October 27, 2010

Pace has an early favorite

Back in the summer, many of Cleveland Glenville High School's players attended a football camp at Ohio State.

That was the first chance junior defensive lineman Alex Pace had to check out his favorite school.

"It was a camp and when we were there the coaches sat us down and took our (information)," Pace said about the visit. "I like Ohio State."

Pace, a 6-foot-2, 255-pound defensive tackle/end prospect, also has drawn interest from several other programs, including Cincinnati and Illinois.

"I don't have any offers yet," he said. "But, my coach tells me Ohio State, Ohio and Illinois want me bad and are looking at me."

Pace plans to visit Illinois in the spring.

A second-year starter at Glenville, Pace recorded about 20 tackles and five tackles for loss as a sophomore on the team that went all the way to the Ohio Division I state finals.

This year, Pace said he's getting off the ball a lot faster and playing with more intensity.

His strength and explosiveness are just two of the attributes that have caught the attention of college coaches.

After failing to win the state championship last season, the Tarblooders are off to a 9-0 start this season with one regular season game left to play. Already Glenville has clinched a playoff spot and is focused on winning that elusive state title.

"We are looking great this year for only three starters coming back on defense this year," Pace said. "We move the ball a lot better this year and I feel that we can stop any play or any team with our defense."

Glenville hosts John Marshall (5-4) on Friday.



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