Columbus College Connection

Besides Markell Jones, three other Columbus natives are playing Division I football this fall. Here is a look at each:

Thomas Shoaf

High school: Columbus North

College: BYU

Year: Redshirt-sophomore

Position: Offensive tackle

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 275 pounds

Prospects: Following a redshirt season and two years on a Mormon mission, Shoaf was the Cougars starting right tackle for the final nine games last season and was named Freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America. This spring, he moved to left tackle and is slated to start there in Saturday’s season opener against Portland State.

Best place to catch him this year: Oct. 21 at East Carolina

Harry Crider

High school: Columbus East

College: Indiana

Year: Freshman

Position: Center

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 290 pounds

Prospects: Hoosier coaches have spoken highly of Crider throughout camp, but do not guarantee playing time for freshman. It remains a question whether he will redshirt.

Best place to catch him this year: IU has six home games beginning Aug. 31 against second-ranked Ohio State.

Mitchell Burton

High school: Columbus North

College: Miami (Ohio)

Year: Freshman

Position: Defensive back

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 202 pounds

Prospects: The RedHawks are loaded at running back with their top four rushers back from last season, so last week, coaches moved Burton to defensive back. He is still, however, likely ticketed for a redshirt.

Best place to catch him this year: Miami has six home games beginning Sept. 9 vs. Austin Peay. The Red Hawks also play twice in Indiana (Sept. 30 at Notre Dame and Nov. 21 at Ball State).

Rhett Myers

High school: Columbus East

College: Air Force

Year: Sophomore

Position: Tight end

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 250 pounds

Prospects: Although Myers is playing for the Falcons, he is not listed on the varsity roster. He has three seniors ahead of him on the depth chart, so he might compete for playing time next year.

Best place to catch him this year: Sept. 16 at Michigan or Oct. 7 at Navy

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Ted Schultz is sports editor for The Republic. He can be reached at tschultz@therepublic.com or 812-379-5628.