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

Ohio State bound Jakob James (78) and Joe Royer (11) of Elder (photo by Dan Bieneke/

After being shutout in Southwest Ohio a year ago, Ohio State landed six Class of 2020 signees from the Queen City. Michigan came up empty and Michigan State’s pipeline to the area has seemed to dry up. In all, 11 local studs signed with Big 10 schools.

Cincinnati strengthened its defense, adding OPSWA Ohio Division I Defensive Player of the Year, Deshawn Pace and OPSWA Ohio Division III Southwest District Defensive Player of the Year, Sammy Anderson. The Bearcats will also have two former Ohio Mr. Football’s on their roster in junior running back Michael Warren and incoming freshman, Evan Prater.

Here is a look at where the area’s FBS (Division I-A) signees are headed:
Cincinnati: Sammy Anderson, Trotwood-Madison, DB, 6-1/165; Gavin Gerhardt, Xenia, OL, 6-5/250; Daved Jones, Lakota West, LB, 6-2/190; DeShawn Pace, Colerain, DB, 6-3/200; Evan Prater, Wyoming, QB, 6-5/190; Jaheim Thomas, Princeton, OLB, 6-5/210; Ben Blevins, La Salle, DL, 6-2/260 (PWO); Jaxon Smith, Kings, OL, 6-3/270 (PWO); Phil Thomas, Fairfield, CB, 5-10/175 (PWO)
Navy: Jack Haglage, Mason, LB, 6-2/210; Kevin Thibodeaux, Moeller, K, 5-9/190

Big 10
Northwestern: Jaiden Cameron, Northmont, DE, 6-4/210; Marshall Lang, St Xavier, TE, 6-4/225; Cameron Porter, La Salle, RB, 5-11/190
Ohio State: Darrion Henry, Princeton, DE, 6-45/279; Jakob James, Elder, OL 6-4/260; Paris Johnson Jr, Princeton, OT, 6-7/290; Joe Royer, Elder, TE, 6-5/225; Jake Seibert, La Salle, K, 6-0/180; Miyan Williams, Winton Woods, RB, 5-11/205
Rutgers: Miquan Grace, Winton Woods, DB, 6-0/190
Wisconsin: James Thompson, Roger Bacon, OL/DE, 6-3/235 – Wisconsin

Akron: MyJaden Horton, Princeton, QB, 6-2/180; Juan Jarrett, Princeton, OLB, 6-2/190
Bowling Green: Elijah Eberhardt, Princeton, DB, 6-1/175
Eastern Michigan: Brycen Huddleston, Highlands, LB, 6-0/210
Miami: David Afari, Lakota West, RB, 5-95/198; Jason Morton, Lawrenceburg, OL, 6-8/295; Dalton Norris, Talawanda, LB, 6-2/217 (PWO)
Toledo: DeMeer Blankumsee, Winton Woods, WR/DB, 6-1/173; Sawiaha Ellis, Fairfield, ATH, 6-2/220; Larry Stephens III, Springfield, WR/ATH, 6-1/183

Kentucky: JuTahn McClain, Fairfield, RB, 5-10/180; Carrington Valentine, Moeller, DB, 6-0/180

Boston College: Ben Sauls, Tippecanoe, K/P, 5-11/160; Matthew Rueve, St. Xavier, QB, 6-4/190
Louisville: Luke Kandra, Elder, OG, 6-4/290
Notre Dame: Michael Mayer, Covington Catholic, TE/DE, 6-5/215

Army: Camden O’Gara, Wyoming, LB, 6-2/225; Davis Wulf, Clinton-Massie, OL, 6-3/265

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