Football is finally back in action. With most high school programs across the nation kicking off their seasons many of the Ohio State class of 2017 and 2018 verbal commits were back on the gridiron over the weekend.
Wanting to prove that rankings don't mean anything if you can't back it up on the field, quite a few of the future Buckeyes shined during their time in the spotlight for their respective teams.
Just like the future Buckeyes, Land-Grant Holy Land is geared up for this season. Always wanting to hear your opinion, we are once again giving you a chance to have your voice heard, and vote for our Future Buckeye of the Week.
While many of the OSU pledges put up solid numbers, only one can be the MVP. Here are your five Week 1 nominees:
Just days after committing to Ohio State, the St. Thomas Aquinas (FL) standout was one of the top players on the field all evening. In a tough fought match-up against Booker T. Washington (FL), Grimes, a 2017 OSU pledge, hauled in nine receptions for 161 yards.
While St. Thomas Aquinas is used to blowing teams out every week, things were different on Friday. Down with under a minute in fourth quarter to Booker T. Washington, Grimes, and his Raider teammates were driving down the field looking to take a lead, and walk away with the win.
Hauling in a reception from Florida quarterback commit Jake Allen, Grimes appeared to cross the goal line to give St. Thomas Aquinas a chance at the come from behind win, but was called down at the one. After a turnover, the Raiders hopes of a national championship were more than likely plucked away by the Tornadoes, falling to Booker T. Washington by a final score of 27-23.
Did Grimes score or was he down? You be the judge.
Ohio State WR commit Trevon Grimes. TD or no TD? pic.twitter.com/juOodT8fIp— Luke Stampini (@LukeStampini) August 27, 2016
While Grimes was close to leading his team to a late victory, his soon-to-be teammate was a key factor in Olentangy Liberty getting past North Allegheny (PA) on Friday night.
White, who could end up on the defensive side of the ball at Ohio State came up huge at quarterback for Liberty.
Trailing 29-22 with half a minute left in the game, the four-star standout -- and son of former OSU defensive back William White -- scored a touchdown on a one yard run, giving the Patriots a chance to head back to leave Pennsylvania on a high note. Needing a two point conversion, White connected with Johnny Wiseman for what was the game winning score to give the Patriots a huge, 30-29 win over North Allegheny.
A threat through the air and on the ground all night, White connected on 15-of-27 passing attempts for 160 yards, while toting the rock 23 times for another 126 yards, and two touchdowns.
Taking on Miami (OH) commit Dominique Robinson and Canton McKinley, Clark and Akron Archbishop Hoban rolled to an easy 42-14 blowout win over the Bulldogs.
Looking to lead Hoban to another state title, the longtime Buckeye quarterback pledge left off where he did last season. Starting the season off hot, the four-star prospect completed 14 of his 23 passing attempts for nearly 200 yards, and two scores, including a 52 yard pass to Garrett Houser. His pair of passing touchdowns weren't his only trips to pay dirt on the night. Clark also scored not one, not two, but three rushing touchdowns in the runaway Knights victory.
The five-star offensive guard had to leave Saturdays match-up against Cincinnati St. Xavier for a bit, but returned to help lead John Bosco (CA) run all over the Bombers defense live on ESPN.
Without lineman their wouldn't be touchdowns. Davis, and the John Bosco big men definitely proved that in their 34-0 shutout win over St. Xavier. Going up against a more than stellar defense, the future Buckeye road block and his teammates helped pave the way to nearly 500 yards of total offense.
Left tackle Wyatt Davis opening a big hole. pic.twitter.com/B0FVV8bEs6— Tony Gerdeman (@TonyGerdeman) August 28, 2016
Also playing on the ESPN network was Martell and his Bishop Gorman (NV) squad. Battling with Cedar Hill (TX), the four-star signal caller might not of had the best game of his career, but still put up impressive numbers against one of the top programs in high school football.
Coming out early and never looking back, Martell helped pace the Bishop Gorman offense to over 500 total yards from scrimmage. Connecting on 10 of his 22 passing attempts for 135 yards, Tate did his most of his damage with his legs. Taking full advantage of holes in the Cedar Hill defense, he rushed for 147 yards, and three touchdowns in the big 44-14 national television win for Bishop Gorman.
This Tate Martell kid is a touchdown machine pic.twitter.com/o8WrpQtNmP— Renato Mazariegos (@RPMSports18) August 28, 2016