Where some of the highest honors in the state of Ohio can be earned. - Jason Miller
With the football season winding down, high school athletes across the country have been fiercely competing to stake their claim at the biggest prize high school football has to offer: A chance at a state championship.
Ohio State has completed its sixth undefeated season in school history, under the watchful eyes of head coach Urban Meyer. Meyer, won his first Ohio State-Michigan game on Saturday, was plenty ecstatic about the victory and what it meant for the program. He hopes to somehow commemorate the 2012 team for going 12-0 in the regular season, something that only Notre Dame has done this season.
During the entire season, Coach Meyer and his staff have continued to work at an alarming pace to ensure that Ohio State would be equipped with some of the best athletes the country has to offer. Coach Meyer wants not only talent, but the athletes that have a relentless will to win. Many of the commits in the class of 2013 are still playing games, some have already become champions, while others are just one game away from realizing the high school dream.
Let's see how these future Buckeyes did over the weekend and throughout the season.
DE Joey Bosa - St. Thomas Aquinas and defensive end Joey Bosa defeated Plantation 38-7 over the weekend to move to 10-2 on the season.
ATH Jalin Marshall - Jalin Marshall and Middletown have ended their season. They did not play this weekend, but Jalin will certainly be preparing for his Ohio State career in the near future.
DE Tracy Sprinkle - Elyria and defensive end Tracy Sprinkle didn't play this weekend, as they did not make the playoffs. Sprinkle's season is over, but what a performance he put on week in and week out. Sprinkle ended the year as the National Defensive Player of the Year.
ATH Ezekiel Elliott - St. Louis Burroughs and superb athlete Ezekiel Elliott lost in the state championship game to Maryville 35-22 over the weekend. Elliott did just about every humanly thing possible to help his team win, setting an all-class state record with 419 all-purpose yards. Elliott rushed 18 times for 218 yards and three touchdowns. One of his scores was an 84-yard kickoff return in the third quarter. Burroughs finished the season 13-1.
QB JT Barrett - Wichita Falls Rider defeated Fort Worth Southwest 31-21 to move to 10-2 on the season. Quarterback JT Barrett will not play as he recovers from knee surgery. Barrett was in Columbus this weekend for The Game and was on campus for a visit.
DE Tyquan Lewis - Tarboro and defensive end/outside linebacker Tyquan Lewis defeated Tabor City South Columbus 46-0 to move to 14-0.
ATH Darron Lee - New Albany and athlete Darron Lee fell just short of making the state championship game, losing to Trotwood-Madison 33-32 over the weekend. Lee was one of the best athletes on the field
OL Tim Gardner - Future Buckeye offensive lineman Tim Gardner is a state champion. Lawrence Central defeated Fort Wayne Snider 39-14 in the state championship game over the weekend. Gardner finishes his season undefeated, much like Ohio State and coach Urban Meyer.
DB Cam Burrows - Trotwood-Madison and defensive back Cam Burrows defeated New Albany 33-32 over the weekend after New Albany's kicker missed a last-second, game winning, 27-yard field goal attempt. The Rams advance to the state championship game this coming weekend, where Cam Burrows will have one more game to shut down the opposition.
DL Michael Hill - Defensive tackle Michael Hill did not play. Hill was ruled out for the rest of the season after having finger surgery.
S Jayme Thompson - Toledo Central Catholic and safety Jayme Thompson defeated Aurora 20-13 over the weekend to advance to the state championship game this coming weekend.
DL Billy Price - Austintown Fitch lost to Cleveland St. Ignatius, 35-26, in the first round of the playoffs, ending Billy Price's season. Price had an outstanding season and we look for exciting things from him in the upcoming year.