St. Ignatius LB Steve Bigach, Ravenna RB/DB Jon Davis and Twinsburg K Matt Weller have all settled on new digs, says the Plain Dealer.
Bigach will join Glenville RB/CB Willie Lowe at the University of Iowa, where he expects to play defensive end. That’s a smart move, we say — last season the Hawkeyes carried nine freshman linebackers.
But Bigach knows this — kid’s got an A average, after all — and two-point stance or three, the Hawkeyes would be crazy not to find room for a front-seven guy with 4.65 quicks. Last fall Bigach collected eight sacks and 93 tackles, 63 of them solo. No doubt the brass in Iowa City were most impressed by the last 18, collected heroically during the Wildcats’ 26-23 playoff loss to Lowe’s Tarblooders (who, as we’ve stated previously, are becoming serious Big Ten feeders).
Davis is heading to Bowling Green, where his 4.4 speed and maximum slash-ability — he lists himself as a “QB/RB/WR/CB/FS” — should make him equally valuable, if and when the Falcons can limit him to one position. Glossing over his stats, it might not be easy:
PASSING: 12 completions in 22 attempts, 19.3 yards/completion, 4 TD passes
RUSHING: 934 yards (9.3/carry), 12 TD
RECEIVING: 22.3 yards per catch
DEFENSE: 51 tackles (29 solo), 11 passes defensed, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 blocked kick
Still, for Gregg Brandon, this is not a bad problem to have (unlike, say, giving up 63 points on national television). But more important for the Falcons: Davis is the second NEOer they’ve bagged before Signing Day. Last week they landed Glenville DT/TE Winston Etheridge. Nice work, recruiting coordinator Troy Rothenbuhler.
And finally, punch Weller’s ticket for Ohio University. He’s a versatile guy — almost 42 yards a punt, with a 47-yard field goal — which is good, because we’re not so sure Frank Solich is a real easy guy to play for. In three seasons in Athens, he’s used three different punters and four kickers.