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CJ sophomore QB gets first D-I offer

That didn’t take long.

Two days after we wrote about the big season Chaminade Julienne sophomore quarterback Jacob Harrison was having last week, his first offer came. From Akron.

Harrison (6-foot-1, 175 pounds) delivered again Friday, throwing for three touchdowns and running for another in the Eagles’ 62-22 win over Meadowdale.

Guiding an offense that’s averaging 51.3 points, Harrison has thrown for eight touchdowns and run for six. He’s the Greater Catholic League’s leading passer (720 yards) by nearly 200 yards.

Harrison is in elite company.

According to, only two current Ohio Class of 2016 quarterbacks have Division I offers.

The other is Trotwood-Madison’s Messiah DeWeaver (6-3, 185), who has an offer from Louisville.

Junior mints: Friday’s Lakota West-Wayne matchup featured several Division I prospects, including two of Ohio’s better junior linemen in Lakota West’s George Asafo-Adjei (6-4, 295) and Wayne’s Robert Landers (6-1, 280). Asafo-Adjei, an offensive lineman who head coach Larry Cox praised pregame, was a big reason the Firebirds were able to overcome a 20-10 deficit and pullout a 31-27 win. Landers leads the GWOC in sacks (5.5) and has had at least one in every game this season. Cox called him a “man.”

Ground game: Speaking of Lakota West, senior quarterback Malik Grove (5-11, 175) reminded us Friday why he’s going to make a college roster next fall. Grove threw for a career-high 230 yards (completed 12-of-21 passes) and a touchdown. He also showed he can run when needed, rushing for two touchdowns and over 90 yards (94) for just the third time in his career. Grove has no current offers.

Firsthand look: Those who attended the Beavercreek-Hilliard Davidson game last week had a chance to see one of the state’s top junior prospects in Davidson athlete Markus Bailey (6-1, 205). Bailey has offers from Toledo, Akron, Bowling Green and Boston College. Ohio State is showing strong interest.

Against Creek, Bailey ran seven times for 44 yards and a touchdown. He also had a team-high 10 tackles.

Butler back: One area player to keep an eye on is Vandalia-Butler junior running back Michael Hutchinson.

Hutchinson (5-8, 195) only played in four games last year but turned in a 101-yard, two-touchdown performance in a loss to Tecumseh. In this year’s Week 2 win over the Arrows, Hutchinson ran the ball 20 times for 117 yards and a touchdown. He had two TDs in Friday’s win over Graham.

Hutchinson is a seasoned powerlifter who has placed third in his division the last two years at the state powerlifting meet.

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