With Saturday's loss to Michigan State, Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes aren't going to have the chance to battle for a national championship this season. A few future Ohio State football players, however, did have a chance over the weekend to bring home state titles to their respective high school programs. Sam Hubbard and powerhouse Cincinnati Moeller had their hands full with Mentor on Saturday afternoon.
Even though he will line up at linebacker at the next level, Hubbard, an All-State defensive back, made plays all over the field for the Crusaders, including a blocked extra point towards the end of the first half. Hubbard and Moeller held held on to defeat Mentor by the final score of 55-52 to win the Ohio Division I state championship for the second consecutive year.
To see how the rest of the Dream '14 fared over the weekend, check out our weekly piece Runnin' down The Dream.
A few future Ohio State basketball stars were also in action over the weekend. On Friday, Dave Bell and Garfield Heights had no problem with New Day Academy. Bell and the Bulldogs, now 2-0 on the young season, made easy work of New Day, winning, 105-43. The future OSU big man finished with 14 points and eight rebounds while teammate and 2016 guard, Willie Jackson led the way with 33 points and 16 boards. The Bulldogs are back in action on Tuesday as they take on Stow.
On Saturday, Keita Bates-Diop and University High (IL) continued their hot start to the season by defeating Fenwick, 62-57, at the Chicago Elite Classic. Bates-Diop chipped in 21 points, seven rebounds and five blocked shots in the U-High victory.
Iowa Elites has you covered with these highlights of KBD in action from Saturday's game:
Jae'Sean Tate and Pickerington Central kicked off their 2013 season by taking on Toledo Rogers Saturday at the Clark Kellogg Tip-Off Classic held at Ohio Dominican. Led by Tate's 21 points and 10 rebounds, the Tigers rolled past Rogers, 90-56.
Here are some highlights from the event including a pretty nice dunk by Tate, brought to you by the fellas over at Scarberry Media:
Despite last night's heartache, the Ohio State coaching staff woke up and conducted numerous in-home visits with current class of 2014 commits on Sunday. Parris Campbell, Kyle Berger, Terry McLaurin, Sam Hubbard and Stephen Collier all had a member of the coaching staff stop by for a visit.
Really appreciate Coach Coombs and Coach Smith for visiting me and my family this morning.Had a great visit and can't wait to be a Buckeye!🅾— Terry Mclaurin (@TheTerry_25) December 8, 2013
Another class of 2014 prospect (and potential Buckeye) should have the Buckeyes in for a visit this week. OSU head coach Urban Meyer will more than likely travel down to Florida to hold a in-home visit with four star wide out Johnnie Dixon. The Sunshine State play maker was supposed to make his college plans known on Sunday but decided to push those plans back to concentrate on winning a state title with his Dwyer High teammates.
Will not be deciding tonight. My team and state championship is more important right now!!! Still having the party so come thru.— Johnnie Dixon (@JDStandAlone) December 8, 2013
The 5-10 190 pound, Dixon, is the 106th best overall player and 16th wide receiver in the class of 2014, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings. Dixon, who has a top three of the Buckeyes, Miami and Alabama, visited the Hurricanes over the weekend and have many thinking they lead for his services. If Ohio State is going to pull this one out, the in-home visit with OSU's closer could make or break his recruitment.
Just few weeks removed from his official visit to Ohio State, JUCO offensive tackle Chad Mavety will announce where he will play his college ball this morning. It looks to be a battle between OSU and Florida State for the 6-6 330 pound Mavety. If the four star prospect ends up in Columbus, he could be a day one starter for the Buckeyes, who will lose a number of starters on the line. Our Luke Zimmermann was the first to predict Mavety would end up with the Seminoles this past July.
- Demetric Warren of Varsity Preps reports that the Buckeyes have offered class of 2015 New Jersey athlete Juwan Johnson. Warren tells Land-Grant Holy Land "They offered him (Johnson) earlier in the year but his coach told him yesterday. He didn't want him to get a big head." Johnson, a 6-5 200 pound four star prospect also holds offers from the likes of North Carolina, Penn State and Pittsburgh.
- Check out these highlights of 2017 Georgia athlete Richard LeCounte. The teammate of Raekwon McMillan, the 6-1 175 pound, LeCounte, currently holds offers from OSU, Alabama, Clemson, Florida and a gang of others.