Ra’veion Hargrove, one of the most prolific running backs in area high school history, signed with Bowling Green State University on Wednesday afternoon. He chose the Falcons over Ohio and Eastern Kentucky.
Also signing at Trotwood were linebacker James Parker (Coffeyville, Kansas, CC), receiver Dallas “Swag” Daniels (Arizona Western CC), receiver William “Big Picture” McDaniel (Ashland), quarterback Markell “Bruno” Stephens-Peppers (Malone) and defensive back Ke’wuan Garrett (Urbana).
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Winter snow that blanketed much of the area early Wednesday morning and shut down most schools also disrupted plans for national signing day ceremonies, including Trotwood-Madison, Dunbar and Springfield.
Dunbar’s signing ceremony has been postponed to 3:15 p.m. Thursday at the school. Five Wolverine seniors will sign, althought running back Tavion Thomas also announced on Wednesday that he’ll sign with Cincinnati. A planned visit to Ohio State last weekend was canceled. His final four were Cincinnati, Tennessee, OSU and Oklahoma, which he de-committed from after this past season.
Dunbar receiver Joseph Scates announced he’ll sign with Iowa State.
Springfield’s ceremony also has been postponed until 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the school. The Wildcats’ prized recruit is Leonard Taylor, who signed with UC on Wednesday. His final four also included Louisville, Kentucky and Texas A&M. A quarterback and defensive end, he de-committed from Michigan.
A new early signing period for football made its debut from December 20-22. Many area seniors opted to take advantage, including Wayne receiver L’Christian “Blue” Smith (OSU), defensive end Alex Reigelsperger (Minnesota) and linebacker Antwuan Johnson (Bowling Green).
Among others to sign early were Marion Local defensive lineman John Dirksen (Notre Dame), Belmont defensive back Jadon Rucker-Furlow (Miami), Xenia receiver Meechi Harris (UC), Franklin running back Ryan Franklin (UC) and Sidney running back Isaiah Bowser (Northwestern) and defensive lineman Devan Rogers (Toledo).
But just as many more such as Hargrove, Thomas and Taylor opted to keep their recruitment going.
Hargrove capped an incredible career by being a go-to reason for Trotwood (15-0) winning its second state championship, defeating Dresden Tri-Valley 27-19 in the Division III title game last December at Canton. The Rams also went 15-0 and won a D-II title in 2011.
Hargrove, just 5 feet 7 and 165 pounds, finished runner-up in Ohio’s Mr. Football voting. According to Ohio High School Athletic Association records, his 7,364 career rushing yards ranks No. 7 all-time. He’s tied for ninth all-time with 100 career touchdowns.
As a senior, he rushed for 2,264 yards and scored 34 touchdowns. His breakout season was as a sophomore when he rushed for an all-time area best 3,039 yards and scored 41 touchdowns.
He initially verbally committed to Bowling Green, then de-committed from the Falcons in midseason as a senior.