Another 2012 DE To Watch In Ohio

Another 2012 DE To Watch In Ohio

From the early returns, it appears the 2012 defensive end class in Ohio is simply loaded, with at least six top-flight prospects, and all should be high BCS recruits. One of the best is also currently the most underrated, Mentor's Tom Strobel. Strobel was in action Friday against North Canton Hoover, and Bill Greene was on hand.

The most impressive athlete on the field during the Mentor-North Canton Hoover scrimmage was Tom Strobel, junior defensive end for the Cardinals. Strobel, 6-foot-6, 240-pounds, certainly passes the look test with flying colors.

Strobel stood out for Mentor as an intense, big, physical athlete, and one who plays with a high motor, never taking plays off. In a year when it seems defensive ends will be the talk of Ohio, especially those in the 2012 class, Strobel deserves to be mentioned with the five that stood out at the Ohio State summer camp.

For 2012, Adolphus Washington, Se'Von Pittman, Chris Wormley, LaTroy Lewis and Greg McMullen stood out at Ohio State last summer, getting special attention from the Buckeye coaching staff. Had he been in attendance, Strobel would have made that group, for his talent certainly matches up with all of the above.

Against North Canton, Strobel was too powerful for the Viking offensive line to handle, and he consistently forced Hoover quarterback Austin Appleby into hurried throws, applying pressure nearly every play.

Although Strobel is not a quick-twitch, first-one-off-the-ball, type of defensive end, he is relentless with his effort, never taking plays off, and also is a tough target to throw over, standing 6-foot-6.

He was nearly impossible to run on, unless he over-ran the play, trying to get upfield. Even then, when they tried to run underneath him, he had the quickness to recover and make the play.

OUTLOOK: Strobel is clearly deserving of being in the mix with the top defensive ends in the 2012 class, as well as one of the top prospects overall, in the state.

If I were to rate the six defensive end candidates at this time, and I'm hoping to see more of each one throughout the season, I would have them as follows:

1- Wormley.

1A- Washington

1B- McMullen

2- Pittman

2A- Lewis

2B- Strobel

Obviously, these prospects are supremely talented, and I would have the top three tied for number one, with the second group tied for number two. It's going to be fun watching these youngsters develop over the next two years. Recommended Stories

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