In recent years, Chaminade-Julienne High School of Dayton, Ohio has consistently been among the top football programs in the state of Ohio. The school has 21 players currently playing in college at the Division I and Division II levels, and there are at least two more this year who project as big-time prospects.
One is cornerback Brandon Harrison, a speedster who will be ranked as one of Ohio's top 25 overall players.
"He's really quick," said Chaminade-Julienne head coach Jim Place. "He had the fourth best time in the state in Division I going into the finals last year and he false started and finished eighth. Still, he's one of the eight fastest players in the state."
Harrison plays on both sides of the ball but will likely play on defense in college.
"He's 198 pounds, bench presses 320 pounds, 3.2 student; I think he has everything the major colleges are looking for," said Coach Place.
Harrison has been clocked at 10.6 in the 100 meters, which not surprisingly causes Coach Place to say, "I just think it's his speed that separates him from everybody else."
Chances are you've heard of the other prospect on Chaminade-Julienne -- exciting and explosive running back Javon Ringer. Ringer rushed for 2,000 yards each of the last two seasons and has open field moves that are likely the best in the state if not the Midwest. Ringer stands at 5-10, but his strength and athleticism is outstanding.
"He's even bigger and stronger," Coach Place said. "Javon's a black belt in karate; he benches 380 pounds, he squats 540."
Ringer also brings outstanding character.
"He's just a great kid," Coach Place said. "He has very, very high goals for himself."
Many Buckeye fans have asked about the possibility of seeing Ringer play his college football at Ohio State. It's a bit too early to tell as there should be many opportunities open to him, but OSU is one school he is interested in.
"You just never know," Place said. "I can't speak for Javon. He certainly has a great love for Ohio State University, I know that."