, 340-pound offensive lineman Andrey Walker, 5-9, 160-pound wide receiver/cornerback Shane Wynn, 6-5, 227-pound quarterback Cordale Jones, 6-3, 260-pound defensive tackle Antwan Crutcher and 6-3, 260-pound defensive end Andre Sturdivant.
Walker is the best offensive lineman in Ohio and the Midwest. He is a national recruit who has been offered by Illinois, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Michigan, USC and Indiana. Wynn, who runs 100 meters in 10.5 seconds, has offers from Indiana, Michigan State, Ohio State, USC and UCLA. Jones, the No. 2 quarterback in the state, has been offered by Iowa, West Virginia and Cincinnati but is a budding star and will receive many more offers. Crutcher has been offered by Illinois. Sturdivant has been offered by Illinois, Ohio State, Michigan State, Iowa and Indiana.
Four players who have committed to Ohio State are 6-5, 300-pound offensive lineman Tommy Brown of Akron, 6-4, 235-pound defensive end Steve Miller of Canton McKinley, 6-3, 295-pound offensive lineman Antonio Underwood of Shaker Heights and 6-5, 250-pound tight end/defensive end Chase Farris of Elyria.
The best linebacker in Ohio is 6-2, 220-pound Trey DePriest of Springfield, who has offers from Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State and Notre Dame.
Michigan State has received a commitment from 6-3, 200-pound quarterback Connor Cook of Akron. He is one of the top three quarterbacks in the state.
Notre Dame has a commitment from 6-5, 260-pound defensive lineman Brad Carrico of Dublin Coffman, Brady Quinn's alma mater. Curiously, Carrico wasn't offered by Ohio State. Carrico's hometown is near Columbus.
Illinois, Boston College, Cincinnati, Duke and Iowa State have offered 5-9, 165-pound quarterback/wide receiver/athlete Shaq Washington of Maple Heights.
Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Florida State, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Oklahoma and Colorado have offered 6-5, 230-pound tight end/linebacker Ray Hamilton of Strongsville.
Notre Dame, Michigan, Michigan State, Indiana and Boston College have offered 6-2, 180-pound wide receiver Devin Smith of Massillon Washington, wno has 10.6 speed for 100 meters and averaged 20 yards per reception last season.
Illinois, Notre Dame, Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State have offered 5-10, 180-pound Doran Grant of Akron, who is the best cornerback in Ohio.
Others who are attracting interest and scholarship offers from Big 10 and MAC schools are 6-5, 290-pound offensive lineman Geoff Mogus of Lakewood, 6-4, 200-pound wide receiver Justin Olack of Massillon Washington, 6-3, 220-pound linebacker Zack Shaw of Coshocton, 6-6, 260-pound defensive end Chase Hounshell of Mentor and 6-2, 232-pound linebacker Anthony Smith of Zanesville.