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Ohio State recruiting: How the Dream 14 fared in H.S. football, 9/8

Check in with all the current Ohio State football commitments and how they did this past weekend.

Future Buckeye DE Dylan Thompson recorded three sacks for Montini Catholic (IL) Saturday.
Future Buckeye DE Dylan Thompson recorded three sacks for Montini Catholic (IL) Saturday.


It was another week in the great game of high school football and Ohio State commitments from all over continued to shine in the action.  Here's how the Dream 14 faired in this week's games:

How do you follow up follow up a six touchdown performance from the week before?  Easy, you simply put on an encore, something Stephen Collier was able to do in Friday night's 42-12 win against Albany.  With 361 yards through the air and 60 on the ground, Collier looking more and more like a player who will be able to do everything asked of him in Urban Meyer's system—oh and did I mention he added five more total touchdowns?  Though we are early in the year with Collier only playing two games thus far, the right-hander has went beast mode on all the competition he's faced.  Collier should continue the stunning numbers next week against Westover High School.

Stephen's mom, Natalie, was all over the action as well.

The Akron duo of Parris Campbell and Dante Booker were at it again over the weekend as the Fighting Irish improved their record to 2-0 against Walsh Jesuit.  Campbell had a relatively quiet night when looking at total yards on offense, rushing 11 times for just 49 yards.  However, it the category that matters, touchdowns, Parris was able to rack up two, including a 99 yard house call on a kick return.  It's also worth noting that he did catch three passes, something the Ohio State coaching staff has to be pleased by.  Expect Campbell to continue to hit the big plays all season long as he's one of Ohio's most electric players.

Defensively, Dante Booker continued to be a force, tied atop his team for total tackles on the game with 6.5.  We all know just how physically gifted Booker is and while he added yet another tackle for loss on Friday night, it's starting to look like Booker is putting his tools to full use.  There's a reason 247Sports has Booker as the number one outside linebacker—we're starting to see why.

Taking a quick trip to the state up north, our Adam Waters was able to catch up with Damon Webb's mother where we learned the star corner was able to record two touchdowns in Cass Tech's 60-0 win.  Like last week when Southfield stayed away from Webb most of the game, it was more of the same and this is a trend that should continue throughout the season.  Damon Webb is a special player and we're lucky to have in the scarlet and gray.

After a slow game last week, Sam Hubbard came on in a big way in Moeller's throttling of Covington Catholic.  Like future teammate Dante Booker, Hubbard is blessed by supreme athletic ability and is as physically gifted as any player in the country, with much more room to grow as well.  Hubbard totaled 11 tackles, with one coming behind the line of scrimmage, and forced a fumble.

Lonnie Johnson had himself an active night, though his team took a tough one on the chin.  Johnson showed consistency at receiver as well as big play ability on special teams.  Lonnie caught seven balls for 83 yards, but failed to reach the end zone for the first time this season.

In what was the prime time game for Dream14 commits over the weekend, Jalyn Holmes' Lake Taylor squad faced off with Oscar Smith on ESPNU.  While Holmes was able to get into the backfield numerous times forcing pressure and also recording a sack, the game was one-sided towards Oscar Smith and to make things worse, Jalyn Holmes was ejected in the middle of the game.  This is something the Buckeye staff couldn't be happy to see and a two game suspension seems to be the eventual punishment for Holmes.

Like the Buckeyes were able to do, Dylan Thompson absolutely dominated his opponent on Saturday as well.  Thompson seems to be a player being overlooked in this class and well, that needs to change.  A high motor player, Dylan Thompson is everything you want in a defensive lineman and he will continue to raise his stock as the season goes on.  Thompson recorded three sacks on the day.

Another guy who was the best player, by far, on the field of his game was Malik Hooker.  As you remember, Hooker's Hurricanes were overwhelmed in last week's game against Central Valley but were able to rally this week and blast riverside to a tune of 47-12.  Hooker scored 4 total touchdowns, three coming on the ground and another coming from a punt return.  However, each were called back due to penalties.  He did, though, go up and grab an interception.  Hooker battles every game and is a player who is poised to have a special career as a Buckeye.  Tough, physical, and fast—everything that describes Malik Hooker's game.

Kyle Trout, who dominated everything in site last week, had himself another good day at the office.  It seems that whoever lines up against Trout this season leaves the game in a world of hurt.

Trout can flat out play.

To Terry McLaurin and Curtis Samuel.  McLaurin and Indianapolis Cathedral won a shootout of St. Joseph 50-40. Newest Buckeye commit Curtis Samuel, on the other hand, didn't have much of an impact in Erasmus Hall's opening game win over Tottenville. Samuel's final line looked like this:  seven carries for 34 yards and one catch that went for 28 yards.  Maybe it was opening game jitters or maybe he wasn't feeling himself, but Samuel is too good for this to be a reoccurring theme.  Expect Samuel to take over in next week's game as he will start to take back his normal five-star form.

And then we have the kicker, Sean Nuernberger—one of the most likable guys in this year's class.  Nuernberger continued to show off his monster leg, one kick at a time.

The young pups:

  • Eric Glover-Williams continued to do Eric Glover-Williams type things as he surpassed 2,000 total yards in his high school career.