Dunbar head football coach Darran Powell (left) watches junior QB Jamar Walker unload a pass during practice this season. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF
Photo: Staff Writer
Photo: Staff Writer

Recruiting roundup: Lakota West prospects see Louisville, UK visits planned, Dunbar football making its mark

This week in our recruiting roundup we start – where else? – but Dunbar High School.

The Wolverines have been dominating the early 2018 recruiting cycle, producing the area’s first commit and now the hottest.

We talked to Dunbar coach Darran Powell after he took his team to the Best of the Midwest camp in Indianapolis, and he sounded understandably proud of the continued growth of the program in his fifth year at the helm.

"We're not the powerhouse yet, but we are on our way up,” he said, acknowledging the Wolverines athletics teams owe most of their current notoriety to a basketball program that has won four state championships under Pete Pullen and five overall.

"I think we're more established in basketball right now, but we're definitely concentrating on getting people into the football spirit, on the football bandwagon as well, especially these last couple years with a couple of guys getting D-1 offers. That opens some things up." 

The man of the moment from Dunbar is Tavion Thomas, a four-star junior running back who has been piling up offers fast this month.

Oregon and Michigan offered Thomas this week after Ohio State did so over the weekend. Georgia and Alabama were among the group to extend offers to him last week.

"I don't think I saw it coming this fast,” Powell said. “I think I realized it was for real when Alabama offered him even before Ohio State offered him. After that I realized he could go anywhere in the country." 

Thomas was named the MVP among running backs at the camp in Indy, and Scout.com also praised the work of Joseph Scates, a four-star receiver who has already committed to Michigan State. 

He told Scout he remains firm with the Spartans despite continued recruiting efforts by Ohio State, Penn State, Pitt and Alabama.

Aside from those two, linebacker Antwuan Johnson (a former Michigan commit) is also on the radar of many Division I schools…

Those guys aren’t the only Dayton Public Schools prospects for the class of 2018.

Jadon Rucker-Furlow, a cornerback from Belmont, told Scout he has offers from Toledo, Ohio and Miami University while he is hearing from Cincinnati and Michigan State…

Over in the GWOC, Wayne has plenty of prospects again while Springfield hopes to continue its rise.

Wayne receiver L’Christian “Blue” Smith added an offer from Minnesota in both football and basketball this week.

He was part of a big group, including Warriors teammate/defensive end Alex Reigelsperger, who visited Cincinnati last weekend, and Sidney running back Isaiah Bowser. 

Elsewhere in the league, Springfield linebacker Cameron Hoelscher picked up his fourth offer, this one from Western Michigan, and Xenia receiver Meechi Harris added Rutgers to his growing list. 

Hoelscher already had offers from Kentucky, Bowling Green and Toledo, while Harris’ 13 offers include Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, West Virginia and Cincinnati. 

Not to be forgotten: Trotwood-Madison running back Ra’veion Hargrove keeps adding offers, most recently Youngstown State and Miami University.

The RedHawks also extended an offer to Sidney defensive lineman Devan Rogers, who also picked up an offer from Western Michigan…

Offers continue rolling in for some prospects at Lakota West.

Oregon offered linebacker Xavier Peters while Virginia invited defensive lineman Tyler Bentley to be a Cavalier.

Bentley tweeted Thursday he is planning a visit to Kentucky this week after checking out Louisville last weekend with Peters and sophomore Steve Faucheux. 

And elsewhere in the GMC, defensive end Malik Vann also made the short trip from Fairfield to the UC junior day last weekend. 

And finally, another newcomer to our list: Mason’s Eric Miller has been offered by Ohio University. 

We work to round up all the offers, visits and updates every week, but with so many prospects in the area, we’re bound to miss a few. Let us know if we do at marcus.hartman@coxinc.com.