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From top to bottom, the depth at defensive back this past season was as good as the area has seen in quite some time.
More and more of these kids are making a habit of flipping the momentum of a contest with their reads and speed. So good was this talent pool of athletes there are many others who were secondary specialists that are nominated at other positions for this year’s squad.
Here is a look at the defensive back nominee’s for the 2012 Postseason All-TriStateFootball.com Team, presented by Apex Awards:
FINALISTS: Joe Barrett (St. Xavier), Jalen Beal (Holy Cross), Robert Boston (Norwood), Cameron Burrows (Trotwood-Madison), Mike Edwards (Winton Woods), Bradd Ellis (Lebanon), Cameron Fogle (Conner), Jalen Fox (Wyoming), Andrew Holderman (Eaton), Jaleel Hytchye (LaSalle), Logan Kelleher (Moeller), Chris Kellum (New Miami), Tyree Kinnel (Wayne), DeJuan Lang (Colerain), Tyler Lee (Xenia), Caleb Miller (Franklin), Eric Pringle (Mount Healthy), DeQuan Render (Northwest), Robbie Ries (St. Xavier), Jamel Sanders (Chaminade-Julienne), Blake Schutte (Highlands), Semaj Steele (Taft), Corey Timmons (Springfield), Isaiah Williams (Northmont), Mike Williams (Fairfield), Ryan Williamson (Colerain). Travis Wright (Dixie), and Nick Zimmer (Troy).
VOTE NOW (through Jan 9)
PICK SIX TIMES FIVE: Lebanon’s Bradd Ellis had incredible senior campaign with seven interceptions, returning five for touchdowns on his way to Division I, First-Team All-Southwest District honors. He racked a grand total of 315 interception return yards.
TOP TAKEAWAY ARTISTS: Travis Wright came up big with 10 takeaways (six interceptions abd four fumble recoveries) as Division V Dixie made their first-ever post-season appearance.
Xenia’s, Tyler Lee led the Tri-state area with nine interceptions. Logan Kelleher had eight thefts, including three in the playoffs.
Ellis and Isaiah Williams had seven takeaways while Caleb Miller, Eric Pringle, Andrew Holderman and Chris Kellum came up with six. DeJuan Lang and Cameron Burrows finish their careers with nine and eight interceptions respectively.
CAUTION IN THE COMMONWEALTH: In Kentucky no one dared to throw the way of Conner’s Cameron Fogle, Highlands’ Blake Schutte or Jalen Beal of Holy Cross. Each of these players was a threat to change the complexion of a game with their ability to come up with the big play out of the secondary. Fogle and Schutte each picked off a half a dozen passes the past two years.
COLLEGE CALLS: Burrows tops the marquee for the Class of 2013 secondary members as he is headed to Ohio State. Jamel Sanders will pack ‘em for Oxford and play for the Miami Redhawks. St. Xavier standout Robbie Ries has decided on Yale while classmate Joe Barrett will call Lehigh home next fall. Jaleel Hytchye has more than 15 offers, the latest of which are from Tennessee and Louisville, but the Lancer is still undecided. Butler and Valparaiso have thrown their hats into the ring for the services of Kelleher. Colerain’s DuJuan Lang has offers from Eastern Illinois and BGSU. DeQuan Render has an offer from Kent State.
ALSO CONSIDERED: Aaron Abernathy (Gamble Montessori), Randy Anderson (Mason), Dillon Banks (South Oldham), Ryan Berning (St. Xavier), Nick Browning (Badin), Adam Chapelle (CHCA), Tanner Fangman (CovCath), Brandon Fernandez (Ross), Rickey Ford (Beavercreek), Elliott Green (Greensburg), Nate Hemmert (Carroll), Lawrence Inman (Fairborn), Clay Johnson (Turpin), Nick Kennedy (Ryle), Mitch Kramer (Campbell County), Hayden Molitor (Lloyd), Quentin Murray (Highlands), Danny Renner (Mariemont), JaQuan Short (Newport), Tom Vogele (McNicholas), Jeremiah Williams (Boone County).
Greg is a co-founder of TSF and is now entering his ninth season as a Featured Analyst for the website. The Xavier University grad also serves as the Content Manager for the website and is widely considered one of the top high school football experts in the region. If you are interested in covering your team, please CONTACT US.