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2006 Signing List
By The-Ozone Staff

Name
Pos.
Ht.
Wt.
40
Hometown
Jake Ballard
TE
6-6
250
4.8
Springboro, Ohio
Comments: In eight games as a senior, caught 22 passes for 363 yards and three touchdowns. Named Ohio's 2005 Div. II Defensive Player of the Year after recording 35 solo tackles, 42 assists, 10 tackles behind the line of scrimmage and three quarterback sacks. 2004 and 2005 first-team all-league, district player of the year and All-Ohio. OSU coaches like his size and strength and say he is a big target as a receiver but who also has the ability to be a dominating edge blocker. Ranked the No. 8 tight end prospect in the nation. Team captain as a senior. Four-year letterman in football and basketball.
Bryant Browning
OL
6-4
340
5.8
Cleveland, Ohio
Comments: A two-year starter and graded out at 95-percent efficiency. Selected to play in the Big 33 Game. All-league, all-county, all-district and All-Ohio. Powerful and intelligent (ranked No. 1 academically in his class). Helped lead Glenville to the regional finals the last two years. Lettered three years in both football and track.
Chimdi Chekwa
DB
6-0
165
4.6
Clermont, Fl.
Comments: Picked off seven passes and broke up six more as a senior. Totaled 44 tackles and recovered four fumbles. First-team All-Central Florida and second-team All-Florida. Qualified for the state track championships in the 100-meter dash (10.79). Collected 41 tackles, four interceptions, 11 pass break-ups, one sack and scored two touchdowns as a junior. Excellent man-to-man coverage skills. Four-year letterwinner in track.
Kurt Coleman
DB
5-11
180
4.4
Clayton, Ohio
Comments: Will enroll at OSU spring quarter. Collected 19 solo tackles and 73 assists as a senior to go along with seven pass break-ups and three interceptions. Caught 22 passes for 248 yards and one touchdown. Returned 15 punts for 261 yards and two touchdowns and returned 11 kickoffs for 266 yards and another touchdown. Two-time first-team All-Ohio. Named to the 2005 Detroit Free Press All-Midwest Team. Had 17 pass break-ups and 10 interceptions, including two he returned for touchdowns, as a junior and added 38 solo stops and 53 assists. Caught 16 passes for 315 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior.
Walter Dublin
DE
6-3
235
4.6
Sarasota, Fl.
Comments: Goes by the name "Scooter". Totaled 60 tackles, including eight quarterback sacks as a senior. Blocked four punts and forced four fumbles. All-area selection and a two-year captain. Collected 84 tackles, including 14 quarterback sacks, as a junior and added one interception. OSU coaches say he is in the mold of former Buckeyes Will Smith and Mike Kudla at the Leo position. A strong, physical player with excellent take-off.
Aaron Gant
DB
6-0
200
4.5
Orchard Lake, Mi.
Comments: Totaled 42 tackles with two interceptions and one sack and fumble recovery as a senior. First-team All-Catholic League. Rushed for 829 yards and seven touchdowns on 149 carries as a senior. Caught three passes for 34 yards. OSU coaches like his physical, aggressive style of play.Has the ability to make the big play or make the big hit.
Thaddeus Gibson
LB
6-2
205
4.5
Euclid, Ohio
Comments: Collected 46 solo tackles, 10 quarterback sacks and eight tackles behind the line of scrimmage as a senior. Totaled 24 quarterback hurries. Ranked the No. 9 outside linebacker prospect in the country. Twice named All-Ohio and to the Cleveland Plain Dealer "Best of the Best" all-star team. Had 67 tackles and 17 sacks as a junior. A rangy, physical linebacker who has the ability to make tackles sideline to sideline.
Larry Grant
LB
6-3
225
4.45
Norcross, Ga.
Comments: 2005 Junior College National Player of the Year. First-team JUCO All-American. 2005 California JUCO Player of the Year. Played all three linebacker positions for CCSF, which was the 2005 national runner-up. Blocked six punts in 2005. Played for George Rush. Also played for former OSU coach Dick Walker. Recruited out of high school as a tailback.
Antonio Henton
QB
6-2
210
4.6
Fort Valley, Ga.
Comments: Passed for 1,890 and 29 touchdowns as a senior and was named the 2005 Georgia Offensive Player of the Year. Missed first three games of his senior year and his team lost all three games, but he came back in week four and Peach County went 12-0 the rest of the way to win the Georgia AAA state title. Considered one of the top multi-threat quarterback prospects in the nation. Rushed for 900 yards and nine touchdowns in two years as the starting quarterback. Honorable mention all-state as a junior when he passed for 1,810 yards and 19 touchdowns with just five interceptions.
Ross Homan
LB
6-1
230
4.55
Coldwater, Ohio
Comments: Is already taking classes at Ohio State and will participate in spring practice ... three-time first-team All-Ohio selection. Totaled 119 solo tackles and 85 assists as a senior, including 17 for lost yardage. Had one interception, which he returned for a touchdown. Ranked the No. 10 outside linebacker prospect in the country. Rushed for 1,412 yards and 26 touchdowns on 215 carries and caught 31 passes for 488 yards and four TDs. Collected 137 solo tackles and 97 assists as a junior and had 13 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Rushed for 806 yards and 14 TDs on 167 carries as a junior and had 12 receptions for 249 yards and five touchdowns.
Mark Johnson
LB
6-3
230
4.6
Los Angeles, Ca.
Comments: Named all-state and his league's defensive player of the year as a junior when he had 138 tackles, eight quarterback sacks and an interception. Ranked the No. 6 inside linebacker prospect in the nation. Hopes to follow in the footsteps of former Dorsey H.S. graduate and Buckeye Na'il Diggs. OSU coaches like his size and strength and say he could play the Mike or Sam linebacker positions.
Dexter Larimore
DL
6-3
265
4.8
Merrillville, In.
Comments: Collected 88 tackles, 57 of which were solo stops, 17 tackles for loss (47 yards), five quarterback sacks, 13 QB pressures and three passes batted down as a senior. Graded at 90-percent offensively with 18 pancakes. First-team 5A all-state and conference defensive player of the year. All-state as a junior when he had five quarterback sacks, 52 tackles (26 solos), 12 tackles for loss (56 yards), 10 QB pressures and one fumble recovery. Graded at 87-percent with 17 pancakes as a junior.
Andy Miller
TE
6-6
249
4.9
Washington, Pa
Comments: Caught 11 passes for 270 yards and four touchdowns as a senior. All-Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh Post Gazette Fabulous 22 and Pittsburgh Tribune Review Terrific 25. OSU coaches say he possesses the skills to be a receiver and the strength to control and block on the perimeter. intelligent player.
Tyler Moeller
LB
6-1
200
4.5
Cincinnati, Ohio
Comments: 2005 Ohio Div. I Player of the Year. Totaled 123 tackles, including 15.5 sacks and 29 tackles for loss, as a senior and forced two fumbles. Ohio North-South All-Star selection. Helped lead Colerain to the 2005 Ohio Div. I state title and 15-0 record. OSU coaches say he is a very instinctive player and has great speed. Likes to hit and is a versatile player.
Aram Olson
RB
6-1
235
4.7
Columbia, S.C.
Comments: An outstanding blocker who also rushed for 342 yards on 52 carries as a senior. First-team all-state. Led the way for his team's tailback to rush for 1,600 yards and 20 TDs. Four-year letterman. Ranked the No. 6 fullback in the nation.
Robert Rose
DE
6-4
255
4.7
Cleveland, Ohio
Comments: Ranked the No. 1 defensive end prospect in the nation. Totaled 77 tackles, including 45 solo stops, as a senior. Collected 17 quarterback sacks and 13 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Deflected five passes and had two interceptions. Forced three fumbles and recovered two. First-team All-Ohio pick and named the Cuyahoga County Defensive Player of the Year. Selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and also chosen for the Ohio North-South game.
Grant Schwartz
DB
6-0
200
4.5
Dana Point, Ca.
Comments: An all-purpose standout in high school. Rushed for 655 yards and seven touchdowns on 70 carries, completed 99-of-145 passes for 1,219 yards with 10 touchdowns. Had 15 tackles and an interception and returned a kickoff for a touchdown all as a senior. Set 15 school records. Passed for 1,917 yards and 11 TDs as a junior and added 486 yards rushing and nine TDs on 99 carries.
Ray Small
WR
5-10
175
4.45
Cleveland, Ohio
Comments: Caught 35 passes for 521 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior. First-team All-Ohio in 2005. Also returned 13 punts for 292 yards and two touchdowns and returned three kickoffs for 270 yards and two touchdowns. Rushed 13 times for 175 yards and a TD. Collected 24 tackles and seven assists and totaled two interceptions, six pass break-ups and a sack. Named the league MVP and has been picked to play in the Big 33 Game. Ranked Ohio's top all-purpose athlete by Ohio Football Recruiting News. Ranked the No. 7 wide receiver in the nation. Had 429 yards receiving and three touchdowns on 33 grabs as a junior and carried the football 26 times for 241 yards and three more scores.
Connor Smith
OL
6-6
300
5.1
Cincinnati, Ohio
Comments: 2006 Parade All-American. Gatorade Ohio Player of the Year. Ranked among the Top 6 offensive lineman in the country. Ohio North-South All-Star selection. Helped lead Colerain to a 15-0 record and the 2004 Ohio Div. I state championship. Greater Miami Conference 2005 Offensive Player of the Year. Selected for the U.S. Army All-America Bowl. 130 knockdowns as a senior and graded 92-percent. First-team All-Ohio 2004 and 2005.
Chris Wells
RB
6-1
220
4.5
Akron, Oh.
Comments: Will enroll at OSU for spring quarter. Goes by "Beanie". 2006 Parade All-American and named the top running back. Rushed for 2,134 yards and 27 touchdowns on 223 carries as a senior (9.6 avg.). Rushed for 1,939 yards and scored 20 touchdowns as a junior. Was named the 2005 National Player of the Year and the No. 1 prospect in the nation by several publications. Scored three TDs on his way to being selected Most Valuable Player of the U.S. Army All-America Bowl.

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