It was '16 QB Tristen Wallace of DeSoto (TX) who was the recipient of the most votes for last weeks impressive performance. It's safe to say that the 6'3, 228-pounder put up more impressive numbers this week. However, would that be enough to fend off all other Buckeye commits who strapped up this weekend? We'll see.
Lets take a look at the five nominees:
The lone defensive player that you will find in this weeks list of nominees is this man. It was a defensive performance for the ages for Borland, who is quietly looking like an impressive pick up for Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes as the stat lines for his games appear weekly.
This week, it was Borland swarming to the football against Lincoln-Way East (IL) and playing a big part in holding the opposition to just 131 yards of total offense. According to Curt Herron of The News-Herald, Future Buckeye Borland put up an unbelievable 25 tackle night. While the Bolingbrook (IL) linebacker seemed to be everywhere, it wasn't enough as his team fell short 28-0 due to some offensive carelessness which resulted in five turnovers.
Last night, Judson's Cocoa Tigers had to face off against Viera (FL) and it was a nail-biter. It came down to the wire and late in the game, Judson came through and delivered the eventual back-breaker to the Hawks when he scored with 14 ticks remaining on the clock to seal the deal.
The current Buckeye commit, who has been taking other visits, got things going on the ground against Viera. Judson finished the game with 214 yards rushing on 19 carries and two touchdowns according to Carl Kotala of FloridaToday.com. While only completing two of his seven attempts through the air, Judson did deliver a 46-yard touchdown pass in the middle of the first quarter. The three touchdown performance from the four-star commit, mainly the clutch game-winner, helped push the Tigers past Viera, 49-42.
What a night it was for Mack. According to The Pigskin Prophet of the News-Sentinel, the Bishop Luers (IN) standout racked up 447 total yards -- 132 rushing, 151 receiving, and 164 returning -- and scored SIX times against Carroll (IN). Mack "left people with memories to last a lifetime," the column said. He literally did everything as he accounted for every touchdown the Knights put on the board. Unfortunately for Mack, the sensational performance still wasn't enough as they fell 43-38. While things did not end the way Bishop Luers and the future Buckeye pass-catcher had hoped for, performances like these are ones that could very well give Mack a fifth-star.
To recap all of Mack's touchdowns, look no further. After a scoreless first quarter, Mack turned things around in the second by scoring two touchdowns -- an 8-yard run out of the wildcat and a 99-yard kickoff return, which you can watch here. In the third, Mack reached the endzone again with a 1-yard run. In the final 15 minutes of play, the four-star receiver reached pay dirt three more times -- a 73-yard TD grab, a 12-yard touchdown run, and a 23-yard run for a score.
On Friday night, McCall and the Rangers of North Ridgeville (OH) squared off against Avon Lake (OH). According to Joe Magill of Cleveland.com, the four-star Buckeye commit accounted for four touchdowns and paved the way for a 42-14 victory over the Shoremen.
In the first half alone, McCall found the endzone three times. The first was a 45-yard touchdown run to start the scoring and he followed that with another entry across the goal line to increase the lead to 14-0 . Per Scott Carlson of the Cleveland 19 News, the 5'11, 180-pound speedster broke off a 76-yarder when the Rangers were just simply attempting to kill the clock and get into the half. In the third quarter, McCall punched in the final score for North Ridgeville when he caught a 24-yard touchdown pass.
The Eagles of DeSoto (TX) had their weekly contest on Friday night against Grand Prairie (TX) and things went very well for Wallace and his squad. The former Texas Tech commit and now Buckeye pledge piled up 136 yards through the air with 6 completions on 17 tries. While one was for a score, Wallace did manage to cough up an interception. On the ground, Wallace did his best Braxton Miller impression -- the quarterback version. The dual-threat QB was just that in this matchup as he finished with 159 yards on 8 carries and three touchdowns.
It all got started after crossing the goaline on a 2-point conversion following the first score of the game. After a relatively quiet first quarter, Wallace got things going by scampering for two scores -- one from 16 yards out and the other from the five. After heading into the locker room with a 22-3 lead, it took Wallace no time to get things going. On the first play of the second half, the four-star prospect burst through the defense and took off for a 51-yard score. Just a few minutes later, the Texas native connected with a receiver and added a 20-yard TD strike to his stat line. Wallace and his Eagles had no problem disposing of Grand Prairie, as they won 60-3.