September 3, 2007

Herbstreit Challenge Hot 11

The third annual Herbstreit Challenge held at Fawcett Stadium at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio and Nippert Stadium at the University of Cincinnati featured 11 of the top teams in the state of Ohio taking on notable high school programs from across the country.

The event featured plenty of talent as well as an end to the nation's longest win streak when Cincinnati Elder ended Charlotte Independence's 109-game run. Tight end Kyle Rudolph played big for Elder in that game and leads our Hot 11 from the event.

Herbstreit Challenge Hot 11

1. Kyle Rudolph, TE, Cincinnati (Ohio) Elder

Rudolph was dominant all night in helping to end Charlotte (N.C.) Independence's 109-game winning streak. He caught two huge touchdown passes, converted a 4th-and-15 which led to the tying score and drew numerous pass interference calls.

2. Omar Hunter, DT, Buford, Ga.

Hunter was in the offensive backfield all day against Grove City, Ohio. He showed burst off the ball, an unstoppable bull rush and agility not often found in a 310-pounder.

3. Dan McCarthy, ATH, Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney

McCarthy isn't a quarterback prospect at the next level, but he's effective in college. He threw for a long touchdown pass and ran all over Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway throughout the game. On defense he was solid in coverage.

4. DeVier Posey, WR, Cincinnati (Ohio) La Salle

Posey didn't reach the end zone but he had a productive day and helped his team move the football. He drew a ton of attention from the defense and still caught passes for more than 100 yards.

5. Mike Zordich, LB, Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney

Zordich was all over the field. He was a bull with the ball in his hands and had the highlight run of the game against Gateway where he broke six tackles. On defense, he took good pursuit angles and played physical.

6. Cameron Sadler, ATH, Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway

Saddler was the lone bright spot for Gateway in its loss to Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney. He is a waterbug runner with his ability to change directions so quickly and he reaches top speed after his first couple of steps. He single-handedly helped his team avoid a shutout, but missed a bunch of time in the second half with an injury.

7. Michael Shaw, RB, Trotwood (Ohio) Madison

Shaw was the key to Trotwood-Madison's offense. He has very good hands out of the backfield, gets upfield quickly and is slippery in traffic. Shaw isn't a huge back but he's more than willing to lower his shoulder into a pile to gain extra yardage and he has excellent balance which allows him to squirt forward for seemingly impossible yards.

8. Jurrell Casey, DT, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly

The big defensive tackle led a spirited defense to victory over Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville. He was very active early on, making a couple of key stops and he held the line of scrimmage for most of the game. He's very agile for his size and takes up blockers.

9. Javon Rembert, WR, Charlotte (N.C.) Independence

Rembert is small, but he had a huge night against Elder. He had 11 catches for 197 yards and two highlight-reel catches. His football speed is impressive and he showed excellent hands. Despite his lack of size, he came down with the ball in traffic at times.

10. Zebrie Sanders, OT, Clayton (Ohio) Northmont

Sanders kept his quarterback's blind side clean against a very talented Pittsburgh (Pa.) Central Catholic defense. Sanders is massive has a great frame to add weight. He moves his feet well and dominated one-on-one matchups all game. He's better in pass protection at this stage but has tremendous upside as a dominant left tackle at the next level.

11. Jeremy Smith, Tulsa (Okla.) Union

The Class of 2009 running back is quick and powerful and had a big game against Canton (Ohio) McKinley. He rushed for 107 yards on 19 carries and showed the speed to get outside and the physical ability to run the ball between the tackles.

Mike Farrell can be reached at [email protected]


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