2012: Ohio Has 22 New 3-Stars
Devan Bogard
Devan Bogard
Midwest Regional Manager
Posted Nov 17, 2010

Ohio is always a place college coaches go for talent. The 2012 class is no different. Here is a look at a group of 22 that we have identified as deserving three-star status.

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  • Tres Barksdale | WR | Solon
    Runs very well for a 6'2 kid. Smooth, glides around on the field and can run after the catch. Michigan State and Notre Dame are among the early interested parties.

    Devan Bogard | S | Cleveland Glenville
    Excellent run supporting safety who can also run and cover. Needs to add weight, but he's a missile on the field. He could also be looked at as a cornerback, but either way, we expect offers to trickle in.

    Joe Bolden | OLB | Cincinnati Colerain
    Colerain continues to pump out the talent. Bolden is a good sized (6'3, 215) middle backer who closes fast and plays with great motor. Cincinnati has offered and we expect more to come.

    Jacoby Boren | OG | Pickerington Central
    The third Boren brother and he's similar to the others, in that, he may not be overwhelmingly big, but plays so hard and with such good technique. Ohio State has offered him.

    Bryan Cox Jr. | OLB-DE | Avon
    Like his NFL father, Cox is an athletic, hard charging defender. He's a pure edge rusher, who could play as a stand-up outside linebacker in certain systems or grow into a weakside defensive end. Either way, quarterbacks beware/

    Taylor Decker | OT | Vandalia-Butler
    He's far from finished, but he's already pretty good. He has a great frame at 6'8 and on tape, he was stronger than I expected. He does have weight room work to do, but he's pretty far along and he plays mean. Once he fills out, he looks like a BCS level starting tackle.

    Patrick Elflein | OG | Pickerington North
    Physical, rugged 6'3, 270-lb lineman who can play guard and center. Toledo has offered early, but others are not far behind.

    Allen Gant | S | Sylvania-Southview
    Gant has been on the radar since his freshman season. He has great size (6'1, 210-lbs) and runs well for a kid with that stature. Some feel he can grow into an outside linebacker. We think he can be a strong safety or a rover in certain systems, but either way, he's a great football player.

    Jeremy Graves | WR | Garfield Heights
    We saw him on the Raw Talent tour this summer and while there were some big names on that team, Graves kept making play after play. Sure eough, he has turned in a fine junior year and been rewarded with offers from Cincinnati and Buffalo.

    Latroy Lewis | DE | Archbishop Hoban
    The more I see of this kid, the more I like him. This is a loaded year for ends in Ohio, and I think Lewis is one of the most athletic in the class. He's a smooth edge rusher with great feet and ability to get to the quarterback.

    William Mahone | RB | Austintown Fitch
    Like Lewis, Mahone is overshadowed somewhat by some high profile players at his position, but Mahone has exploded this year. No surprise to us, as we saw him do that as a sophomore. He's a compact runner who runs hard, north-south and has the speed to take it the distance at any time.

    Maty Mauk | QB | Kenton
    The Mauk name is famous for putting up big passing numbers and Maty has not done anything to diminish that. He's not just a pocket passer though, as he shows good running ability along with his skills in the passing game.

    Mason Monheim | LB | Orrville
    This is becoming Linebacker High and Monheim is the next one. He's tough and tracks ball carriers from sideline to sideline. At 6'1, 205-lbs, he'll have to add some weight, but he has great intangibles and he had a very productive junior year.

    Joshua Perry | OLB | Lewis Center Olentangy
    Perry, an early Ohio State commitment, is a rangy 6'3, 220-lb kid who can blitz and rush the passer as well as drop into coverage and play in space.

    Kenton Playko | OT | Lewis Center Olentangy
    Perry's teammate is an athletic tackle. He's 6'5, 260-lbs and light on his feet. He still needs to fill out and add some meanness to his game, but he can really move and Toledo has already offered.

    Kaleb Ringer | OLB | Clayton Northmont
    The next in the Ringer family is a speedy sideline to sideline type linebacker who has a penchant for laying big hits. Cincinnati has already offered, and that's the only one, but you can bet other schools, including Michigan State, will be in on this kid.

    Corey Smith | WR | Akron Buchtel
    Camp after camp this summer, Smith made a name for himself and steadily picked up offers. He's a smooth route runner who can cut on a dime and create separation. Toledo, Michigan State, North Carolina and others have extended offers/

    Anthony Stanko | OT | Warren Howland
    Stanko is a big, tough kid who plays hard and to the whistle. At 6'5, 300-lbs, he could project to either tackle or guard. He does not have any offers yet, but Ohio State, Cincinnati and others are interested.

    Tom Strobel | DE | Mentor
    In a year of great ends, Strobel is a little different from the rest. He's 6'6 and has long arms. He will likely end up as a strongside guy or possibly an interior guy in certain situations, but he's a good athlete with offers from Purdue, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh already.

    DaShawn Hall | FS | Canton GlenOak
    Hall had his ups and downs when we saw him earlier in the year, but he turned it on and ended strong. He's big (6'2, 200) and is a physical presence in the secondary.

    Tanner Kearns | TE | Lexington
    When we watch Kearns, there is disbelief that he does not have any offers. He's 6'5, can run and catches everything thrown near him.

    Monty Madaris | WR | Cincinnati Moeller
    He broke into the scene over the summer and carried that over into the year. He's a nice sized (6'2, 175-lbs) kid who made contorting his body and making touch catches look easy.

    Cameron Wilson | WR | Dublin Jerome

    Wilson is a physical 6'2, 190-lb kid who runs like a running back after the catch. He has great tools and is another we think offers will start to come for very soon.

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