Wednesday, May 27, 2009

TOP PREP CORNERBACK HAS BUCKEYES IN HIS CROSSHAIRS


The last prep cornerback to come out of the state of Florida with Lamarcus Joyner's type of skills was a guy named Deion "Primetime" Sanders.

Joyner, a 5-9, 170-pound ball hawk from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is the top rated cornerback in the nation (class of 2010) according to several scouting services and has offers on the table from Ohio State, Florida State, Florida, USC, Georgia and Tennessee.

But as of right now, it appears that he's really down to just two schools — (Deion's alma mater) Florida State and The Ohio State University. Scout.com has OSU rated as Joyner's leader.

The St. Thomas Aquinas player — who transferred in from Miami Southwest High School this spring — is a freak of an athlete, being clocked at 4.34 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the Scout.com Prep Combine in Miami. He's also listed as having just two-percent body fat.

According to his former coach at Southwest High, Patrick Burrows, Joyner is a pure football player. "If he played wide receiver, he'd be the No. 1 receiver in the nation," Burrows said in an interview with the Miami Herald. "If he played running back, he'd be top five. Right now, he's the No. 1 corner."

Aquinas head coach, George Smith, compared Joyner's abilities to that of former Florida star athlete and 2009 NFL first round pick, Percy Harvin.

Joyner stated that he will take his first "official" visit to Ohio State during the weekend of the USC game in September — making that much anticipated match-up with the Trojans even more meaningful.

Joyner has visited the campus already, though. He was in attendance at this year's OSU spring game.

The south Florida product said that he is interested in going "away" to college, "I've been in Miami for 18 years," Joyner told the Miami Herald. "I want to go away, experience life, grow as a person and mature."

Well, Columbus is definitely "getting away," and there's no better way to grow and mature as a person than under the great tutelage of Buckeyes head coach, Jim Tressel.

Monday, May 25, 2009

THE NEXT TERRELLE PRYOR?

Wayne High School (Huber Heights, Ohio) quarterback, Braxton Miller, is already being compared to some of the best quarterbacks to ever grace the prep gridiron — and he's only going to be a junior this fall.

Yes, he has even been compared to current OSU quarterback, Terrelle Pryor.

The 6-2, 200-pounder — who's still getting bigger — has been shaking up the college football recruiting world ever since he stepped onto the field in his first game as a freshman in the 2007 season.
Miller substituted Wayne's starting quarterback during the 2007 season opener — against Ohio powerhouse Cincinnati Colerain — in the second half and instantly dazzled the crowd and the Cardinals defense for 149 yards on 10-of-15 passing.

Not too bad for a kid that was playing junior high ball just a season prior.

Miller was named the starter after that opening game and led Wayne to an 8-1 record the rest of the way, in arguably the toughest region of high school football in the country.

Last season, Miller looked well on his to living up to the hype, leading his team to a 5-0 record to start the season, including a big win over Illinois powerhouse and eventual state champion, East St. Louis, in the Kirk Herbstreit Classic in Cincinnati.

However, in a Week 6 matchup with Clayton Northmont, Miller injured his ankle and was forced to miss the rest of the season. Wayne won just three of their last seven games without Miller.

Miller's unfortunate injury didn't scare away the scouts though, as Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel offered the sophomore quarterback a scholarship a few weeks after suffering the devastating injury.

Miller stated that Tressel told him that he wanted the Huber Heights-native "to be Terrelle Pryor's successor." Now that's saying a lot about a kid who hasn't even had an opportunity to attend his high school prom.

I have seen what Miller can do first hand and his abilities are mind blowing.

First, Miller's mechanics are near flawless, as his quick release isn't something that usually accompanies such a young player. In fact, Miller's passing abilities are already further along than that of Pryor. Also, his running ability is ultra-impressive as well — extremely Pryor-like.

But, the most mind-boggling aspect about Miller is his leadership skills. It is apparent from the moment you see him play that he is in charge of the offense — and the entire team for that matter.
Now that's Pryor to a T.

Miller's skills are well beyond his years.

Ohio State isn't the only college football power already in love with Miller. Florida, Tennessee, Miami (Fla.), West Virginia are just a few of the schools looking into Miller's services and talents.

However, Miller seems to be a huge OSU lean right now.

Not only was he decked out in Ohio State gear during Wayne's state playoff game against Cincinnati Woodward last November, but his cousin is former Buckeyes star wide receiver, Dee Miller.

According to an interview with the Columbus Dispatch last fall, Dee Miller said that his cousin is a born Buckeye.

"Oh, he loves Ohio State," Dee Miller told the Dispatch. "Since he was a little kid he has been excited about Ohio State.

"And at the end of the day, he'll probably be a Buckeye."

To definitely be continued ...

Sunday, May 24, 2009

BUCKEYES, WOLVERINES IN ANOTHER 'HUGE' BATTLE

Seantrel Henderson, the nation's No. 1 prep football prospect for the class of 2010 — according to Rivals.com — has already received offers from every elite program in the country.

Ohio State, Notre Dame, Florida, USC — and yes, Michigan — are just a few of the programs salivating over the possibility of having this mountain of man anchor their respective offensive lines.

The huge 6-8, 300-pound tackle from St. Paul, Minnesota, has generated quite a buzz throughout the national scouting circles, being compared with the likes of former Buckeyes star Orlando Pace and former Baltimore Ravens' great Jon Ogden, because of his great athleticism and dominating style of play.

So who's Henderson's early leader? As of right now, the big man says 'that school up north' leads the pack.

In an interview with the Detroit Free-Press, Henderson commented on his visit to Michigan by saying that he "loved ... more than any other college I've been to so far."

Now, before Buckeye fans begin to panic, Henderson has yet to visit Columbus. He said he intends to take his tour at OSU sometime this summer.

Umm ... you know, September 12 is considered summer. Could he be coming in for a visit when USC rolls into town for the primetime tilt with the Buckeyes? If so, the electricity generated from the national title-like atmosphere could be the determining factor.

The Buckeyes have already received a verbal commitment from Andrew Norwell (Anderson H.S./Cincinnati, Ohio), the No. 2 rated offensive tackle in the nation for the class of 2010 according to Scout.com.