The Minerva Lions are not usually in the discussion of Stark County's potential playoff teams, but this small Ohio school appears to be changing that perception under fifth-year head coach Brett Yeagley.
The Lions narrowly missed the playoffs the past two seasons and expectations are high for 2010. If their strong performance at the Stark Jamboree is any indication, the expectations are justified.
Division-I college recruiters are now calling Yeagley, as his talent has increased dramatically. Several of his players stood out at the 7on7 Jamboree.
D.J. MarrahQuarterback 2011. Marrah is looking to build on a strong season in 2009, and is also drawing recruiting attention from the MAC. He probably projects as a slot receiver, or a safety, but he has legitimate 4.55 speed. Marrah, 5-foot-11, 182-pounds, stood out at several combines this summer.
Drew PrendergastAthlete 2011. Prendergast, 5-foot-9, 170-pounds, is a legit 4.45 prospect who plays runningback-defensive back-kick returner for the Lions. He doesn't have ideal size, but he is receiving MAC interest, and Iowa State has requested film. Prendergast is a playmaker, and there might be a place for him at the next level, showcasing his speed and athleticism.
Kyle CrumWide Receiver 2012. Crum has great size, 6-foot-4, 205-pounds, and the speed to get open. Has the ability to add 30 pounds to his frame, and possibly play tight end at the next level. Showed the ability to catch the football, and the strength to get open.
Jake RileySafety 2013. Riley is probably the top college prospect on the Lions, and the sophomore safety has a chance to be a good one. Good size, 6-foot-3, 190-pounds, and could fill out to play linebacker at the next level. Showed the ability to cover smaller players in space today, using quick feet and long arms.