One Ohio school, four CU prospects

One Ohio school, four CU prospects

It had been 11 years since the Colorado football program signed a prospect from Ohio prior to coaches landing running back Rodney Stewart and linebacker Doug Rippy in 2008. The program added another player from Ohio in the 2009 class in defensive back Deji Olatoye, and CU is recruiting more Ohioans this year, including four from one school. Get inside for more.

At least one CU coach is scheduled to visit Wayne High School in Huber Heights, Ohio, (in the Dayton area) later this month as the spring evaluation period wraps up. Scholarship offers could follow for linebacker Josh Harrison, brothers Terrence Talbott, a cornerback, and Terry Talbott, a defensive tackle. An offer could also be coming for 2011 quarterback/safety prospect Braxton Miller.

The foursome figure to make Wayne a force to contend with in Ohio high school football next fall. All four already have offers from other programs after advancing to the regional semifinals last season and finishing 7-3. Harrison and both Talbotts hold offers from Wisconsin and Toledo.

Harrison said he first heard Colorado was interested in him three weeks ago when his coach told him CU coaches were planning to visit the school this month. Harrison said going away to school is actually ideal. He's hoping to get out of state for college.

"They're a big-time school, and I'm just trying to play big-time football and win championships" Harrison said. "Since they do that, distance wouldn't be a problem.

Harrison said he doesn't know any of the current Buffs who played their high school ball in Ohio, but he likes the fact there are already players on the roster from his home state.

Harrison, a 6-foot-1, 220-pound prospect who played outside linebacker last season, said he holds scholarship offers from Wisconsin and Toledo. A slew of programs were scheduled to visit the school this week to talk to his coach, including Iowa, Northwestern, Vanderbilt and Bowling Green.

Some schools see him as a middle linebacker. Others believes he will continue to play outside at the college level.

"Wherever the coaches see me fitting in is where I will play," he said.

Harrison has plans to attend camps this summer. He said he hopes to attend most of those camps with his teammates, but they haven't finalized plans yet.

Harrison is a good student and believes that is one reason why he is receiving more attention in recent weeks. He said earned a 21 the first time he took the ACT and has a cumulative grade-point average of 3.2. He has straight As this semester. He hopes to study business in college.

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