Trotwood-Madison defeated visiting Northmont 20-14 in a Week 5 high school football game on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

College football recruiting: Here are some of the area’s top prospects for 2021

Every year, the Miami Valley is home to a large group of talented football players. 

The class of 2021 appears to be no exception as more than a dozen seniors-to-be are already on the radars of talent evaluators and college coaches across the state and beyond. 

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More are sure to join as the year goes on, but here is a look at some (but not all*) of those players (in alphabetical order): 

Markus Allen, WR, Northmont 

Kris Artis, WR, Centerville 

Jonathan Bruder, LB, Centerville

Josh Bryant, RB, Middletown 

Middletown High School sophomore running back Josh Bryant talks about the 2018 season during an interview at Barnitz Stadium this week.

Joddi Burton, RB, Belmont 

Kamron Cooper, LB, Middletown 

Mason DeGennaro, LB, Lebanon 

Cam Fancher, QB, Wayne 

Evan Fogt, OL, Lehman Catholic 

Zack Gaither, DL, Xenia

Kamari Fuller, QB, Middletown 

Tavon Hardwick, RB, Belmont 

Blake Lamb, WR/DB, Lebanon

Ryan Liams, OL, Springboro 

Kevin Johnson, RB/DB, Xenia

Cameron Junior, LB, Middletown 

James Keighley, DE, Alter 

Tommy Liebold, OL, Alter 

Will Linkhart, WR, Centerville 

Jayden Mayes, DB, Fairfield 

Branden McDonald, RB, Alter 

Branden McDonald (with ball) turns the corner on Mark White of Chaminade Julienne. Alter defeated host CJ 35-28 in a Week 10 high school football game on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF
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Daylen Morgan, TE/LB, Trotwood-Madison

Rod Moore, DB, Northmont 

Eli Newburg, LB, Northmont 

Andre Proffitt, OL/DL, Lakota West

Lance Reaves-Hicks, WR, Piqua 

Cade Rice, QB, Greenon 

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Paul Rodriguez, OL, Mason 

Kaden Rogers, OL, Ross 

Ben Van Noord, WR/DB, Northwestern 

Malik Verdon, QB, Hamilton 

Silas Walters, WR/DB, Lakota West

Sources247SportsFirst Star Football Report, and player social media feeds. 

A few notes: 

  • Rodriguez has committed to Kentucky 
  • Rogers recently tweeted the would like to commit in May or June. His offer list includes Miami University, Kent State, Ohio, Ball State and Army. 
  • This week Allen posted a top 10 of Indiana, Pitt, Michigan State, Purdue, Cincinnati, Kansas, Virginia, Wisconsin, Michigan and Wake Forest. 
  • Moore recently added three big offers: Kentucky, Michigan and Notre Dame. 
  • Bryant’s offers include Miami, Akron Marshall, Toledo, Liberty Kent State, Bowling Green and Youngstown State.

*If you or someone you know is an area player in the 2021 class getting college interest, contact this writer at

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