Freshmen of Influence: Class of 2025

Wayne QB Tyrell Lewis (photo by Shelby Frieszell/

They are going to be around for the next three seasons. If their freshman years are an indication of what is to come this is going to be one amazing group of freshmen to follow throughout their careers.

Here is a look at some the top players and performers in the Class of 2025:

Tyrell Lewis, Wayne, QB, 6-0/175 – It takes a special individual to be a starting quarterback as a freshman in the GWOC. Lewis answered the call without reservation throwing for 1,163 yards, running for 111 yards and accounting for 13 touchdowns (11 pass, two rush). He has an offer from Eastern Kentucky.

Dorian Brew, Northmont, DB – Hasn’t made his mark yet on the field but Brew is catching everyone’s eyes at camp. He has offers from Kentucky and Toledo.

Jackson Heims, Springfield, DE, 6-1/190 – A starter on one of the best defenses in the state in 2021. Heims tallied 63 total tackles and three-and-a half sacks. He has an offer from Kentucky.

Springfield DL Jackson Heims (photo by Shelby Frieszell/

Trey Verdon
, Hamilton, DL – The Verdon family is the gift that keeps on giving and Trey is the latest of those presents. He was in on 36 total tackles, had one-and-a-half sacks and a fumble recovery.

Luka Gilbert
, Lakota West, TE – This should be a breakout sophomore campaign. The 6-foot-7, 205-pound Gilbert will be a monster target in the red zone. He has an offer from Kentucky.

Tucker Kattus, St. Xavier, OL – Great family lineage with father Eric (Michigan) and brother Josh (Kentucky). The 6-foot-5, 260-pound Kattus picked up his first offer from Kentucky this offseason.

Keymaurie Boykin
, Chaminade Julienne, LB – A relentless motor Boykin was named Second Team All-GCL Co-ed after tallying 65 total tackles and forcing a fumble.

Gavin Connor, Alter, QB – Took over the Knights starting quarterback job in Week 3 and never looked back. Connor threw for 870 yards, ran for 144 yards and accounted for nine touchdowns (eight pass, one run).

Alter QB Gavin Connor (photo by Shelby Frieszell/

Raphael Greene, Winton Woods, OL – A behemoth of a young man, the 6-foot-6, 340-pound Greene will be one of the top o-linemen in the country by the time he is a junior. He has offers from Kentucky and Miami (OH).

Chris Loos, Harrison, DL, 6-2/240 – Ended the year as the centerpiece of the Wildcats defensive line. The 6-foot-2, 240-pound Loos recorded 42 total tackles on his way to Second Team All SWBL honors.

Harrison DL Chris loos (photo by Greg Shoemaker/

Gunnar Stephan, Xenia, OL – He helped the Bucs to a 5-4 record. Stephan was named OPSWA Division II Honorable Mention All-Southwest District.

Gavin McManus, Xenia, QB – Thrown into the fire right away. McManus threw for 1,345 yards and nine touchdowns in his Bucs debut.

Julius Spradling, Sidney, WR/DB/RS – A little stick of dynamite. Sidney fans are going to enjoy watching the explosive Spradling over the next three campaigns. He racked up 565 all-purpose yards, had 14 receptions for 225 yards, averaged 33.3 on seven kickoff returns and found the end zone twice (one rec, one KR) for the Yellow Jackets.

Sidney WR/DB/RS Julius Spradling (photo from

Trimonde Henry, Xenia, DB – Tied for third in interceptions in the MVL with three picks. Henry had an 85-yard pick-six against West Carrollton.

Junior Kreager, Franklin, WR/DB – Led the Wildcats with seven receptions for 156 yards and two touchdowns. He was named Second Team All-SWBL East for his efforts.

Kaleb Miller, Madison Senior, WR/DB – A bright light in a dim season for the Mohawks. Miller had 27 receptions, 259 receiving yards, 697 all-purpose yards, one receiving touchdown, 42 total tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He was named Honorable Mention All-SWBL West.

Madison Senior WR Kaleb Miller (photo from Facebook: Madison Mohawks Football Class of 2023)

Dickie Engel, Reading, LB – A relentless defensive force. Engel tallied 112 total tackles, six sacks with a forced fumble and fumble recovery. He was named Second Team All-CHL. Engel will be in the mix to be the Blue Devils starting quarterback as a sophomore.

Jess Hauer, Wyoming, OL – Became an integral part of an o-line that paved the way for the Cowboys to average 356.7 yards of total offense and 32.2 points per game. He was named Honorable Mention All-CHL.

Michael Mulvihill, Blanchester, RB/LB – A big frame that will be able to add more weight to. Reminds you a lot of former Kings High School and Ohio University linebacker Jared Dorsa. Mulvihill did it all with 362 yards passing, 620 yards rushing, five passing touchdowns, seven rushing touchdowns, 61 total tackles, one-and-a-half sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and an interception. He was named OPSWA Division V Honorable Mention All-Southwest District.

Connor Yeager, Clermont Northeastern, K/P – One of the top punters in Southwest Ohio. He should be an even bigger factor on offense and defense for the Rockets over the next three years. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound Yeager averaged 40.0 yards on 33 punts, landing 12 inside the 20-yard line with a long of 62 yards. He was named OPSWA Division V Second Team All-Southwest District (P) for his work.

Josh Groeber, Clermont Northeastern, QB/LB – Played both ways and threw for 379 yards, ran for 70 yards, had a reception for eight yards, registered 28 total tackles with a sack and had an interception.

Aiden Conger, East Clinton, RB/DB – Started for an East Clinton team that is in the early stages of a resurgence.

East Clinton QB/DB Aiden Conger (photo from:

Ryan Coyle
, Cincinnati Country Day, RB/LB – Played like a veteran on his way to OPSWA Division VI Second Team All-Southwest District (LB) honors. Coyle recorded 84 total tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception. On offense, he ran for 211 yards, had nine receptions for 251 yards and found the end zone eight times (five rush, three rec).

Patrick Ramage, Cincinnati Country Day, OL/DL – A talented athlete who is also a baseball stud. Ramage was named Second Team All-MVC Gray after getting in on 61 total tackles and picking off a pass for the Nighthawks.

Lee Thomas, Cincinnati Country Day, RB/DB – Named Second Team All-MVC Gray after running for 401 yards and five scores. He also had 19 total tackles and an interception on defense.

Nate Morgan, Clark Montessori, TE/DE – Named Honorable Mention All-MVC Gray after starring for the Cougars defense.

Aliou Diallo, Lockland, WR/DB – A big play threat. Diallo had three receptions for 90 yards and two touchdowns. On defense, he had 23 total tackles and an interception. He was named Second Team All-MVC Gray.

Damien Dawson, Lockland, RB/WR/DB – A dynamic return man who will display his talents all over the field next fall. Dawson threw for 410 yards, ran for 84 yards, averaged 26.0 yards per kickoff return, 24.1 per punt return and accounted for eight touchdowns (six pass, two rush). He was named Second Team All-MVC Gray.

Dalson Hayes, New Miami, RB/OLB – Ran for 142 yards and had four sacks on his way to Honorable Mention All-MVC Gray accolades.

Jah Neal, St. Bernard-Elmwood Place, WR/DB – Proved that he could be an electric player after catching 16 balls for 177 yards and three touchdowns. On defense, Neal recorded 33 total tackles. He was named Second Team All-MVC Gray.

Stevie Pollard-Williams, St. Bernard-Elmwood Place, WR/DB – Named Honorable Mention All-MVC Gray after tallying 34 total tackles.

Jeremy Price, North College Hill, OL/DL – The 5-foot-11, 273-pound lineman was a Second Team All-MVC Scarlet.

Braden Mitchum, CHCA, WR/DB – A tough season for the Eagles did have a few bright spots like Mitchum. He was named Honorable Mention All-MVC Scarlet after recording 36 total tackles and three interceptions.

CHCA DB Braden Mitchum (photo by Greg Shoemaker/

Justin Thomas, Hughes, DB – It’s just a matter of time before this outstanding athlete starts getting FBS offers. He was an Honorable Mention All-CMAC Red selection.

Jermani Desir, Aiken, OL – The 6-foot-1, 280-pound lineman was named Second Team All-CMAC Red.

Ivan Mejia-Calles, CCPA, OL – The foundation up front for the Lions. The 6-foot-2, 270-pound Mejia-Calles was an Honorable Mention All-CMAC Blue selection.

Shelvon Hibbett, Gamble Montessori, QB/DB – Will compete for the Gators starting quarterback job in 2022. Hibbett was named. Second Team All-CMAC Blue.

Austin Alexander
, Cooper – The best FBS prospect in the 15-year history of Cooper football. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Alexander recorded 61 total tackles and five-and-a-half sacks on his way to First Team All-NKY. On offense, he had 12 receptions for 156 yards and a touchdown.

Cooper TE/DL Austin Alexander (photo from Twtter: @AAlexander2025)

Rhett Holbrook, Boyd County, QB/DB – Threw for 688 yards and accounted for 11 touchdowns (six pass, four rush, one IR).

Cameron Collins, Boyd County, RB/DB – Starred on both sides of the ball for the Lions. On offense, Collins ran for 821 yards, had nine receptions for 128 yards with six rushing touchdowns. Defensively, he was in on 34 total tackles, had eight tackles for losses, a sack and two fumble recoveries.

Noah Knigga, Lawrenceburg, DE – This kid is going to be special. Knigga made varsity football look easy in his first year. He was in on 69 total tackles, had five sacks, 14 tackles for losses, a forced fumble and three fumble recoveries on his way to being named Class 3A All-EIAC (DE).

Lawrenceburg DE Noah Knigga (photo from Twitter: @noahk105)

Quinn Gillman, Franklin County, QB/DB – Will really get his chance to shine in 2022. Gillman ran 197 yards and four touchdowns.

Kaden Acton, Greensburg, RB – A pleasant surprise for the Pirates. Acton amassed 1,093 all-purpose yards, had 603 yards rushing and found the end zone six times (four rush, two pass).

Cooper Parmer, North Decatur, LB – The Chargers linebacker recorded 31 total tackles and had three takeaways (two FRs, one INT).

Brad Krieger, North Decatur, OG/DL – Debuted with 42 total tackles, 10 tackles for losses and a fumble recovery.





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