As college football recruiting continues to percolate in the Dayton/Springfield/Middletown area, we’re doing our best to stay on top of it all. Here are some of the biggest developments of the past week.
This time a week ago, one area player had issued a verbal commit for 2018. That is still the number, but it’s a different prospect.
Wayne defensive end Alex Reigelsperger committed to Kentucky, helping coach Mark Stoops continue a recent trend of hitting southwest Ohio hard on the trail.
Reigelsperger is a three-star prospect at this point, but he could be in line for a bump at some point considering how much attention he has garnered from major schools (other offers include Wisconsin, West Virginia, Pitt, Duke, Rutgers and UC).
Not surprisingly, there are indications Reigelsperger would like to bring teammate L’Christian “Blue” Smith, a four-star receiver prospect, with him to Lexington.
Stoops has also offered local 2018 prospects Tavion Thomas, Antwuan Johnson and Joseph Scates of Dunbar, Leonard Taylor and Cameron Hoelscher of Springfield, Jackson Carman and Malik Vann of Fairfield, Meechi Harris of Xenia, John Dirksen of Marion Local and Xavier Peters and Tyler Bentley of Lakota West.
Last year, Kentucky signed seven players from Ohio, including Mason defensive end Alex King.
The Wildcats’ 2016 class included Kordell Looney of Springfield, Justin Rigg of Springboro, Roland Walder of Trotwood-Madison and Tobias Gilliam of Wayne…
The area still has only one verbal commit because Scates re-opened his recruiting after getting an offer from Alabama last weekend.
Scates, a four-star receiver, verballed to Michigan State in early February but has since seen his profile rise.
As we detailed earlier this week, Scates and Thomas are part of a major push into the region by the Crimson Tide.
“It’s really crazy that they offered me and my boy Joe,” Thomas told SEC Country. “This is his dream school since he was a little kid. I saw his face when Alabama offered him, and he was so, so, so happy. He couldn’t even say a word. We ran out of his room yelling. We are really brothers. We really have to work for greatness now.”
Nick Saban has already offered five area players – Scates, Thomas, Smith, Vann and Carman – after offering only one last year (Ohio State signee Josh Myers of Miamisburg).
The five offers to area prospects this year are one more than Alabama gave out total from 2012-17…
Another area receiver who wears blue and white on Friday nights continues to sizzle on the recruiting trail: Meechi Harris.
The Xenia receiver visited Michigan State last weekend and was surprised with a scholarship offer from coach Mark Dantonio’s Spartans.
Harris also added an offer from Kentucky this week and received an invitation to UnderArmour’s camp in Cincinnati next month.
Ohio State coaches have asked Harris, who is also a standout return man, to visit next week when the Buckeyes begin spring practice.
He visited OSU for a junior day in January, but he hasn’t secured an offer from Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes yet…
Elsewhere in the GWOC, Centerville defensive lineman Jevon Henderson is already up to almost 10 offers.
So far Northwestern, Cincinnati, Miami University, Western Michigan, Bowling Green, Kent State, Toledo and Ohio have all invited Henderson to join their programs.
Henderson, who had 52 tackles and five sacks last season for the Elks, has attended Junior Days in Oxford and Athens with visits to West Virginia and Northwestern scheduled for March…
Linebacker Xavier Peters of Lakota West has a busy weekend ahead.
The four-star linebacker is planning to visit Ohio State today with a trip to Kentucky on tap for Saturday.
His recent offers include Wisconsin, Tennessee and Indiana...
And finally, ready for a blast from the past? Solomon Enis, a three-star receiver from Pheonix, Ariz., reports recently picking up an offer from Penn State.
Why do we care about a three-star receiver from Phoenix picking up an offer from Penn State? Because he is the son of former Nittany Lions star Curtis Enis, a Mississinawa Valley grad and former coach...
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