High-SchoolOhio: Recruiting

Moeller (Ohio) sophomore to Notre Dame

February, 8, 2012
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Sam Hubbard, a sophomore midfielder from Cincinnati Moeller (Cincinnati, Ohio), has verbally committed to play men's lacrosse for Notre Dame.

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John Hay's Carter to Lehigh

November, 8, 2011
John Hay senior standout and ESPNHS All-State guard Devon Carter has made a verbal commitment to attend Lehigh University in Pennsylvania next year. Carter announced his decision earlier this week via his Twitter account.

“I choose Lehigh because you can’t beat their academics there and I feel that I can contribute to their success early (in my career),” Carter told ESPNHS. “Family is also important to me and I felt like I was a part of their family when I was there.”

Carter, one of the state’s top combo guards, averaged 20 points and six dimes last year to help the Hornets advance to the Division II region title game. The 6-foot-3, 195 pounder is rated a two-star recruit by ESPNU, and Lehigh’s coaching staff envisions him earning significant minutes as a freshman. The Hawks went 16-15 last year and have another Ohio star on the roster in former GlenOak guard C.J. McCollum.

Carter planned to sign with Lehigh later this week then turn his attention to his final season at Hay. “The goal is a state championship,” he says. “Everything else will take care of itself.”
Mike McCray knows all about his father's football career at Ohio State, but don't expect the junior linebacker to rush off to Columbus. Not just yet.

He had this to say about the Buckeyes to ESPN Recruiting's Jared Shanker:

"I used to [envision playing at Ohio State] a lot, but now there's other colleges showing me interest," McCray said. "My eyes are open." McCray, an ESPNU 150 Watch List member, holds offers from Purdue, Syracuse, Tennessee among others, and Ohio State remains a possibility for the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder. His father, Mike McCray, played for the Buckeyes in the late 1980s before injuries ultimately derailed his career on the gridiron.

The younger McCray has developed into one of the state's top defensive players and has also made an impact on offense for the Rams. He hauled in a 22-yard TD pass late in the fourth quarter last Friday to help Trotwood-Madison remain undefeated and ascend to No. 8 in the POWERADE Ohio Football Rankings.

Check out Shanker's story on this budding star and how his father is helping him achieve his dream of playing collegiate ball.
Attention all fantasy football nuts, have we got a player for you.

Meet Hayden Welch, a senior at Fairfield Christian who just joined the 50-point scoring club last weekend. That’s 50-points in one game — on the gridiron!

Welch found the end zone seven times, added eight extra points and booted a field goal just before the half in the Knights' 59-18 win over Green on Sept. 16.

He finished with 10 catches and 295 receiving yards and four scores on offense, then displayed his impeccable speed and vision on special teams, returning a pair of kicks and a punt for scores.

Welch joined exclusive company as the 11th Ohio football star to top the 50-point mark. Had it not been for a penalty on an 87-yard INT return, Welch monster game could’ve been even bigger.

Now imagine if he was your first-round pick instead of Jamaal Charles.
It's time for the All-State Stock Watch, as we look at All-State football players who saw their potential value rise or fall over the past week. A player could have performed well in a game, gotten a big-time scholarship offer, broken his leg or just had an off game.

UP — Maty Mauk, Kenton
Mauk just loves facing the Van Wert defense. Last year he torched the Cougars secondary for 504 yards and five TDs in a 70-34 win. He was sensational again Friday night, passing for more than 450 yards and accounting for eight scores in the Wildcats’ 66-13 triumph at Van Wert. Mauk added 102 yards on the ground on just 10 carries. The Missouri commit continues to accumulate video game numbers as he closes in on the national record for career TD passes and yards.

DOWN — T.C. Klusman, Elder, OL
Klusman anchors a Panthers’ line that is among the state’s best, but he and the O-line had its issues against Trinity (Louisville, Ky.) Friday night. Elder was limited to 181 total offensive yards and the line failed to provide QB Ben Gramke enough time to make an impact through the air. Klusman and Elder don’t get much of a reprieve this week as they travel to Lakewood to face No. 1 St. Edward.

UP — Joshua Perry, Olentangy (Lewis), DB/LB
Perry has a knack for making big plays all over the gridiron. The Ohio State-bound star had one of those games last week in the Braves’ 41-13 defeat of Big Walnut. Perry recorded a pair of sacks on defense, returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown and ran for another score. That’s the kind of play that should help the 6-foot-3, 225-pounder crack Luke Fickell’s lineup soon after touching down in Columbus.
The St. John’s Toledo football team is off to a 3-0 mark, and you can point to the squad's suffocating defense as the catalyst of the team’s fast start. The Titans have yielded a measly 30 points so far after shutting out Woodward, 44-0, Friday night.

One of the emerging stars of the unit is junior Matt Miller, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound defensive end who is beginning to catch the eye of recruiters around the Midwest. Miller holds a single offer from Toledo, but he has interest from myriad Big Ten schools, including Michigan and Michigan State.

The Wolverines are an interesting suitor as Matt’s older brother, John, currently suits up on the offensive line for Michigan.

ESPN Recruiting's Tom VanHaaren caught up with Miller to get his thoughts on Michigan, John's recruiting psti and which schools are on his radar. Check out the video here.


Get in the mood for tonight's games with a wrap-up of last week's top games, including Centerville competing in the Kirk Herbstreit Classic, in the video below.

Game of the Week: St. Xavier (2-0) at Colerain (2-0)
The estimated attendance for this matchup of Greater Cincy powers is expected to be upwards of 8,000 fans. St. Xavier RB Conor Hundley is coming off a huge 156-yard, 4-TD effort against Pickerington Central, while Colerain shut out Ryle (Ky.) behind Joe Bolden’s play on defense and Jackson Sorn's running. The Cardinals will be without superstar RB Chris Davis, who was lost for the season after suffering a knee injury last Friday. The Bombers have had the edge in this series winning five of the last seven meetings, including four times in the postseason.
David’s pick: The loss of Davis is devastating and could limit Colerain on offense, so I’m picking the Bombers here, 17-10.

Some more to watch

St. Ignatius (2-0) at Mentor (2-0)
Ignatius’ secondary, led by Ball State recruit Mike Svetina, will have its hands full with Mentor’s high-powered spread attack. Mentor drilled three-time defending state champ Ursuline last week as senior QB Mitch Trubisky piled up more than 400 yards on offense. Ignatius counters with Svetina and Ohio State commit Blake Thomas, who is a big threat over the middle and in the red zone.

Ursuline (0-2) at Lake Catholic (2-0)
We pegged Ursuline as a preseason top-5 team in Ohio but the Irish have failed to live up to expectations due in large part to its challenging early-season schedule. They hope to get on track against another formidable opponent in Lake Catholic, which has claimed a pair of one-touchdown wins over Strongsville and Ravenna to open the season.

Elyria (2-0) at Elyria Catholic (2-0)
The scoreboard operators will really earn their paycheck tonight. These two squads combined for 91 points in last year’s matchup, which was won by Elyria Catholic, 56-35. Neither team appears to have lost a step as Elyria has scored 103 points and Catholic has 76 through the first two weeks.


Render heading to Pitt

August, 25, 2011
ESPNHS All-State selection Darryl Render has committed to play for Todd Graham at Pitt next fall. Last season, the senior recorded 78 tackles and added nine sacks to lead St. Edward to the Division I championship. He is the fifth Ohio star to pledge to the Panthers joining a list that includes fellow All-State players Demitrious and Chris Davis of Austintown-Fitch. Render also had offers from UConn, West Virginia and Cincy.

ESPN's Jared Shanker has more here.


Got Game: Chris Wormley

August, 24, 2011
Name: Chris Wormley
School: Toledo Whitmer
Sport: Football
The Scoop: It’s going to be tough scoring on the Panthers’ defense with this 6-foot-5 senior on the gridiron. Wormley is a beast coming off the edge and earned All-Ohio first team honors after posting 90 tackles and 12 sacks in 2010. He also produced double-digit sack numbers as a sophomore. Rated the nation’s No. 16 defensive end in the ESPNU 150, Wormley committed to Michigan this summer over numerous other Big Ten suitors.

Know someone who deserves recognition as a Got Game athlete, email me at David.Auguste@espn.com.


As promised here is the ESPNHS All-State team which appears in the September issue that drops this week. We also added 70 more players you should keep an eye on this fall. Think we missed someone for the list, give us a shout on Twitter @ESPNHSAuguste or in the comments section below.

Note: The team is based on projected on-field performance and accomplishments, not necessarily recruiting potential. For a list of the top football recruits in the state, click here.

First Team Offense
[QB] Demitrious Davis, Austintown-Fitch, Senior
All-Ohio first-teamer accounted for 28 TDs in 2010

[QB] Jalin Marshall, Middletown, Junior
Sparkled as a sophomore with more than 2,000 offensive yards

[QB] Maty Mauk, Kenton, Senior
Missouri-bound QB is closing in on a pair of national records

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