Allen Trieu, National Recruiting Analyst
Toledo St. Johns Jesuit (Ohio) at Toledo Central Catholic (Ohio)
There were prospects abound in this game. There were five committed players on the field. Ohio State commit Jayme Thompson lines up at safety for CC. He was active in run support, and really did not get many passes thrown his way, as he says has been the case all season. I liked that he was willing to come up and hit though, and also had a couple of pass breakups on the night. Louisville commit Keith Towbridge was impressive. He was more athletic and ran better than I thought the big man would. He showed ability on defense, and was a reliable underneath receiver on offense. His future may be on either line of scrimmage, but he showed me he could stay at tight end as well.
Eastern Michigan commit Brogan Roback played well at quarterback. He's mobile and can throw on the move. He dropped in a couple of beautiful deep balls as well. Wisconsin commit Matt Miller toughed through a knee injury. I love his toughness and football mentality. I also got to see him play center, where he's likely to play in college after playing tackle last year and he looks like a natural there. He has good technique, still needs to add some weight, but plays to the whistle. Pittsburgh commit Tony Harper is a good sized kid at receiver, but may be a college strong safety or even linebacker. He has a great frame and showed good coordination and athleticism as a wideout.
The top junior in the game was CC quarterback Deshone Kizer, who had a very nice showing. He has good size, is very smart, makes great decisions and managed the game well. He throws a great touch pass and can get the ball deep. He also showed that he can run and make plays with his feet when he needs to and validated his early Scout300 status.
Bill Greene, Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Cleveland Heights at Warren Harding
Harding won a thriller 34-28, in one of the top matchups in Ohio last weekend. For Harding, three-star safety Jalyn Powell was all over the field, as the Michigan State commit starred on both sides of the ball. Boston College commit LeShun Daniels rushed for 227-yards, and showed himself as one of the top power-running tailbacks in the state. Both were significantly improved over last year.
For Heights, four-star wide receiver Shelton Gibson (uncommitted) ran the opening kickoff back for a touchdown, but rarely saw the football after that, as his team struggled in the passing game. Three-star wide receiver/linebacker De'Niro Laster (uncommitted) was solid, and showed why his recruitment now favors him on the defensive side of the football.
Dave Berk, Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Dayton (Ohio) Thurgood Marshall at Dayton (Ohio) Belmont
On paper and the field this was not a good matchup as Thurgood Marshall proved with a 64-0 victory. Our goal was to watch four key players from the winning program but only got a chance to really watch two as junior athlete Vayante Copeland left the game early with a knee injury and senior running back Denzel Norvell left with a shoulder injury.
Senior Gerry Green has the physical size to play at the next level and showed his talents playing tight end on the night. However, Green has academic work to get done and must play with more passion as he should dominate his competition. Someone should take a chance if they can get him in their program as he’s got base to work with going forward.
Junior D’Angelo Martin didn’t disappoint showing good feet and the ability to go sideline to sideline and make a play. Standing just under 6-foot-2, 170-pounds, Martin showed a good back pedal and the willingness to strike.
Simone Scott, Midwest Recruiting Reporter
Eastmoor Academy (Ohio) at Walnut Ridge (Ohio)
It was all Walnut Ridge in their 21-6 win over Eastmoor Academy. Wisconsin commit Rob Wheelwright always found a way to make the big play when his team needed it. The wide receiver had a touchdown catch and several other drive-saving receptions throughout the night.