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V'Angelo Bentley's big day, Trey Kilgore focused on season and Corey Babb still waiting

Originally Published: September 6, 2011
By Jared Shanker | ESPN Recruiting

Speaking to his team following Monday's game in the Kirk Herbstreit Kickoff Classic, Glenville (Cleveland) coach Tedd Ginn Sr. told his players a lot of them "made some money."

Despite the postgame speech taking place in Ohio State's locker room, Ginn wasn't talking about his student-athletes receiving improper benefits. Instead, he was referring to the fact that, despite losing to Camden County (Ga.), a number of his players turned the heads of a few colleges on a national stage.

One player who definitely earned himself a few extra looks is Tarblooders' all-purpose player V'Angelo Bentley. The first two times Bentley touched the ball -- neither coming on offense -- he totaled 113 yards and two touchdowns.

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comV'Angelo Bentley has offers from Air Force, Akron, Eastern Michigan and others.

"He's been great all year," Ginn said. "I think he made some money (Sunday). Somebody in this world at the college level probably saw a guy they might be interested in."

Bentley made his first impact just a little more than two minutes into the game. He hauled in a punt at Glenville's 14-yard line and immediately ran right to set up the return. As Bentley, who runs a 4.45 in the 40-yard dash, kept sprinting to the opposite sideline, teammate Sean Draper laid a devastating block to seal the edge.

As soon as he saw Draper's block, Bentley turned up field and he waltzed into the end zone untouched.

The next time he got his hands on the ball, he returned a fumble 27 yards for his second score of the game.

At 5-foot-8, Bentley doesn't have the ideal height for running back or corner, but he is built well at 185 pounds. He holds offers from Air Force, Akron, Eastern Michigan, Illinois, Kent State, Pittsburgh and Toledo.

"I have a couple offers, and I'm still looking for more to pick up," he said. "But I'm happy with what I have."

Bentley is looking at studying architecture, specifically stadium design. He visited Pittsburgh and its program really stood out to him.

"One of the most important things, no, the most important thing is academics," Bentley said. "I want to get a degree.

"Then the coaches, the team, the town around the (university)."

Bentley hasn't decided on where he will take all of his official visits yet, but he has one in mind. He plans on letting the process play out and is focused on helping Glenville to its first win of the season after losing to two nationally-ranked teams to start the year.

"I definitely want to visit Pitt," he said. "I like their coaches, their facilities are great -- they're right there with the Steelers -- and it's a sports town."

Top Ohio juniors focused on season, not college

Glenville linebacker Christopher Worley Jr. and St. Xavier (Cincinnati) receiver Trey Kilgore already have a host of BCS schools contacting them and sending them mail as juniors. Most athletes would be thrilled with all of the interest this early in the recruiting process, but both have taken it in stride.

"I'm just focused on my junior season, and when it comes to making that decision, I'll make it," Worley said.

Kilgore hasn't even called back many of the staffs that have contacted him.

"I haven't gotten back to a lot of them, because right now it's my junior year and I still got next year to go," Kilgore says. "I can look to that later."

Kilgore said Wisconsin, Northwestern and Kentucky have sent him the most mail.

The two schools he likes at this point are the hometown Bearcats and LSU. Kilgore is a "big fan" of Cincinnati and has met assistant coach Kerry Coombs a number of times. LSU, as is almost every SEC school, is a program Kilgore would like to hear from and check out.

"I plan on going away for college," Kilgore said.

Where does that put Cincinnati then?

"They're not out of the picture. I want to get away from Cincinnati, but I do love the Bearcats and they are catching my eye."

Package deal for two Glenville D-linemen?

Ginn also heaped praise on his defensive line, which he thinks is "the best in the country." thanks in large part to Willie Henry and Alex Pace.

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comCincinnati and Toledo are standing out to Alex Pace at this time.

Henry's latest offer came from Cincinnati in the summer to go along with offers from Pittsburgh, Syracuse and a host of MAC schools. He doesn't have any favorites or official visits planned, but he knows who he will be taking his visits with.

"Me and Alex plan on going as a package," Henry said.

Pace is drawing attention from a number of schools, including Mississippi State, Michigan State, West Virginia, Cincinnati, Pitt and Toledo. Right now, Cincinnati and Toledo are at the top of his list.

"The (Cincinnati) coaching staff shows they care," Pace said. "I got a call by everyone on the staff.

"Toledo, I love how they fight and earn everything. I like the underdog."

Pace said he plans on visiting Michigan State, Toledo, Cincinnati and possibly Tennessee and Georgia. The latter two aren't recruiting him, but he said he just wants to see an SEC game.

Fellow defensive lineman Kieante McGee also stood out with a couple of tackles for loss and a forced fumble.

Elite Georgia 2013 defensive enjoys time in Ohio

Camden County (Kingsland, Ga.) cornerback J.J. Green has been to The Swamp at Florida and Doak Campbell at Florida State, but he was blown away by The Horseshoe at Ohio State.

"I ain't never seen a stadium like this," Green said after starring in the Wildcats' win. "This is the best stadium I've ever been in."

Green is looking at mostly schools in the Southeast, specifically Florida, Florida State, Georgia and South Carolina. He will be going to Florida State for its game against No. 1 Oklahoma on Sept. 17 and Florida's game against Alabama on Oct. 1.

Where does Ohio State fit in with Green after playing in Ohio Stadium for the Herbstreit Classic?

"I'll come to Ohio State, no problem. It's good weather up here. Down in Georgia it's about 100 degrees," he joked.

It was 94 degrees in Kingsland on Monday; it was 69 in Columbus.

Odenigbo's family tours Ohio State, plans return trip

Ifeadi Odenigbo, an ESPNU 150 defensive end and the top player in Ohio overall, was preparing for Centerville's game in the hours leading up to the late afternoon kickoff inside the Buckeyes' Ohio Stadium.

His family, though, was touring Ohio State's campus with Buckeyes assistant Jim Heacock.

Playing in Ohio Stadium for the first time gave Odenigbo the jitters through the first few drives. It's the first time he's ever been in the stadium, and he plans on coming back for a visit during the season.

"I'm definitely coming back," he said. "I'll probably come back for a big game so I can see my (former) teammate Michael Bennett play."

Odenigbo's top five are Cal, Notre Dame, Northwestern, Ohio State and Stanford. No official visits have been set.

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comCorey Babb is only entering his first season as quarterback.

Babb, Corsaro still waiting

Cathedral (Indianapolis) quarterback Corey Babb has a "Division I arm" his coach, Rick Streiff, said, and his favorite target, tight end Anthony Corsaro, is definitely a Division I talent, according to an Indiana high school defensive coordinator.

Despite three solid weeks to start the season, though, neither has received a Division I offer yet.

Babb is in his first year as a starter, which has hurt him, Streiff said.

"We got to be patient," Streiff said. "When you don't have a whole lot of junior film, it's tough."

Corsaro said he has been talking with a few schools, most notably Ball State and a couple of Ivy League programs. Only Ivy League schools have asked to see his senior tape.

Corsaro will make a couple of trips to Ohio this fall for visits to a few college games, though.

"Ball State and Miami (Ohio) have asked me to come to games," he said.

Jared Shanker covers Midwest recruiting for ESPN Recruiting. He can be reached at jshankerespn@gmail.com.

Jared Shanker

Florida State/ACC reporter