Junior likely to be school’s first D-I football recruit

Anna High School junior Chandler Cotterman picked up his first offer from Toledo last week. Why is that important? When he signs his letter of intent next February, Cotterman (6-foot-5, 280 pounds) will become the first player from the Shelby County school to earn an NCAA Division I football scholarship.

Toledo is the first college to offer Cotterman, a two-way lineman, but the Rockets won’t be the last.

Michigan State assistant coach Mike Tressel visited Anna recently as did Ohio State assistant Tim Hinton. Illinois has been through too.

Additional schools in contact with Cotterman include Eastern Michigan, Bowling Green, Ball State, Buffalo and Arkansas. Cotterman has been named All-Midwest Athletic Conference on defense and offense each of the last two seasons.

Anna started its football program in 1998 when it fielded just a JV team. The Rockets first varsity season was 2000.Bryan Rioch, former defensive coordinator at Preble Shawnee, has been the program’s head coach since Day 1.

Look for junior Christiaan Williams (5-11, 220) to solicit some recruiting interest as well. Williams is a two-time All-MAC running back.

Heading West: Brookville senior Carsen Alber (6-2, 260) has signed with the University of Indianapolis. Alber played tight end and defensive end for the Blue Devils and looks to play defensive line for the Greyhounds. He was first team All-SWBL Southwestern Division last season.

Green Wave: Greenville junior linebacker Bryce Jenkinson (6-2, 226) picked up his second offer from Kent State. Toledo offered previously.

Jenkinson was first team All-GWOC North last season after making 133 tackles.

Kei Additions: Trotwood-Madison junior defensive back Kei Beckham (6-0, 155) has added offers from Purdue, Cincinnati, Western Michigan and Central Michigan. Those schools join a list that already included Illinois, Akron, Indiana, Kentucky and Minnesota.

Stock Rising: A pair of Alter juniors continue to see their options increase. Defensive lineman Kraig Howe (6-3, 253) was offered by Boston College and Iowa State recently, while defensive back Nick Coleman was offered by Illinois. Howe also holds offers from Illinois, Pitt, Toledo, Miami and Northwestern. Coleman has also been offered by Pitt and Duke.

Nuggets: Fenwick junior linebacker Billy Hinton (6-1, 215) attended Cincinnati’s Junior Day this past weekend…Bellefontaine senior offensive lineman Cam Henry (6-2, 290) has added Wittenberg to schools he’s considering. Others include Ohio Dominican and Case Western…Miamisburg freshman offensive lineman Josh Myers (6-5, 275) added offers from Cincinnati and Tennessee over the weekend.

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