September 21, 2011
Film Vault: Gedeon shows versatility
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With four big-time offers already to his credit, Hudson (Ohio) linebacker Ben Gedeon will be one of the more highly recruited prospects in Ohio for the 2013 class. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound prospect holds early verbal offers from Boston College, Michigan, Penn State, and Tennessee and is one of the most versatile football players in Ohio's junior class. We caught up with Gedeon last Friday after Hudson's win over Brecksville-Broadview Heights.
"It was great the offensive line did a great job," Gedeon said. "They were opening holes all night and they made my job pretty darn easy. I was running through giant holes all night long. On the defensive side of the ball, we made some key stops and got the job done."
During the game, Gedeon made plays from his linebacker position on defense but also made some big plays on offense both on the ground and through the air.
"Wherever the team wants me, that's where I'll play and we just go from there," he said. "I just want to help the team win as much as I can."
When it comes to recruiting, Gedeon is hearing from just about every major program in the Midwest but is keeping things open for the moment.
"I'm not really sure right now (about favorites)," he said. "I'm keeping my options open but right now I'm liking the Big Ten so we'll see what happens from there."
Gedeon has been on a pair of college visits recently as he checked out Penn State two weekends ago for the Alabama game and Ohio State three weeks ago for its opener against Akron. Gedeon's trip to Columbus was his first chance to see the Buckeyes in person.
"It was pretty sweet," he explained. "It was the first time I was ever in there for a game so seeing the atmosphere and all of the fans was pretty sweet. We got there pretty late so we didn't end up getting to talk to any of the coaches, just the director of player personnel (Greg Gillum). He was just asking me how my season was going and everything."
Gedeon hopes to make some more college visits during the fall and has one school that he definitely plans to check out at some point.
"I'm definitely going to go up to a Michigan game at some point this year," he said. "Me and my Dad have to sit down and figure out (the exact date)."
It sounds like a clich� but Gedeon is just simply a football player. Though probably closer to 6-foot-1, than his listed 6-foot-3, Gedeon is a throwback type of player that can play just about any spot on the football field. In the past, Gedeon has lined up at quarterback and tight end and last Friday night, Gedeon saw snaps at linebacker, running back, slot receiver, and even defensive end.
At the college level, Gedeon will play linebacker and showed good instincts, toughness, and athleticism last Friday night. Gedeon's best position at the next level will probably be middle linebacker where he he has the toughness to fight through traffic and get to the ball carrier. Though getting sideline-to-sideline probably isn't his best strength, he does it well enough and covers well enough that he should be a well-rounded linebacker at the next level.
Gedeon was not a member of the initial BuckeyeGrove.com class of 2013 Ohio top 25 because he had not been previously evaluated. It's still a little too early in the season to say exactly where he will fall on the list in the next update but he will definitely be among Ohio's top 20 prospects at the next update.
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