It has been an off-season of anticipation for Warren (Ohio) Howland head coach Richard Angle because many of his top performers from a season ago will return as seniors this fall. Several of those players are also college prospects with recruiting attention from an array of Division 1 programs, giving the 39-year coaching veteran one of his most talented squads.
Leading off Howland's returning seniors is 5-11, 180-pound running back Dante Marsh whom Coach Angle has nothing but the highest praise for.
"He's got great athleticism," Coach Angle said. "At his size, he's strong in the weight room, has a great vertical, is a well-conditioned athlete, he doesn't make a lot of mistakes, a good student when he wants to be, very coachable and he fits the profile of what a good running back can be."
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Marsh rushed for 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns at running back for Howland last season. He was the team's third cornerback because Coach Angle preferred to have him focus on the offensive side of the football as a junior, but when projecting Marsh to the next level, defense may be his home.
"I actually believe he is going to be a better corner," Coach Angle said. "(College coaches) like him as a tailback and they are intrigued that we think he is going to be such a great corner. I know he can play on either side of the ball. He has a great burst, is a great tackler, he jumps out of the sky, so he has all the tools to be a great corner."
On the recruiting scene Coach Angle reported that Miami (Ohio) and Buffalo have shown the most interest in Marsh, but Cincinnati, Penn State and most of the Ohio MAC schools are also sniffing around.
"He has interest in Penn State. As a sophomore he went up to their camp and they started getting in on him right there," Coach Angle said. "He has mentioned that he has relatives out West and Colorado intrigues him, but Colorado doesn't come in here too often. Most of our kids are more Big Ten bred anyways."
Another Howland prospect planning to camp at Penn State this summer is 6-4, 225-pound linebacker Tyler Scott. Ohio State will also host Scott this summer at their camp as will either Illinois or Notre Dame and Coach Angle predicts big things for his star linebacker coming out of those camps.
"He'll be offered as soon as he gets down there. Any camp he goes to he'll be offered," Coach Angle stated. "Tyler Scott is a no-brainer. The kid is athletic, covers the field, can play tight end, can play inside, can play outside and can play down. I am totally amazed he hasn't been offered yet."
Scott earned first team all-league honors for his play as a junior. He runs a 4.7 40-yard dash and carries a 3.75 GPA in the classroom.
Howland High has several more prospects who could make the jump to the Division 1 level, but among the remaining group the player getting the most interest at this time is defensive linemen Craig Stan.
"Craig Stan is going to be offered by Buffalo and West Point (Army) has said they are going to recruit him to the very end," Coach Angle reported. "He's 6-6, 240 and he'll be 280 by the time he gets to college. Once he gets done playing basketball and focuses on putting on weight. He's put on 20 pounds the last two months since basketball season. He's another no-brainer. We're very blessed with linemen this year."