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Nordonia junior football players snag scholarship offers

By Michael Beaven Published: April 24, 2014

College football coaches are well aware of where Nordonia High School is these days.

Nordonia football coach Jeff Fox said several juniors on the Knights team are generating a lot of interest from Division I colleges.

Cornerback-wide receiver Denzel Ward holds scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Kentucky, Ohio, Bowling Green, Western Michigan, Massachusetts, Akron and Miami (Ohio).

Cameron Bell, an offensive lineman, has offers from Toledo, Akron, Buffalo and Ohio.

Wide receiver-safety Alex Alders has offers from Toledo, Ohio and Western Michigan.

Justice Alexander, a defensive end and offensive lineman, has offers from Massachusetts and Ohio.

Defensive end-linebacker Nyck Grayson has an offer Massachusetts.

“It has been a lot of fun,” Fox said. “It has been exciting to see all these different colleges passing through and recruiting our kids.”

Fox said his players are remaining grounded and staying focused on what they can control, such as competing on the spring sports team they are currently on and conditioning their bodies in the weight room and by running.

“We have a lot of guys in spring sports,” Fox said. “Alex Alders is a key contributor to the baseball team and junior quarterback David Murray is a role player on the team as well substituting as an outfielder. Sophomore safety Tyler Soltis, sophomore quarterback Justin Post and freshmen quarterback Daniel Heiser are all contributing to the varsity baseball team too.

“Track and field is where our football team has the most participation. Our special teams coordinator for football, Scott Barwidi, is the head track and field coach and really gets the most out of our guys. Denzel Ward is a returning state qualifier in the long jump. Denzel, Jordan Nobles, Sterling Brabson, Dylan Mabin and freshmen running back Daniel Banks all contribute to the sprint events. Alex Woicehovich, Cameron Bell and junior linemen Catrell Simpson lead the throwing events.”

Woicehovich, a senior linebacker, recently committed to play football and major in nursing at St. Francis University in Pennsylvania.

Nordonia has played in the Division II football playoffs in each of the past two seasons.

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