Updated Wed, Feb 5, 2014 5:08 pm
The Ohio football program will welcome Bobcats to the family on Wednesday as recruits sign their National Letters of Intent on National Signing Day. We will provide you with a breakdown of each player as they sign throughout the day.
Brennan Boland: TE from Highland Community College in Highland, KS
Tyler Jones: WR from Lakota West High School in West Chester, OH
Steve Langenkamp: OT from Archbishop Moeller High School in Cincinnati, OH
Jared Brumfield: OLB from Stebbins High School in Dayton, OH
Scouting Report: Nelson, a two star cornerback recruit, signed with Ohio after receiving other offers from Eastern Kentucky and Wofford. Nelson is known for his speed and has an official 40-yard dash time of 4.43 seconds. He is able to keep up with speedy receivers on the outside and could also be used as a special teams weapon. He doubled as a running back in high school, so he is also dangerous when he gets into the open field.
Jalen Fox: CB Wyoming High School in Cincinnati, OH
Brian DiCillo: MLB from Walsh Jesuit High School in Cleveland, OH
Scouting Report: DiCillo is a 6’2” and 210 pound middle linebacker out of Walsh Jesuit High School and a great snag for Ohio. He was interested in big schools such as Ohio State, Cincinnati and North Carolina, but only received offers from Kent State, Miami (OH) and Ohio. DiCillo doesn’t have a supreme frame or flashy athleticism, but he’s a solid tackler with great pursuit speed. He has great defensive instincts and makes the smart play more often than not. Ohio will need to work to bulk him up a bit, but DiCillo’s speed and smarts bring a lot to the Bobcat D.
Herman Brunis: WR from Fairfield High School in Fairfield, OH
Scouting Report: Brunis, an unranked receiver out of Fairfield High School, is average in many physical categories. At just 6’0” and 170 pounds with a 40-yard-dash time of just 4.76, the wide receiver doesn’t seem to stand out by his on paper talent. However, he recorded 40 catches for 716 yards and five touchdowns in his final high school season. While he doesn’t have great speed, Brunis does have the ability to climb the ladder to haul down tough passes, a skill that evidently caught the attention of Frank Solich. Ohio was the only Division I school to offer Brunis, so expect Brunis to be a work in progress type of player for the Bobcats.
Brennan Dudziak: OG/OT from Pickerington Central High School in Pickerington, OH
Scouting Report: Dudziak, another offensive lineman standing at a lofty 6-foot-6, has the potential to play tackle as a Bobcat. He doesn’t obtain the same skill set as Lowery, but his physical play style could still be useful to the Ohio offensive front. Dudziak doubled as an outside linebacker at Pickerington Central and his play style on offense resembles the physicality of a defensive minded player. It will be interesting to see what Dudziak’s role will be with the Bobcats, but with his size and physicality, he is certainly a valuable asset.
Andrew Meyer: WR from Pickerington Central High School in Pickerington, OH
Scouting Report: Andrew Meyer comes to Ohio after a senior season in which Meyer struggled to stay on the field due to injury. He returned to action on October 4th of his senior year, but suffered a concussion and was forced out of action once again. He only recorded two catches in the regular season, but came up big in Pickerington Central’s upset of Lakota West High School in the playoffs with four catches. Meyer has proved that he is able to adjust to poorly thrown passes and find a way to pull down tough throws. If Meyer can stay healthy, he could be a useful asset in later years as a Bobcat.
Joe Lowery: OT from Tallmadge High School in Akron, OH
Scouting Report: Of all of the offensive line recruits in the 2014 class, Joe Lowery might just be the crown jewel of them all. Standing at 6’6” and 285 pounds, Lowery features excellent size along with strength and a powerful burst. In a very run-oriented offense at Tallmadge High School, Lowery showcased his ability to create holes to get the running back to the second level of the defense. With his size, Lowery stands a great chance to stay at tackle with the Bobcats, but his skill set could also be used as a pulling guard in the Ohio offense. Out of the 2014 offensive line recruits, Lowery has the greatest chance to make an impact in his freshman year.
Jake Pruehs: OT from St. Edward High School in Lakewood, OH
Scouting Report: After a season full of poor offensive line play, an athletic and powerful tackle in Jake Pruehs is quite a sight for sore eyes. Pruehs played left tackle at St. Edward High School, but his shorter 6’3” height could force the Bobcats to use him as an interior lineman instead. Aside from his shorter stature, Pruehs still provides great burst off the line and supreme athleticism for a 285-pound lineman. Because of Ohio’s inconsistent offensive line play, Pruehs could possibly work his way into the rotation in his freshman season.
Robbie Walker: WR/RB/KR from Washington Gonzaga High School in Washington, DC
Scouting Report: All-around, Robbie Walker is likely the standout of the 2014 recruiting class’ wide receiver corps. Also offered by Wake Forest and Ball State, Walker comes to Ohio with playmaking speed and explosiveness. Walker is officially listed as an all-purpose back and could be used as a slot receiver and running back. At 5’8”, Walker isn’t known for tough runs in between the tackles, but his speed and ability to change directions makes him elusive in the open field. He totaled 926 rushing yards with 16 touchdowns in 2012, but needs to improve his hands in order to become a reliable receiving target for Ohio as well. Even with his flaws, Walker’s playmaking ability is undeniable.
Kent Berger: DE from Mentor High School in Mentor, OH
Scouting Report: Berger is a two star recruit out of Mentor High School where he recorded 83 total tackles, 14 tackles for loss and 11 sacks in his senior season. With average size and below average speed and burst, Berger relies on his strength and quick hands to cause disruption. Aside from tackles, Berger recorded five pass breakups and three blocked field goals in his senior season, showing his ability to get his hands in the passing/kicking lanes to break up the play. Berger’s strength has also shown that he can break double teams and muscle his way into the backfield.
Kyle Kuhar: DE/TE from Avon Lake High School in Avon Lake, OH
Scouting Report: It is unclear whether Ohio recruited Kuhar to play on the offensive or defensive side of the ball, but with two other tight end recruits already expected, I suspect that Solich and the coaching staff would attempt to mold him into a full-time defensive presence. At Avon Lake High School, Kuhar showed his ability to shake off blockers and keep his body in the running holes. Once he’s able to break through the line and into the backfield, he has a good closing speed to pressure the quarterback. At 6’4” and 240 pounds, Kuhar has good size for a defensive end and could eventually help fill the void that Ty Branz leaves behind.
Joey Duckworth: QB from Louisville High School in Louisville, OH
Scouting Report: Duckworth is a 6-foot-3, 215-pound quarterback that received offers from other Mid-American Conference schools such as Akron, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Kent State, Toledo, and Western Michigan. He isn’t as mobile as former and present Ohio quarterbacks Tyler Tettleton and Derrius Vick, but he is accurate through the air and takes what the defense gives him. Bobcat fans likely won’t see deep bombs and flashy runs from this quarterback, but his short and accurate passing game was still plenty affective in his high school career.