By Jim Baird | AM Football Briefing | Friday, December 23 – 6:15 AM
OSU’s Cleveland Talent Stronger Than Ever: Glenville. St. Ignatius. Benedictine. The Cleveland pipeline to Ohio State is as strong as ever. The Northeast Ohio area provided defensive starters this season in linebackers Chris Worley and Jerome Baker, cornerback’s Marshon Lattimore and Denzel Ward, as well as defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones. Next year could have even more of a Northeast flavor writes Bill Landis, as many as eight defensive starters could come from the area — including linebacker Dante Booker, defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle, safety Erick Smith and defensive end Rashod Berry. As has been the case for some time now, the best Cleveland football will be played in the ‘Shoe (and not FirstEnergy Stadium).
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