Future Buckeyes Highlight 66th Annual Ohio North-South Classic
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — With one electrifying 74-yard touchdown run, Ohio State-bound Verlon Reed captured the MVP of the 2010 Ohio North-South All-Star Classic.
The Marion Franklin-product helped the South to a 23-20 victory last April, and now a new crop of future Buckeyes will take center stage at Ohio Stadium Friday night in the 66th installment of Ohio’s oldest high school all-star game.
With Reed preparing for the Scarlet and Gray spring game Saturday, five of his future teammates will take the field Friday night at 4 p.m. as Warren Howland coach Dick Angle leads the North squad against a South team which is led by coach Jason Krause, who recently left Middleton for the head coaching job at Fairfield.
While Westerville Central tight end Nick Vannett is the only future Buckeye on Krause’s South squad, the North team features five Ohio State signees, including defensive ends Steve Miller (Canton McKinley) and Chase Farris (Elyria).
“It’s a great honor to be able to play in this game,” said Farris, who spoke a luncheon back in February.
“I think it will be pretty cool. It gives us another chance to bond with each other before we have to report.”
Joining them for that bonding experience will be defensive back Doran Grant out of Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary and wide receiver Devin Smith out of Massillon Washington.
Grant was one of the last players to join Ohio State’s 2011 recruiting class. He committed to the Buckeyes during the Under Armour All-American Game back in January over his father’s alma Mater, Michigan State.
He and Steve Miller are the two big players to watch in this game for Ohio State fans, who can catch a replay of the game on SportsTime Ohio HD on tape delay if they can’t make down to the Horseshoe by 4 p.m. Friday. Tickets will be $5 at the door, which open one hour before kickoff.
Grant was rated as a 4-star prospect and the No. 5 cornerback in the country by Scout.com, while Miller earned 5-star recognition from Scout while being ranked as the No. 9 defensive end in the country.
Other noteworthy players in the game include Donovan Clark (Finneytown) and Roger Williamson (Dayton Dunbar), who are both headed to Michigan State, and also Jesse Hayes (Cincinnati Moeller) and Austin Traylor (Walnut Ridge), who both on their way to Wisconsin. All four will play for the South team.
Practices for the 66th North-South All-Star Classic begin Wednesday at 2 p.m. with the South All-Stars taking the field at Ohio Stadium. They will conclude Thursday night just prior to a recognition dinner for the 72 participants in this year’s game.
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