Football recruiting — both prospects and attention — doesn’t reach the same level at the University of Dayton as it does at Ohio State. But all football programs have to recruit. UD is not immune.
According to ScoutingOhio.com, the Flyers have offered four Ohio seniors so far in the Class of 2014.
They are: Lakewood St. Edward offensive lineman Ben Gaal (6-foot-3, 278 pounds), Minster defensive lineman Wes Hegemann (6-2, 250), Cincinnati Wyoming quarterback Will Marty (6-4, 190) and Brecksville-Broadview Heights linebacker C. Jay Rose (6-3, 220).
Gaal also holds an offer from Davidson, while Hegemann has offers from Tiffin and Butler. Rose has offers from Davidson and Hillsdale (Mich.). Marty holds offers from Butler, Tiffin and Valparaiso.
Announcing his arrival: One new name on radars after the first weekend of high school football? Damien Popp.
The Centerville junior running back was a relative unknown coming into the season after rushing for 67 yards on five carries last year. Friday, in a 38-33 win over Pickerington Central, Popp (5-9, 178) ran for 215 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries. Hello.
One challenge posed from a Columbus contact was “Go back and try to figure out the last back to go for two bills against Central. Lol.” Betting it had been a while before Friday.
Big bang: Michigan and Ohio State ended August strong in Ohio. The Wolverines got commitments from two players in the final week, while Ohio State claimed one. All three are juniors. Canton McKinley athlete Eric Glover-Williams (5-11, 165) is headed to OSU, while Wayne defensive back Tyree Kinnel (6-0, 190) and Lakewood St. Edward defensive back Shaun Crawford (5-9, 175) are headed to Michigan.
Glover-Williams is Ohio State’s first 2015 commit. Michigan already has six.
Speaking of Michigan: Looking for a leader in the recruitment of Trotwood-Madison sophomore quarterback Messiah Deweaver? Consider it the Wolverines.
According to Trotwood head coach Maurice Douglass, Weaver’s nickname is the “black Tom Brady.” Deweaver (6-2, 180) completed 10-of-16 passes for 136 yards in Friday’s 42-8 win over Springfield.
Switching sides: Beavercreek senior quarterback Michael Berry (6-3, 219) has accepted an offer from Toledo. The catch? Berry will play linebacker. Last Friday, Berry was Creek’s leading rusher (18 carries for 59 yards) and scored the Beavers’ lone touchdown in a 21-7 loss to Fairfield.
Another addition: Springfield senior defensive back Marques Moore (6-2, 205) picked up a new offer from Kent State last week. Moore also has offers from Louisville and Indiana.