September 3, 2007

Trotwood comes up short

CINCINNATI - In one of the most hotly contested battles at the 2007 Herbstreit Classic, Fort Thomas (Ken.) Highlands beat Trotwood (Ohio) Madison 24-20 in the last game of the two-day marathon. While the team from the Bluegrass State didn't boast D-I prospects, Trotwood-Madison has plenty, led by running back Michael Shaw.

Shaw is a fun back to watch. He's not huge but he runs with power and isn't afraid of taking a hit for extra yardage. Shaw has very good hands out of the backfield, gets upfield quickly and has very fast feet. He's also very slippery in traffic and plays with great balance which allows him to gain extra yardage after contact. Shaw is also a willing and capable blocker. He's committed to Penn State and the Nittany Lions are getting a good one.

The highest-ranked player in the game was tight end Brandon Moore. Moore is a massive tight end at a legit 6-foot-6 and 245 pounds. He plays on the outside at wideout in high school but wasn't a part of the Madison gameplan as he was largely invisible on offense. On defense, Moore is a big body at defensive end and plays the run well but his future is clearly on offense. Physically he's a great looking kid, he just didn't get to do much in this game as Madison's gameplan was to utilize Shaw and a lot of wide receiver screens.

Quarterback Dominick Britt will play his college ball right here in Cincinnati and he has a lot of potential. Britt is tall and athletic and can make something out of nothing with his quickness and agility. He's certainly not a pure passer at this stage with an odd delivery and accuracy issues but he has a live arm and showed some nice touch on swing passes and a few down the seam. In a few years, he'll be a dangerous quarterback in the Big East.

His favorite target aside from Shaw is wideout Ray Roundtree who is committed to Purdue. Roundtree isn't a big receiver but he has very good speed and has an extra gear that surprises defensive backs. He catches the ball with his hands and rarely lets it into his body. He's dangerous after the catch if hit in stride because of his speed.

On defense, middle linebacker Doug Rippy is the leader for Trotwood-Madison. Rippy has very good size and appears thicker and bigger than his listed 218 pounds. Rippy is aggressive and is best when attacking. He's a physical tackler, fills the lane well and takes on blockers. His lateral speed needs to improve but he's going to be a solid Big 12 linebacker at Nebraska.


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