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Ohio Notebook: Weekend Combines
Parris Campbell: The Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary tailback showed why he might be the top prospect in-state overall, when he ran a blistering electronic 4.42 forty time in Massillon. He also measured 6-foot-1, 181-pounds. Everyone knew the Buckeye commit could play football, but this was the first time seeing him play combine, and the results were eye-popping. Beau Huffman: The Massillon tight end might be the best kept secret in the state, but the 119.58 SPARQ score will raise some eyebrows. Huffman is undersized, but he might have the best hands in the state. Was the third option behind Gareon Conley and Marcus Whitfield last season, and missed time with an ankle injury. Holds a Toledo offer, and more could be coming. Chris Durkin: The Youngstown Ursuline quarterback recently picked up offers from Michigan State and Northwestern, and he showed why in Cincinnati. Durkin is 6-foot-4, 225-pounds, and threw the ball accurately with a lot of zip. Just might be Ohio's top quarterback prospect. He is also a power-runner in the Ursuline offense. Shaun Crawford: The Lakewood St. Edward 2015 prospect measured in at 5-foot-9, 168-pounds, which is 10 pounds heavier than what he played at last season. Crawford running a 4.51 electronic in Massillon was expected, but still impressive. Toss in a 4.23 shuttle and you see the reason for the hype. He will be a cornerback at the next level, I believe, and one of the top prospects in his class in-state. Looking for offers from Michigan and Michigan State. L.J. Scott: The Marion Harding tailback just might be the most underrated player in Ohio for the class of 2014, and he scored a whopping 110.82 in Massilon. He put up great numbers last year on a bad team, but he is a BCS talent. Has both the power and speed to be successful at the next level, as his score indicates. Chris Frey: Was impressive in Massillon and in Indianapolis, and the Upper Arlington product is a player you have to see to appreciate. Gives 100% in everything he does, and his SPARQ score of over 100 shows his athleticism. Don't see him as a safety, but rather a tough, hard-hitting linebacker at the next level. Holds a handful of offers, with Syracuse being the only BCS offer. Absolutely splattered a tight end in position drills, and earned himself a timeout for crossing the line, but there's no doubting his effort. Marcus Whitfield: Just missed the 100.0 mark in his SPARQ score, but was overshadowed by (teammate) Huffman's great score. The most important number was the 4.51 electronic forty time, as that answered the speed question. Holds two MAC offers, but that could be changing soon for the Massillon athlete. Michigan State and Penn State are showing the most interest right now. Could play safety or wideout at the next level, and is a Top-20 prospect in Ohio for 2014. Marcelys Jones: Was one of the top offensive linemen in Indianapolis, and showed better physical conditioning than during last season. Listed at 325-pounds, which is down about 15 pounds from last fall. Another loss of 15-20 pounds would be even more beneficial for the Glenville tackle. Really showed the intensity and competitiveness people have been looking for, and there is no doubting the wide frame. The Ohio State commit went at it extremely hard in Indianapolis, and it was great to see him battle and fight with a nasty attitude. When looking for improved prospects in Ohio, Jones has taken the next step. Darryl Long: The Westerville South tight end might be the most improved prospect since seeing these players last fall. At 6-foot-5, 235-pounds, Long destroys the look test, and he has now made the transition from basketball player to football player. He ran smoother and looked quicker than before, and he caught the football with ease. He was voted the top tight end in attendance in Indianapolis, and deserved it. His recruitment is picking up with six offers, including Pittsburgh, Indiana and Illinois. A Kentucky visit is on tap this weekend, and an offer would not be surprising. Rob Dowdy: After seeing him for the first time in Indianapolis, Dowdy is definitely a 2015 offensive tackle prospect of note in Ohio. He measured in at 6-foot-6, 265-pounds, and really performed well in drills and one-on-ones. The Westerville South athlete moves so well, and has such a great frame, that he has a chance to be an elite offensive line prospect. Dameon Willis: The Cleveland St. Ignatius linebacker gets overshadowed by Kyle Berger, but Willis is Big Ten caliber. Played safety last year and also fullback, but he's probably a linebacker or tailback at the next level. Put up good SPARQ numbers, but this is a football player, not a combine player. Very physical player and can run. Favoring Michigan at this time. Marshon Lattimore: Just when we think about dropping the Glenville star from the number-one spot because of concerns over his numbers, he goes out and blisters the Indianapolis camp, with a 4.42 handtimed forty, a 4.15 shuttle, and a 10' broad jump. On the football field, he's a monster, so it was good to see elite combine numbers as well. With Campbell exploding in Ohio, Lattimore still stays ahead of him at the top spot. He also was the top coverage athlete, and easily won the top defensive back award. Erick Smith: No longer an underrated prospect, which is so rare for a Glenville player anyway. Everyone knows Smith can hit, but his coverage skills were excellent in Indianapolis and a case could be made for the defensive back award. Also ripped off a 4.1 shuttle time, and measured in at a solid 190-pounds. Already has a great offer list, with Georgia Tech, Michigan, Ohio State and Louisville in the mix. Jack Walz: An underrated 2014 safety out of Lakewood St. Edward that rang up a 100+ SPARQ score. Has played all over the field for St. Eds, at linebacker, safety, tailback, slot receiver and quarterback. Will take over at strong safety for Solomon Warfield (Iowa signee), and should be a scholarship player. Will come up and hit people, and the SPARQ score shows the needed athleticism. Brady Taylor: The Bishop Ready offensive tackle is starting to hit the recruiting radar, and he was impressive in Massillon. Picked up his first two offers over the weekend, from Bowling Green and Toledo. I see him as a Big Ten type recruit, and a camp tour of schools could net offers for the 6-foot-5, 270-pound lineman. Antione Stone: The Bedford cornerback ran a handtimed 4.40 forty-yard time in Indianapolis, and also impressed with his coverage skills. Holds an offer from Kent State, and more could be headed his way. Darius West: Very similar player in comparison to Erick Smith, and the Lima Central Catholic safety is one of Ohio's top overall prospects. Can run, hit and cover, and should attract more offers. Currently has offers from Penn State, Louisville, West Virginia, Tennessee, and others. He is looking for Notre Dame, Michigan and Ohio State, and offers from any/all would not surprise. Andrew Dowell and David Dowell: The 2015 twins from Lakewood St. Edward tested well in Massillon, and both are ready to make their mark this season with the Eagles. David will play wide receiver, while Andrew is a tailback. Both tested well in Massillon, and both showed well in limited varsity action last year as sophomores.
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