As Ohio State prepares for this Saturday's tilt against Miami (OH), high school recruits across the country kicked off their season last Friday. Many Ohio State commitments from the class of 2013 took part in those games, showcasing their skills. While Urban Meyer continues to game plan, guys like Jalin Marshall certainly have to be wondering if their future head coach was watching.
For the class of 2013, this season represents their last year in high school. One final chance to attain the ultimate prize and glory at their level: a state championship. It's easy to dream about accomplishing this feat, but certainly not as easy to actually obtain it. Those first steps began on Friday and will continue throughout the rest of the season.
Now let's take a look at how some of those future Buckeyes fared in their games:
CB Cam Burrows - Cam Burrows produced a solid game for Trotwood-Madison. In all honesty, University was mostly avoiding Burrows all game, throwing to the opposite side of the field. At one point, Burrows was beaten pretty badly on a post, but other than that was solid. Unfortunately, no game stats were available at press time.
ATH Jalin Marshall - Marshall had 23 carries for 312 yards and 3 touchdowns on the ground, while also going completing 6 of 13 for 67 yards and a touchdown through the air. Despite Marshall's excellent performance, the Middies lost a close game. The touchdowns Marshall scored were reportedly of 74, 64 and 64 on the ground. If you missed it, you can see Marshall do his thing here.
RB Ezekiel Elliott - Ezekiel Elliott, who has quickly become a fan favorite after a strong showing at The Opening 2012, tallied 15 carries for 112 yds and two touchdowns. Elliott also was able to contribute two more touchdowns showing his versatility, one as a receiver and one as a punt returner. You can bet Coach Meyer would have been pleased.
OL Evan Lisle - Evan Lisle and the Elks came out victorious in their first game. Lisle was also named "Offensive Line Player of the Game" on the Elks team website.
DE Tracy Sprinkle - Tracy Sprinkle played most of the game on the inside of the defensive line and unofficially had two sacks, two forced fumbles and four tackles for loss.
DL Billy Price - Per Gary Housteau, Price played almost entirely on the defensive side of the ball, "causing havoc". With Fitch clinging to a 4-point lead, Price stoned Leshun Daniels short on a crucial 4th and 2 late in the fourth quarter to preserve the victory.
DT Michael Hill - From everything that I have heard, it sounds like Hill was disruptive for much of the game and had a big sack for his team.
DE Joey Bosa - Bosa was unable to play, due to an undisclosed injury.
I would also like to note that running back Jalen Hurd (Class of '14), who we talked to a while back, had a tremendous first game. Hurd reportedly had 36 carries for 460 yards and 5 touchdowns.