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There are primarily two conferences that ate up some of the Tri-state’s top remaining talent on signing day, the GLIAC and the MEC.
Ohio Dominican has had a keen eye on the area while building their GLIAC program and this year was no different with the signing of big offensive producers in quarterback Austin Ernst of McNick and running back Darryl Johnson from Mason.
Up north in Michigan, Saginaw Valley State found workhorses across all levels landing Springboro running back Rahman Hardin, Frank Heimkreiter from Ross and defensive end Andrew McDulin from Madeira.
Tiffin may have gotten the steal of the group snagging Jesse Bray from Wayne.
Urbana is coming off a nine-win season and is moving to the Mountain East Conference in 2013. The Blue Knights went for speed at receiver and in the secondary, but there biggest coup was luring SWOC Defensive Player of the Year Nolan Miller to Champaign County.
Notre Dame College signed a pair of versatile and productive backfield studs in Wyatt Running and Will Mahone along with several other local players.
Here is a look at the locals who signed with Division II schools:
Ashland: Zach Leftenant (Oak Hills) - DL; Jimmy Rodenberg (Moeller) – LB; Corey Timmons (Springfield) – WR/DB.
Findlay: D’Avon Adkins (Walnut Hills – DL; Brandon Kelly (Withrow) - DB/LB.
Lake Erie: Nick Szbados (Moeller) – LB
Malone: Joe Turner (Anderson) – OL, Colton Hale (Centerville) - DL
Ohio Dominican: Austin Ernst (Ohio Dominican) – QB; Sean Jetter (Winton Woods) – WR; Darryl Johnson (Mason) – RB; Cole Tameris (Sycamore) - OL
Saginaw Valley State: Rahman Hardin (Springboro) – RB; Frank Heimkreiter (Ross) - TE/DT; Andrew McDulin (Madeira) – DE; Christian Porter (Wayne) - OL
Tiffin: Jesse Bray (Wayne); Forrest Cordova (Carroll) – QB/DE; Kevin Lefeld (Wayne) – DL; Caleb Miller (Franklin) – DB; Matt Noble (Moeller) – OL; Dialon Pentheny (Carroll)l – OL/DL
Glenville State: Azell Mitchell (Winton Woods) - OL
Notre Dame College: Justin Adamson (Miamisburg) – OL/DL; Jake Chestnut (Lakota East) – OL; Lucas Cunningham (Fenwick) – OL/DL; Zach Griffin (Edgewood) – K; Will Mahone (Lakota East)- RB; Eric Pringle (Mount Healthy) - RB/LB; Austin Railey (Walnut Hills) – OL; Wyatt Running (Clinton-Massie) – RB; Herb Winston (Mount Healthy) - DB
Urbana: William Blevins (Princeton) – WR; Caleb Coletts (Sycamore) – WR; Antonio Grey (Mount Healthy) – WR; Ronald Hughes (Wayne) – OL; Cody King (Wayne – DB; Robbie Lewis (Winton Woods) - K/P; Nolan Miller (Northwest) – LB; Rudy Mirizzi (Colerain) – LB; Eric Pelfrey (Edgewood) – WR; Mike Williams (Fairfield) - DB
University of Charleston: Ryan Gamber (Sycamore) – DE
West Virginia State: Jules Ferguson (Princeton) – LB
California (PA): Richie Gould (Lakota East) – OL; Nick Grissom (Winton Woods) – RB; Craig McCorkle (Winton Woods) – OL; Karon Poole (Winton Woods) - LB
Gannon: Nick Bengal (Lakota West) – DB
Indiana (PA): Isreal Green (Trotwood-Madison)
Kentucky State: Darian Tucker (Princeton) - OL/LB
Follow along with where all of the local players are heading with our COMMITMENT TRACKER.
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