Past Articles

Past Articles:

Here are some past articles from our old site. These were great and really showcased the talent that Coach Sink has worked with over the last few years.

Chayce Crouch on His Way to Illinois

chaycecrouch2Wow, what a story and it hasn’t been completed yet, matter a fact, it is just beginning. Chayce Crouch came to Coach Sink, just after his Sophomore year in HS, in the spring of 2012, after a call from Troy Crouch his Dad. Troy said to coach, “would you take a look at my son and see if you can help him, I think he wants to be a really good QB.” That’s usually all it takes for coach to say yes to at least a first session and see what the young men are all about. Well, it was out behind the YMCA in downtown Newark, Ohio.(remember this location as it will be mentioned again in this story) Chayce and 4 of his good WRs showed up and of course coach put them through it….. Well, it didn’t take long and Chayce and his posse’ were all in and coach could see immediately how determined they were to succeed in this wonderful world of Newark Catholic Green Wave football, coached by Bill Franks, that carries a tradition of excellence and success at the highest level.

We will skip all the details of the next 6 to 8 months and fast forward with this statement. Hard work and determination and good size and ability from his mom and Dad (Troy was an excellent athlete himself and mom with incredible determination) give Chayce Crouch the complete package for the so called Pro typical drop back passer. A three sport guy at NC, with basketball and baseball (a key member of his State Champion baseball team)as his other two.

Grant Garber Breaks All Time Passing Record

Grant Garber

After a good 2012 Junior year of passing for 900 yds, Grant Garber of Licking Valley High School in Newark Ohio decided he didn’t want to be just another Quarterback on his high school team. Instead with the direction of his high school coach Rand Baughman, he called “Coach Sink” and booked an appointment and the rest is history, as they say. Grant went to work as hard as anyone coach has ever had. He went to several camps including the prestigious University of Louisville Elite 64 Quarterback camp, where Coach Sink says he learned he could play with the best in the country. I don’t believe Grant ever missed a weekly work out session with coach sink and his receivers, and sometimes there was 2 and 3 sessions in a week. Beyond that, Grant went to work in between sessions and improved his footwork and throwing technique immensely and developed a confidence that is necessary to be able to play at the highest level. Coach Sink also spent time developing Grant’s gifted receiving corp and you will likely see a couple of them get offers of scholarships to play football in college.

The results of all this, along with an excellent coaching staff, Grant Garber has become the all time leading passer in the history of Licking Valley High School throwing for 2231 yards, completing 150 of 264 attempts for a 57% completion average. On top of that Grant completed 18 of those throws for Touchdowns, also an all time record at Licking Valley. The team made the State playoffs and won the conference Championship.

“I am personally very proud of what Grant has been able to achieve, says Coach Sink, “and he is a testimony to the fact that hard work and coach-ability will take you as far as you can dream.” Congratulations to Licking Valley and Grant Garber in putting together a phenomenal year.




This is Football


Jared Drake named 1st Team Quarterback and Team Captain of ThisWeek’s Super 25 football team.

Frank DiRenna of wrote a great article on Jared:

When Jared Drake transferred to Westerville Central High School from Upper Arlington before his junior year, he hoped to be given a chance to play quarterback for the Warhawks.

He not only got that opportunity, he made the most of it, becoming the most prolific quarterback in program history.

Last year in his first season as a starting quarterback, Drake completed 95 of 198 passes for 1,308 yards with 16 touchdowns and five interceptions and ran for 951 yards and 12 touchdowns on 144 carries.

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound senior has been even better this season, leading the Warhawks to a 9-1 regular-season record, the OCC-Cardinal Division title and a Division I, Region 1 playoff berth.

Drake had completed 158 of 236 passes for 2,637 yards with 28 touchdowns and six interceptions and rushed for 711 yards and nine touchdowns on 122 carries through 11 games. He was named league Player of the Year and district Offensive Player of the Year.

Drake, who played running back and linebacker in 2011 as a sophomore at UA, was the only underclassmen to make ThisWeek’s Super 25 a year ago and has been named captain this year.

“I couldn’t be happier,” Drake said of his transfer to Central. “But at the same time, it was tough to just move away from everything that I grew up with and leave where my roots were and go try to chase a dream down somewhere else.”

Drake helped lead the Warhawks to their first playoff victory Nov. 9 when he completed 10 of 17 passes for 183 yards and two touchdowns in a 55-7 win over visiting Solon. Central lost to Austintown Fitch 40-24 in the second round Nov. 16.

“What you see from Jared Drake on the field, he’s that kind of a person off the field,” coach John Magistro said. “He’s just a super young man. You can go anywhere and you’re not going to find anybody that can outwork him. He just can’t be outworked. … Whatever it takes, he’ll do it.”

According to Magistro, Drake has received interest from several Division I schools but has yet to make a commitment.

Link to article: ThisWeekSports



This is Life

Jared leads prayer

Westerville Central’s Quarterback Jared Drake leads his team in prayer after a big game.


Will Phillis Attends ESPN Elite 11 Camp in Atlanta

willphillsandtrentdilfer1Will Phillis (6’4″ 210 lbs) QB of Olentangy Orange HS, near Columbus, Ohio was one of the very few Freshman ever to be invited to an ESPN Elite 11 camp. (Thanks Zeb Schroeder, Will’s new HS coach for getting the email and films out to get Will into the camp). It is difficult for even some of the top Juniors and Seniors in the country to get invited and we are proud to have Will be our 6th invitee to this prestigious camp in the last 3 years.

Our week end started out early Thursday morning as Will Phillis Jr. picked me up and dropped Will the 3rd and I off at the Airport and we were on our way to Atlanta, where Will’s Uncle Tim picked us up and delivered us to his beautiful home about 15 miles from where the ESPN Elite camp was to be held. We got there just in time to start the ruination of both “Coach Sink’s” and Will’s NCAA bracket with Ohio State loosing to Dayton. Oouuch!!

We spent the rest of the evening, enjoying great food (prepared by our terrific hostess and team photographer extraordinaire, Aunt Tami), and watching great basketball while flipping 4 channels to see each game. Thanks to Aunt Tami for her photos used on this site of Will at the camp.


Bucs Sign Jared Drake

Jared Drake SignsThe Buccaneers from East Tennessee State University sign Jared Drake our First Team All State QB in Division 1 in the state of Ohio, Jared made his decision a day late (due to a major Snow storm in the Midwest) on Feb. 6 to play for Coach Carl Torbush and his reinstated program at this fabulous school in the beautiful mountains of east Tennessee. Jared just couldn’t turn down the idea of being the Senior class for 5 years in a D1 program. With a coaching staff of this caliber, and the opportunity to be “The Man” at the Quarterback position in an offense well suited for his incredible ability to be a premier dual threat with aspirations of playing in the NFL, it was a perfect fit.

Jared finished his senior year with Head Coach John Magistro at Westerville Central HS in Westerville, Ohio as the leading QB in the state, about everyway you can judge a QB in Division 1, the largest division in Ohio. Jared lead the State in all the following categories: Passing yards with 2873 yds, passing per game avg. 239.4, Completion Pct. .654, rushing and passing yds. 3618, Passing TDs 30, rushing and passing TDs 39, and a QB rating for the year of 125. If that is not enough, he lead the State in punting with a 38.54 yds per punt average. What a high school career for a young man that was told, “you can be a D1 athlete but not a Quarterback”, and “we are going to take the spot light off from you, you have been in it long enough.” So, Jared, determined to make it, moved between his sophomore year and junior year and started from scratch with a brand new coach at a brand new high school. Thanks to his intensity with perseverance, and a new head coach with great football experience and ability to get the best of his players, they succeeded. John put his arms around Jared, and the Coach Sink work outs every week and put together a phenomenal senior season for the Westerville Weapons (you can see below, when you work with desire and determination, what transpires).  Click on Read More: to view photos of some of those players who participated in those workouts are shown below.

Another “Never Give Up” story

For those of you who might not have all the tools that are expected these days from D1 athletes, please click and read the Boston Herald’s article below on the story of a 5’9″ WR who sent out 105 videos with no response, I think you will like it.

Signing Day Memories:  Wes Welker’s 104 Unreturned Faxes

The artricle sums it best with:

It’s proof that no matter how many times a player is overlooked on signing day, hard work becomes the ultimate factor for a success story, regardless of first, second or even third impressions.



Jared Drake Wants to Follow His Dream

jared7As Jared Drakes private Quarterback coach since he was just finishing the 8th grade, I can tell all of the D1 recruiters or coaches that if he dreams it and believes he can do it, the rest of the world better be PUT ON NOTICE. The “Jay Rod” (as Uncle Jack named him affectionately and the rest of us love to call him) will make you a believer. I can tell you, no matter what obstacles are put in his way, he will overcome, not only because of who he is, but his incredible Faith in God’s purpose for his life.

We worked at various times in the past four years to improve a bad habit brought on by nothing more than wanting to compete at EVERYTHING he does, whether it be the #1 weight lifter on the team, or be the best LAX player in the State, or be an outstanding wrestler, all of which he accomplished while at times deterring his throwing. No problem! Jared worked endless hours to make certain we had him right back in top form.

I ask you, how many Quarterbacks’ would book a Thursday evening throwing session(with 3, 4, or 5, of his WRs in attendance) after football practice the night before every HS game on Friday night, just to make sure he was in top rhythm throwing. I can tell you not many! But, “Jay Rod” never missed and it sure did serve him well. So, I will close this article, with this statement that I have never said about any young man I have coached before, and that takes in lots of D1 current players, and ones from the past, you better get him on your side because if you don’t, he will work hard enough to Beat You. I am looking forward to being apart of and observing what I believe will be a fabulous continuing career that is fulfilling “Jay Rods DREAM” to be the best QB in the USA.  So proud to be Jared Drake’s coach.

Steve Blackledge of the Columbus Dispatch wrote a great article on Jared Drake’s dream:

Another Award for Jared

jared7Jared Drake, playing in the 69th annual North South HS All Star game Saturday April 26, 2014, was chosen as offensive player of the game for the South team. The All-Star game is the Nations longest running high school football event of it’s kind and it seems appropriate that Jared Drake, who’s grand father Quarterbacked the 1942 National Championship team for Ohio State, would be the recipient. Jared Drake, 1st Team All State QB, ends his High School career as one of the most decorated Quarterback’s in Ohio High School football history with this one more, of a multitude of prestigious awards. We are looking for great things from Jared at East Tennessee State.

Coach Sink was also proud of the way one more of “his boys” Seth Hill Worthington Kilbourne HS WR/DB played for head coach Ron Hinton and defensive coach Vince Trombetti. Seth had a pick and of a North QB and played very well the entire game and is headed to US Air Force Academy to play WR for the Falcons. Ty Griffith from Licking Valley played WR for the South team in the game proceeding and is headed to Findlay U. to play more football as well. Congrats go to all three guys!



Griffin Dahn: Size, Speed, and Talent!

griffin1Griffin Dahn (6’5″ 212 lbs) QB from Worthington Kilbourne HS in Worthington, Ohio has all the things a Junior QB needs to be the best in the country. He has size, speed, and a wonderful temperament for a QB, not to mention a tremendous will to win. He is also an outstanding basketball player and was his teams leading scorer this year as a Junior.

My hat is off to his 6’8′ basketball playing father, Robert, who was a star HS and College player as well, but saw the passion in his son to follow a slightly different dream. After the first work out with Coach Sink, Robert came to me and said what do you think and I told him I have rarely been that impressed with a QB at the first session. He promptly went home and looked at Griffin and said, “So, do you want to do this thing and work out regularly with Coach Sink?” Griffin said, “yes I do, Dad, I really want to be a Quarterback and play football.” That was all it took, Robert told his son, “then we will work this out.”

Now the first thing Griff had to do was become the starting QB on the football team, which he was not. He brought his WR’s and we went to work. By the time the 7 on 7 tournaments started in August last year, there was only one real deal QB on the Worthington Kilbourne football team and that was Griffin Dahn. They went to a major tournament with most of their BIG competitors there. Their great coach, Vince Trombetti, looked at them and said,” last year we would have thought being here was great but this year it isn’t. Winning this thing is what we came here to do.” “That’s what is really fun.” Well, that’s exactly what they did with their new QB, Griffin Dahn.

Ryan Miller Junior QB, Another Rising Star

ryanmillerIt has been a great pleasure of mine to work Ryan Miller of South Range HS, in the Youngstown suburb of N. Lima, Ohio. Ryan was recommended to me by my good friend Dick Hartzell, who has been Ohio Coach of the year and State Champion Coach at three different High Schools. Dick also invented the stretch bands know as Flexband that so many high schools and college and pro teams use today for flexibility and injury prevention.

We have now been working together for a little more than a year and I am seeing the making of a true Champion building very fast. Ryan has a great work ethic and has been blessed with a real throwing talent (he is also a College and pro prospect catcher as well on his baseball team) and has developed into one of the best Senior QB prospects in his State of Ohio.

He is coached by one of the fine coaches in the state, Dan Yeagley, and that always helps a great deal when I am working a QB. Ryan did some QB work as a sophomore but last year as a Junior, he was able to lead his team to an awesome 11 and 1 record and a win in the State Playoffs. This year his goal and ours is to see his team WIN IT ALL, and I for one believe they can.

Just before I tell you what Ryan was able to accomplish this past year, I must tell a story on him. He and his eight WRs and RB, Joe Alessi, worked endless hours, including multi sessions per week, to improve the passing game at South Range last summer. They were so enthusiastic that some of our 1 and ½ hour sessions turned into 2 and 2 and ½ hour ones. “We are what we repeatedly do, excellence therefore, is not an act but a habit” Get It?

8 Coach Sink QB’s at Purdue


June 7th found 7 of Coach Sink’s top QB’s for the next season attending Purdue University and their Elite QB Camp. Head Coach Darrel Hazel and his staff were great hosts and all the boys had an awesome time and performed very well.

Photo shows; top row left to right, Jake Lewis Sophomore Licking Valley HS, Newark Ohio, Sam Biglin Sophomore Worthington Kilbourne HS, Worthington Ohio, Darrel Hazel HC Purdue University, “Coach Sink”, Kaleb Jarret Junior, Newark HS, Newark Ohio, Nate Barko, Junior Reynoldsburg HS, Reynoldsburg Ohio, and Jaxon Gregory Sophomore Mt Vernon HS, Mt Vernon, Ohio. The front row left to right; Mark Waid Freshman Girard HS, Girard, Ohio, Lucas Pierce Freshman Newark Catholic HS, Newark Ohio, and Nate Hannoush 6th grade, Westerville Central district, Westerville, Ohio.

Due to the fact that one more of Coach Sink’s boys was already committed to attend the University of Virginia QB Camp on the same day, Will Phillis III Junior QB Hilliard Bradley HS, Hilliard Ohio was not able to attend on that day, therefore is not in the picture. However Will, one of the top drop back passer prospects in the US, did attend a Purdue camp the following Wednesday. The Boilermakers were very impressed with this great group of young talent and Coach Sink was proud of the way they conducted themselves. What a fun way to start off the camp season.



Dakota Holtzclaw Receives Duke Offer

One of our outstanding young prospects at the wide receiver position, Dakota Holtzclaw from Worthington Kilbourne HS in Worthington, Ohio has received his first D1 offer from the prestigious Duke Blue Devils. This 6’7″ 220 lbs. athletic and dominating wide out has demanded double coverage most of his Junior year but has risen to the task and is looking forward to a spring and summer with Coach Sink to become even a more skilled and aggressive force on the outside for this very talented and well coached central Ohio high school. Big dreams and lots of hard work make for wonderful endings and I believe Dakota’s high school career is just beginning.

Along with that, the attention he is receiving is a pretty impressive group with Ohio State , Michigan State, Michigan, Bowling Green, Georgia, Toledo, Northwestern, and Baylor all showing more than casual interests at this point. He has, in addition to his WR skills, a bonus for all the interested programs, as he has also performed well at the DE position and is an excellent D1 punting prospect. The most exciting part of Dakota is that he has his priorities in order and is building his whole life concept with taking care of his Physical, Mental and Spiritual side.

He is an outstanding young man with an outstanding future if he keeps down the current road and makes good decisions. I am proud to be his private position coach. Click here to view his new highlight video.

Dakota Skying for the Catch



Will Phillis Passes for 5 TD’s In Comeback Victory

Ohio Capital Conference: Two-point conversion caps furious Orange rally

Olentangy Orange 42, Franklin Heights 41: 

WillPhillis27Kicker Blake Skuratowicz ran in a two-point conversion with less than a minute remaining in the fourth quarter to lift visiting Orange (4-4, 2-3) past Franklin Heights (1-7, 0-5) in the OCC Capital.

The Pioneers scored the game’s final 22 points, all in the fourth quarter. The final touchdown came on a 2-yard run by Roarke Vaile-James.

Orange quarterback Will Phillis completed 18 of 26 passes for 255 yards and five touchdowns.

I happened to be able to attend this game and I witnessed the most incredible display of a passing game by our Sophomore QB Will Phillis in a concentrated time period I have seen in a long time. (maybe never in HS). With 9:41 left on the clock, Will led three drives of 74 yards, 59 yards, 58yards and with 58 seconds left Orange High School took the lead of 42 to 41 to wrap up the victory. Phillis had 2 TD passes to his outstanding sophomore tight end Emerson Milner of 22 yards and 26 yards, 2 more TD passes to Junior WR Mathew Collins of 19 and 38 yards and Matt caught a total of 85 yards in 5 receptions for the night, (both of these kids are regulars at the Coach Sink work outs) and one more to WR Bobby Eleyet for 9 yards.

The most outstanding stat of all was the 69.23% completion for the night with 18 of 26 and Will was under much pressure and did an excellent job of managing the pocket during those times. When it is “all said and done” and “it’s a wrap” this would have been a fabulous night for a Senior QB but almost unbelievable for a Sophomore. Will is a great competitor and his career is just beginning.

Will’s stats for the year so far in 8 games:  85 completions out of 145 attempts (58.6%) with 11 TD’s.



Gavin Lyon accounts for 4 TDs in Westerville Central win

High-school football roundup: Gavin Lyon accounts for four TDs in Westerville Central win

Westerville Central 45, Westerville South 32:

Gavin Lyon passed for 236 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two more TDs last night, and undefeated Westerville Central beat visiting Westerville South in an Ohio Capital Conference Cardinal Division game.

Benny Snell rushed for 228 yards and two touchdowns on 34 carries for the Warhawks (8-0, 5-0), who scored 24 points in the third quarter to expand a 14-12 halftime lead. Cedric Frierson added 126 yards receiving, including a 17-yard touchdown catch.

Congratulations to Gavin, Benny, and Cedric al of which are Coach Sink consistent work out guys for the last 2 years..

Gavin and Cedric

Coach Sink with Gavin Lyon Jr (QB) and Cedric Frierson Jr (WR)

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