March 27, 2008
From the Film Room: Ohio stars
The rankings process for the 2009 class is well underway and Rivals.com recruiting analysts have already logged countless hours in the film room evaluating prospects from all over the country.
Rivals.com's Barry Every breaks down some of the names to watch for next season in the state of Ohio and takes a look at how they will be ranked.
Film Room Standouts: Ohio
Patrick Nicely, 6-4, 209, QB, Willoughby (Ohio) South
What was impressive about him on video? He is real mobile for a pro-style quarterback and seems to look over the whole field.
Needs improvement: He has a tendency to aim the ball at times instead of just letting it rip.
Conclusion: He was a sweet surprise and if his film gets out he will be making noise on the recruiting front.
Ranking status: Based on this film he looks like a high three-star with a 5.7 rating.
Bud Golden, 6-0, 189, RB, Cincinnati (Ohio) Sycamore
Golden in action
What was impressive about him on video? He runs downhill and hits the hole really hard.
Needs improvement: He needs to work hard in the classroom.
Conclusion: He could be a star in the Big Ten, he is a tough kid.
Ranking status: I like this kid a lot and would have no problems with him being a four-star with at least a 5.8 rating.
Corey Linsley, 6-4, 285, OG, Youngstown (Ohio) Boardman
What was impressive about him on video? He runs extremely well and looked powerful at the point of contact.
Needs improvement: Hard to say since the film quality was poor. I'd like to see him in person to confirm his size.
Conclusion: This kid could be a real great pickup as a center or guard.
Ranking status: If his size is close to what he is listed at then he is a four-star at 5.8.
Jeff Walker, 6-5, 197, WR, Akron (Ohio) Coventry
What was impressive about him on video? He has great body control and great hands.
Needs improvement: He needs to work on his speed a little.
Conclusion: Some think he may be a tad slow, I say hogwash, he can make a difference with his great hands and 6-foot-4, 200 frame.
Ranking status: He is a three-star and at least a 5.6 possibly a 5.7.
Brandon Rice, 5-9, 180, RB, Columbus (Ohio) Walnut Ridge
What was impressive about him on video? He appears really tough and will square his pads up at contact.
Needs improvement: Needs to add some muscle mass and work on his overall speed.
Conclusion: This kid has great ball skills, and good change of directions. He should be getting looks by all the MAC schools and some Big Ten schools.
Ranking status: I think he is a real sleeper, could be a three-star at 5.7.
Will Studlien, 6-2, 220, LB, Sunbury (Ohio) Big Walnut
Studlien in action
What was impressive about him on video? He has very good instincts and exceptional toughness.
Needs improvement: Needs to work just a bit on overall athleticism.
Conclusion: He reminds me of an old school ILB that does whatever it takes to make a play.
Ranking status: I would start him at three stars at around 5.6 or possibly 5.7.
Melvin Fellows, 6-5, 245, DE, Garfield Heights, Ohio
Fellows in action
What was impressive about him on video? He has one of the most sought after bodies on defense. He's a guy that could play SDE or end up playing some DT.
Needs improvement: He sometimes plays a little high on running plays.
Conclusion: This kid was very impressive; we just need to confirm his actual size. His recruiting is about to blow up nationally.
Ranking status: Right now he is a four-star at 5.8, but if he checks out in person he could go as high as 6.0.
Chris Williams, 5-11, 185, CB, Cincinnati (Ohio) Winton Woods
Williams in action
What was impressive about him on video? This kid really likes to hit and has great ball skills.
Needs improvement: Would like to see him work on his overall speed in order to be a cover corner at the next level.
Conclusion: If he is not a corner he could easily be a major D-I safety for almost any college. Williams is another Ohio player who's recruiting is about to explode.
Ranking status: He looks to be a four-star at 5.8 to possibly a 5.9 to me.
Jonathan Newsome, 6-3, 215, DE, Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville Academic Campus
What was impressive about him on video? He has great change of direction for a defensive end.
Needs improvement: At about 215 pounds, he will need to eventually add about 25 pounds.
Conclusion: He loves contact and could become a very dominant defensive end at the next level.
Ranking status: He is currently listed as an OLB but he plays with his hand down. I think he is a defensive end that should start out with three stars at about 5.7.
Barry Every is a Football Recruiting Analyst for Rivals.com. He comes to Rivals.com after working in recruiting offices for Mark Richt at the University of Georgia, Bobby Bowden at Florida State University and Mack Brown at the University of North Carolina. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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