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Recruiting News - 02/25/05


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<font color="#b90000">Friday, February 25, 2005</font> Recruiting News - 02/25/05


Date: Feb 25, 2005

If your a Division One college looking for an offensive linemen, look no farther then Ohio. The Buckeye state is loaded with top O-line talent for the Class of 2006. The names of Aaron Brown, Jacob Ballard and Conner Smith have been thrown around as top prospect for the Bearcats. Well there's another linemen in Ohio that UC has shown interest in. Today, that linemen received his first two offers.

Eagles land in Trenton - Asbury Park Press

Eagles land in Trenton

Middletown South football team honored for its undefeated season

Published in the Asbury Park Press 02/25/05

TRENTON -- The Middletown High School South football team was scheduled to receive a proclamation at the Statehouse in Trenton on Jan. 24 for its NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III state football championship. But because of heavy snow, the team was forced to wait until Thursday afternoon.

Well, Thursday arrived and so did more snow. But this time the Eagles got their due.

The excitement of the day for the team began over lunch with acting Gov. Codey, followed by a tour of the Statehouse. It ended with the team in front of the entire Assembly. It was eye-opening, not only for the young players, but for the coaches too.

"This has been quite an experience for all of us," said Eagles coach Steve Antonucci. "Everyone did a nice job hosting us and I'm just happy that the kids had their day in the sun."

Middletown South players were openly excited as they accepted the accolades being handed out. Several players used digital cameras and camcorders to mark the occasion.

"This is great for the school and the town," said junior running back Knowshon Moreno, who rushed for 2,030 yards and 37 touchdowns. "Everything ran very smoothly and the people have been great to us."

As for the moment itself, both assemblymen spoke highly of the team and what it had accomplished. However, it was Assemblyman Thompson's words that rang loudly to all those in attendance.

"Every last one of you put in a great deal of hard work and dedication during the season," said Thompson. "It takes a lot of dedication to do what you do and you should be very proud of yourselves."

After the assemblymen and Antonucci spoke, senior co-captains Rob Kelly and Dan Terracciano said a few words on behalf of their teammates. Both spoke proudly about their success as well as the privilege of visiting the Statehouse and meeting the governor.

"We have a lot of pride in ourselves, our school and our town," said Kelly. "We had a great season. But we had a lot of help along the way.

"Hopefully, Middletown South can be in this same position next year."

The team and coaching staff stood before the Assembly at the Statehouse in Trenton and received a proclamation from Assemblymen Joe Azzolina of Middletown and Sam Thompson of Matawan for their success over the last two years. The honor comes on the heels of the Eagles' second consecutive NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III state championship in December when the team beat Wall in the state championship game, 14-0. The squad finished the season ranked No. 1 in the Gannett New Jersey Top 20 poll and was the recipient of the Asbury Park Press Rally Top 10 Football Championship Trophy for 2004.

Three from Stark on Big 33 roster - Canton Repository

Three from Stark on Big 33 roster
Friday, February 25, 2005

COLUMBUS — Ryan Brinson, Brian Hartline and Brandon Long will be among the Ohio players named today to the Big 33 game.

Hartline will join nine future Ohio State teammates when the rosters are announced at 10:30 a.m. at Ohio Stadium. The 48th annual game between top players from Ohio and Pennsylvania is July 23 in Hershey, Pa.

Brinson holds McKinley school records for rushing yards in a game (335), season (2,405) and career (4,772). He was named Stark County Player of the Year after leading the Bulldogs to a state runner-up finish in Division I.

Brinson (5-foot-9, 175 pounds) has signed to play at West Virginia.

Long, a 6-3, 230-pound defensive end headed to Michigan State, had 66 tackles with 12 for losses and five sacks in helping GlenOak reach second round of the state playoffs .

Hartline, a 6-3, 190-pound wide receiver and defensive back, will suit up for the first time since going down with a broken leg in the opening game of his senior season.

Hartilne will be one of 10 Ohio State signees to play for the Buckeye State, joining Andre Amos (WR, Middletown), Alex Boone (OL, Lakewood St. Edward), Todd Denlinger (DL, Troy), Fred Lenix (LB, Cleveland Glenville), Jamario O'Neal (DB, Cleveland Glenville), Brian Robiskie (WR, Chagrin Falls), Robby Schoenhoft (QB, Cincinnati St. Xavier), Austin Spitler (LB, Bellbrook) and Lawrence Wilson (DL, St. Vincent-St. Mary).

Also on the Ohio team are Michigan recruits Mario Manningham of Warren Harding and Zoltan Mesko of Twinsburg. In all, 31 of the 34 players on the Ohio roster already have signed to play at Division I-A schools.

The head coach is Steve Channel of Edgewater.

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Ballard Has Five Offers - Rivals PREMIUM

February 25, 2005
Ballard Has Five Offers

Brian Smith
BlueandGold.com *
Jake Ballard will be one of the more highly recruited players from Ohio this year. He's also one of the most versatile talents in the Buckeye State and could provide a number of programs with position flexibility. Many schools are actively recruiting Ballard including the Irish.

O'Neal, Lenix Together Again At Big 33 Event - Rivals PREMIUM

February 25, 2005
O'Neal, Lenix Together Again At Big 33 Event

Mark Rea
BuckeyeSports.com Managing Editor *
Jamario O'Neal and Freddie Lenix have a lot in common. They are both stars on the Cleveland Glenville football and track teams, both signed national letters of intent to play college football at Ohio State, both were named to the North squad of the annual Ohio North-South All-Star Game and both were formally announced Friday as members of the Ohio team for the annual Big 33 Football Classic.

California Receiver Has Ohio Ties - Rivals PREMIUM

February 25, 2005
California Receiver Has Ohio Ties

Chris Nida
BuckeyeSports.com Staff Writer *
In 2005, Ohio State was able to dip into California's fertile talent pool and come away with one of the state's top defensive linemen in Ryan Williams of Mission Viejo. That signing came about in large part because of Williams' Ohio roots. If they so desire, the OSU coaches might be able to mine a similar connection again in 2006. Receiver David Ausberry hasn't lived in Ohio since he was in diapers, and he hasn't returned to the Buckeye State since he was 11, but his father still lives in the Columbus suburb of Blacklick, and his sister recently moved to the area as well.

QB visits OSU, Michigan, and Notre Dame - Rivals PREMIUM

February 25, 2005
QB visits OSU, Michigan, and Notre Dame

Bill Kurelic
BuckeyeSports.com Recruiting Analyst *
This is a very good year for quarterback talent in the state of Ohio. Much attention has centered around Nate Davis, Michael Hartline, and Miles Schlichter. But another quarterback in the Buckeye state is drawing plenty of interest from recruiters too and has already visited Ohio State and Michigan, and is ready for a trip to Notre Dame.

Spring Decision for Ind. RB/DB/LB James Aldridge? - Scout PREMIUM

Spring Decision for Ind. RB/DB/LB James Aldridge?
By Don Hoekwater
Date: Feb 25, 2005

Another offer arrived Thursday for running back James Aldridge of Merrillville, Ind., High School and it has the talented ball-carrier looking to make a decision.
GoBlueWolverine Magazine spoke with the life-long Michigan fan, who talked about the offer and who leads for his services.

Ohio Big 33 Team Meets In Columbus - Scout PREMIUM

Ohio Big 33 Team Meets In Columbus
By Dave Biddle
Date: Feb 25, 2005

Ohio's Big 33 team was introduced at a brunch inside the recruiting room at Ohio Stadium on Friday. The big news of the day was that offensive lineman Alex Boone has decided not to play in the game. We have comments from Boone, Todd Denlinger, Rob Schoenhoft and Jamario O'Neal.

The Big Board: Final Analysis - Scout PREMIUM

The Big Board: Final Analysis
By Steve Helwagen
Date: Feb 25, 2005

In the fifth and final installment of The Big Board, we go inside the numbers and provide breakdowns by position and class for OSU's scholarship status. We also look ahead at what could be in the Class of 2006, already anchored by RB Chris Wells.

Basketball News - Herald News

Basketball News

... Chagrin Falls 68, Jefferson 54

The Tigers jumped out to a 9-0 lead to start the game, widened the lead to 17 at the half and cruised to an easy sectional semifinal win over the Falcons.

Chagrin Falls (8-12) will face fourth-seeded Kenston on Saturday night in a sectional final.

Post players Dan Callahan and Brian Robiskie led the way for Chagrin Falls with 20 and 16 points, respectively. Alex Timmons hit three 3-pointers on his way to ringing up 15 points for the Tigers.

Alex Czayka (10 points), Joe Savel (11) and Bob Reinhard (11) reached double digits for Jefferson (9-12)...