Ohio State Recruiting: Prep Report
By Tony Gerdeman
Now that the high school football season is fully underway it's time to take a weekly look at how Ohio State's verbal commitments are performing.
As a group, they went 12-3 on the weekend. Only cornerback Eli Woodard's team has yet to begin. All told, they were responsible for 17 touchdowns last week.
Tim Gardner (OL), Indianapolis, IN Lawrence Central HS
Gardner's Lawrence Central team moved to 3-0 on the season with a 42-6 win over Meridian. Gardner helped paved the way for two first-half rushing touchdowns and a 29-0 lead at the break.
Taivon Jacobs (WR), District Heights, MD Suitland HS
Jacobs led his Suitland team to a 40-0 win over McKinley Tech. He had a rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown, as well as a 76-yard interception return for a touchdown. His play on the defensive side of the ball earned him notice in the Washington Post's "All Met Watch" for players in the DC metropolitan area. His play on the offensive side of the ball last season earned him preseason recognition on the same list.
Michael Hill (DT), Pendleton, SC Pendleton HS
Pendleton defeated West-Oak 60-0 after leading 45-0 at the half. Hill can be seen here abusing a blocker on his way to a sack of the quarterback.
Darron Lee (ATH), New Albany, OH New Albany HS
Lee had a 16-yard touchdown pass and a 51-yard punt return touchdown in a 23-20 loss to Westerville Central.
Johnny Townsend (P), Orlando, FL Boone HS
Townsend's #13 Boone team upset #10 West Orange 37-34 on the road in double overtime. Running back A.J. Turman carried the ball 33 times for 212 yards, including the game-winning 10-yard touchdown run in the second overtime.
Joey Bosa (DL), Fort Lauderdale, FL St. Thomas Aquinas
One of the top teams in the nation, St. Thomas Aquinas had to rally from 21-10 down to win 38-28 over Miami Columbus.
J.T. Barrett (QB), Wichita Falls, TX Rider HS
Barrett's Rider team finally opened the season, but fell to Cooper 43-36 via a last-minute touchdown. Barrett threw a 67-yard touchdown pass with three minutes to play in the game to make it 35-34 Cooper. Rider went for two and Barrett picked it up on the ground to take the fleeting 36-35 lead. Barrett finished with 21 carries for 160 yards and two touchdowns, and was 9-22 passing for 271 yards and two touchdowns.
Tracy Sprinkle (DL), Elyria, OH Elyria HS
Elyria moved to 2-0 on the season with a 43-7 win over Elyria Catholic. Sprinkle continued an amazing statistical season with 5.5 sacks, seven tackles for loss and nine total total tackles. He also had a fumble recovery and four quarterback hurries. Most of it came from the inside. That moves his two-game season total to 20 tackles, eleven tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks.
Marcus Baugh (TE), Riverside, CA J.W. North HS
Baugh, the nation's #6 tight end per Rivals, caught five passes for 75 yards in a 41-0 road win at Colton.
Ezekiel Elliott (RB), St. Louis, MO, John Burroughs HS
This game was ended early due to rain and thunder, but it was Elliott who provided the lightning in Burroughs' 35-0 win over Lutheran South. Elliott touched the ball just a handful of times and scored on runs of 64, 63 and 19 yards, and also had an 89-yard touchdown catch. Elliott finished with five carries for 157 yards. In two games, he now has 20 carries for 269 yards rushing and five touchdowns. He also had a 49-yard touchdown reception and 60-yard punt return touchdown in the season opener.
Jayme Thompson (DB), Toledo, OH, Central Catholic HS
Thompson helped his team to a 49-28 win over Bedford with a 32-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Evan Lisle (OT), Centerville, OH, Centerville HS
Centerville lost to Springboro 42-32, but Lisle did help pave the way as the Elks rushed for 306 yards on the ground.
Eli Woodard (CB), Voorhees, NJ, Eastern HS
Woodard's team will finally open their season this coming weekend.
Billy Price (DL/OL), Youngstown, OH, Austintown Fitch
Fitch moved to 2-0 on the season after defeating Akron Hoban 49-9. One week after securing a game-winning fourth-down stop, Billy Price helped his team hold a Hoban team that put up 500 yards of total offense the week before to just 264 this time around.
Jalin Marshall (QB), Middletown, OH, Middletown HS
One week after rushing for 312 yards, Marshall took it a bit easier with just 65 yards rushing on ten carries in a 31-0 win over Springfield. He was 6-14 for 112 yards and three touchdowns through the air.
Cameron Burrows (DB), Trotwood, OH, Trotwood HS
Burrows helped his team to a 63-0 shutout of rival Dayton Dunbar. Trotwood led 50-0 at the half and pulled their starters early on.
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