Maurice Thomas, RB, Talawanda
A fourth-year junior, Thomas has run for 502 yards for the Red and White and was a third-team All-MAC pick in 2016 before having most of last season wiped out by injury.
“He’s getting bigger, getting big and strong. Very fast. We thought he was really going to have his breakout year last year then got hurt at Cincinnati and didn’t play the rest of the season.”
Jarrett LaRubbio, OL, Lakota East
A fourth-year junior who spent one year at Kentucky, LaRubbio started eight games up front last season and was named the team’s offensive newcomer of the year.
“We’re counting on him again to be in our top five up front and to play a lot of snaps for us. He’s physical, tough, hard-nosed, plays the game you love to see in the trenches.”
Dean Lemon, DL, Alter
The 2014 GCL Defensive Lineman of the Year has had injury problems so far in his three years at Miami, playing only nine games (none last year).
“We were hoping he would be an impact player for us last year. He’s healthy right now. Dean’s got a lot of ability. He’s just been nicked up throughout his career. If he can stay healthy, we think he can be really productive at D-end.”
Ja’don Rucker-Furlow, DB, Belmont
The newest area RedHawk, Rucker-Furlow is an incoming freshman with a lot of upside.
“He’s obviously a great basketball player who has only played a little bit of football. He really came on last year.
“Length. Ball skill. Speed. He’s very raw. He’s going to have to learn how to play the game. Once he does, we think he’s going to be a really good player.”
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