Nordonia rising senior Denzel Ward is heading a couple of hours south next year following his commitment to play football on scholarship at Ohio State.
“They have been recruiting him since the spring and have been keeping in touch,” Nordonia football coach Jeffrey Fox said. “He went down there [to Columbus] for a one-day camp and had a very good performance.
“He was considering a couple of other schools, but he was very excited and he committed on the spot when they offered him a scholarship. This is very exiting news for Denzel.”
Fox said Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer and defensive backs coach Kerry Coombs like Ward’s “cover skills and speed” as a cornerback.
“He is such a great kid,” Fox said. “He deserves this opportunity. He comes from a great family with a very nice mom and dad.”
Ward is a defensive back and wide receiver at Nordonia. He has helped the Knights reach the playoffs in each of the past two seasons. He also is a multiple state qualifier in track and field as a member of the Knights’ 400 relay and as a long jumper.
Fox said Ward also had scholarship offers from several schools, including Cincinnati, Washington State, Rutgers, Indiana, Kentucky and Syracuse.
Bell commits to Toledo
Nordonia rising senior Cameron Bell has committed to play football on scholarship at the University of Toledo.
Bell, 17, is an offensive lineman who is 6 feet, 8 inches and 320 pounds.
“Their coaching staff is a bunch of young guys who run around and have fun,” Bell said of the Rockets. “They were the first school to offer me a scholarship and I am really excited about this opportunity.”
Maryland, Akron, Ohio, Buffalo and Eastern Michigan also made offers to Bell.
Bell started as a sophomore and junior at left tackle for the Knights, and also throws the discus and shot put in track and field. He is being recruited to play tackle or guard in college.
“Cameron is a great kid,” Nordonia coach Jeffrey Fox said. “He fits in so well there. He loves coach [Matt] Campbell and [offensive line] coach [Tom] Manning.”
Christian nabs offers
Archbishop Hoban guard Anthony Christian, who will be a junior next season, has received scholarship offers from Cleveland State and Kent State for basketball.
Christian is a 6-foot-4 shooting guard and is a two-year letter winner for the Knights.
“These are my first two scholarship offers,” Christian said. “I am getting a lot of interest from several other schools; Akron, Dayton, Penn State, Ohio State, Xavier, Michigan State, Virginia Tech and Northern Kentucky.”
Basketball standouts Omari Spellman and Craig Randall are transferring out of state to attend school next year, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Spellman is a rising junior who played at North Royalton and is transferring to the MacDuffie School in Massachusetts.
Randall played at Medina last season and is a rising senior guard who is transferring to Shadow Mountain in Arizona.
Both players earned All-Ohio honors in Division I in 2014.
Randall transferred to Medina from Girard before last season. Before coming to North Royalton, Spellman played basketball at two high schools in New York.
Spellman is ranked No. 24 by ESPN in the Class of 2016 and was invited to the LeBron James Skills Academy in July. He has scholarship offers from Florida, Iowa, West Virginia, Villanova, Virginia Tech and Cincinnati.
He helped the Bears go 43-5 the past two seasons. As a sophomore, he averaged 22 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.
Randall averaged 20.3 points per game. He holds scholarship offers from the College of Charleston, Louisiana Tech, Kent State, Toledo, Akron, Cleveland State, Northeastern, Robert Morris, Drexel and Saint Joseph’s.