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  • There's reason to celebrate in Columbus. And no – it's not for a Rose Bowl win or National Championship…yet.

    On the eve of National Signing Day, Ohio State – despite NCAA penalties that include a 2012 bowl ban and lost scholarships – is hours away from landing a Top 3 recruiting class in Urban Meyer's first crack at recruiting in Scarlet and Gray. When Meyer took the job in December, Ohio State's 2012 class wasn't in the Top 20.

    Photo by Tom Lemming

    Noah Spence

    The Buckeyes, who tied Alabama with six MaxPreps Top 100 commits, were uber-successful at one position in particular. Wednesday, Ohio State will sign arguably its top DL class in history with the additions of four MaxPreps Top 100 players: No. 3 Noah Spence (Bishop McDevitt, Harrisburg, Pa.), No. 47 Tommy Schutt (Glenbard West, Glen Ellyn, Ill.), No. 49 Adolphus Washington (Taft, Cincinnati) and No. 66 Sevon Pittman (Mickinley, Canton, Ohio).

    Pittman originally committed to Michigan State and Schutt was Penn State bound.

    Talent overload indeed.

    RB Bri'onte Dunn (GlenOak, Canton, Ohio), No. 85 in the MaxPreps Top 100, is already enrolled. OL Joey O'Connor (Windsor, Colorado), No. 97, rounds out OSU's Top 100 recruits.

    Stacey to UC, not Michigan: Oak Hills (Cincinnati) offensive lineman Caleb Stacey committed to Michigan last March. Turns out he won't end up there. Stacey decommitted from Michigan last week and used his Facebook account to inform the public of his plans to stay home and attend Cincinnati. Stacey was the third verbal to bolt Michigan's recruiting class and caused the Wolverines to slide in several national rankings.

    Cincinnati, however, continues to climb.

    The Bearcats don't have a Top 20 class but come tomorrow will land a deep and talented one. Although the top two recruits – Plant City (Fla.) QB Bennie Coney (already enrolled) and King (Detroit) RB Dennis Norfleet – are from out-of-state, a class-high 11 are from Ohio. Florida is second with eight.

    One recruit to keep an eye on is North (Akron, Ohio) TE Deshawn Dowdy, who wasn't on anyone's radar last year at this time and could be a steal. He's already enrolled.

    Two Oregon Recruits: Oregon's 2011 roster didn't include any players from Ohio. Its 2012 roster will have two.

    Taft (Cincinnati, Ohio) WR Dwayne Stanford and Brush (Lyndhurst, Ohio) DE Pharaoh Brown both plan to sign with the Ducks.

    Stanford (6-4, 190), ranked No. 92 in the MaxPreps Top 100, caught 44 passes for 865 yards and 10 TDs as a senior. He also had offers from Ohio State, Alabama, Florida State, Tennessee and others.

    Brown (6-6, 230) originally committed to Michigan as a tight end but flip-flopped positions and schools after visiting Oregon in November. Brown never officially de-committed from Michigan but Wolverines head coach Brady Hoke has a policy that says recruits (who have verballed) will not take visits to any other school. Brown violated that with his trip to Eugene and tweeted that Michigan "said they don't consider me a commit because my (official visit to Oregon). That's their policy."

    And loss.

    Speaking of Michigan…: Due to Ohio State's DL haul and the defection of two OL recruits (Stacey and Brown), it is imperative that the Wolverines go for depth on the offensive front in this class. They've got a good foundation in commits Kyle Kalis (St. Edward, Lakewood, Ohio), Erik Magnuson (La Costa Canyon, Carlsbad, Calif.), Ben Braden (Rockford, Mich.) and Blake Bars (Montgomery Bell Academy, Nashville, Tenn.), but look for Michigan to add another OL recruit tomorrow. One other option is TE recruit A.j. Williams (Sycamore, Cincinnati) who many already perceive as an eventual tackle and arguably Ohio's top OL prospect.

    Michigan has nine verbals from Ohio high school players, including the state's No. 2 prospect Chris Wormley Whitmer (Toledo, Ohio). The DE ranks No. 52 in the MaxPreps Top 100.

    Kalis is ranked No. 99 in the MaxPreps Top 100.

    Big Gains for Bobcats: Ohio University appears ready to ride the momentum of its first ever bowl win through signing day.

    Ohio and head coach Frank Solich landed a huge recruit – literally – this past weekend when Colerain (Cincinnati) DL Trae Clark (6-4, 330) committed. Clark also had offers from Arkansas, Michigan State, Pitt, West Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina State and Illinois.

    OU also got a commitment from Benedictine (Cleveland) TE Mike Roberts (6-5, 235). Roberts had offers from Louisville, Kansas, UC and UConn.

    MaxPreps 2012 National Signing Day page

  • This week's offers extended to Ohio prep football players:

    * Sycamore junior tight end A.J. Williams was offered by Michigan State and Indiana last week. Williams, who is one of Ohio's top players in the 2012 class, also has offers from Michigan, Illinois, North Carolina State, Boston College, Toledo, Bowling Green and Ohio University.

    * Moeller junior wide receiver Monty Madaris added an offer from Nebraska – his eighth scholarship offer. Madaris, who is 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds, also has offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Boston College, Michigan State, Kent State and Bowling Green. Madaris, a first-team all-Greater Catholic League South division selection last season, had 50 receptions for 719 yards and seven touchdowns in 2010.

    * Wyoming junior offensive lineman Terry Davis has added an offer from Kent State. Davis, who is 6-foot-4 and 280 pounds, also has offers from Bowling Green, Toledo and Ohio University.

    * Oak Hills junior offensive lineman Caleb Stacey earned his 11th scholarship offer when Cincinnati offered March 5. Stacey (6-4, 280) also has offers from North Carolina State, Illinois, Indiana, Toledo, Ohio University, Bowling Green, Boston College, Wake Forest, West Virginia and Miami University.

    * Elder junior offensive lineman T.C. Klusman has been offered by Louisville. It is the first offer for Klusman (6-4, 265 pounds).

    MaxPreps correspondent Jarrod Ulrey from the northern part of Ohio has these offers to report:

    * Division I offers are beginning to roll in for Upper Arlington (Columbus) junior wide receiver Frank Epitropoulos. According to, the 6-foot-3, 195-pounder was offered a scholarship to play for Ohio State earlier this week. He previously received offers from Duke, Purdue, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Toledo, Kent State and Miami.

    * Olentangy (Lewis Center) tackle Kenton Playko also recently added a pair of offers. The 6-5, 270-pounder was offered by West Virginia earlier this week as well as by Akron, according to the Akron Beacon Journal.

    * According to, West Virginia recently offered Evan Jones of Ridgewood (West Lafayette), Anthony Stanko of Howland (Warren) and Tyler O'Connor of Lima Central Catholic.
  • Centerville junior outside linebacker Ifeadi Odenigbo was offered by Ohio State earlier this week. Odenigbo, who is 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, is one of the state's top players in the 2012 class. He also has offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Cincinnati, Stanford, West Virginia, Boston College and several others. He was one of the top defensive players in the Greater Western Ohio Conference in 2010. He had 5 ½ sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and 39 tackles (23 solo).

    Cincinnati Taft junior defensive end Adolphus Washington added offers from USC and Oregon last weekend. Washington, one of the nation's top players in the 2012 class, also has offers from Alabama, Ohio State, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Texas, Illinois, Boston College, Purdue and Texas A&M. He had 107 tackles and 19 sacks during the regular season in 2010.

    Mason junior tackle Joseph Spencer, who is 6-foot-4 and 275 pounds, added offers from Kent State and Miami (Ohio) this past week. He also has offers from Ohio and Toledo. … Mason junior linebacker Joshua Dooley (6 foot, 205 pounds) received his first offer from Miami (Ohio) this week. … Sycamore junior tight end A.J. Williams recently added an offer from North Carolina State. Williams (6-6, 255) also has offers from Boston College, Bowling Green, Ohio and Toledo.
  • Although the region boasted the nation's top-rated quarterback in the 2011 class, National Signing Day came and went with little suspense in southern Ohio Wednesday.

    Huber Heights Wayne graduate Braxton Miller – who verbally committed to Ohio State in June 2010 – officially signed with the Buckeyes on Wednesday after he enrolled at the school in January. Miller threw for 2,167 yards and 17 touchdowns and rushed for 658 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior at Wayne.

    Miller was one of 12 Wayne seniors who signed on Wednesday. The Warriors were Division I state runners-up last December.

    Although there weren't any blockbuster changes on signing day, there were some interesting storylines.

    Moeller senior defensive lineman Jesse Hayes (Wisconsin) and Centerville defensive tackle Michael Bennett (Ohio State) had to deal with rolling blackouts in Austin, Texas during the morning. Both players were in Austin for the Team USA vs. The World game. Hayes was finally able to sign and fax his letter of intent to Wisconsin after an inconvenient delay. Bennett signed with Ohio State.

    Springfield linebacker Trey DePriest and Lakota West offensive lineman Ryan Kelly signed letters of intent with Alabama – the Crimson Tide gaining two signees from southwest Ohio in the same year is fairly uncommon. But, it shows the depth of talent in the region.

    Other highlights included St. Xavier linebackers Sean Duggan and Steven Daniels signing with Boston College and Cincinnati getting signings from players that included Badin quarterback Patrick Coyne, La Salle wide receiver Rodriguez Coleman, Sycamore offensive lineman Justin Murray and Withrow defensive tackle Brandon Mitchell.

    Wyoming senior quarterback Kyle Seyfried committed to Miami University as a preferred walk-on, according to the Enquirer. Seyfried, who is 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds, had previously committed to the University of Dayton. Seyfried was one of the state's top quarterbacks in the 2011 class.

    Huber Heights Wayne senior running back Anthone Taylor signed with Buffalo last week, according to Wayne coach Jay Minton. Taylor was the third leading rusher in the Greater Western Ohio Conference during the regular season. He rushed for 1,533 yards and 13 touchdowns overall for the Warriors. Wayne was the Division I state runner-up in 2010.

    Oak Hills junior offensive lineman Caleb Stacey was offered by Illinois on Wednesday. Stacey, who is 6-4 and 280 pounds, also has offers from Toledo, Bowling Green and Ohio. …Centerville junior defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo (6-4, 215) has added offers from Northwestern and West Virginia, according to He also has offers from Cincinnati, Stanford, Syracuse and Toledo.

    Colerain senior cornerback Chris Dukes wore a very stylish bow tie at the National Signing Day ceremony Wednesday at Colerain High School. The bow tie matched the gold and blue colors of the University of Toledo, where he signed.
  • Sycamore senior defensive back Darius Hillary really liked the University of Wisconsin campus and the very successful football program. That's why he decided to verbally commit to the Badgers in mid-November.

    Hillary, who is 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds, made it official today at Sycamore High School when he signed his National Letter of Intent with the Badgers.

    "Darius really liked the coaching staff and the positive atmosphere that the football program provided," Sycamore coach Scott Dattilo said. "He felt comfortable on campus and felt like it was a place he could live for the next four years."

    Hillary also had offers from schools that included Boston College, Illinois, Stanford, Duke and others.

    Hillary will participate in a Greater Miami Conference football signing day ceremony in West Chester later this afternoon. He will also participate in a school ceremony on Thursday.