Glenville goes Big Ten

Every year it’s a big day at Ohio powerhouse Cleveland Glenville, when National Signing Day comes around.

Four-star safety De'van Bogard will continue his career at Ohio State.

These Tarblooder teammates also made this past Wednesday a big day for the Big Ten.

Four-star safety De’van Bogard signed his letter-of-intent for Ohio State, continuing the nice pipeline the Buckeyes have built from Columbus to Glenville. Defensive lineman Willie Henry gave his signature to Michigan while both cornerback/running back V’Angelo Bentley and receiver Justin Hardee are headed to Illinois. Iowa was able to snag cornerback Sean Draper.

Besides the Big Ten signees, defensive lineman Alex Pace will continue his playing career at Cincinnati and Denzell Burton will be off to Kent State.

Ranked as the nation’s No. 8 safety and No. 117 prospect overall, Bogard committed to Ohio State during the summer and stuck with the Buckeyes despite a late official visit to USC.

“What stands out about him is just his toughness,” Glenville assistant coach Tony Overton said. “Just his tenacity. His love for the game. His passion. We all know he can run, hit and tackle. He is one of the most versatile guys for us. He played wide receiver for us also. He can probably play the corner, safety or linebacker position. Just his tenaciousness, passion and love for the game is what probably stands out the most.”

The 6-foot-3, 270-pound Henry committed to Michigan following an official visit last weekend.

“Willie’s speed stands out,” Overton said. “He’s a versatile player too. He played D-End, D-Tackle, played offensive tackle and he even played a little running back. His speed and versatility and his size. He has real big hands, long arms and his wing span is almost for a guy that is 6-10.”

The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Draper chose the Hawkeyes over Pittsburgh.

“He has natural ability at the corner position,” Overton said. “And his size, he’s a legit 6-1. He’s rangy. He can cover a wide area because of his size and long arms. He also has natural punt return ability that people didn’t know about till they got to see him. He’s able to change direction real fast. He’s not just a corner but a great special teams player.”

Overton believes Illinois got a couple late steals in Bentley and Hardee.

“V’Angelo wants to be a college corner and he has good hips, good speed, great ball skills,” Overton said. “Also his versatility in punt return and kick return and him being an offensive player, he brings a lot of versatility. He can play tailback and the slot. V’Angelo is a player that can help you in so many different ways. If it doesn’t pan out here, he can do it here. He is very intelligent and has a lot of versatility.”

“With Justin Hardee, his size and speed. Once again, another versatile player. Plays receiver, can play safety, can play corner. Also had a 90-yard kick return. I think his speed is his biggest asset. He’s a great student and I think his upside is in the years to come. I don’t think we saw the best of him in high school at all.”

The 6-foot-3, 284-pound Pace made a lot of plays for Glenville the last two seasons, and Overton says he’ll do the same in a Cincinnati uniform.

“He was born to be a defensive lineman,” Overton stated. “He’s quick off the ball. Studies film well, studies his opponent well, so he’s able to go out there and make plays based on what his opponent is doing. Like Bogard, his tenaciousness and toughness is what stands out.”

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Burton was a jack-of-all-trades for Glenville.

“He’s probably a sleeper for us,” Overton said. “Great body, great athlete, played a little out of position for us. He played defensive end, a little outside linebacker and just did whatever it took to for our defense to add more speed. I think he’s going to be an excellent linebacker because of his speed and athleticism.”

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