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    Louisville's Peyton Siva is one of the players in the NCAA title game who won a state championship.

    Thirty young men will take the floor tonight seeking an NCAA National Championship. Hoisting a championship trophy is a feeling some have never experienced.

    But for a few others, that is not the case.

    In fact certain Louisville and Michigan players are quite familiar with title celebrations, having won state championships at the high school level.

    Let's rewind to the last time these young men were on top of the basketball world...

    Louisville's Peyton Siva was a part of the Washington State Championships as a member of the Franklin (Seattle) Quakers, not once but twice. Siva won state championships in his freshman season in the Class 4A division as well as in his senior campaign in the Class 3A division. In the final game of his high school career, Siva contributed 10 points, four assists, and was awarded tournament MVP honors.

    Michigan's Trey Burke was a state champion as a sophomore. As a member of a Northland (Columbus, Ohio) team that was anchored by former Ohio State standout and current Boston Celtic Jared Sullinger, Burke notched eight points and four assists while capturing the Ohio Division I State Championship in 2009.

    Michigan's Mitch McGary was part of a very talented Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, N.H.) squad that won the National Prep Championship in 2012. McGary dropped in 12 points in his final stand wearing a high school uniform.

    Michigan's Nik Stauskas ended his senior season at St. Mark's (Southborough, Mass.) by hoisting the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council Class AA championship trophy. Stauskas recorded 19 points in the game and was awarded game MVP honors.

    Pickerington Central (Pickerington, Ohio) was crowned state champions in 2012, in a game that was highlighted by Michigan's Caris LeVert. He poured in a game-high 20 points, adding four rebounds and four steals while powering the Tigers to victory.
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    Taco Charlton, Pickerington Central

    Pickerington Central (Pickerington, Ohio) sophomore placekicker Devon McMillin apparently has a heavy dose of ice water in his veins.
    The 6-foot, 170-pounder was set to kick an extra point with 1:12 remaining and his team tied with Reynoldsburg (Ohio) 20-20. However, flashes of lightning suddenly forced officials to halt the game and eventually reschedule the finish for Saturday morning, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

    So, he had all night to think about the big kick. Adding pressure when the game started Reynoldsburg jumped offside on the first play, then was penalized on the second try for unnecessary roughness. On the third try, though, the nervy youngster's kick split the uprights for a 21-20 lead.

    Taco Charlton, a 6-6, 255-pound senior linebacker, then insured the victory with two tackles for losses, squelching the Raiders' final drive.

    The Tigers actually trailed 20-7 with 4:42 left in the third quarter, but scored twice in the fourth period to set up Saturday's heroics.

    *Cane Ridge (Nashville, Tenn.) defeated McGavock (Nashville, Tenn.) 32-20 for the first time in four meetings. The Nashville Tennessean reported that the game ball was presented to Cane Ridge principal Michel Wall. Her husband, Robbin Wall, is the principal at McGavock and had been used to winning in the past.

    *The Los Angeles Daily News reported that Jordan Dascalo kicked a school-record five field goals as Taft (Woodland Hills, Calif.) defeated Saugus (Calif.) 48-20. He also set a record for longest field goal - 48 yards - in addition to connecting from distances of 43, 29, 29 and 27 yards. He is 7-for-9 during the season after going 3-for-5 last year. The national record is nine in a single game.
  • When Urban Myer became head coach at Ohio State, Wayne (Huber Heights, Ohio) coach Jay Minton said the biggest difference between the Buckeyes last regime and new one would be line play – both sides. On National Signing Day, Meyer made Minton look like a genius.

    Netting a strong national class, Meyer excelled in his home state signing seven of Ohio's Top 10 players according to‘s Top 200 rankings. Since his hire, Meyer has gotten three of Ohio's Top 10 recruits to switch verbals – the most recent being Cleveland Heights (Ohio) lineman Kyle Dodson, who flipped from Wisconsin to Ohio State. Dodson's commitment was the most highly anticipated in Ohio on signing day.

    Dodson joins McKinley (Canton, Ohio) defensive end Sevon Pittman and Butler (Vandalia, Ohio) lineman Taylor Decker as Top 10 Ohio recruits to switch to OSU in the past month. Pittman and Decker were committed to Michigan State and Notre Dame, respectively. It shouldn't be considered a coincidence that all three players are linemen.

    BCS and Big Ten Battle Ground
    Every Big Ten Conference school except Wisconsin signed a player from Ohio. Ohio State led the way with 15 Ohio recruits, while Michigan was second (nine). Michigan State was third (seven), followed by Illinois (six), Northwestern (four), Indiana (three), Iowa (two) and Nebraska (two). Purdue, Penn State and Minnesota each signed one Ohio recruit. In all, more than 150 Ohio seniors (2012) signed to play NCAA D-I football on signing day. Other schools Ohioans committed to include Oklahoma, Oregon, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia and Missouri.

    Buckeyes keep the ball rolling
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    Jalin Marshall, Middletown

    Next year expect Ohio State to notch another impressive haul on signing day. The Buckeyes are off to a fast start. In the last two weeks Ohio State has received verbal commitments from two of Ohio's top 2013 recruits: Trotwood-Madison (Trotwood, Ohio) defensive back Cam Burrows and Middletown (Ohio) quarterback Jalin Marshall. Burrows and Marshall are Top 200 MaxPreps 2013 players. Head coach Urban Meyer also extended OSU's first 2014 offer recently when he offered St. Ignatius (Cleveland) lineman Jimmy Byrne.

    Early Look at Top Ohio 2013 prospects
    * Shelton Gibson, WR, Cleveland Heights (Ohio): Gibson, who caught 27 passes for 518 yards and four TDs last year, has rare speed (finished fifth in the 100-meters in 10.72 seconds at the state track meet last year). He has seven offers including Ohio State and Auburn.

    * Malik Zaire, QB, Archbishop Alter (Kettering, Ohio): One of the nation's top 2013 dual threat QBs, Zaire has nine offers, including Ohio State, Wisconsin and Nebraska. He lists OSU as his leader.

    * Billy Price, OL/DL, Austintown-Fitch (Youngstown, Ohio): Price has 12 offers including Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan, Nebraska, Michigan State, UCLA and Tennessee. He tabbed OSU as his favorite this week and also mentioned Michigan State and Oregon as potential finalists.

    * DeVeon Smith, RB, Howland (Warren, Ohio): The punishing back has two offers right now – Ohio State and Michigan. Enough said.

    * Dymonte Thomas, RB/DB, Marlington (Alliance, Ohio): Thomas has committed to Michigan, choosing the Wolverines over Michigan State, Notre Dame, Iowa and Tennessee.

    * Evan Lisle, OL, Centerville (Ohio): Lisle got an offer from Oklahoma on signing day to bring his total to seven.

    * Ben Gedeon, LB, Hudson (Ohio): Gedeon ran for 1,418 yards and 19 TDs and had more than100 tackles as a junior. He has 10 offers including Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, Stanford and Michigan State.

    * Jake Butt, TE, Pickerington North (Ohio): He already has 18 offers including Stanford, Michigan, Iowa, Tennessee, UCLA and Northwestern.

    * Jacob Matuska, TE, Bishop Hartley (Columbus, Ohio): Oklahoma and Michigan are among Matuska's seven offers.

    * Mike McCray, LB/TE, Trotwood-Madison (Trotwood, Ohio): McCray has 10 offers including Michigan, Penn State and Tennessee, but he covets Ohio State. His father – Michael McCray – was a Buckeye captain in the 1980s.

    * Taco Charlton, DE, Pickerington Central (Ohio): Charlton has 10 offers including Michigan, Notre Dame, Nebraska and Iowa.

    * Tra'Von Chapman, QB, Roosevelt (Kent, Ohio): So far, only Kent State has offered. That will change. Chapman's father, Thad Jemison, is an assistant coach at Kent.

    News, Notes & Nuggets

    * Walsh Jesuit (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio) kicker Ross Martin signed with Duke. Martin, an All-American selection by USA Today, Under Armour, Sports Illustrated and ESPN, was 95-for-95 on PATs in his high school career. He also had offers from Texas, Pitt and Northwestern.

    * Bedford (Ohio) defensive end Myles Hilliard flipped from Pitt to Syracuse. He cited the Panthers' coaching change as the reason why.

    * Marion-Franklin (Columbus, Ohio) defensive lineman Terrell Jackson finally landed at Pitt. After originally committing to Duke, Jackson also considered Iowa and Illinois before choosing the Panthers on signing day.

    * Roosevelt (Kent, Ohio) offensive lineman Curtis Black signed with Akron. Why's that of note? His senior year was Black's first season of high school football.

    * To date Ohio State has offered nine Ohio 2013 prospects. Michigan has offered 13.

    * More than 50 Ohio juniors (2013) already have a D-I offer.
  • 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.

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    Sam Grant, St. Edward

    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 (Eastern Michigan).

    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) had five.

    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 (Cincinnati).

    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
  • 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.

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    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

  • Michigan offered Oak Hills junior offensive lineman Caleb Stacey on March 17. Stacey, who is one of the state's top players in the 2011 class, took an unofficial visit to Ann Arbor on March 17. Stacey, who is 6-foot-4 and 280 pounds, also has 12 other offers including Boston College, Wake Forest, Cincinnati and others.

    * According to several news outlets including, junior offensive lineman Anthony Stanko has verbally committed to Penn State. A 6-foot-5, 295-pounder from Howland (Warren), Stanko also has offers from Akron, Kent State, Northwestern, Stanford and West Virginia. He is the first member of Penn State's 2012 recruiting class.

    Middletown junior wide receiver/safety Zach Edwards added an offer from the University of Cincinnati. Edwards, who is 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds, also has an offer from Bowling Green . … Colerain junior linebacker Joe Bolden said he plans to visit Michigan on March 24. Bolden, who has 17 scholarship offers, is also considering visits to schools that include North Carolina, North Carolina State, Northwestern, Tennessee and Georgia Tech during spring break. … Wyoming junior offensive lineman Terry Davis added an offer from Indiana. Davis, who is 6-4 and 295 pounds, also has offers from Akron, Kent State, Ohio, Toledo and Bowling Green .

    Zebb Schroeder was named the new football coach at Hayes (Delaware) last week, according to reports on It will be the first head coaching job for Schroeder, who has 10 years of coaching as an assistant. He replaces Mike LoParo, who is leaving at the end of the school year to become Hilliard Bradley's coach.

    Schroeder spent the past eight seasons at Olentangy Liberty, including serving the last seven years as the Patriots' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. During his tenure, Liberty won four OCC championships and made the playoffs six times.

    Avon junior defensive lineman Bryan Cox has begun to rack up a significant number of offers. According to, Cox was offered by Akron and Michigan State last week to add to a list of offers that already included North Carolina, Indiana, Ohio University, Louisville, Minnesota and Youngstown State. … The University of Toledo also has been busy making offers. According to, the school now has offered juniors Kent Kern of St. John's Jesuit (Toledo), Mike Svetina of St. Ignatius (Cleveland), Roger Lewis of Pickerington Central (Pickerington), Maty Mauk of Kenton, Alex Pace of Glenville (Cleveland) and Arlington McClinton of Midview (Grafton). … The Akron Beacon Journal is reporting that Minerva junior tight end/wide receiver Kyle Crum has been offered a scholarship by Louisville. Crum is a 6-4, 210-pounder who has run the 40 in 4.53.
  • Pickerington Central (Ohio) senior Eilar Hardy, who is ranked 21st among's Top 25 safeties, signed with Notre Dame on Wednesday morning.

    A 6-0, 190-pounder who verbally committed to play for the Fighting Irish last June, Hardy finished with 63 tackles, five tackles for losses and six pass breakups and returned an interception for a touchdown last season for the Tigers. He led his team to an 11-1 record.

    Brad Carrico a senior defensive end from Dublin Coffman (Ohio), recently enrolled early at Notre Dame after previously signing his letter of intent.

    Carrico's teammate at Dublin Coffman, senior quarterback Cole Stoudt, enrolled in late January at Clemson after previously signing a letter of intent to play for the Tigers. Stoudt is ranked No. 19 among's Top 25 pro-style quarterbacks.

    Pickerington North (Ohio) tight end Darien Bryant has committed to play for Vanderbilt. He verbally committed to Nebraska on Dec. 16 before de-committing four days later. Bryant also considered Hawaii before choosing Vanderbilt.