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Ohio HS Football '18: Medium School Linebackers (Div. III-IV)
Key names to know Fridays this fall.
Player, School, Ht, Wt, Graduating Class
* Lukas Mosora, Hubbard, 5-8, 195 (2019)
First team OPSWA D-IV All-Ohio selection had 162 total tackles (102 solos), 20 TFL, five sacks, four fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles and two interceptions last season en route to being named the All-Northeast Inland District Defensive Player of the Year. Registered over 20 tackles in a game four times, including 25 against Poland. * Josh Baldridge, West Holmes (Millersburg), 6-0, 180 (2019)
First team OPSWA D-III All-Ohio selection had a staggering 193 total tackles last season. Notched 11 TFL, four sacks and two forced fumbles.* Crishawn Long, Padua Franciscan (Parma), 6-1, 190 (2019)
Purdue commit was second team OPSWA D-III All-Ohio selection last year after registering 74 tackles, 17 TFL, four forced fumbles and an interception. Holds 15 offers including Indiana, Cincinnati, Temple, Ohio, Miami (OH), Connecticut, Massachusetts and Bowling Green. 2017 Ohio HS Football Statewide Postseason Brackets* Hasan Black, Wyoming (Cincinnati), 6-2, 220 (2019)
Honorable mention OPSWA D-IV All-Ohio selection last season after making 106 tackles. Has been a starter on two 10-0 regular season teams. Brothers Jibreel and Larry Black both went on to play in the Big Ten at Michigan and Indiana, respectively, and both had stints in the NFL. Currently holds seven offers including Air Force, Akron and Ball State.* Tate Tobin, Highland (Marengo), 6-0, 210 (2019)
Second team OPSWA D-IV All-Ohio selection had 84 tackles, 13 TFL, and five sacks last season. Had seven sacks as a sophomore. Named first team All-Knox Morrow Athletic Conference in football and baseball. * Luke Fulton, Cardinal Mooney (Youngstown), 6-3, 200 (2019)
Michigan State commit was named honorable mention OPSWA D-IV All-Ohio last year after registering 125 tackles and eight forced fumbles. Holds 33 offers including Wisconsin, Nebraska, Northwestern, Duke, California, Georgia Tech and Iowa. 2017 Ohio HS Football Statewide Statistics
* Zach Urda, Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin (Chardon), 6-0, 180 (2019)
Third team OPSWA D-III All-Ohio selection recorded 80 tackles, three sacks, six TFL and two interceptions last year. * Ross Hartman, Rocky River, 6-0, 200 (2019)
Third team OPSWA D-III All-Ohio selection had 83 tackles (51 solo), 14.5 TFL, 3.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery a year ago.* Zach Love, Indian Valley (Gnadenhutten), 5-9, 160 (2020)
Second team OPSWA D-IV All-Ohio selection notched 93 tackles last season. Offensively had 343 yards and six touchdowns on 37 carries. Was the OHSAA D-II state track and field champ in the pole vault (cleared 15 feet, 2 inches) in June.
2017 Ohio HS Football Pictures* Jamil Bannister, Girard, 6-0, 175 (2019)
Second team OPSWA D-IV All-Ohio selection had an eye-opening 156 tackles, 12 TFL and six sacks last year.* Tommy Wolfe, Granville, 6-0, 210 (2019)
Honorable mention OPSWA D-III All-Ohio last year was first team All-Central District and Newark Advocate. Had 98.5 tackles and two interceptions..