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IOWA DUMPS GLENVILLE’S NELSON

glenville3.pngBad news, Tarblooder fans: The Des Moines Register is reporting that former Glenville QB Arvell Nelson is, well, now a former Iowa Hawkeye.

Coach Kirk Ferentz dismissed Nelson and WR James Cleveland (Baytown, Texas; no connection to NEO) yesterday after their recent arrests on misdemeanor drug charges. During a search of the players’ room (Nelson and Cleveland were roommates), police found prescription painkillers and muscle relaxants — for which Cleveland has claimed ownership — and found marijuana on Nelson’s desk. Cleveland has already pled not guilty to the charges. Nelson has yet to plead.

Sadly, Nelson isn’t even the first NEOan whose weakness for weed cost him his pigskin privileges. Last month, West Virginia coach Bill Stewart booted DL James Ingram, a former star at Cleveland Heights, just three days after police found individually wrapped bags of weed in Ingram’s car. He’s facing felony distribution charges.

We’re not going to dwell on this. It’s just sad that two guys who’ve accomplished so much — in Nelson’s case, second-team all-state after throwing for 2,605 yards and 34 touchdowns as a senior, and some snaps last year as a redshirt freshman — would gamble it all on something so stupid. Here’s hoping they learn from the experience, and earn a second chance in different uniforms.

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MORE PRE-SIGNING DAY NEO COMMITS

stignatius.pngSt. 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).

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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.

twinsburg.pngAnd 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.

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TWO MORE GLENVILLE COMMITS

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According to The Plain Dealer, Tarblooders RB/CB Willie Lowe has committed to the University of Iowa, and DT/TE Winston Etheridge III is headed to Bowling Green.

For Lowe, expected to play corner, the timing couldn’t be better — the Hawkeyes just graduated three of their top four corners. He’ll also rejoin four of his old G’Ville mates: DE Lebron Daniel, LB Bruce Davis, QB Arvell Nelson and DB Derrick Smith, all of whom just completed their freshman or redshirt-freshman years.

Etheridge joins a young d-line unit (ten of the 14 on the roster are freshmen or sophomores) that should improve — actually, that has to improve — after a rough 2007. Last season the Falcons gave up more than 30 points seven times in 13 games, including an embarrassing 63 to Tulsa in the GMAC Bowl. They also surrendered almost five yards per rush, third-worst in the Mid-American Conference.

And, finally, for the Tarblooders, that makes four commitments with a week to go, still, before National Signing Day. Before Christmas, WR/DB Cordale Scott committed to Illinois and DT Shawntel Rowell chose Ohio State.

Not counting these four recruits, I’m counting six Glenvillians at Ohio State, four at Iowa, three at Wisconsin and two at Indiana, even. Any thoughts on adding Northwestern to the Senate Athletic League, or maybe just changing the Big Ten’s name to, say, “THE BIG ‘GLEN?”

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