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City League standout hopes to earn OSU offer


Ohio State has dipped into the Dayton City League for talent before.

Will it again?

Thurgood Marshall senior Vayante Copeland hopes so.

One of Ohio’s most versatile prospects, Copeland (6-foot-1, 185 pounds) holds offers from Toledo, Bowling Green, Michigan State, Minnesota, Cincinnati, West Virginia, Kent State, Indiana, Duke, Louisville and Pittsburgh.

He’ll camp in Columbus this summer with hopes of earning an Ohio State offer.

Copeland ran for 2,058 yards and 24 touchdowns last year. He also has 16 career interceptions.

Copeland, who told SpartanTailgate.com in March that he “almost cried, honestly, when I found out that Michigan State had offered me,” reportedly favors the Spartans, Cincinnati, Duke and West Virginia.

Duke?: Don’t laugh. In addition to Copeland’s interest, the Blue Devils – coming off their first bowl game since 1995 (a loss to Cincinnati in the Belk Bowl) – has already received commitments from three highly touted Ohio seniors: linebacker Tinashe Bere (Sycamore), offensive lineman Zach Harmon (Toledo Central Catholic) and cornerback Alonzo Saxton (Columbus Hartley).

Double Down: Wayne junior defensive back Tyree Kinnel (6-0, 190) picked up his second offer this week from Arkansas. Kinnel, who has 96 tackles and four interceptions in two years as a starter, also holds an offer from Kentucky.

Fairfield Uncommons: I wrote two weeks ago that Fairfield would have its first offensive line recruit in 14 years come signing day 2014. Looks like it’ll have two.

Senior Robert Behanan (6-4, 265) has picked up offers from Akron and Kent State, while senior Danny Burns (6-7, 310) added offers from Michigan State and Purdue. Burns’ offer sheet also includes Pittsburgh, Ohio, Toledo, Bowling Green, Akron, Louisville, West Virginia, Kent State, Iowa State and Maryland.

Look for Fairfield senior defensive lineman Tony Stephens (6-4, 240) to illicit interest moving forward.

Final 3: Middletown senior tight end Chance Sorrell (6-6, 225) says he will make his college decision by the end of June. His final three? Louisville, West Virginia and Vanderbilt. Sorrell loves country music. Edge Vandy?

Self Promotion: One of Ohio’s top senior prospects is Cincinnati LaSalle senior receiver Derek Keif. An outstanding talent, Keif’s uncle runs www.derekkief.com. Most prospects don’t have their own website. Keif does. He also has offers from Ohio State and Alabama.

Coaches Quote: From an out-of-state peer: “As a Minnesota High-School coach it amazes me at the talent in Ohio. This is a down year from what I have heard in your state and the number 17 prospect (Minster’s Ethan Wolf) has a BAMA offer. Whether its committable or not, that says just how good Ohio football is. If Minnesota has a top 300 player it’s a good year. If Ohio doesn’t have 8 it’s a bad one.”


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