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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/TriStateFootball.com)

Brenden Bates, Moeller, TE, 6-5/215 – Verbally committed to Kentucky.

Tyler Bentley, Lakota West, DL, 6-2/307 – Verbally committed to Kentucky.

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

Seth Blackwell, Walnut Hills, 6-4/225 – Army.

Dan Bolden, Colerain, LB, 6-1/235 – Army, Ball State, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Florida Atlantic, Iowa State, Purdue, Toledo & Washington State.

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

Isaiah Bowser, Sidney, RB/SS, 6-1/200 – Verbally committed to Northwestern.

Kam Butler, Covington Catholic, TE/DE, 6-3/237 – Verbally committed to Miami (OH).

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 – Verbally committed to Purdue.

Jaden Rucker-Furlow, Belmont, DB, 6-2/175 – Verbally committed to Miami (OH).

Tate Goodyear, Sycamore, OL/DL, 6-5/270 – Air Force, Albany, Brown, Bucknell, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Colorado State, Dartmouth, Eastern Kentucky, Harvard, Iowa State, Kent State, Marshall, Kent St, Dartmouth, Harvard & Yale.

Zaid Hamdan, Mason, DL, 5-11/260 – Eastern Michigan.

Ra’veion Hargrove, Trotwood-Madison, RB, 5-7/165 – Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Kent State, Miami (OH), 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 – Ball State, Bowling Green, Central Florida, Colorado State, Duke, Kent State, Northwestern, Marshall, Miami (OH), Ohio, Toledo & Western Michigan.

Ja’Von Hicks, Colerain, ATH, 6-2/185 – Verbally committed to Cincinnati.

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

Christian Hutchinson, Mason, WR, 6-2/195 – Verbally committed to Navy.

Bobby Jefferson, St. Xavier, DE, 6-3/235 – Ball State & 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, 6-3/210 – Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Iowa State, Kent State, Miami (OH) & Toledo.

Peyton Knippenberg, Conner, OL, 6-4/280 – Eastern Kentucky, Morehead State, Murray State, Southeast Missouri State, Tennessee-Martin, Tennessee Tech & Youngstown State

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

Jack McCrory, Springfield Shawnee, LB, 6-2/220 – Verbally committed to Ohio.

Eric Miller, Mason, Mason, OT, 6-6/250 – Verbally committed to Purdue.

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

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

Mason Parris, Lawrenceburg, LB, 6-3/220 – Army, Ball State, Cincinnati, Colgate, Eastern Michigan, Indiana State, Navy & Southern Illinois.

Xavier Peters, Lakota West, WR, 6-2/205 – Bowling Green, Georgia, Iowa State, LSU, Maryland, Minnesota, Oregon, Pitt, Texas, UCLA, USC & 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 – Verbally committed to Toledo.

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

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

Alden Simms, Alter, LB, 6-2/210 – Air Force & Indiana State.

Cecil Singleton, Walnut Hills, WR, 6-2/185 – Verbally committed to Miami (OH).

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

Tavion Thomas, Dunbar, RB, 6-3/220 – Verbally committed to Oklahoma.

Colin Thurman, Moeller, RB, 5-11/200 – Brown, Holy Cross & Navy.

Malik Vann, Fairfield, DE, 6-3/245 – Verbally committed to Cincinnati.

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

Ryan Wichmann, CHCA, OL, 6-5/285 – Bowling Green, Brown, Dartmouth, Holy Cross, Mercer & Toledo.

Quintin Wilson, Walnut Hills, C, 6-3/293 – Akron, Ball State, Boston College, Cincinnati, UConn, Duke, Harvard, Kent State, Kentucky, Miami (OH), Minnesota, Ohio, Rutgers, Temple, Toledo, Virginia & Western Michigan.

Chase Wolf, St. Xavier, QB, 6-2/185 – Verbally committed to Wisconsin.

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