Where They’re Headed – Division I-A, FBS

Colerain OL Rusty Feth (photo by Greg Shoemaker/

The balance of power has shifted when it comes to recruiting in Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky. Cincinnati and Miami made out like bandits corralling local talent from the Class of 2019. Cincinnati continues to add depth across the board and if the Bearcats Preferred Walk-ons (all game changers in high school) pan out, in a few years this could be a special group. Miami didn’t waste a lot of gas driving down Route 27 to pick up a Mount Healthy Owl and three Colerain Cardinals, including the Ohio Division I Defensive Player of the Year, Ivan Pace Jr.

Ohio State came up empty in Southwest Ohio on National Signing Day(s). Michigan knocked it out of the park, landing three prized recruits out of the Buckeyes backyard. Just eight local studs signed with Big 10 schools.

Here is a look at where the area’s FBS (Division I-A) signees are headed:
Cincinnati: Jonathan Allen, Dunbar, OL, 6-6/285; Justin Harris, Wayne, CB, 6-0/190; Brody Ingle, La Salle, LB, 6-1/215; Ra’Heim Moss, Springfield, LB, 6-1/178; Eric Phillips, Colerain, DE, 6-3/280; Bryant Johnson, Butler, WR, 6-5/195 (PWO); Ryan Mullaney, Moeller, LB, 6-2/235 (PWO);  JJ Davis Colerain, RB, 5-9/175 (PWO)
Navy: Dylan Jones, Lakota West, WR, 6-1/180; Zach Kuhlman, Roger Bacon, WR, 6-3/195; Nick Straw, Lebanon, LB, 6-3/215

Northmont DE Gabe Newburg (photo by Greg Shoemaker/

Big 10
Indiana: Luke Lane, Lebanon, OL, 6-3/270 (PWO)
Iowa: Jestin Jacobs, Northmont, OLB, 6-3/210
Maryland: Anthony Booker, Winton Woods, DE, 6-4/255
Michigan: Eric All, Fairfield, TE, 6-4/225; Zach Carpenter, Moeller, OL, 6-5/310; Gabe Newburg, Northmont, DE, 6-5/230     Michigan
Minnesota: Michael Brown-Stephens, Springfield, WR, 5-11/178
Northwestern: Connor Foster, Milford, TE, 6-6/270
Purdue: Steve Faucheux, Lakota West, DL, 6-4/272

Akron: Jared Uran, La Salle, LB, 6-2/194
Ball State: Seth Schmidt, Clinton-Massie, OL, 6-6/250; Matt Phillips, Clinton-Massie, OL, 6-3/275 (PWO)
Bowling Green: Nick Niehoff, Mason, WR, X-X/XXX, (PWO)
Eastern Michigan: Alex Merritt, Moeller, OG, 6-3/260
Miami: Luke Bolden, Colerain, LB, 6-2/228; Jack Coldiron, Covington Catholic, TE, 6-5/215; Rusty Feth, Colerain, OL, 6-5/315; Syncere Jones, Colerain, ATH, 6-1/185; Ivan Pace Jr., Colerain, LB, 6-0/220; Lonnie Phelps, Mount Healthy, DL, 6-3/235; Max Wynn, Centerville, LB, 6-2/220; Brendan Beattie, Kings, LB, 5-11/198, (PWO)
Ohio: Kyle Kelly, Newport Catholic Central, LB, 6-1/200; Joe Oakes, Indian Hill, OL, 6-3/260
Toledo: Justin Stephens, Trotwood-Madison, TE, 6-7/235; Chris’Seon Stringer, Taft, WR, 6-3/180; Natron Webster, Loveland, DB, X-X/XXX, Toledo (PWO)
Western Michigan: Jacob Gideon, Ryle, OL, 6-3/275

Springfield DB Moses Douglass the 2018 Dayton TSF DPOY. (photo courtesy of

Kentucky: Moses Douglass, Springfield, DB, 6-2/200; Isaiah Gibson, Springfield, DL, 6-4/300
Missouri: Connor Bazelak, Alter, QB, 6-3/207
Tennessee: Michal Bittner, Elder, QB, 6-2/200 (PWO)

Big 12
West Virginia: Jalen Thornton, Indian Hill, DE, 6-3/242

Conference USA
Florida International: Joseph Hocker, Deer Park, TE, 6-6/235
Marshall: Josh Anderson, New Richmond, ATH, 5-11/185

Mountain West
Air Force: Hayden Bullock, Bellbrook, OL, 6-3/280

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