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Ohio State Recruiting: State Secrets - Big game night for recruits, 2 future Buckeye RBs nab bowl invites

Buckeye recruits will be involved in some big games this weekend, and 2 future Ohio State RBs received bowl invitations.

Kareem Walker
Kareem Walker

Thursday was a rather quiet day for Buckeye recruiting, but multiple Ohio State recruits will be busy in some of tonight's biggest games.

DePaul Catholic takes on Elder

DePaul Catholic is traveling all the way from New Jersey for tonight's game against the Elder Panthers of Cincinnati, Ohio. Elder, one of the top ten teams in Ohio high school football, will have its hands full trying to contain 2016 Buckeye RB commit Kareem Walker. Walker has been the talk of Ohio State recruiting the past week as his status is being heavily questioned after the recent commitment from fellow 2016 RB Antonio Williams.

Walker has been having a great season so far this year, despite his team's 2-4 record. The four-star recruit has averaged more than 110 yards per game, including a season-high 177 yards against Our Lady of Good Counsel back in September. Walker will look to add to his seven total touchdowns on the season, but yards, let alone points, will be difficult to come by against a stingy Elder defense that has looked solid in all but two games this year.

Ft. Wayne Bishop Luers faces Northwestern (IN)

The Fort Wayne Bishop Luers Knights will be playing the Northwestern Tigers tonight in a neutral playoff game, and you can expect 2016 Buckeye WR commit Austin Mack to continue to play at a high level. Mack has been one of the more impressive Ohio State pledges this fall, showcasing his ability to take over a game.

In three of Mack's last four games, he has been his team's most important player. In this four game stretch Mack has accounted for 367 receiving yards and 11 total touchdowns, an average of 91.75 yards per game and 2.75 scores a game, according to MaxPreps.com.

And that's just as a receiver.

As a special teams player, twice this season, Mack has had games with 99 kick-return yards, one in which he accumulated 168 in total. Both of these games included a KR touchdown and he has a 70-yard punt return for a touchdown on the year.

The four-star recruit has also taken snaps on the defensive side of the ball. He has a forced fumble and a pick-six to go along with his impressive offensive play.

Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin hosts Archbishop Hoban

Two Buckeye recruits will be traveling tonight as undefeated Archbishop Hoban takes on Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin. The Hoban offense is led by 2017 Buckeye commits QB Danny Clark and RB Todd Sibley. Clark, a four-star recruit (the ninth-best recruit in the state, according to 247sports), is coming off an impressive victory over Padua last week. In the game, Clark threw for 269 yards and three touchdowns.

Clark's partner in crime, Sibley,  also had a strong performance in last week's game. The four-star RB racked up 82 yards on just eight carries and was able to score a touchdown in the 35-7 victory.

Hoban is playing some of the best football of any team in the state, so look for both Buckeye commits to continue to put up big numbers.

Todd Sibley earns U.S. Army national honors

Some of the top 2016 Buckeye recruits have received invitations to this year's U.S. Army All American Bowl, including Austin Mack, Jonathon Cooper, and Demario McCall. The USAAAB includes the top talent of high school seniors year in and year out, so receiving an invitation usually means you're one of the best at your position in your class.

Four-star RB and 2017 commit Todd Sibley received an invitation to the organization's annual combine, including the top 500 high school juniors. 247sports has Sibley listed as their No. 15 back and the fourth-best recruit in the state of Ohio.

Sibley has played an important role in Archbishop Hoban's undefeated season so far this year and with Ohio State's 2016 RB class growing more and more unclear every day, Sibley's commitment will continue to grow in importance.

Antonio Williams gets All-American Bowl invite

Recent four-star 2016 RB recruit Antonio Williams had a busy Thursday; for starters, it was his 18th birthday. To make Williams' day even better, the 5'11,  210-pound back received an invitation to play in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl. This year marks the tenth consecutive year the game has taken place and will be played in Daytona Beach.