Notebook: Kent State’s jump to No. 7, CMU makes noise in the city, Elijah Ball goes down again

Kent State finally got its quarterback on Tuesday with the commitment of Collin Schlee out of Ijamsville, Md. (Oakdale).

Schlee, by, is a three-star, pro-style quarterback that also had offers from Robert Morris, Delaware State and New Hampshire. He also had opportunities to play basketball for Mount St. Mary’s and Bucknell.

Around the same time Schlee made his commitment, 247sports added grades for seven other future Flashes that were previously unranked prospects by its system. With the additions of the seven players’ composite scores, Kent State went from being ranked last in the Mid-American Conference to being No. 7 in the league.

The players that finally received composite scores from the website are:

  • S Trey Trawick (0.8299)
  • CB/WR Jaylen DeCoteau (0.8199)
  • CB Bryson Whitehead (0.7998)
  • WR E.J. Horton (0.7998)
  • DT Oly Okombi (0.7898)
  • OL Logan Swartz (0.7798)
  • and OL Jack Bailey (0.7698)

Central is making noise in the city

This year’s roster for Central Michigan football includes nine players from Detroit. If all goes according to plan, that figure will be up to (at least) 14, thanks to the big commits CMU has been able to rally.

Running back Arthur “Lew” Nichols III (Cass Tech) had six Power 5 offers, one of which was UCLA. Dequan Finn (King) is a dual-threat quarterback that’s worthy of a lot of excitement, and it seems like he’s been rallying the team together as an early commit. (See: Darrell Wyatt, his fellow classmate and wide receiver at King, who also committed to CMU). And Kyron McKinnie-Harper and Ormondell Dingle (Cass) are talented players to help out in the secondary. has CMU’s 2019 recruiting class as the No. 3 class in the conference with 10 players graded as three-star recruits.

Not bad.

Ball goes down (again)

After missing all of last year with a knee injury, it was an exciting time around Ohio when camp opened up for Elijah Ball to be the receiver he was kept from being last year. Then he went down on the first day practice.

Per Jason Arkley of The Athens Messenger report on Wednesday:

Solich had little in terms of concrete information regarding junior WR Elijah Ball. And what little he offered wasn’t good. Ball injured a knee in Monday’s (first) practice, and was tweeting on Tuesday that his season and career were over.

Solich didn’t contradict that sentiment on Wednesday but said information would continue to be gathered. Ball injured the same knee that was the cause for his 2017 season-long absence.

“The results that have come back said it looked like he would be out for the season,” Solich said.

Another WR, sophomore Tyler Tupa, missed his second straight day as he also was seen limping around on an injured right knee. Tupa has had an MRI and Solich said he anticipates more information soon. The coach was hesitant to proclaim anything definitive regarding the injury.

Tupa, a 2016 signee, switched from safety to wide receiver last year but has been dogged by two injury-marred seasons.

“It’s not necessarily as bad as we initially thought, but that’s got to get clarified yet,” Solich said. “We’ll see today.”


Since we’re all starting to pre-write our obits to Ball’s football career, Ball would’ve been a big option for Ohio’s offense as a 6-foot-3 receiver. The optimist in me says he’s still a redshirt-junior so he could stick it out for another year or he could end up being a graduate transfer if he feels like he wants to, and can, play elsewhere. Still, even if Ball finds himself at least trying to play in 2019, I couldn’t imagine the trauma I’d put on myself just by showing up to camp remember what happened the last two times.

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