Sunday, August 12, 2001

High school Insider

Wynn attracting recruiters' attention

        DeShawn Wynn of Reading High School will be the most heavily recruited running back in the area this year, with Super Prep magazine reporting that Alabama is the early leader for his services.

        Not quite, according to Reading coach Ken Minor.

        “He's down to 10 schools, and he's not going to narrow it down yet,” Minor said.

        Wynn's final 10, in no particular order, are Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, Purdue, Indiana, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Florida, Miami (Fla.) and Alabama.

        “He'll pick five of those to visit, and we'll go from there,” Minor said.

        A Reading teammate, Charlie Vample, also has an offer from Alabama.

        Wynn, at 6 foot 1 and 217 pounds, will also play some linebacker for Reading this year. He has run 4.35 seconds in the 40 dash, which is fast by NFL standards and blazing at the prep level.

        “A lot of the recruiters blow smoke at you, but Penn State and West Virginia tell me they rank him the No.1 running back in the country,” Minor said.

        Wynn rushed for 1,366 yards (8.8 average per carry) last year and scored 20 touchdowns.

        PLENTY OF TALENT: Cincinnati, as usual, has plenty of other national-caliber prep football talent.

        Wynn, St. Xavier offensive lineman Kyle Ralph, and Highlands offensive lineman Rob Smith are all rated among the nation's top 100 prep players by ESPN recruiting analyst Tom Lemming.

        Ralph, the No.2-rated lineman in Ohio, has committed to Vanderbilt. Smith's college choices are Clemson, Nebraska, Tennessee, Florida, Kentucky and Penn State.

        SIGNING: Jen Widener (Seton) has signed to play women's soccer at Arkansas State. She was first-team all Girls Greater Cincinnati League last season.

        Click on for a list of more than 200 local athletes and their college choices.

        PLAY BALL: Landmark Christian basketball coach Ed Davis said the school is staging two Class C-level softball tournaments (Aug. 18-25) as fundraisers, with proceeds earmarked for a new gymnasium floor. For entry information call Davis at 563-2593.

        • The annual Oak Hills High School men's soccer alumni scrimmage will be Aug.25 (7:30 p.m.) at the school. Soccer alums should call coach Chuck Ausman at 574-7732.

        GOOD CREDENTIALS: Tom Chambers, who was baseball coach at Withrow from 1966-99, is starting over again. Chambers is looking for another job after Cincinnati State Technical and Community College dropped its program for budgetary reasons. Chambers coached Cincinnati State in 2000 and 2001.

        “I'd love to get back into the high school scene again,” Chambers said. “I'll see what's available.” Chambers sent several Withrow players to the pros, including eventual major leaguers Ron Oester, Tony Scott and Shannon Penn.

        FOOTBALL OPENING: Taylor High School has an open date for an away game on Oct.26. Call AD Gene Peak at 476-3200.

        COACHES NEEDED: • Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy needs a boys reserve soccer coach, and boys and girls varsity swimming head coaches. Call AD Tim Edmonds at 247-9010, ext. 306.

        • Middletown needs a high school assistant boys basketball coach and two junior high boys basketball coaches. Call coach Bob Nocton at 727-1830.

        • Taylor needs an assistant boys high school basketball coach. Call AD Gene Peak at 467-3200.

        • Wyoming needs a varsity baseball coach. Call AD Jim Barre at 679-3610.

        Contact Tom Groeschen at 768-8450; fax: 768-8550; e-mail:


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