March 3, 2011

Scouting the 2012 WRs in Ohio

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Like many position groups in the 2012 class, the wide receivers group appears to be even stronger than usual in the Buckeye State. A few prospects are already being recruited on a national level with plenty of others being recruited heavily by programs from around the Midwest. Here's a look at some of the best receivers that the state of Ohio has to offer in the 2012 class.

Wide Receivers

Name What you need to know
Tres Barksdale

6-foot-2, 180 pounds
Solon (Ohio)
Solon HS

The next in the long line of Division I prospects to come out of Solon. Barksdale has good size at 6-foot-2 and has the sure hands and the speed to be a legitimate Division I prospect. Currently, Barksdale is still waiting for his first offer but that will almost surely change by the end of the summer.

Chris Davis

5-foot-9, 185 pounds
Austintown (Ohio)
Austintown Fitch HS

One of many BCS caliber prospects in Austintown-Fitch's 2012 class. Davis is an electric playmaker with outstanding lateral quickness. Size is the only knock on Davis but that hasn't stopped him from racking up seven early verbal offers including Arkansas, Baylor, and Indiana.

Demitrious Davis

5-foot-10, 183 pounds
Austintown (Ohio)
Austintown Fitch HS

The twin brother of the aforementioned Chris Davis, Demitrious Davis was the district offensive player of the year from his quarterback position. A move to wide receiver is likely at the next level and Davis brings the same type of speed and quickness to the table as his brother. Also like his brother, he currently holds verbal offers from Arkansas, Baylor, and Indiana, but also holds offers from BCS schools Boston College and Pittsburgh.

Marcus Davis

5-foot-11, 167 pounds
Dublin (Ohio)
Coffman HS

Davis hails from Central Ohio power Dublin Coffman and could be the latest Division I prospect to come out of the Coffman program. Davis is at his best in the slot where he can use his outstanding quickness and sure hands to make plays. Davis' film also reveals a player that is much tougher than his size would indicate and one of the best blocking receivers in the state. Davis is hearing from a variety of Big Ten and MAC programs.

Frank Epitropoulos

6-foot-3, 195 pounds
Upper Arlington (Ohio)
Upper Arlington HS

One of the fastest rising prospects in Ohio right now, Epitropoulos has recently picked up offers from Duke, Purdue, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, among others. Epitropoulos is a tall, lean receiver with good speed and body control and tremendous athleticism. Epitropoulos is scheduled to be on campus this Sunday for the basketball game against Wisconsin.

Jeremy Graves

6-foot, 175 pounds
Maple Heights (Ohio)
Maple Heights HS

A recent transfer into Maple Heights, Graves will be the next division I receiver to come out of the program following in the foot steps of Shaq Washington and Andre Stubbs. Graves has good size at over 6-feet tall and has the ability to make plays down the field. Buffalo and Cincinnati have already issued verbal offers.

Dayne Hammond

6-foot-6, 175 pounds
Youngstown (Ohio)
Boardman HS

Certainly the tallest player on this list, Hammond stands at an imposing 6-foot-6. While he will need to put on weight and get stronger before contributing at the next level, Hammond is an intriguing prospect with a very high ceiling. Ball State, Toledo, and Youngstown State have already offered.

Roger Lewis

6-foot-1, 195 pounds
Pickerington (Ohio)
Central HS

Arguably the top unoffered prospect in Ohio at the moment. Lewis has parlayed a breakout junior season into some outstanding camp performances over the last month. At over 6-foot-1, and 195-pounds Lewis has the size to overpower most corners and is also fast enough to make big plays down the field.

Monty Madaris

6-foot-2, 175 pounds
Cincinnati (Ohio)
Moeller HS

Madaris is a silky-smooth receiver that can really make plays after the catch. Many of the top programs in the Midwest are hot on his trail with schools such as Boston College, Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan State having already extended verbal offers. Madaris put up big numbers as a junior in one of the toughest leagues in the Country, the GCL South.

Corey Smith

6-foot, 170 pounds
Akron (Ohio)
Buchtel HS

Considered by many to be the second best wide receiver in Ohio behind Dwayne Stanford, Smith is racking up some impressive early offers. Among his suitors are Cincinnati, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Penn State,Tennessee, and West Virginia. Smith has outstanding quickness and is one of the best route runners in Ohio.

Dwayne Stanford

6-foot-5, 185 pounds
Cincinnati (Ohio)
Taft HS

Stanford is widely regarded as the number one wide receiver prospect in Ohio for the 2012 class. Blessed with outstanding size, leaping ability and ball skills, Stanford is a special talent and a match-up nightmare for opposing defenses. Stanford's early offer sheet rivals that of any wide receiver in the Midwest.

Cameron Wilson

6-foot-2, 190 pounds
Dublin (Ohio)
Jerome HS

One of Ohio's most productive receivers the last two seasons, Wilson holds early verbal offers from Boston College, Illinois, Purdue, and West Virginia. Wilson has outstanding hands and body control and is sneaky-quick after the catch.

Overall Grade: A-

This group definitely has it all. At the top, there are big time receivers that are being recruited by programs all over the nation. The depth is also outstanding as the number of BCS caliber players in this group will almost surely reach double digits. Much is being made about the great defensive line crop but you could argue that the receiver group is even more impressive given that Ohio always produces great defensive linemen and isn't as well known for producing so many outstanding wide receiver prospects. Because of the great depth, look for many of the Big Ten schools to really reap the benefits.


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