All week, myself along with Ohio analyst Bill Greene, reporter Simone Scott, GoBlueWolverine's Sam Webb and Spartan Digest and Irish Eyes' Dave Berk, will be traveling through Ohio seeing the state's top prospects, and a few sleepers. This road journal will collect everything together, along with other little nuggets from the trip.
Day One: Kenton and Oak Hills
On our way down to Cincinnati, we stopped off at Kenton, a small town with big talent. It was there that we re-connected with head coach Mike Mauk, who has coached all three of his sons. The youngest of the bunch, Maty Mauk, sat down with us.
Mauk's schools he is considering are Michigan, Notre Dame, and Missouri, among others. With the spread system they run at Kenton, he has never taken a snap from center, but says he can learn and play in any system in college. He is visiting Michigan this weekend.
From there, we made it down to Ohio, to meet with Oak Hills offensive line coach Kyle Ralph and his three returning juniors: twin brothers Dustin Ross and Derrek Ross, and Caleb Stacey.
Stacey just committed to Michigan and was sporting his maize and blue t-shirt.
Now the Ross boys, who are both excellent students, have been offered by Brown, but we believe both may be on their way to FBS offers. Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, and others have shown interest. Derrek, a guard, and Dustin, a tackle, said they would like to be at the same school, but that is not necessarily the end all be all.
On a side note, the boys work at Marco's Pizza, which we don't have in my area, and it was quite the treat...Bill Greene filed this report on the Ross boys. More coming on all the Oak Hills standouts.
Day Two morning: Colerain and LaSalle
We started off the morning at Colerain, where head coach Tom Bolden and his crew were hard at work in the weight room despite being on spring break.
Now, most of you will know about linebacker Joe Bolden, who holds quite a list of offers. A few more will know safety Andre Jones, who has four offers, including Cincinnati. He looked like he has spent a lot of time in that weight room. He is a put together kid. Big defensive tackle is Trae Clark, who Coach Bolden says is at 340-lbs and moving as well as ever. He does not have offers, but that should change, especially once his semester grades come out.
Of course, the cupboard is never bare there and we were introduced to many top sophomores. However, the one to watch coming up the pipe is freshman wide receiver Travon Hudson. At 6'3, 200-lbs, he's already built like a senior, and started on the varsity basketball and football team. Coach Bolden showed me some film. He's the real deal.
We headed over to LaSalle and visited with head coach Tom Grippa. The school just won the state basketball championship, and two of the players on that team are top football recruits.
Defensive end Ryan Leahy has several offers, linebacker Joe Burger has a few (and we think he'll get more), and running back Antonio Nelson is one that could rise this summer as more schools see him.
This afternoon, Taft, Middletown and then we head south to Fort Mitchell, Kentucky to see touted quarterback Zeke Pike.