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Two Buckeye Signees Slated to Play in Inaugural "Ohio - Michigan High School Border Classic"
By Tony Gerdeman

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Cleveland Glenville defensive backs Erick Smith and Marshon Lattimore are both scheduled to play in the inaugural Ohio - Michigan High School Border Classic on June 14 at the University of Findlay.

The rosters were released earlier in the week, though there are still four Ohio slots yet to be filled.

The Border Classic was created as a replacement for the Big 33 Game, which became necessary when Pennsylvania, after four consecutive losses, decided they no longer wanted to play Ohio every year. The game will be played in Findlay's Donnell Stadium and feature 40 high school all-stars from Michigan and Ohio.

This will not be the first time Erick Smith and Marshon Lattimore have played in an all-star game together, as both played cornerback in the Army All-American Bowl back in January. Were they to do it again against Michigan, they could prove to be a dynamic duo for the Ohio team.

Michigan signee Noah Furbush, a linebacker out of Kenton, will be joining the Glenville pair, and will be the lone Ohioan representing the University of Michigan.

There are seven other future Big Ten players on the Ohio roster, including three players heading to Indiana. All told, Ohio will boast 16 players going to BCS schools.

The Michigan roster will feature 13 players heading to BCS schools, with nine of them staying in the Big Ten. Defensive end Lawrence Marshall, a Michigan signee and one-time Ohio State commit is one of two UM signees on the roster, with linebacker Jared Wangler being the other.

A total of six future Michigan State Spartans will play in the game, with five of them suiting up for the Michigan side. That includes defensive lineman Malik McDowell, who is committed to MSU but has yet to sign anywhere, so that number could fluctuate a bit.

The Ohio head coach is Mike Fell of Lima Senior, and his assistant coaches are Steve Daly (Steubenville Central Catholic), Aaron Hancock (Cincinnati Wyoming), Kevin Kline (Bryan), Tory Strock (Napoleon), and Paul Yunker (Evergreen)

Michigan's head coach will be Mike Zdebski of Walled Lake Western. His assistants will be Mike Weiskoph (Western), Ed Greenman (Battle Creek Harper Creek), Tim Szegda and Brian Lemons (Ann Arbor Richard) and Scott Merchant (Clinton Twp. Chippewa Valley).

While this game will replace the annual in-state Michigan High School Football Coaches Association All-Star Game, the Ohio North - South Classic will continue.

The North - South Classic is split into four teams, with the big schools of Divisions I, II, and III playing against each other, and the smaller schools of Divisions IV, V, VI and VII playing against each other. That game is slated for April 26 at Welcome Stadium in Dayton, Ohio.

OSU signees Parris Campbell and Dante Booker are on the "big school" North team, while offensive lineman Brady Taylor is on the South team for the smaller divisions.

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