St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio)
attracts more college football coaches than most schools, but recently head coach Rick Finotti had an unexpected visitor – Oklahoma's Bob Stoops.
A Northeast Ohio native, Stoops stopped by Finotti's office for the first time in the coach's tenure and swayed TE Sam Grant
to become a Sooner. Grant was previously committed to Boston College.
In addition to Grant, St. Ed had seven other players sign with NCAA D-I schools: OL Kyle Kalis
(Michigan), OL Tyler Orlosky
(West Virginia), DL Greg Kuhar
(Northwestern), DL Darryl Render
(Pitt), OL Sean Connolly
(Kansas), DB Kirkland Bryant
(Eastern Michigan) and WR Quincy Jones
Kalis is ranked No. 99 in the MaxPreps Top 100. Public School Powers:
A pair of Ohio's top public schools produced again on Signing Day.Glenville (Cleveland)
had seven players sign with D-I schools, while Whitmer (Toledo)
DB Devan Bogard
continued the Glenville pipeline to Ohio State by signing with the Buckeyes. Other Glenville commits include DB V'Angelo Bentley
(Illinois), DB Sean Draper
(Iowa), WR Justin Hardee
(Illinois), DL Willie Henry
(Michigan), DB Denzell Burton
(Kent State), and OL Alex Pace
DE and Michigan recruit Chris Wormley
, ranked No. 52 in the MaxPreps Top 100
, headlined Whitmer's list, which also included WR Leroy Alexander
(Nebraska), DB Mark Meyers
(Michigan State), OL Storm Norton
(Toledo) and RB Jody Webb
(Toledo).The Three Amigos: St. Xavier (Cincinnati)
sent four players to D-I schools, including three to Miami (Ohio). The Bombers future Redhawks include DE Bryson Albright
, OL Brandyn Cook
and LB Nathan Gerbus
. RB Conor Hundley
signed with Akron and new head coach Terry Bowden.Dodson selects Ohio State:
Before a live Internet broadcast and a packed school auditorium, OL Kyle Dodson (Cleveland Heights, Ohio/Cleveland Heights)
announced that he had signed with Ohio State. Dodson originally committed to Wisconsin and was also considering USC. Dodson was Ohio's top unsigned prospect.
Dodson announced his decision by calling his teammates forward to the front of the auditorium stage and performing a chant with them that he concluded with "Ohio State!" Dramatics. Bradley joins brother:
After claiming he'd narrowed his list to three for several weeks (Ohio State, Stanford and Pitt), Trotwood-Madison (Trotwood, Ohio)
DB Bam Bradley
choose the Panthers over Arizona today. Bradley visited Tucson this past weekend and found out Monday he didn't get admitted to Stanford.
Bradley will join his brother and former Trotwood teammate, Nicholas Grigsby, at Pitt. Grigsby started at LB for the Panthers this season as a true freshman.News, Notes & Nuggets:
* Pickerington Central (Pickerington, Ohio)
ATH Sebastian Smith
flipped from Indiana to Ohio University.
* Hamilton (Ohio)
DL Adam Pankey
signed with West Virginia today after originally committing to Pitt.
* St. Ignatius (Cleveland
) DB Mike Svetina
flipped from Miami (Ohio) to Illinois.
* Moeller (Cincinnati)
WR Montanez Madaris
signed with Michigan State after also considering Cincinnati. Michigan State signed seven players from Ohio.MaxPreps 2012 National Signing Day page