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Beavers ‘backer a hot prospect

It’s not often Beavercreek can claim the top high school football prospect in the Greater Western Ohio Conference, but the case can be made it does this year in senior linebacker Airius Moore.

Most recruiting services rank Moore as a Top 30 Ohio prospect. His athleticism — he’s also an All-GWOC point guard — makes up for some limited concern with his size (6-foot, 215 pounds).

Moore’s offer sheet includes Indiana, Illinois, Cincinnati, Bowling Green, Indiana, Ohio, Ball State, Western Michigan and Miami. Marshall offered last week.

Louisville, Ohio State, Purdue, West Virginia and Wisconsin are also interested.

Moore is the reigning GWOC Defensive Player of the Year.

As for the Beavers, expect the program to continue to climb. Senior quarterback Michael Berry (6-3, 215) got his first offer from Toledo this week. Senior linebacker Tyler Reasoner (6-3, 220) is also a D-I prospect.

Making waves: Greenville junior linebacker Bryce Jenkinson (6-1, 220) received an offer from Toledo recently. Jenkinson only played in three games last year (before being injured) but still managed to rank seventh on the team in tackles with 46. In a season-opening loss to Eaton, Jenkinson had 19 tackles and returned an interception 90 yards for a touchdown. He had 56 tackles as a freshman.

Greenville senior linebacker Ryan Drew (6-3, 235) picked up an offer from Ohio Dominican.

New addition: Northmont junior offensive lineman Josh Perry (6-3, 260) got his first offer last week from Toledo. He’s the third T-Bolt to earn an offer this spring. Expect Northmont senior wide receiver Isaiah Williams (6-4, 190) to add his name to the list as well.

MAC attack: Minster defensive lineman Wesley Hegeman is a small school prospect to watch. Hegeman (6-2, 250) holds offers from Butler and Tiffin, but a D-I chance could be coming.

Described as a player with “great feet” and “good get off” by’s Mark Porter, Hegeman was All-Midwest Athletic Conference at both offensive and defensive line last season. Said Porter: “Great player if he fills out. Very good defensive tackle, but needs a bit more size.”

Another Minster name to remember is Paul Dues (6-3, 185). The senior defensive back had three interceptions and forced four fumbles last year.

Weekly recap: Players who picked up new offers recently were Lakota West senior quarterback Tyler Jones (Akron), Milton-Union senior offensive lineman Wesley Martin (Indiana), Thurgood Marshall senior running back Vayante Copeland (Iowa and Purdue), Miamisburg junior defensive back Chris Fobbs (Toledo), Wayne senior defensive back Jordan Whitfield (Saginaw Valley State), Stebbins senior running back Jared Brumfield (Ohio and Youngstown State) and Jefferson senior linebacker Dante Bland (Ferris State).

State update: Toledo Central Catholic senior quarterback DeShone Kizer committed to Notre Dame last week and Kentucky picked up two more Ohio commits (both senior defensive backs) in Mike Edwards (Winton Woods) and Darius West (Lima Central Catholic).

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