After watching 22 games and another 33 teams in scrimmages, now is the time to get back to work on this blog site. Getting ready to work on videos and starting to collect information for my directory. Actually, being a retired English teacher, I kind of enjoy writing. After 5 games, the cream of the crop in the Ohio Class of 2011 is starting to come to the top.
Braxton Miller-QB - Wayne High School is everything that I thought he would be. Has a leg injury now, but he will be back soon. The ultimate spread offense QB. Can run, can pass, and can make decisions. Most of all, he takes coaching and so far, he is grounded.
Kenny Hayes-DE - Toledo Whitmer is awesome. A 6'5 frame with speed. Can stop the run either inside or outside. Excellent off the edge on pass rush. Motor is always running. Also a leader by example.
Steve Miller-DE - Canton McKinley is different type of pass rusher. A 6'4 frame, but will need to add weight. Thin hips and really comes off the edge. Changes direction and closes well. Also could be a drop end. Like his toughness. Never quit attitude.
Trey DePriest-LB - Springfield continues to get quicker and faster. Has played DE and FB, but best position is LB. Toughness was never a question for me. Worked hard on conditioning in the off season and now it shows. Can take over a game.
Josh McClain-OLB - Dayton Northmont is wide receiver now, but he is out growing the position. On the next level needs to be an OLB. Tremendous athletic skills. Tough. hardnose competitor. Excellent hands. Worry about his focus on and off the field. Grades could hold him back, but has all of the natural skills.
Devin Smith-WR - Massillon Washington just makes plays. Faster when the ball is in the air. Excellent vision. Soft hands. Transferred from Akron Ellet, because of family ties with the Tigers. Saw him in camp last summer. A natural WR. Better person off the field. A top guy.
Dorian Grant-DB - Akron St Vincent- St Marys has the top end speed. Cover corner. Rotates hips. Recovers well. Strength is his combination of speed and size and strength. Will not see him until next week.
Chris Rock-DE - Columbus DeSales has the frame to add weight and needs to. Very athletic. Functional speed and quickness is good. Really was disappointed in his effort against Anderson. May be a better TE or OL prospect. Could see him as a center.
Trayion Durham-RB - Colerain plays FB now, but at the next level should be a TB. 5'11-210 and tough. Like his balance and burst. Good ball skills. Can get bigger. Like his vision, but hard to see much because he is a FB in the option. For some reason, I think he could be special.
Matt Skura-OL - Worthington Kilbourne does not realize how good he can be. Natural bender. Good feet. Aggressive run blocker. Understands schemes. Lineman instincts good. Only about 250, but can add weight and strength. Really like his natural skills at the center position. Must realize how good he can be.
These prospects are not necessarily the "top ten," but I would evaluate them very thoroughly, when picking my franchise team. As you will see over the next few weeks, the "Class of 2011" is pretty good.