MIAMISBURG, Ohio – The previous four seasons before Steve Channell arrived at Miamisburg High in 2012, the Vikings had won just a combined six games.
Chris Fobbs is ranked by the 247Composite as the nation's No. 23 CB in 2015.
Last fall, Miamisburg won seven.
Named the state of Ohio’s Division-I Coach Of The Year for his efforts, Channell will be the first to tell you he had some key players that helped get things on track.
The Vikings have taken another step forward this season, sitting on a 6-2 record heading into this weekend’s game. Four players to highlight, four-star junior cornerback Chris Fobbs, junior athlete Christopher Young, freshman offensive lineman Josh Myers and senior linebacker/safety Robert Young.
Both Fobbs and Young have a strong chance of signing BCS letters-of-intent come February 2015.
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Fobbs holds an early offer from Toledo and is receiving interest from Cincinnati, Indiana and Ohio State among others.
“Chris Fobbs is a pure corner,” Channell said. “A big corner. He’s 6-1, 185, electronic at camps this year in the 4.5 or 4.45 type range. He’s a pure cover corner type kid. Big frame, big body. He’s purely one of those needs as strong cover corner that can go against the bigger split ends you see these days.”
Ranked by the 247Composite as the nation’s No. 23 cornerback in the junior class, Fobbs visited Ohio State earlier this fall for the Buffalo game and made it over to Indiana for the Penn State game.
2015 ATH Christopher Young enjoyed his visit to Indiana earlier this month.
“At Ohio State it was a nice campus, nice facilities, nice locker room, everything,” Fobbs recapped. “I got to go on the field, see all the fans. It was loud. Great band, everything was great.
“I like their tradition. They’re champs. The liveness of the game, everyone comes to see them play. It’s like a hometown feel.”
Indiana also impressed.
“The fact they won was nice,” Fobbs said. “I got to go in locker room after and hear the coaches speak. I got to talk to the players and my position coach and it felt like home. The facilities were nice and I liked their locker room.”
Fobbs says he’ll visit Toledo in the near future and both he and Christopher Young will check out Cincinnati on Dec. 3 for the Louisville game. Both say they’re still learning about the Bearcats program under first-year coach Tommy Tuberville.
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Young could do a number of things on the next level, from safety to cornerback to receiver to perhaps even being a big running back or growing into a WILL linebacker. He’s also a strong student.
“I think he’s instinctive, which you can’t teach,” Channell said. “I think he has natural instincts. He does the kind of things you don’t coach kids. Some kids have it and he’s got it.”
Young also visited Indiana for the Penn State game.
2017 OL Josh Myers father played at Kentucky and his brother currently suits up for the Wildcats.
“I know they’re starting to win a lot of games,” he said. “Their program is changing. They have nice facilities.”
Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From Tree
Channell has been around some of Ohio’s best-ever football players, either coaching them, preparing to play against them or being the head coach in the Big 33 game.
He hasn’t seen many better when talking about the potential the 6-foot-5, 265-pound Myers has.
“He’s going to be a big-time player,” Channell stated.
Myers’s father Brad was an offensive lineman at Kentucky from 1984-87 and his older brother Zach currently plays for the Wildcats. His mother Julie played basketball at Dayton.
“He moves,” Channell said, adding that Myers ran 5.2 in the 40-yard dash during the summer at Bowling Green. “He’s a big kid that doesn’t have fat on him. He’s a big kid that’s going to grow into a 300 pounder. He can move. We run the wing-t offense and we have him at guard, so that tells you about his mobility because he’s pulling and trapping and getting out on waggles and those kind of things. I’ve been around my fair share of big-time players and he’s going to be one of them.”
For Myers, the recruiting process hasn’t really started. He camped at Ohio State prior to the season.
Senior S/LB Robert Young could land a late Division-I offer.
“It seemed like it was a great program,” he said. “They seem to know what they’re doing.”
Obviously he’s up to date on the Wildcats.
“I’ve heard a lot about them,” Myers said. “They continue to get better.”
Like his younger brother Christopher, Robert could play a couple different positions on the next level, most likely safety or outside linebacker. Miami (Ohio) was close to offering before the coaching change, and Toledo and Illinois are also showing interest.
“I think guys aren’t sure what he’ll be, but if you turn on the film, all you see him do is make plays,” Young said. “He’s a very intelligent player, likes stripping the ball from behind. A physical player and runs real well.”
Robert said coaches told him they’ll evaluate his film after the season.