Commitments Give June a Hot Sendoff

Princeton DL and Ohio State commit, Darrion Henry (photo by Greg Shoemaker (

It was a month of furious activity for the Class of 2020 recruits in the TriState Football coverage area. June ended red-hot on the recruiting trails as Princeton DE Darrion Henry announced he was verbally committing to Ohio State. He was the third Viking in the last 30 days to commit. Classmates, OLB Juan Jarrett said his allegiance is with Kansas and DB Elijah Eberhardt will head north to Bowling Green. We are still waiting to see where Princeton standout LB Jaheim Thomas decides to continue his gridiron career.

All the activity started early in June when Fairfield RB Jutahn McClain verbally committed to Kentucky while La Salle K Jake Seibert said Ohio State is the place for his foot. The carpool to Columbus for Seibert and Henry also includes early Buckeyes verbals from Elder OL Jakob James and Princeton OL Parris Johnson. Johnson transferred from St. Xavier so he could enroll at OSU for the Spring semester. Something he could not have done at St. X. James’ teammates, OL Luke Kandra gave the thumbs up to Louisville while TE Joe Royer is weighing his options as a rising commodity amongst Power 5 conference “wooers.”

Mid-American Conference schools got in on the act as well. Lakota West RB David Afari commits to Miami (OH), Fairfield ATH Sawiaha Ellis says yes to Toledo and Highlands LB Brycen Huddleston commits to Eastern Michigan all in the past couple of weeks.

Elder OL Jakob James (photo by Greg Shoemaker/

Here is a look at the area’s Class of 2020 verbal commitments.
David Afari, Lakota West, RB, 5-9.5/198 – Verbally committed to Miami (OH).

Elijah Eberhardt, Princeton, DB, 6-1/175 – Verbally committed to Bowling Green.

Sawiaha Ellis, Fairfield, ATH, 6-2/220 – Verbally committed to Toledo.

Gavin Gerhardt, Xenia, OL, 6-5/250 – Verbally committed to Cincinnati.

Darrion Henry, Princeton, DE, 6-4.5/279 – Verbally committed to Ohio State.

Brycen Huddleston, Highlands, LB, 6-0/210 – Verbally committed to Eastern Michigan.

Jakob James, Elder, OL 6-4/260 – Verbally committed to Ohio State.

Juan Jarrett, Princeton, OLB, 6-2/190 – Verbally committed to Kansas.

Paris Johnson Jr., Princeton, OT, 6-7/290 – Verbally committed to Ohio State.

Luke Kandra, Elder, OG, 6-4/290 – Verbally committed to Louisville.

Michael Mayer, Covington Catholic, TE/DE, 6-5/215 – Verbally committed to Notre Dame.

JuTahn McClain, Fairfield, RB, 5-10/180 – Verbally committed to Kentucky.

DeShawn Pace, Colerain, DB, 6-3/200 – Verbally committed to Cincinnati.

Cameron Porter, La Salle, RB, 5-11/190 – Verbally committed to Northwestern.

Evan Prater, Wyoming, QB, 6-5/190 – Verbally committed to Cincinnati.

Ben Sauls
, Tippecanoe, K/P, 5-11/160 – Verbally committed to Boston College.

Jake Seibert, La Salle, K, 6-0/180 – Verbally committed to Ohio State.

Larry Stephens III, Springfield, WR/ATH, 6-1/183 – Verbally committed to Toledo.

Fairfield RB JuTahn McClain (photo by Justin Sheldon/

Class of 2020 Offers (not committed)
Sammy Anderson, Trotwood-Madison, DB, 6-1/165 – Cincinnati, Bowling Green, Georgia State, Indiana, Michigan & Pitt.

Dayveon Bates, Springfield, DB, 6-2/185 – Air Force, Ball State, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Indiana, Kentucky, Miami (OH), Ohio, Old Dominion & Toledo.

DeMeer Blankumsee, Winton Woods, WR/DB, 6-1/173 – Akron, Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Indiana, Iowa State, Kentucky, Louisville, Missouri, Pitt, Rutgers, Toledo & Wake Forest.

Jaiden Cameron, Northmont, DE, 6-3.5/220 – Ball State, Baylor, Cincinnati, Kent State, Miami (OH), Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio, Pitt & Toledo.

Zierin Exon, Springfield, DE, 6-4/265 – Bowling Green, Eastern Kentucky, Kentucky & Toledo.

Miquan Grace, Winton Woods, DB, 6-0/185 – Ball State, Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Indiana, Kent State, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Rutgers, Toledo & Western Michigan.

MyJaden Horton, La Salle, QB, 6-2/180 – Kentucky & Louisville.

Daved Jones, Lakota West, LB, 6-2/190 – Cincinnati, Colorado, Kentucky, Louisville & Michigan State.

Marshall Lang, St. Xavier, TE, 6-4/225 – Air Force, Akron, Ball State, Central Michigan & Kent State.

Ross Parrish, Anderson, TE, 6-3/220 – Akron & Indiana.

Joe Royer, Elder, TE, 6-5/225 – Arizona State, Ball State, Boston College, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Louisville, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State, Pitt, Rutgers & Toledo.

Tay’Veon Smoot, Springfield, RB, 5-11/235 – Kentucky.

Khaliyal Sowell, Hamilton, ATH, 5-10/165 – Indiana.

Jaheim Thomas, Princeton, OLB, 6-5/210 – Alabama, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Colorado, Duke, FIU, Florida State, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Georgia, Georgia State, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Maryland, Memphis, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Pitt, Purdue, Rutgers, Tennessee, Toledo, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin & West Virginia.

James Thompson, Roger Bacon, OL/DE, 6-3/235 – Akron & Ball State.

Jeff Tolliver, Springfield, ATH, 5-10/170 – Kentucky.

Carrington Valentine, Moeller, DB, 6-0/180 – Boston College, Cincinnati, Duke Indiana, Kent State, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami (OH), Michigan State, Minnesota, Pitt, Purdue, Rutgers, Toledo, Wake Forest, Western Michigan & West Virginia.

Miyan Williams, Winton Woods, RB, 5-11/205 – Boston College, Cincinnati, Iowa State, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Rutgers & Toledo.

EJ Wilson, Xenia, OT, 6-4/290 – Air Force & Colorado.

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