21 August 2011
I want to stay on the subject of 2013 players. Introduce you to a few more of the players we will be talking about a lot this time next year.
Jacob Matuska, Ath, 6-5, 240, Hartley. ( http://www.scoutingohio.com/index.php/view-profile.html?task=userProfile&user=7765&name=moose82 )
Elite football player. Most of the talk is about him as a tight end but when I see a 6-5 240 lb kid so athletic that the coach plays him in space on defense, he is a defensive end for me. Buckeye fans should not get excited about him. The early buzz is he is Notre Dames for the taking.
Jarrod Clements 6-3, 235, Dayton Dubar ( http://www.scoutingohio.com/index.php/view-profile.html?task=userProfile&user=7167&name=jclements1203 )
Jarrod Clements belongs in the conversation about who is best defensive end in the class of 2013. Yes, I said that. He is as good a football player as Taco Charlton. He is as good a football player as Jake Butt. He is not the better prospect. That is why you are not hearing that much about him. Clements is a test case for why measurables and the consideration for growth matter so much in recruiting. Charlton and Butt are great players but so is Clements but Clements is not 6-6. He is likely to end up sliding down to tackle. Clements already has an offer from Toledo.
Justin Crull, 6-0 180, Kings ( http://www.scoutingohio.com/index.php/view-profile.html?task=userProfile&user=6766&name=JustinCrull30 )
I have mentioned this kid before. Do not sleep on Justin Crull. He lit up the combine circuit. He scored a 271 at the Cleveland Under Armour Combine, tops for DBs at that combine and that 271 was one of the top 5 DB's scores for 2013 DBs nationally. He had a 4.23 pro aility at the Cincinnati Next Level combine. Laser timed 4.67 forty at Baltimore. Watch how often he is around the ball and how often he gets his hands on the ball in his film. Somebody is going to get a really good football player in Crull.
Grant Cartwright, 6-4, 220, Olentangy Liberty ( http://www.scoutingohio.com/index.php/view-profile.html?task=userProfile&user=5819&name=grantcartwright25 )
As soon as I see this kid I think of that line Jon Gruden uses, "take him and find 3 or 4 things for him to do." He just might be a middle linebacker in college but I look at that long lean frame and I see an athletic kid that runs very well. I would move him out to end. Take a look at him out there. He looks almost thin right now. I think he is going to get a lot bigger. Probably get to end sized anyway.
Jason Tretter, 6-7, 270, OL, Revere ( http://www.scoutingohio.com/index.php/view-profile.html?task=userProfile&user=7742&name=JTretter )
He is not up there with Bill Price and Evan Lisle yet but Tretter has a great frame, an impressive wingspan and he moves pretty well for a high school sophmore. I am very much looking forward to his junior film.
Devon Edwards 6-5, 230, Ath, Eastmoor ( http://www.scoutingohio.com/index.php/view-profile.html?task=userProfile&user=6778&name=devo1990%40gmail.com )
I list him as an athlete because as athletic as he is the consensus is Edwards will never play tight end. He is headed for the defensive line or offensive line. He is just that big framed. Someone needs to get in his ear. Tell him that defensive ends and offensive tackles make a lot more money than tight ends.
Ben Gedeon 6-3, 220, LB, Hudson ( http://www.scoutingohio.com/index.php/view-profile.html?task=userProfile&user=4573&name=BenGedeon )
Gedeon is a mystery to me. He has a very high end early offer list with Michigan, Penn State,Tenn essee and Boston College offering him. I see a film of him playing quarterback, running back and even as a receiver but his offers are as a linebacker and I see exactly 2 plays of him as a linebacker on his film, neither anything that would make me say he is an early offer player for programs of that caliber. I need to see more film before I can say but his offer list makes a player fans need to be aware of. They saw something that got them excited.
Darrien Howard, 6-0, 250, Chaminade-Julienne ( http://www.scoutingohio.com/index.php/view-profile.html?task=userProfile&user=3319&name=Howard47 )
I have to mention Darrien Howard. He was someone fans got familiar with early on. That is because he is such a great football player. College coaches will say the same thing. Then they will say, what do I do with him? Howard is the tweener of tweeners. He is listed at 6-2 and 235-240. He is closer to 6-0 and over 250. He is going to get bigger but is he going to get big enough to be a down lineman?
Miles McCallum, ( http://www.scoutingohio.com/index.php/view-profile.html?task=userProfile&user=6357&name=sportsmiles )
High motor and an explosive first step. Runs well and does a great job of finding the ball. If he had better measurables the Big Five would be giving him a hard look. They still might.
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