CINCINNATI - In the middle game of the 2007 Herbstreit Classic on Sunday in Cincinnati, Clayton (Ohio) Northmont fell to Pittsburgh (Pa.) Central Catholic 34-6 in a physical, defensive struggle. Central was led by quarterback Tino Sunseri. Sunseri, a Louisville commitment, threw an early interception but rebounded and had a strong game.
Sunseri overthrew his receiver early and was intercepted by Northmont's C.J. Barnett, a good-looking 2009 prospect, but he never let it bother him. Following the interception, Sunseri threw a 68-yard touchdown pass to put his team ahead for good in the second quarter. Throughout the game, Sunseri showed excellent ball-handling skills on play action and roll outs and threw well on the run. His mobility will be a plus at the next level. He's not a burner by any stretch, but he can get out in space and make plays when things break down.
Arguably the most impressive player on either team was Central Catholic tight end/defensive end Dan Vaughan. Vaughan caught a touchdown pass and ran for another, had many key blocks and was dominant on defense. His future appears to be on the defensive side of the ball as he has a great motor and anticipates plays well. Fellow tight end/defensive end Quentin Williams had a nice catch across the seam and was a key blocker on offense. On defense he had a tough assignment but still made a few plays. More on that below.
Two superb underclassmen made key plays as well for Central Catholic. 2010 running back/cornerback David Myers was excellent in coverage and had a few key runs while fellow 2010 future star Jeffrey Knox was dominant. On offense, Knox had numerous tackles and a few big hits and he had a few nice gainers from his running back position. His future is at safety and he'll be very heavily recruited for his class.
For Northmont, offensive tackle Zebrie Sanders was very impressive. He's athletic enough to pull and has quick feet in pass protection. He's not a dominant run blocker just yet but that will come with added strength. He went against Williams most of the game and dominated.
Wide receiver Nate Wilburn-Ogletree had a big catch in the first half for 60-plus yards but he was hobbled for much of the rest of the game. Fellow wideout Deric Humphrey has excellent size for a 2009 prospect and is a physical blocker. A few other 2009 players stood out for Northmont. Cornerback C.J. Barnett has good size and had two interceptions, flashing excellent ball skills and the ability to read the quarterback. Running back Kevin Ringer changes directions well and hits the ball up between the tackles quickly.
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