By John Snodgrass, email@example.com / Photo by ESP Media
Headlined by one of the country's most sought-after recruits, the local 2018 football recruiting class features some of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana's best gridiron prospects. From the aforementioned five-star offensive lineman at Fairfield, to the son of a former Bengal at Moeller, to a head-turning 2019 defensive lineman out of Walnut Hills, to a 2020 Winton Woods defensive back who received two offers before he entered high school, here are some of the Tristate's future college prospects.
CLASS OF 2018 - UNCOMMITTED:
Aeneas Hawkins, Moeller, DT
The 6-foot-3, 260-pound Hawkins is one of the area's most sought-after recruits. The son of former Bearcat and Bengal, Artrell Hawkins, and nephew of current Brown and former Bengal, Andrew Hawkins, he does not take after his elders, preferring to play in the trenches. Hawkins landed a giant offer March 29, 2016, when Florida State extended the Moeller defensive lineman his first collegiate scholarship offer. As a junior, he was named first-team all-Greater Catholic League-South, second-team all-district and an Enquirer Fall all star honorable mention. He finished the season with 42 tackles (28 solo), two sacks and a forced fumble. His most recent offer came Feb. 8 from the Miami Hurricanes. Hawkins also holds offers from Alabama, Cincinnati, Clemson, Eastern Michigan, Duke, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU Marshall, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Toledo and UCLA.
Jackson Carman, Fairfield, OT
Carman (6-foot-6, 290-pounds) is not only one of the top Ohio prospects in the 2018 class but one of the most sought-after recruits in the entire country. A top-end offensive lineman, ESPN ranks him as the best junior tackle in the nation. On Oct. 18, he committed to play in the 2018 edition of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. As a junior, he was named first-team all-Greater Miami Conference, first-team all-district, second-team all-state, an Enquirer Fall all star and a Max Preps Junior Class All-American. Carman already holds dozens of scholarship offers with his most recent coming Jan. 24 from UCLA. Other schools looking to procure Carman's talents are Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Clemson, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Kentucky, Louisville, Marshall, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Southern California, Rutgers, Tennessee, Texas, Toledo, Vanderbilt, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Dan Bolden, Colerain, LB
Bolden is a staple of the Colerain defense. One of the top linebacker recruits in the state in the 2018 class, he was named first-team all-GMC, second-team all-district and an Enquirer Fall all star honorable mention in 2016. The 6-foot-1, 222-pound Bolden led Colerain in tackles his junior season with 98 (38 solo) and also recorded 4.5 sacks, a fumble recovery and two interceptions. His most recent offer came Jan. 18 from Lane Kiffin and Florida Atlantic University. He also holds offers from Iowa State and Toledo.
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