It was another great week of high school football, admittedly one that may have been overshadowed by the weekend that was at the collegiate level. The excitement across the country for college football masked some great individual performances out of many players still honing their chops down in the high school ranks. Worry not; it's time to get up to speed on the weekend that was with many exciting future Buckeyes.
As high school teams get ready from week to week, keep in mind that on September 1st, colleges were once again allowed to start recruiting. This means just about all of the high profile targets will feel some degree of pressure to perform, but in some cases that can bring the best out of them. On the flip side, it may be a distraction or be viewed as an impetus to showboat for others, much to the disdain of the high school coaches across the country.
It takes the right balance of chemistry, focus, and talent to continue to win consistently at any level of the sport, but with the multivariable equation of fifteen-to-eighteen year olds working in conjunction, any given Friday can produce the otherwise unthinkable. Plenty of players were strutting their stuff on Friday, including a couple of performances that impressed a lot of scouts, both those in the stands and the ones behind their monitors.
Let's take a look at how some of the future Buckeyes performed on Friday and Saturday.
DE Joey Bosa: Coming off of an undisclosed injury, Joey Bosa was part of a defensive squad that forced five Columbus turnovers in St. Thomas Aquinas' 38-28 victory. Bosa's troubles continued for much of the night as he was consistently getting triple-teamed (yes, you read that correctly) and had to step off the field when he got a helmet to the knee. There was no word after the game on whether the injury was serious or not.
QB J.T. Barrett: J.T. Barrett had an impressive game, rushing for 178 yards on 23 carries and added two touchdowns on the ground. Barrett went 9-of-20 through the air for 271 yards with two more scores in Rider's tough 43-36 loss to Cooper. It should be mentioned that until Cooper came back with less than three minutes to play, Barrett led Rider on a potential game-winning drive, including a 67-yard touchdown pass along with Barrett rushing in the 2-point conversion himself to give them a 36-35 lead.
DE Tracy Sprinkle: Tracy Sprinkle finished the night with a bang contributing with nine tackles, 5.5 sacks, seven tackles for loss, and a forced fumble. Consider yourself impressed.
TE Marcus Baugh: Marcus Baugh, proving his ability to consistently catch the football, showed what he could do with his five catch, 75-yard performance in John W. North's 41-0 victory over Colton.
CB Cam Burrows: Cam Burrows locked down Dayton Dunbar's receivers all game long to keep them off the scoreboard in a 63-0 victory by Trotwood-Madison.
RB Ezekiel Elliott: Ezekiel Elliott was again impressive this week, scoring on rushes of 64, 63, and 19 yards and also added an 89-yard TD reception in John Burroughs' 35-0 win over Lutheran South.
ATH Jalin Marshall: Jalin Marshall had another solid night going 6/14 for 112 yards and threw three touchdowns in Middletown's 31-0 win over Springfield. Marshall was also dominant on the ground, picking up 65 rushing yards on 10 carries. The stat line doesn't give away the impact Marshall had on this game.
ATH Darron Lee: Darron Lee returned a punt for a touchdown and also held Westerville Central to 128 yards through the air in New Albany's disappointing 23-20 overtime loss.
OL Tim Gardner: Tim Gardner, an offensive tackle, helped three different running backs rush for over 100 yards in Lawrence Central's 42-6 win over Meridian.
OL Evan Lisle: Offensive tackle Evan Lisle was solid once more, helping Centerville pick up 306 yards on the ground in a 42-32 loss to Springboro.
DT Billy Price: Billy Price was harassing the offensive line all night long as he helped hold Archbishop Hoban to just 49 yards rushing and pressured the Knights into throwing four interceptions in Austintown Fitch's 49-9 win.
S Jayme Thompson: Safety Jayme Thompson added to the fireworks for Central Catholic as he returned a 32-yard interception for a touchdown in a 35-0 win over Bedford.
DT Michael Hill: Defensive tackle Michael Hill played a large part in suffocating West-Oak to -21 yards of total offense in the first half of a dominating 63-0 win by Pendleton.
Last week, 2014 running back Jalen Hurd had a monster game and earned some recognition for his efforts. Along the same lines, another '14 prospect had the internet buzzing about his performance on Friday. This week, we would like to give a tip of the hat to Marshon Lattimore of Cleveland-Glenville. Lattimore, a true athlete that plays wide receiver, defensive back and running back, is a teammate to another recruit that Ohio State is after --'13 defensive back and wide receiver Christopher Worley.
On Friday, Lattimore helped Glenville roll past Solon in a 40-17 shelling by contributing 107 yards rushing on only six carries with a touchdown. Lattimore also caught six passes for 132 yards and three touchdowns. If that wasn't enough, Marshon continued to show off his exceptional talent by throwing a 2-point conversion to one of his teammates. Big ups to Lattimore as he has already caught the eye of many top programs across the country, including receiving an offer from Ohio State.