Last Weekend of the Class of ’09 Recruiting: Where Nebraska Prospects Stand

Posted on January 29, 2009. Filed under: College Football, High School Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

By Will Cummings
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   Going into the last weekend of the high school football class of 2009 recruiting cycle, my Hit News.com presents the latest on the known offers and commitments made to and by Nebraska high school student/athletes. 

   my Hit News.com’s listing only represents the member schools of the following sports governing bodies and/or particular divisions within them: NCAA Divisions I-A; I-AA and II; NAIA and Junior Colleges (JUCO).

   Thanks to all of the people that provide information to my Hit News.com.  And to all of you current and potential prospects know this:

There are plenty of college recruiters that monitor this site, as well as fans and participants of the various college message boards of schools from across this region–I know–you should see our site stats and read my e-mail.”

Important Note: Future updates to this board will be posted on the “Nebraska HS Class of 2009 Football Prospects’ Offers and Commitments”  link that is found at the top of this page.  In other words: updates to the listing will not be reflected if you link back to this post in the future.

 


Nebraska HS Class of 2009 Football Prospects’

Offers and Verbal Commitments

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“*”and bold represent verbal commitment


Division I-A

Jon Lechner, OL (6-5, 315), Creighton Prep

*Ohio University, Buffalo, Iowa State, Louisiana Tech.

Tyrone Sellers, DE, (6-4, 215), McCook

*Kansas University, Wyoming, Iowa, Kansas State

C. J. Zimmerer, FB (6-0, 213), Omaha Gross Catholic

*Nebraska

Vondrae Tostenson, WR (6-5, 225), Millard South

Iowa (unknown if offer is still on the table)

Cole Pensick DT, (6-2, 250), Lincoln Northeast

*Nebraska

James Davis, OL(6-3, 315), Omaha North

*Ohio University

Eric Koehlmoos, DB (6-1, 190), Pierce

Wyoming (unknown if offer is still on the table), South Dakota State

Scott Criss, OL (6-5, 250),Creighton Prep

*Wyoming, South Dakota State


Division I-AA

Ty Kildow, ATH (5-8, 165), Millard South

*Nebraska University—Walk-on; University of North Dakota

Eric Cummings, DT (6-2, 270), Omaha Burke

*University of South Dakota

Michael Burrus, RB (5-8, 165), Papillion-La Vista South

*University of South Dakota, University of North Dakota

Jake Marousek, ATH (6-2, 190), Omaha Burke

*University of South Dakota

Josh Kage, OL (6-4, 255), Papillion-La Vista

*South Dakota State University

Garrett Bruhn, FB/LB (6-2, 215), Beatrice
*North Dakota State

Greg Hardin, WR (5-11, 165), Bellevue West
*University of North Dakota

 

 

 

 


Division II

Tyler Seals, QB (6-1, 185), Bellevue West

*Northwest Missouri State

Jordan Hale, DB (6-0, 190), Millard South

*University of Nebraska at Omaha

Kohlman Adema-Schulte, RB (5-9, 180), Millard West

*Northwest Missouri State

Nick Bell, K (5-9, 185), Beatrice
*Wayne State

Kyle Stuchlik, LB (6-190), Pierce
*Chadron State

Jade Clevland, LB (6-2, 215), Ogallala
*Chadron State

Joe Knott, LB/RB (5-11, 185), Ogallala
Chadron State, *Doane College (NAIA)

Nate Anderson, DB (6-1, 185), Omaha Burke
Wayne State

Matt Berry, ATH (5-10, 160), McCook
*University of Nebraska at Kearney

Dillon Goltl, WR (6-1, 165), McCook 
*University of Nebraska at Kearney

Joe Vetrovsky, OL (6-3, 280), McCook
*University of Nebraska at Kearney 

Aaron Ruppert, TE (6-4, 215), McCook 
*University of Nebraska at Kearney

Garrett Schlichtemeier, WR (5-10, 160), Ogallala
*Chadron State

Kyle Bertelsen, LB (6-2, 220), Douglas County West
Wayne State

Dillon Breinig, LB (6-2, 220), Arapahoe

*University of Nebraska at Kearney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


NAIA

Joe Knott, LB/RB (5-11, 185), Ogallala
*Doane College

 

 

 

 

 

 


JUCO

Kelvin Johnson, RB (6-2, 225), Omaha Burke
Iowa Western Community College

Bo Adams, OL (6-2, 287), Omaha Burke

Iowa Western Community College

 

 

 

 

 

In The Wind

Justin Coleman, Beatrice’s  6 foot 175lb WR/DB, has taken official visits to several D-IAA and D-II schools but there is no word of any offers or commitment.

Corey Serrano, RB/DB (6-1, 190), North Platte; Matt Berry, ATH (5-10, 160), McCook; Drew Wagner, RB (6-1, 205 ), Madison (1 0f  only 22 Nebraskans in history to rush for over 5,000 yards in a career) and Sandi Stanback, OL (6-2, 300), Boys Town have all committed to University of  Nebraska at Kearney?

Others that are rumored to attend the University of Nebraska at Kearney are: Jason Wilcox, Norfolk Catholic; Dillon Breinig, Arapahoe; Riley Larson, Adams Central; Stephan Rush, Anselmo Merna and Garrett Rockey, Norfolk Catholic and Matt Bicskei, DE/TE (6-2, 250), Omaha Burke.

Nebraska’s No. 1 class of 2009 prospect, as touted by Rivals, 6-foot-4, 225 lb WR Vondrae Tostenson –who has had an offer on the table from Iowa University since the beginning of his junior year–may be taking the JUCO route.  Stories are flying that he has visited Iowa Western?

Ron Kellogg ., QB (6-2, 210), Omaha Westside, committed to walk-on at Nebraska University.

 

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Nebraska HS Class of 2009 Football Prospects Offer & Commitment List

Posted on January 23, 2009. Filed under: College Football, High School Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

February 4th Signing Day: Twelve Days Away and Counting  

By Will Cummings
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   Here we are with just over a week left before the Nebraska high school class of 2009 student/athletes get their first opportunity to sign a student athletic scholarship.”national letter of intent.”

   The young men who will sign these documents are fortunate indeed to have the physical attributes, skills, talent and good fortune to have a institution of higher learning pay for their, room board and tuition–while still being able to play the game of football.

   Hey guys, remember: all those 40, 50, and even 100 yard sprints that you ran–on a brutally hot summer day at the end of a three hour practice; or how about all those painful “get one more rep” days in the weight room that you endured through winter conditioning; or those times that the coach screamed at you and made you feel like an idiot or worthless because you blew an assignment or dogged a play or a workout?

    Yea, right about now it wasn’t so bad, huh?

   May you all realize the long hard road it took for you to reach this milestone in your life. And may each of you look deep into your heart and your memory to give thanks to all those around you: parents/guardians, relatives, coaches, teachers, priest and pastors and any others that influenced and shaped your life so that you may reach this point. Because–no one–gets here on their own!

    As for me, “Thanks for the memories and good luck in all your future endeavors.”

    And with that, let’s take a look at the list of known offers and commitments to Division I-A – Division II schools. We will try to keep this list updated every day between now through signing day..

   You can help us keep accurate by emailing us at myhitnews@yahoo.com with any corrections, updates and/or new information.

 Last Updated: January 26, 11:50 pm.

 

 


Nebraska HS Class of 2009 Football Prospects’

Offers and Verbal Commitments

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“*”and bold represent verbal commitment


Division I-A

Jon Lechner, OL (6-5, 315), Creighton Prep

*Ohio University, Buffalo, Iowa State, Louisiana Tech.

Tyrone Sellers, DE, (6-4, 215) McCook

*Kansas University, Wyoming, Iowa, Kansas State

C. J. Zimmerer, FB (6-0, 213), Omaha Gross Catholic

*Nebraska

Vondrae Tostenson, WR (6-5, 225), Millard South

Iowa (unknown if offer is still on the table)

Cole Pensick DT, (6-2, 250), Lincoln Northeast

*Nebraska

James Davis, OL(6-3, 315), Omaha North

*Ohio University

Eric Koehlmoos, DB (6-1, 190), Pierce

Wyoming (unknown if offer is still on the table), South Dakota State

Scott Criss, OL (6-5, 250),Creighton Prep

*Wyoming, South Dakota State


Division I-AA

Ty Kildow, ATH (5-8, 165), Millard South

*Nebraska University—Walk-on; University of North Dakota

Eric Cummings, DT (6-2, 270), Omaha Burke

*University of South Dakota

Michael Burrus, RB (5-8, 165), Papillion-La Vista South

*University of South Dakota, University of North Dakota

Jake Marousek, ATH (6-2, 190), Omaha Burke

*University of South Dakota

Josh Kage, OL (6-4, 255), Papillion-La Vista

*South Dakota State University

Garrett Bruhn, FB/LB (6-2, 215), Beatrice
*North Dakota State

Greg Hardin, WR (5-11, 165), Bellevue West
*University of North Dakota


Division II

Tyler Seals, QB (6-1, 185), Bellevue West

*Northwest Missouri State

Jordan Hale, DB (6-0, 190), Millard South

*University of Nebraska at Omaha

Kohlman Adema Schulte, RB (5-9, 180), Millard West

*Northwest Missouri State

Nick Bell, K (5-9, 185), Beatrice
Wayne State

Kyle Stuchlik, LB (6-190), Pierce
*Chadron State

Jade Clevland, LB (6-2, 215), Ogallala
Chadron State

Joe Knott, LB/RB (5-11, 185), Ogallala
Chadron State

Nate Anderson, DB (6-1, 185), Omaha Burke
Wayne State

 

In The Wind

Justin Coleman, Beatrice’s  6 foot 175lb WR/DB, has taken official visits to several D-IAA and D-II schools but there is no word of any offers or commitment.

Corey Serrano, RB/DB (6-1, 190), North Platte; Matt Berry, ATH (5-10, 160), McCook; Drew Wagner, RB (6-1, 205 ), Madison (1 0f  only 22 Nebraskans in history to rush for over 5,000 yards in a career); Dillion Goltl, WR (6-1, 165), McCook ; Sandi Stanback, OL (6-2, 300), Boys Town; Joe Vetrovsky, OL (6-3, 280), McCook  and Aaron Ruppert, TE (6-4, 215), McCook  have all committed to University of  Nebraska at Kearney?

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my Hit News.com Top Ten Nebraska HS Hoops Prospects

Posted on January 16, 2009. Filed under: High School Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Top Ten Prospects and Top 25 Recap w/Honorable Mention Players

By Will Cummings
my HitNews.com

    Below are the rankings of my Hit News.com’s Top Ten Nebraska High School Hoop Prospects for the ’08/’09 season.

   The rankings were compiled through observations by and recommendations provided to my Hit News.com’s high school sports analyst Thomas Liechti–aka Action Force. 

   As with any polls and or rankings the collective effort reflected in the output is based on opinion and as such in no way does it constitute an absolute.  Nevertheless, we at my Hit News.com believe that Thomas’ prospect rankings are based on sound evidence that he has gathered through: live attendance of practices and games and consultation with various athletes, coaches and media personalities. In other words: “We know that Action Force has done his homework.”

 

  

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 Nebraska High Schoolhoops10 Top Ten Prospects ’08/’09

By Action Force

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1. Jarell Crayton, 6-7, Senior, C, Bellevue East

Offers from Colorado State and Nebraska, he is king of the boards and a man among boys in the paint. A very good offensive player with an underrated ability to drain the intermediate15 ft jump shot.

2. Gregg Smith, 6-6, Senior, SF/PF/SG, Ralston

Committed to Colorado State– he is the most diverse player in the state. with the talent to play any position on the floor, Exhibits the ability to shoot lights out, and finishes extremely well when slashing to the hoop. His defensive style reminds me of Tracy McGrady.

3. Elliot Elliason, 6-11, Junior,C, Chadron

Impressive hook shot, uses his size well, like Jarell Crayton and he has a pretty good 15 footer

4. Dwight Smith, 6-3, Junior, PG/SG, Ralston

Offer from Colorado State, he is a slasher and great finisher. He is an outstanding player around the basket and a very good athlete.

5. Tyler Evans, 6-2, Junior, SG/PG, Waverly

Fantastic jump shot with incredible range. He is very strong and can finish.

6. Mike Gessell, 6-0, Freshman, PG, South Sioux City

Offers from Nebraska, Creighton, Northern Iowa,.very smart ball player, and exceptional ball handler, with an underrated jump shot.

7. John Karhoff, 6-8, Senior, PF/C, Creighton Prep
Committed to UNO-, he has a good shot and a great touch for a big man, and has proved to be an extremely scrappy player.
8. Vondrae Tostenson, 6-5, Senior, PF, Millard South

Top Athlete, powerful and a great finisher.

9. Matt Hagerbaumen, 6-7, Senior, SF, Lincoln Southeast

Committed to UNO, he is a good shooter, scrappy–but more of a finesse-type big man.

10. Stevelle Burns, 6-0, Senior, PG, Benson

A floor general, he runs and leads his team, Demonstrates GREAT defense, is a hard worker, and can score by shooting or by driving to the hoop.

 

 

 

Top 25 Recap and Honorable Mention Players

 

  
 

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 Nebraska High Schoolhoops7Top 25 Prospects ’08/’09

 By Action Force

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1. Jarell Crayton, 6-7, Senior, C, Bellevue East

2. Gregg Smith, 6-6, Senior, SF/PF/SG, Ralston

3. Elliot Elliason, 6-11, Junior,C, Chadron

4. Dwight Smith, 6-3, Junior, PG/SG, Ralston

5. Tyler Evans, 6-2, Junior, SG/PG, Waverly

6. Mike Gessell, 6-0, Freshman, PG, South Sioux City

7.. John Karhoff, 6-8, Senior, PF/C, Creighton Prep.

8. Vondrae Tostenson, 6-5, Senior, PF, Millard South

9. Matt Hagerbaumen, 6-7, Senior, SF, Lincoln Southeast

10. Stevelle Burns, 6-0, Senior, PG, Benson

11. Deverell Biggs, 6-1, Junior, SG/PF, Omaha Central

12. Caleb Steffensmeir, 5-11, Junior, PG, Creighton Prep

13. Jordan Tyrance, 6-4, SF/PF, Junior, Lincoln Southwest

14. Trevor Meinke, 6-0, Junior, PG, Beatrice

15. Scottie Davis, 6-5, Junior, SF/PF, Omaha Burke

16. Derrius Vick, 6-0, Sophomore, PG, Lincoln Southeast

17. Ted Lampkin, 5-11, Sophomore, PG, Omaha Central

18. Jerad Warner, 6-6, Junior, PF/C Omaha Gross

19. Dol Kutey, 6-6, Senior, C, Lincoln Northeast

20. Ben Imig, 6-0, Junior, SG/PG, Bryan

21. Galen Gullie, 5-7, Sophomore, PG, Bryan

22 Pete Uhing, 6-5, Senior, PF/C, Lincoln High

23 Adonis Hill, 5-10, Sophomore, PG, Omaha Burke

24. Mike Dentlinger, 6-6, Junior, PF/C, Millard North

25. DK Augustine, 6-4, Sophomore, C, Omaha Bryan

 

Honorable Mention Players

Mike Partee, Senior, Lincoln High; Drew Sankey, Senior, Lincoln East; Ray McGaugh, Junior, Omaha Burke; Denver Klause, Bennington.

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Metro Holiday Basketball Tournament Breakdown & Predictions

Posted on December 25, 2008. Filed under: High School Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

By Action Force
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2008/2009
Metro Conference

Holiday Basketball Tournament
 Breakdown & Predictions

(“#”  represents tournament seed)

 

 

 

#9 Papillion-La Vista South VS. #1 Creighton Prep

 

 

How They Got Here
Creighton Prep dispatched #16 seed–and winless–Northwest in the opening round led by Junior guard
Caleb Steffensmier and junior Cole Martin.

 

Papillion-La Vista South defeated #8 seed Millard North behind sophomore sensation Jalen Hueser, who connected on 6 treys and finished with 22 points.

 

Keys to Victory

Creighton Prep: Must get senior post up Bret Potter going early. He has the ability to wear the Titans down underneath. Caleb Steffensmier, who is no stranger to carrying the load for his team, must be smart with the basketball: limit turnovers and continue to do what he does best—set his teammates up with easy baskets. Finally, allow Taylor Stormber to get comfortable from downtown. If he finds his stroke from behind the 3 point line early that spells trouble for Papio south.


Papillon-La
Vista South: Must allow Jalen Hueser to do his thing. The super-soph. guard has impressed many with the numbers he’s been putting up and his dynamic presentation on the court.  Hueser can shoot very well and he has the ability to slash hard to the hoop and finish! The Titans will need to ride him to claim a victory. In addition, Titians role players Ryan Rolfzen and Chandler Thomas need to have good games to take some pressure off of Hueser.

It will be a big stage for the inexperienced Titans: They will need to come out of the gates fast and not let the bright lights and pressure of the Holiday Tournament spoil their game.

Prediction: Prep 51 Papillion South 38

 

 

 

#12 Millard South VS  #4 Bellevue East

 

How They Got Here

Millard South out rebounded Bellevue West and rode a strong 18 points performance by Vondrae Tostenson

to get the upset.

 

Bellevue East avenged an early season loss to Omaha South and had 2 other players besides Jarell Crayton

score in double figures.

Keys to Victory

Millard South must “make or break!” I’ve well documented my opinion on Millard South’s potential this season—it’s solely based on what Vondrae Tostenson does. 

 

Tostenson makes or breaks this team—end of story!  Vondrae must get going early whether it be shooting from the outside or slashing to the hoop. The Patriots must also contain the highly potent Jarell Crayton.

Stop Crayton?  No! That’s not going to happen; they just need to him keep him between 15-25 points. Millard South must not allow him to duplicate his 51 point outbreak in the season opener.

 

Mix it up on defense–use a variety of defenses to slow down Crayton: Box and 1, front him and do the best to deny him the ball, and force other Chieftains to beat you. And if all this isn’t enough, it wouldn’t hurt to say a little prayer.

 

Bellevue East’s task is simple:Feed Jarell Crayton the ball! He is the most dominate big man in the state. East’s role players will need to do their part by getting Crayton the rock, but they must also look to score as well.

The Patriots’ Coach Throne will do his best to mix up his defenses and keep Crayton off balance. The Chieftains Tyson Reeves and  Brad McNab

must step up if things get dicey for Crayton.

Prediction: Millard South 55 Bellevue East 54

 

 

 

#3 Omaha Central VS #11 Omaha Burke

 

How They Got Here

Central used a balanced offensive attack to beat Westside as 4 Eagles scored in double digits.

Burke upset a very good Millard West team by dictating the tempo and style of play, while showing a balanced offensive attack and by providing solid ball pressure on defense.

 

Keys to Victory
Central must shoot well. Central shot unbelievably well in their earlier win over Omaha Burke.

 

Central also needs to get Biggs going early. Biggs, a junior, seems to feed off of adrenaline rushes. The Eagles would be smart to get him going early as he has demonstrated the ability to take over any game once he is in rhythm.  Ted Lampkin will also need to make good decisions with the ball. Central has plenty of depth with players like Denzell Cook, Clifton Cox and Paul Simms.  In order to keep the Eagles undefeated they all will need to make key contributions.

 

Burke must handle the relentless Central ball pressure, Adonis Hill–Burke’s best ball handler– should play point the majority of the game.

 

The Bulldogs will need to pound the ball inside: Burke did not get the ball to junior power forward Scottie Davis enough in their previous meeting with Central—and it showed! Davis has scored in double figures in 4 of Burke’s first 5 games– the Central game being the only exception where he did not reach the mark.

 

Davis is a smart and highly productive player who is shooting over 80 percent from the field and averaging 11 points and 12 rebounds per game. The Bulldogs will do well to keep him in the mix early and often. And Burke’s Ray McGaugh will also need to get his jumper going early, share the ball and not force shots.

 

Prediction: Burke 73 Central 68

 

 

#2 Bryan VS #7 Benson

 

 

How They Got Here
Bryan squeaked by winless Papio led by  22 point performance  by D. K. Augustine.

 

Benson beat Omaha North behind 3 players scoring in double figures with senior standout Stevelle Burns

leading the way.

Keys to Victory
Bryan must find some team chemistry!  Bryan is the best team –on paper–in the state. Galen Gullie, Augustine (both sophomores) Imig, Kuek and Martin

are all very good and dynamic players. They need to find each other and play hard together—together.

Augustine must work inside: Benson’s glaring weakness is no post player, Augustine is very good underneath; therefore, he must get lots of touches and go to work from start to finish.
Galen Gullie is a very good player who needs to look to hurt the Bunnies in two ways: scoring  points and effectively dishing the ball to Augustine and his other teammates.

Benson must stop DK Augustine. Well, at least limit his ability to score in bunches. And they will need to pressure Gullie on defense.  Benson is loaded with quick athletic guards, Stevelle Burns, Cal McCoy and C.J. Carter

have to play solid defense on Gullie

The Bunnies must run the floor, play fast but be smart.

Prediction: Bryan 77 Benson 72

 

 

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Hit News’ Top 25 Nebraska HS Football Prospects: Class of 2009

Posted on November 21, 2008. Filed under: High School Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Hit News releases it’s end-of-season “Top 25 Nebraska HS Football Prospects: Class Of 2009.”
1.  See individulal player analysis capsule of the 2009 prospects who have already received D-1 offers here.
2.  See individual player  analysis capsule of Hit News’ Top 12 2009 Prospects Competing for First D-1 Offer
here
 
*Hit News will release its first “2010 Nebraksa High School Football Prospects” listing on November 26, 2008.

 

 

Hit News’ Top 25
Nebraska HS Football Prospects:
Class of 2009

1.

Jon Lechner, OL
Creighton Prep

2.

Tyrone Sellers, DE
McCook

3.

C. J. Zimmerer,  FB
Omaha Gross Catholic

4.

Vondrae Tostenson, WR
Millard South

5.

Cole Pensick, DT
Lincoln Northeast

6.

James Davis, OL
Omaha North

7.

Eric Koehlmoos, SF
Pierce

8.

Eric Cummings, DT
Omaha Burke

9.

Jordan Hale, ATH
Millard South

10.

Corey Serrano, ATH
North Platte

11.

Brent Webb, SF
Bellevue West

12.

Tyler Seals, QB
Bellevue West

13.

Scott Criss, DT
Creighton Prep

14.

Michael Burrus, RB Papillion-La Vista South

15.

Kohlman Adema-Schulte, RB, Millard West

16.

Greg Hardin, WR
Bellevue West

17.

Bryant Giles, RB
Omaha North

18.

Kelvin Johnson, RB
Omaha Burke 

19.

Ty Kildow, ATH
Millard South 

20.

Drew Neville, LB
Millard South

21.

Alex Stopak, OL
Millard South

22.

Tyler Niederklein, WR
Millard West

23.

Jake Marousek, ATH Omaha Burke

24.

Willie Metoyer, RB
Omaha Westside

25.

Kyle Bertelsen, LB
Douglas County West

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Hit News’ Nebraska HS Class of 2009 Top Ranked D-1 Offered Prospects

Posted on November 14, 2008. Filed under: High School Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Creighton Prep O-Lineman Jon Lechner Vaults to Hit News’ No. 1 Prospect Spot

By Will Cummings
Hit News @ Hit Highlights

Hit News releases its end-of-the-season  “Nebraska HS Class of 2009 Top Ranked D-1 Offered Football Prospects list.  The Hit News listing features Hit News ranking, analysis and comparative prospect rankings and scores from ESPN and Rivals.

Hit News will update this listing when necessary:  The final Class of 2009 Prospect Ranking  will be posted in February ’09.

“Hit News’ Top 12 Nebraskans Competing for First D-1 Offer” will be updated and released within the next several days.

All player physical measurements, times and distances are unverified unless a “√” appears after the mark.

 Last Updated: December 2, 2008 11:50 a.m. (Lechner & Davis commit to Ohio University.)

 Hit News
Nebraska HS Class Of 2009
Top Ranked D-1 Football Prospects

Hit
News
Rank

 

 

Name
High School
College Offer
*Verbal Commit
**Signed

POS

(Ht, Wt)
Bench, Squat,
40 Time,

Shuttle,

Vertical

ESPN
Grade,
National
Rank

Rivals
Stars, Score,
National Rank

1.

 

Jon  Lechner
Creighton Prep

Buffalo, Iowa State, *Ohio University, Lousiana Tech. 

OL

(6-5, 315)√
315, 550
5.25,

NA,
NA

 80,

 17

3 Star,
5.7,

31

Skills & Attributes: Good size, very good balance, good strength, good pad level, good feet, and good hands.

 Analysis: Like most of the top HS OL prospects, we have yet to see what Lechner can really do. The fact is: “Big athletes take a little longer time to fully blossom.” However, Lechner certainly possesses all the skills and attributes and potential necessary to rank him among the top HS linemen prospects in the nation. At this stage in his development, he is more suited for a run oriented type of offensive attack, as he is often quick and explosive coming off the snap, while he  demonstrates the ability to control and to drive his opponents off the line. Lechner is also nimble enough to lead, pull, block in the open field, and to pick up blitzes, which may make him more suited to play OG at the next level. Lechner has the athletic potential to also line up at the left tackle spot, but he will need to work on his hand placement and hand speed to control top DE rushers.

 

2.

Tyrone Sellers
McCook
*Kansas, Wyoming, Iowa,
Kansas State

DE

 (6-4, 215)  

 305, 450,

      4.57      

 4.42,

 33″

73,

130

3 Star,

5.7,

26

Skills & Attributes:  Very good speed, explosive, good first step, quick feet and hands, very athletic, very good toughness, high football IQ.

Analysis: Sellers has the speed, quickness and athleticism to develop into a very good D-1 rush end. In addition, he also seems to display a good football IQ and the proven toughness that could see his talents put to use at the weakside LB spot or even at the safety position. 

 

Sellers is more of a finesse DE who is very adept at using his quick feet and hands to get by bigger defenders on his way to the QB. But Sellers also demonstrates good leverage and decent pad level along with the ability to hold his ground and to easily shed bigger opponents at the HS level. However, at the next level, he will need to develop considerably more size and strength to be an effective every down DE or a weakside LB, who can stop the run.

 

3.

C. J. Zimmerer
Omaha Gross Catholic
*Nebraska

 

FB

 (6-0,  213)√
 295, 400,

 4.6,

 4.2,

 27″

 

76,

12

2 Star,
5.4,

NR

 

Skills & Attributes: Great hips, very explosive, very good acceleration, very good toughness, plays violently, quick feet, plays with very good leverage and pad level, high football IQ.

Analysis: Zimmerer’s stock has risen faster than any Class of 2009 recruit due to the hard work he put in during the off season and through his remarkable performance on the field this year. He has an astonishing 10. 6 yard per carry average while accounting for over 1,200 total yards rushing from the FB position—Whew! From his stance to his brutal blocking and tough explosive and–at times –surprisingly shifty running style, this kid has all the markings of the great classic FBs of the past.

 

ESPN has Zimmerer rated the 12thbest FB in the nation and it is easy to see why when you watch him play on film. He is a very good blocker who exhibits excellent pad level, accuracy and explosiveness when delivering blocks. And when Zimmerer is running he exhibits very good leg drive and is violent upon contact, which accounts for a lot of YAC (yards after contact).  He is also quick-footed and fleet enough to elude and to run by tacklers in the open field.

 

It’s all is his hips! Your feet may lead but it’s the vertical, horizontal, and rotational position of the hips that enables a player to deliver effective blows or to effectively absorb punishing hits, or to explosively accelerate out of cuts–Zimmerer has great hip action!

4.

Vondrae Tostenson

 Millard South
Iowa

 

WR

(6-5, 225)
285, NA,

4.6,

NA,

37″

73,

162

 

3 Star,
5.7,

51

Skills & Attributes: Size, excellent athleticism, very good vertical, good strength, good hands, good football IQ, potential difference maker.

Analysis: Amongst all the  prospects in the Nebraska HS class of 2009, Tostenson has the most potential for greatness. However, injury has limited his ability to demonstrate his true potential on the field. Therefore, though we consider Tostenson to be the top Nebraska  HS Class of 2009 prospect with the most ability to excel at the next level –injury limitations have contributed to a current level of play that prevents us from making him Hit News’ No. 1 prospect. Furthermore, WR may not be Tostenson’s best opportunity for—greatness–at the next level.  His height, frame, speed and athleticism are an ideal combo for bulking up into a devastatingly good TE.  Fortunately for the gifted Tostenson no matter what position he ultimately plays, once he recovers fully from his injury—the sky is the limit!

5.

Cole Pensick
Lincoln Northeast
*Nebraska

 

DT

(6-2, 250)
360, 540,

4.97,

 NR,

26″

73,

87

3 Star,
5.5,

79

Skills & Attributes: Very good balance, very good strength, good feet, good hands,  good athleticism, good football IQ

Analysis: Pensick plays with very good balance and leverage and at times flashes the ability to be explosive on contact. He is a good tackler and appears to have a good feel for the game with his ability to anticipate ball movement and to read blockers.

At his current skill level he is more  likely to be a two-gap  type DT in a 4-3 scheme or a nose tackle in a 3-4 defense–to play either he will have to bulk up considerably. However, it is still unclear at this stage whether or not this talented athlete (Lincoln Metro heavyweight wrestling champ and reigning State shot-put champ will end up on offense or defense.

6.

James Davis
Omaha North
*Ohio University

 

OL

(6-3, 315)
325, 530,
5.5,
NA,
NA.

 

75,
94

2 Star,

5.4,

75

Skills & Attributes: Excellent balance, very good hands, good feet, good strength.

Analysis: Davis is one of the best pass blocking O-line prospects in the country. His excellent balance, quick feet and fast and accurate hand thrust allow him to control the best of rushers.   Due to his current height, Davis will most likely play OG at the next level. Therefore, on running plays, he will have to do some work on becoming more explosive and moving his body quicker into position at the point of contact in order to neutralize D-1 DT”s that will be as large or larger than him. 

7.

Eric Koehlmoos
Pierce
Wyoming

DB

(6-1, 190)
225, 400,

 4.53,

NA,

33″

69,

171

2 Star,

5.2,

NR

Skills & Attributes: Athleticism, high football IQ, acceleration,  versatility, very good explosiveness, violent

Analysis: Koehlmoos is a gifted athlete that plays very well on both sides of the ball. SF is most likely Koehlmoos’ projected position at the D-1 level. But he is a truly gifted athlete that can play a variety of different positions on both sides of the ball.

As a DB, Koehlmoos is very good at reacting to and making a play on the ball when in the air. He is an explosive player who is often violent at the point of contact–he has the ability to punish a runner. Koehlmoos also demonstrates good range and adequate closing speed and the ability to make tackles in the open field.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 WILL THERE

 BE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 ANY MORE

 NEBRASKA PROSPECTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 RECEIVING D-1 OFFERS?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Related Links:
Hit News’ Top 12 Nebraska Prospects Competing for First D-1 Offer Part 1 (No. 1-6).
Hit News’ Top 12 Nebraska Prospects Competing for First D-1 Offer Part 2 (No. 7-12).

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Hit News’ 2008 Playoff Breakdown: Games 5 & 6

Posted on October 30, 2008. Filed under: High School Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

By Will Cummings
Hit News @ Hit Highlights

#3 Lincoln North Star VS # 14 Papillion-La Vista
Game 5

#11 Millard South VS #6 Elkhorn
Game 6

 


#3 Lincoln North Star (8-1)  VS  #14 Papillion-La Vista (5-4)

Game 5

This contest features two of the most surprising teams of 2008. Before the start of the season, I doubt too many Nebraska high school football fans thought that the Lincoln North Star  Navigators would finish the regular season with only one loss. Great  job by Navigators head coach Mark Waller and his staff!  And what about the Monarchs’ head coach Jeff Govier and his staff for getting their program back to its winning tradition.

 

The Monarchs will be led by the rushing of the quick and explosive senior RB Josh lopez (992 rushing yards) and the accurate arm of junior QB Jeff Weander (ranks 2nd in Nebraska Class A in total passing yards 1632) The Navigators will count on a spread offense led by dual-threat QB Joe Hartley and RB Tyrone Lewis as well as one of the state’s best defenses to win this match-up.

One thing for sure–the winner of this game will continue to be the surprise of the year.  

 

Navigators’
Keys To victory

Monarchs
Keys To victory

Hartley is the key the Navigators’  offensive attack. He must limit  mistakes and convert on third downs. Their talented backfield will have to be productive.On defense the Navigators will have to stop a very good Monarch passing game. The first step in this process will be to get pressure on Jeff Weander. The Monarchs will lean on Jeff
Weander’s arm and the legs of Josh Lopez and the hands of one of the state’s top receivers JR Glenn Lewis (6′ 1, 165) to rack up the points. The Monarchs will have a hard time controlling the  talented athletes that run the Navigators’ spread offense, but Monarch players like D-lineman Josh Kage are going to have to step up their game to come out on top in this one.

Navigators’
Key Players To Watch

Monarchs’
Key Players To Watch

Joe Hartley, QB; Tyrone Lewis, RB; John Tatum, FB,   Jeff Weander, QB; Josh Lopez, RB; Glenn Lewis, WR; Josh Kage Ol, DL;

 


#11 Millard South (6-3)  VS  #6 Elkhorn (7-2)

Game 6

Whew boy! Rematch! There are not a lot of good feelings between these two squads and there will be  a lot of pride on the line in this game.

 

The fourth game of the season saw the Antlers  upset the Patriots in a 28-21 brawl. That win  certified Elkhorn as a legitimate Class A force, in their very first year of competing in  Class A football.


Questions: (1) What went wrong for the preseason regionally ranked (as high as #15 ) Patriots? (2) Will the sensational speedster Ty Kildow suit up and play in this game? Rumor has it that he is just waiting on clearance from the doctor.

 

Head coaches Andy Means (Millard South) and Mark Wortman (Elkhorn) and their staffs will be burning the midnight oil to pull out all of their bags of tricks for this Halloween monster of a game.

Patriots’
Keys To victory

Antlers
Keys To victory

Jr QB  Bronson Marsh has struggled this year without Kildow but he still has weapons galore with Vondrae Tostenson and Jordan Hale, who continues to have a very good senior year. They all must perform at their peak levels to win this gameThe Patriot defense should be ready for the Antlers this time, after watching the film and not underestimating their abilities. But being ready and executing are two different things–they must execute.   Elkhorn QB Jordan Poehling and RB Dan Eccles are the keys to the success of the Antlers offense. They will need to hit on all cylinders on Friday to beat the Patriots twice in one season.The defense must pressure Marsh and limit big plays by Hale and Tostenson. If Kildow plays–good luck.

Patriots’
Key Players To Watch

Antlers’
Key Players To Watch

Bronson Marsh, QB; Vondrea Tostenson, WR; Jordan Hale, RB, DB; Ty Kildow. Jordan Poehling, QB;  Dan Eccles, RB; Ryan Maloley, LB.

 

Related Links: Breakdown Games 3 & 4

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Omaha World-Herald Super Six

Posted on August 24, 2008. Filed under: High School Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Also: Max Preps Nebraska Preseason All-State Team

 

Below is the annual Omaha World-Herald Super Six football players and their “Others to watch this season” mentions.

In addition, a link is also provided for Max Preps’ Nebraska Preseason All-State Team.

 

Omaha World-Herald Super Six

Jon Lechner, OL

(6-6, 315)

Omaha Creighton Prep

Cole Pensick OG/DT

(6-2, 260)

Lincoln Northeast

Tyrone Sellers DE/TE

(6-3, 220)

McCook

Brandon Wegher RB, SE, KK

(5-11, 206)

Sioux City Heelan

C.J. Zimmerer, FB, LB

(6-1, 215)

Omaha Gross

Vondrae Tostenson WR, LB

(6-5, 225)

Millard South

 

Others To Watch This Season

Offensive lineman James Davis, Omaha North
Quarterbacks: Nick Failla, Millard North; Ron Kellogg, Omaha Westside; Daryle Hawkins,Omaha Central
Wide Receivers Ty Kildow, Millard South; Justin Coleman, Beatrice
Linebackers Marcus Hall-Oliver, Omaha Central; Justin Small, Hastings St Cecilia
Defensive lineman Eric Cummings, Omaha Burke
Defensive Back Eric Koehlmoos, Pierce

 

 

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Rivals.com releases the 2009 Nebraska Top Ten HS Football Recruit Rankings.

Posted on July 26, 2008. Filed under: High School Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Below are listed the names and rankings of Rivals.com’s Preseason rankings of the State of Nebrasaka’s Top Ten Recruits:

1.   Vondrae Tostenson, WR, (6-4, 215) Millard South
2.   Jon Lechner, OL (6-5, 310) Creighton Prep.
3.   Tyrone Sellers, DE (6-4, 215) McCook
4.   Cole Pensick, DT (6-2, 250) Lincoln NE
5    C. J. Zimmerer, RB (6-0, 213) Omaha Gross Catholic
6.   James Davis, OL (6-3, 300) Omaha North
7.   Ty Kildow, ATH (5-7, 170) Millard South
8.   Eric Koehlmoos, ATH (6-1, 190) Pierce
9.   Daryle Hawkins, QB (6-4, 190) Omaha Central
10. Eric Cummings, DT (6-2, 255) Omaha Burke

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  • my Hit News.com

    Nebraska High Schoolhoops7Top 25 Prospects '08/'09

    By Action Force

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    Sponsor: Hit Highlights Inc.

    1. Jarell Crayton, 6-7, SR, C, Bellevue East

    2. Gregg Smith, 6-6, SR, SF/PF/SG, Ralston

    3. Elliot Elliason, 6-11, JR, C, Chadron

    4. Dwight Smith, 6-3, JR , PG/SG, Ralston

    5. Tyler Evans, 6-2, JR, SG/PG, Waverly

    6. Mike Gessell, 6-0, FR, PG, South Sioux City

    7.. John Karhoff, 6-8, SR, PF/C, Creighton Prep.

    8. Vondrae Tostenson, 6-5, SR, PF, Millard South

    9. Matt Hagerbaumen, 6-7, SR, SF, Lincoln Southeast

    10. Stevelle Burns, 6-0, SR, PG, Benson

    11. Deverell Biggs, 6-1, JR, SG/PF, Omaha Central

    12. Caleb Steffensmeir, 5-11, JR, PG, Creighton Prep

    13. Jordan Tyrance, 6-4, SF/PF, JR, Lincoln Southwest

    14. Trevor Meinke, 6-0, JR, PG, Beatrice

    15. Scottie Davis, 6-5, JR, SF/PF, Omaha Burke

    16. Derrius Vick, 6-0, SO, PG, Lincoln Southeast

    17. Ted Lampkin, 5-11, SO, PG, Omaha Central

    18. Jerad Warner, 6-6, JR, PF/C Omaha Gross

    19. Dol Kutey, 6-6, SR, C, Lincoln Northeast

    20. Ben Imig, 6-0, JR, SG/PG, Bryan

    21. Galen Gullie, 5-7, SR, PG, Bryan

    22 Pete Uhing, 6-5, SR, PF/C, Lincoln High

    23 Adonis Hill, 5-10, SO, PG, Omaha Burke

    24. Mike Dentlinger, 6-6, JR, PF/C, Millard North

    25. DK Augustine, 6-4, SO, C, Omaha Bryan

  • Action Force’s Top Ten

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    Nebraska High School

    Basketball Teams

    (Week ending 02-15-09)

    Team ,(Record) Last wk rank

    1.

    Lincoln SW (18-2) 1

    2.

    Creighton Prep (15-4) 3

    3.

    Lincoln East(13-5) 4

    4.

    Lincoln High (11-6) 5

    5.

    Omaha Central (13-3) 3

    6.

    Lincoln Southeast(14-5) 7

    7.

    Lincoln Northeast(12-5) 103

    8.

    Omaha Bryan (15-6) 8

    9.

    Chadron (19-0) NR

    10.

    Norfolk (13-5) NR Contenders: Bellevue East, Omaha Burke, Omaha Benson, Bellevue West

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