Ohio State football commits took the field this week as, for the most part, it was opening weekend for high school football all across the country. While some had their ups and downs, the future Buckeyes put on show...just as we expected.
Starting with Lee County High School quarterback Stephen Collier. Collier dazzled in his season opener, hanging 55 points on Dougherty. He was able to do anything and everything he wanted to, accounting for 229 total yards as well as totaling six touchdowns—four through the air and two on the ground.
W. 55-6. 6 TDs. 4 Passing 2 Rushing. Need to do a lot better! Left too many points on the board. We have to keep getting better. #Trojans— Stephen Collier (@Stephen5Collier) August 31, 2013
Collier is still ranked as a three-star prospect and will certainly be making a case to move up in the rankings as the season goes on. Lee County will visit Albany in their road opener next week.
Also on Friday night, Terry McLaurin was playing in his second game of the season and, unlike in week one, McLaurin was able to steal the show despite his team's loss. The future Buckeye finished with three touchdowns on eight catches for 238 yards. McLaurin continues to show why Ohio State jumped on him early in the recruiting process. With his elite speed, there's no question he'll have a chance to earn playing time the moment he steps on campus. Whether it's as a special team's returner or an offensive weapon, McLaurin will find a way to contribute next season while bettering his all around game through this fall.
Then we come to the duo from Akron – Parris Campbell and Dante Booker. For the record any team with two Buckeye commits on the same team should be able to dominate most, if not all competition they face and that's just what St. Vincent-St. Mary did to Garfield – to a tune of 63-0. First, the 6'0" lightning fast Campbell carried the ball four times for 98 yards and one touchdown. He also had a 52 yard house-call on a punt return.
Varsity Football: Parris Campbell with a 50yd touchdown run. #STVM 14 Garfield 0. 7:10 left to play in the 1st quarter.— STVM Athletics (@STVMATHLETICS) August 29, 2013
It's been noted that when arriving on campus Ohio State would like to utilize Campbell in the passing game as well, but he did not record any receptions in last week's game – he didn't have to. It's obvious what kind of athlete Parris Campbell is. He'll be able to do anythings that's asked of him on the gridiron.
Teammate Dante Booker had himself a game as well. With 10.5 total tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss, 247Sports' number one outside linebacker was everywhere on the field, cracking skulls one at a time. A road game at Walsh Jesuit is up next, but it should be more of the same for the Fighting Irish stars.
Donte Booker is causing havoc!! Has Ten hits in backfield already!! #REALDEAL— H.S.Sports Junkie (@Hssportsjunky) August 29, 2013
Here's an interview of Campbell and Booker after their dominating win.
As for some of the others, Sam Hubbard had a slow day in Moeller's victory over Pike, but was able to show his ability to get into the backfield and make plays behind the line of scrimmage.
#OhioState commit Sam Hubbard coming up in run support and dropping the Pike back for a 3 yd loss. 2nd and 13.— Marc Givler (@MarcGivlerBG) August 31, 2013
Speaking of slow night's, arguably the best cornerback prospect in the country, Damon Webb, was particularly quiet on defense because he wasn't challenged by Southfield. He did, however, make a footprint in Cass Tech's passing game, including a few receptions on the eventual game winning drive. Expect more opponents to give Webb the Southfield treatment – yes, he's that good.
Jayru Campbell to Damon Webb for a 26-yard TD. Webb had four grabs on the drive including the score. Cass up 18-14 PAT pending #FOXHSFB— Allen Trieu (@AllenTrieu) August 31, 2013
Malik Hooker and his New Castle Hurricanes took one on the chin to Central Valley. On offense, Hooker wasn't able to get anything going as the talent level between the teams favored Central Valley. Hooker's effort wasn't enough to gain a victory, but the effort definitely didn't go unnoticed. Scratching and clawing for every yard, Hooker's attitude towards the game is the kind that Urban Meyer expects. Watch for New Castle to rally and turn things around next week vs. Riverside.
Make no mistake, Malik Hooker is fighting. CV is clearly the better team— WPIAL_Insider (@WPIAL_Insider) August 31, 2013
Malik Hooker wins a 40 yard jump ball... A penalty brings it back. Smh— WPIAL_Insider (@WPIAL_Insider) August 31, 2013
Malik Hooker finds his way in the Endzone, can't count elite athletes out— Preps.com (@Finestpreps) August 31, 2013
Onto the offensive line, Kyle Trout absolutely demolished everything in his site...well that's what papa Trout thought.
24-7 Lancaster in 2nd quarter amd @Trout75 is planting kid after kid into the ground - drove one across the field to sideline and into dirt— Kevin Trout (@Kevin_Trout) August 31, 2013
Kicker Sean Nuernberger had a fairly calm night as well, attempting only extra points and nailing every single one. On kickoffs, though, he was able to show off the huge leg he has. Our Adam Waters was all over his game:
Sean Nuernberger kicked 5 touchbacks 2 went through the uprights, 4-4 on PATs & 5 punts w/ a 48 yard avg 2 of them downed on 3 & 1 yard line— Adam Waters (@AWaters_LGHL) August 31, 2013
The young pups:
- 2015 commit Eric Glover-Williams finished with 155 rushing yards, two touchdowns on the ground and one TD through the air.