Graduates Move on to College Sports

After Their Senior Year
Posted on 07/18/2018
Image of Sports Ball(Michael Beaven for Ohio.com/Akron Beacon Journal)

Buchtel and East have taken part in several intense football games in recent years.

Quite a few Griffins and Dragons players from the class of 2018 took part in those matchups, and more than three dozen are headed to college to play football or another sport.

Buchtel coaches Ricky Powers and Johnnie Mundy said that 21 former Griffins football players who graduated in the class of 2018 are going to college, including Dierre Blash, who is headed to Ohio State and is set to be a student coach.

The following Buchtel graduates are set to play football at the next level: Brandon McGinnis Jr. (Nassau Community College), Jacques Whitson (Lane College), Christopher Robinson (Dodge City CC), TreShone Goley-Buchanan (Dodge City CC), Tyrese Littlepage (Independence CC), DaJaun Harvey (Independence CC), LaShajuan Belton (Malone), DeAngelo Johnson (Minnesota West CC), Xzavier Goldsby-Rogers (Highland CC), Giovanni Porter (Erie CC), Daeleyn McGinnis (Fond du Lac Tribal & CC), Johnathan Turrentine (Fond du Lac Tribal CC), Lamont O’Neil (Fond du Lac Tribal CC), Malcolm Ferguson (Lackawanna CC), Rayonte Brown (Ridgewater CC), Demetrius Dixon (Ridgewater CC) and David Richardson (Coffeyville CC).

Three other Buchtel graduates and former football players are headed to college to play another sport: Jermyn Brock Jr. (Lane College, baseball), Devin West (Kent State, wrestling) and Jaylin Butler (Kent State, wrestling).

“I am excited about these kids and their opportunity,” Powers said. “The end result when they are done with high school is to get them into college, they stay and then they graduate.”

East coach Marques Hayes said that 15 Dragons football players from the class of 2018 are playing football in college.

They are Daivon Blackwell (Cincinnati Christian), Daishawn Brimage (Akron), Kendrick Buckley (Highland Community College), William Collier (Highland Community College), River Collins (Bethel), Ramon Fields (Highland CC), Devanier Floyd (Akron), Jerome Hall (Erie CC), Martell Hill (Wayne State), Jayvon Jones (Cincinnati Christian), Tanner Kelly (Cincinnati Christian), Trey Kelly (Cincinnati Christian), Jayshawn Robinson (Coffeyville CC), Anthonie Sams (Baldwin Wallace) and LeMontee Stevenson (Cincinnati Christian).

“This is a fantastic group of guys who loved playing ball together,” Hayes said.

“They loved having fun with each other, so I think when it came down to the point where all of them were getting the opportunity to go to college and play ball, it was a dream come true.”

Football talk
A total of 22 area football coaches and selected players will be on the air over the next two days on WAKR (1590-AM).

Aaron Coleman, a WAKR producer, announced that the second annual Gridiron Gathering, will take place on the radio on Wednesday and Thursday. Coleman, Justin McKinney, Ben Thomas, Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell will conduct the interviews.

Representatives from Buchtel, Archbishop Hoban and Mogadore will be on the air on Wednesday between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

The football talk on Thursday will run from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. with representatives from Cuyahoga Falls, Revere, Coventry, St. Vincent-St. Mary, CVCA, Ellet, East, North, Firestone, Kenmore-Garfield, Barberton, Wadsworth, Copley, Highland, Tallmadge, Stow, Manchester, Springfield and Norton.
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