Thursday, October 4, 2012

Thursday Night Football in Central Ohio

Thursday night football is now in Central Ohio. Last week I made the trip to watch an excellent game between city powers Marion Franklin and Walnut Ridge. Tonight's televised game is between Olentangy and New Albany. Good coaches and good programs. Should be fun.

Looking forward to watching Olentangy's Andrew Simms who came to my camp last summer. Listed at 6'3-250, but getting bigger and stronger. Really athletic. Also his nasty streak. Have watched DB Buchi Okafor and QB Andrew Horstman mature over the years. Both came to my both my combine and my camp coming out of their sophomore years. Buchi plays FS and has committeed to Miami. Andrew is really coming into his own as a quarterback, but I do not know what level that he can play. OL Austin Schmidt, an Illinois commit is having a good season, as well.

Also have watched New Albany's Darron Lee for three years. First saw him at the OSU summer football camp. Last year, evaluated him during New Albany's run in the playoffs. After a very successful Ohio State camp, he earned an offer from OSU. A QB/SS now, the Buckeyes want him on defense. Physicality, along with his athleticism, make him a special player.

Olentangy head coach, Ed Terwilliger, probably does as good a job as any coach in Ohio with regards to rebuilding programs. Olentangy Liberty started back in 2003 and Olentangy Orange, maybe five years ago. Terwilliger lost players to both of the new schools and had to "remodel" his progam. Although he lost players to two new high schools, he has done well. Currently this year the "Braves" are 5-0.

The game will be well coached and intense. Knowing both programs, I would expect nothing less.

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