Brown in mix for Tipp’s Prall

The Brown University Bears have one former Tippecanoe player named Jacob on the roster. Could they land a second?

Athlete Jakob Prall (6 feet 1, 178 pounds) enters his senior season at Tipp this fall as one of the Miami Valley’s top prospects. Prall could play receiver, returner and/or defensive back in college depending where he lands.

Jacob Hall, the Red Devils’ all-time leading rusher, hopes Prall comes to Brown. Hall will be a sophomore next season.

Prall will have options.

In addition to Brown, reps from Yale, Dartmouth and Harvard have been to the Miami County school. So have some Division I coaches.

Prall has been invited to work out at North Carolina State in mid-June and Illinois has recently shown interest. Marshall has been his most aggressive suitor. Prall visited a Thundering Herd spring practice and also made stops at Lehigh and William & Mary.

Other schools that have stopped at Tipp are Kent State, Bowling Green, Ohio, Toledo, Navy, Youngstown State, Dayton, Marist, Davidson, Tiffin, Indianapolis and Ashland.

Prall plans to attend about eight camps this summer and hopes to have his decision wrapped up before the season starts. He wants to study engineering or business.

A first team All-Central Buckeye Conference running back last year, Prall ran for 1,001 yards, had 543 yards receiving and accounted for 20 touchdowns (including five on punt and kickoff returns).

• Dunbar junior Terrance Landers (6-5, 180) appears to be the next big-time City League prospect. A relatively raw football player who excels in basketball, Landers projects as a wide receiver. He currently holds football offers from Iowa, Ball State, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Miami, Ohio and Toledo.

Last season Landers caught 39 passes for 927 yards and 12 touchdowns.

• Another area receiver to watch is Centerville junior Nate Richmond (6-3, 180). He doesn’t have any offers to date but that should change this summer. A second team All-Greater Western Ohio Conference pick last year, he caught 29 passes for 402 yards and seven scores.

• Chaminade Julienne junior lineman Jeffery Pooler (6-4, 270) has committed to Maryland. Pooler also had offers from Air Force, Bowling Green, Connecticut, Ohio, Toledo and Western Michigan.

• Centerville junior linebacker Adam Hensley (6-3, 225) has added Connecticut to an offer list that includes Air Force, Ball State, Bowling Green, Illinois, Miami, Ohio, Toledo and West Virginia.

• Since Wayne quarterback Messiah DeWeaver committed to Michigan State (on April 22), the Spartans have picked up verbals from five more Ohioans – Leipsic OL Gavin Cupp (6-5, 270), Benedictine WR Justin Layne (6-3, 180), St. Xavier TE Noah Davis (6-5, 230), Hoban LB Jonah Morris (6-4, 196) and Berea-Midpark LB Joe Bachle (6-2, 225).

Alter faithful will remember Layne from last year’s Divison IV state final (48-yard interception return for TD in 21-14 defeat of the Knights). In all, over half (seven) of Michigan State’s 12 current commits for 2016 are from Ohio.

• Despite being committed to Kentucky, in-state rival Louisville has extended an offer to Springfield junior DL Kordell Looney (6-4, 280). Louisville also offered Springfield freshman LB Antwuan Johnson (6-1, 205). Johnson also holds an offer from … Kentucky.

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