Underclassmen At The Crosstown
Class of 2012 QB Zeke Pike
Class of 2012 QB Zeke Pike
Midwest Recruiting Analyst
Posted Aug 31, 2009
dave berk


After looking at the top prospects from the Class of 2010 that took part in the Crosstown Showdown, we turn our attention to the underclassmen.

A.J. Jordan – WR – 2011

Trotwood (Ohio) Madison

Pledge: Open Class of 2011

 

Jordan was used more as a decoy than a main receiver in the Rams opening game against Mason.  In a game that was stopped on Thursday night and restarted on Friday afternoon Jordan didn’t post the stats you would expect from a big-time receiver.  But Mason did a good job of keeping Jordan at bay and the Rams did a good job of finding the open receivers.  Still Jordan showed the willingness to block and run great routes.  Jordan is a major wide receiver prospect in Ohio for the 2011 class.  Great burst and comes out of routes well advanced for his class.

 

Marcus Graham – QB – 2011

Trotwood (Ohio) Madison

Pledge: Open Class of 2011

 

While Graham will have a hard time getting his name listed as one of the top quarterback prospects in his class, he’ll sure try.  Graham is showing continued development and by the time this season is over should have his name listed as one of the top players in the Class of 2011.  Capable of beating you with his arm or feet, Graham is showing good leadership skills to go with his athletic ability.  In the season opener Graham completed 17 of 27 passes for 203 yards.

 

Antwan Gilbert – RB - 2011

Trotwood (Ohio) Madison

Pledge: Open Class of 2011

 

Remember the name of Antwan Gilbert because college coaches will soon be looking to get him looking hard at their programs.  In his season opener, Gilbert rushed 27 times for 164 yards and two touchdowns.  Gilbert has nice size at 5-foot-10, 180-pounds with power, burst and balance.

 

David Fulcher Jr. – RB - 2011

Mason (Ohio)

Pledge: Open Class of 2011

 

Anytime you know a player has a family tree in the game of football you want to take a closer look.  David Fulcher Jr. has that pedigree as his father of the same name played in the NFL for several seasons.  Son is not as big as his father and is an offensive player (running back) as compared to defensive safety.  Fulcher shows good balance and a quick burst but left a few question marks.  This game was played on Thursday night and then stopped and resumed on Friday afternoon.  The player we saw on Thursday was not the same player we saw on Friday.  Thursday gave us a player we really liked to watch and Friday left you wondering if he would have a high enough motor.  The jury is still out but if the player we saw early is the one you get more of, than they’ll be another Fulcher playing at the college level.

 

Josh McClain – WR - 2011

Clayton (Ohio) Northmont

Pledge: Open Class of 2011

 

McClain has all the tools colleges want and has picked up a few early offers because of it.  But on this night he dropped a couple of balls when his team needed them and really wasn’t the factor you’d hope he’d be.  McClain is a super athlete and he received a lot of respect from the opposing team but in the end this was a sub-par game for such a great prospect.

 

 

Braxton Miller – QB – 2011

Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne

Pledge: Open Class of 2011

 

Miller despite the foul weather showed why many consider him the top prospect in Ohio for the Class of 2011 and one of the top in the country in leading his team to a 21-4 victory.  Miller tossed for a 19-yard touchdown pass and also scored on a 1-yard run on the night.  Only a junior, Miller showed great poise and no effects from the injury that cut his sophomore season short.  Miller has a strong arm that allows him to deliver the ball on the run but he’s even more dangerous if he’s running the ball as he can hit the edge and be a hard player to bring down.

 

Jay McCants – WR – 2011

Cincinnati (Ohio) Princeton

Pledge: Open Class of 2011

 

Remember the name Jay McCants in the coming year because if he can continue to develop he’ll find college coaches knocking on his door.  McCants has great physical size (6-foot-5, 201-pounds) and knows how to use it.  While he’ll need to work on being a better route runner and not pushing off so much, the skill set is there for a special player to arise in the very near future. 

 

Nate McGill – QB – 2012

Cincinnati (Ohio) Princeton

Pledge: Open Class of 2012

 

Nate McGill got the start at quarterback in the absence of super star Spencer Ware.  If you didn’t know what number Ware wore you would have thought you were watching Ware in action.  McGill is the third string quarterback according to the Princeton coaching staff and doesn’t have the physical size of Ware, but he does have the elusive running ability that made Ware one of the more explosive offensive players in Ohio.  Considering this was his first high school start McGill did a great job of keeping his team in the game and has a very bright future ahead for this kid.

 

De’Arius Young – OT – 2012

Cincinnati (Ohio) Princeton

Pledge: Open Class of 2012

 

With great size (6-foot-6, 276-pounds) De’Arius Young could develop into one of the top prospects for the Class of 2012.  Showing above average technique Young still needs to show more toughness and aggressiveness but it’s still early and he’ll have time to develop.

 

Lovell Peterson – OL – 2013

Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne

Pledge: Open Class of 2013

 

Yes you read right!  Class of 2013 is where you’ll find Lovell Peterson.  This kid will have a chance to be really special if he can continue with a great work ethic and takes to coaching.  Great size at 6-foot-3, 250-pounds, Peterson shows toughness along with above average feet and technique.  Starting as a freshman along the offensive line at Wayne has only been done a few times. Also is a multi-sport athlete.  Will have two giant tests coming the next two weeks as Wayne plays Canton (Ohio) McKinley and Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville.

 

Anthone Taylor – RB – 2011

Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne

Pledge: Open Class of 2011

 

This season don’t be surprised if you start to hear Anthone Taylor as one of the top running backs in Ohio for the Class of 2011.  With nice size (5-foot-11, 195-pounds) Taylor shows quick feet and great balance.  Able to run inside between the tackles or bump it outside with a quick burst, Taylor is a highly skilled player who’ll be well tested early this fall.

 

Machael Bonner – CB – 2011

Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne

Pledge: Open Class of 2011

 

Machael Bonner has a chance to be another great Wayne defensive back if he keeps developing his skill set.  At 5-foot-11, 165-pounds, Bonner will need to add some weight but shows great feet and hips to go with the ability to cover and support the run.

 

Tre Moore – CB – 2011

Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne

Pledge: Open Class of 2011

 

Like teammate Machael Bonner, the ceiling is very high for Tre Moore as a defensive back prospect.  At 6-foot, 185-pounds, Moore shows good cover skills and the ability to support the run. 

 

Trey Thomas – CB – 2011

Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne

Pledge: Open Class of 2011

 

Trey Thomas is another junior defensive back for Wayne that will have to be watched.  At 6-foot, 185-pounds, Thomas has the size you look for and looks to have the skills college coaches look for.  Wayne might have one of the best collections of defensive backs for the 2011 class as they could see three of them be scholarship players.

 

Jarred Jones – DT – 2011

Dayton (Ohio) Chaminade-Julienne

Pledge: Open Class of 2011

 

Jones is a player who has the physical size but needs to put everything together.  You see a flash of a top player on one play and then the next a player who has yet to play with a high motor.  Size is there at 6-foot-2, 250-pounds with a great burst, but must be able to string together more than one play to really catch the eye of college coaches.

 

Sage Powell – RB/CB – 2011

Independence (KY) Simon Kenton

Pledge: Open Class of 2011

 

Sage Powell (5-foot-11, 155-pounds) is a new name on the recruiting scene and was given the chance to show what he was capable of as star running back Miles Simpson played only a few snaps due to a slight injury.  On the day Powell rushed seven times for 64 yards and 1 touchdown.  He also showed some ability as a defensive back and projects there in the future.

 

Zeke Pike – QB/DE – 2012

Edgewood (KY) Dixie Heights

Pledge: Open Class of 2012

 

Zeke Pike may not be the starting quarterback as a sophomore but his future looks bright.  At 6-foot-4, 220-pounds, Pike has enough athletic ability to be a starter on the defensive side of the ball as an outside linebacker as he waits his turn under center.  On this day he did get some snaps at quarterback as his team defeated Beechwood 47-7.  Pike showed leadership skills and the skills you look for in a quarterback and had a 1-yard touchdown run.  Pike’s father Mark played for Georgia Tech and in the NFL for the Buffalo Bills from 1987-1998.

 

Jesse Hayes – DE – 2011

Cincinnati (Ohio) Moeller

Pledge: Open Class of 2011

 

Jesse Hayes may have a major advantage as his father is Jay Hayes defensive line coach for the Cincinnati Bengals.  Hayes has great size at 6-foot-4, 235-pounds and shows advanced skills coming off the edge.  Hayes also showed his ability on special teams as he recovered a blocked punt and scored.

 

Kendall Walker – OLB – 2011

Cincinnati (Ohio) Moeller

Pledge: Open

 

Kendall Walker is another player for Moeller who has a parent with an NFL background.  Kendall’s father Kevin played at Maryland and was a 3-rd round draft pick of the Bengals where he played from 1988-1992.  Kendall shows a nose for the football and is not afraid to make a hard hit.

 

Keante Minor – WR – 2011

East Saint Louis (IL) Senior HS

Pledge: Open

 

Keante Minor has the size (6-foot-1, 190-pounds) that college coaches look for as well as the physical ability to be a player at the next level.  Right now Minor is an offensive skill player capable of making big plays but he’s also got enough skill to move over to defense and become a top corner.

 

Ben Coffaro – RB – 2011

Cincinnati (Ohio) Elder

Pledge: Open Class of 2011

 

Ben Coffaro is a hard nosed runner with a nice wiggle.  But standing only 5-foot-9, 175-pounds will hurt his recruiting.  Very good player who is fun to watch Coffaro is one to keep an eye on as he could also see a growth spurt.

 

Jacob Lindsey – OLB – 2011

Cincinnati (Ohio) Elder

Pledge: Open

 

Jacob Lindsey looked to open a few eyes and caught Scout.com’s eye in the process.  A solid football player with natural linebacker instincts, Lindsey still has room for improvement and development but is ahead of the curve.



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