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
.SEYFRIED CHANGES COMMITMENT
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.ANTHONE TAYLOR SIGNS WITH BUFFALO
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.MORE RECRUITING NEWS
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 ScoutingOhio.com. He also has offers from Cincinnati, Stanford, Syracuse and Toledo.RANDOM THOUGHTS
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.