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Grand Offers for the Class of 2018

Fairfield DL Malik Vann (photo by Mike Noyes/TSF)

There are some real gems locally in the Class of 2018 and Big 5 Power Conference college football programs are hot in bidding for their services. Many of these recruits have wonderful options weighing on them. Their decisions on where they land will be pleasantly difficult.

Next season’s seniors include highly courted OL Jack Carman and DL Malik Vann from Fairfield. Dunbar has WR Joe Scates, RB Tavion Thomas who both have offers from Alabama and Ohio State. Also with offers from those two schools are Vann, Carman, Moeller DE Aeneas Hawkins and Wayne WR L’Christian Smith.

This is a really deep and talented group at receiver. The position includes Smith, Scales Xenia’s Meechi Harris, Summit Country Day two-sport star Xavier Johnson along with Xavier Peters from Lakota West. Peters has seen his stock rise dramatically since the season ended.

Several players have already made their verbal commitments. Last week Covington Catholic QB announced his decision to play for head coach Chuck Martin at Miami (OH). Wayne DE Alex Reigelsperger announced Kentucky is home to him. Cincinnati has gotten verbals from a pair of GCL South state champions in OLB/DE Blake Bacevich from St. Xavier and La Salle WR/TE Josh Whyle.

Here is a look at the offers for players from teams covered by TriState Football.

Class of 2018 Offers
Blake Bacevich, St. Xavier, DE, 6-4/215 – Verbally committed to Cincinnati.

St. Xavier LB Blake Bacevich (photo by Mike Noyes/

Brenden Bates, Moeller, TE, 6-5/215 – Cincinnati, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisville, Pitt & Toledo.

Tyler Bentley, Lakota West, DL, 6-2/307 – Alabama, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Indiana, Iowa State, Kentucky, Louisville, Marshall, Maryland, Miami (OH), Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Rutgers, Tennessee, Toledo, Virginia & West Virginia.

Parker Bisek, Ryle, OL, 6-4/275 – Eastern Kentucky, Marshall, Murray State, Ohio & Toledo.

Dan Bolden, Colerain, LB, 6-0/187 – Ball State, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Florida Atlantic, Iowa State, Toledo & Washington State.

Marcus Borden, Walnut Hills, ATH, 5-9/160 – New Mexico State.

Isaiah Bowser, Sidney, RB/SS, 6-1/200 – Cincinnati, Miami (OH), Ohio & Western Michigan.

Kam Butler, Covington Catholic, TE/DE, 6-3/220 – Ball State, Eastern Kentucky, Marshall, Miami (OH), Ohio, Vanderbilt & Western Kentucky.

Jack Carman, Fairfield, OL, 6-6/270 – Alabama, Arkansas, Ball State, Baylor, Boise State, Boston College, Bowling Green, Buffalo, BYU, California, Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Clemson, Colorado, Colorado State, UConn, Duke, Eastern Michigan, East Carolina, Florida, Florida International, Florida Atlantic, Florida State, Fresno State, Georgia, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Georgia Tech, Hawaii, Houston, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas, Kentucky, LSU, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Louisville, Marshall, Maryland, UMass, Memphis, Miami, Miami (OH), Michigan, Michigan State, Middle Tennessee, Minnesota, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Missouri, Navy, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New Mexico State, North Carolina, North Carolina State, North Texas, Northern Illinois, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, ODU, Oregon, Penn State, Tennessee, Toledo, UCLA, Vanderbilt, West Virginia & Wisconsin.

Jack Cravaack, Madeira, TE, 6-5/225 – Army, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Kent State, Toledo, Wake Forest & Yale.

Madeira TE/DE Jack Cravaack (photo by Justin Sheldon/

Jaden Furlow, Belmont, DB, 6-2/175 – Ball State, Eastern Michigan, Miami (OH) & Ohio.

Tate Goodyear, Sycamore, OL/DL, 6-5/270 – Bucknell, Eastern Kentucky, Kent State, Marshall, Kent St, Dartmouth, Harvard & Yale.

Ra’veion Hargrove, Trotwood-Madison, RB, 5-7/165 – Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Ohio & Toledo.

Aeneas Hawkins, Moeller, DL, 6-3/265 – Alabama, Cincinnati, Eastern Michigan, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Iowa, Iowa State, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Pitt, Tennessee, Toledo, UCLA & Vanderbilt.

Meechi Harris, Xenia, WR, 6-2/175 – Ball State, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Iowa, Iowa State, Kent State, Kentucky, Ohio, Purdue, Michigan State, Minnesota, Rutgers, Toledo, West Virginia & Wisconsin.

Jevon Henderson, Centerville, LB, 6-3/265 – Bowling Green, Central Florida, Kent State, Northwestern, Marshall, Miami (OH), Ohio, Toledo & Western Michigan.

Ja’Von Hicks, Colerain, ATH, 6-2/185 – Bowling Green, Cincinnati & Kent State.

Cameron Hoelscher, Springfield, LB, 6-1/210 – Bowling Green, Kentucky, Ohio & Toledo.

Bobby Jefferson, St. Xavier, DE, 6-4/235 – Toledo.

Antwaun Johnson, Dunbar, LB, 6-1/213 – Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan, Oklahoma, Syracuse & Western Virginia.

Xavier Johnson, Summit Country Day, WR/DB/RS, 6-3/220 – Ball State, Cincinnati, Syracuse & Toledo.

AJ Mayer, Covington Catholic, QB, 6-3/190 – Verbally committed to Miami (OH).

Covington Catholic QB AJ Mayer (photo by Mike Noyes/

Eric Miller, Mason, Mason, OT, 6-6/250 – Ohio.

Ryan Montgomery, Franklin, ATH, 5-11/185 – Ball State, Kentucky, Miami (OH) & Toledo

Chris Oats, Winton Woods, LB, 6-4/205 – Cincinnati, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami (OH), Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Pitt & West Virginia.

Mason Parris, Lawrenceburg, LB, 6-3/220 – Ball State & Cincinnati.

Xavier Peters, Lakota West, WR, 6-2/205 – Bowling Green, Georgia, Iowa State, LSU, Maryland, Minnesota, Oregon, Pitt, UCLA & Virginia Tech.

Trevon Poole, Walnut Hills, DT, x-x/xxx – Kent State.

Alex Reigelsperger, Wayne, DE, 6-3/235 – Verbally committed to Kentucky.

Devan Rogers, Sidney, DL, 6-2/285 – Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Iowa State, Kent State, Miami (OH), Rutgers, Syracuse, Toledo & Western Michigan.

L’Christian Smith, Wayne, WR, 6-5/205 – Alabama, Duke, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Rutgers & Tennessee.

Wayne WR L’Christian “Blue” Smith (photo by Greg Shoemaker/

Joseph Scates, Dunbar, ATH, 6-3/176 – Alabama, Ball State, Cincinnati, Indiana, Iowa State, Kentucky, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio, Pitt, Toledo, Vanderbilt & Wake Forrest.

Cecil Singleton, Walnut Hills, WR, 6-2/185 – Ball State, Miami (OH), Ohio & Toledo.

Leonard Taylor, Springfield, TE, 6-5/245 – Cincinnati, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Pitt, Purdue, Rutgers, Tennessee & Virginia.

Tavion Thomas, Dunbar, RB, 6-3/220 – Alabama, Arizona State, Ball State, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Michigan, Ohio, Ohio State, Oregon, Nebraska, Toledo, West Virginia & Wisconsin.

Malik Vann, Fairfield, DE, 6-3/245 – Alabama, Cincinnati, Duke, Florida State, Iowa, Iowa State, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Miami (OH), Michigan State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pitt, Purdue, Rutgers, Tennessee, Toledo, West Virginia & Wisconsin.

Josh Whyle, La Salle, TE, 6-7/212 – Verbally committed to Cincinnati.

Ryan Wichman, CHCA, OL, 6-5/285 – Bowling Green.

Quintin Wilson, Walnut Hills, C, 6-3/293 – Cincinnati & Toledo.

Chase Wolf, St. Xavier, QB, 6-2/185 – Akron, Boston College, Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Iowa State, Kent State, Maryland, Miami (OH), Ohio, Pitt, Rutgers, South Carolina, Temple, Toledo, Western Michigan & Wisconsin.

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