This past weekend not only saw the current Buckeyes fare well on the field, but the future Ohio State football players also had some great games for their high school teams. With this being likely the third weekend of high school games for most players, the current Buckeye commits are well underway with their respective teams and looking to make Buckeye Nation proud as they prepare for college.
Ohio State’s recruiting efforts are being looked at each week when their pledges take the field and fortunately for the coaching staff and fans alike, there’s plenty to not only be proud of, but also extremely excited about when considering the talent already in the fold.
Without further adieu, let’s look at some of the impressive games from this past weekend’s games.
Ohio State’s 2019 QB commit proves his worth
Starting off in the “State up North,” 2019 Ohio State quarterback commit, Dwan Mathis and his Oak Park High School teammates took to the gridiron against a historically tough Farmington Hills Harrison team.
A game with D1 commits on both rosters, Mathis used the opportunity not only to prove himself against stiff competition, but also to lead his team to another win, and further along to their post season goals.
To get down to the nitty gritty, Dwan had quite the performance. Showing just how confident he is in his arm, Mathis stood in the pocket and delivered more than just once. In a close game from the beginning, Dwan was able to find his receiver for a 46-yard touchdown which gave Oak Park the lead over Harrison. A perfect deep-ball pass, Mathis connected in stride and gave any and all viewers the proof behind his ranking and live arm.
VIDEO: Mr. Football candidate and #OhioState commit Dwan Mathis (@DwanMathis) of @OakParkHighMI with the 46 yard touchdown pass in the win over Farmington Hills Harrison tonight pic.twitter.com/Y5UXFikWMf— STATE CHAMPS! (@statechampsnet) September 8, 2018
As if that wasn’t enough, Dwan was able to shine on the defensive side of the ball as well when late in the game he was able to come down with an interception which prevented Harrison from any type of comeback.
Showing why Ohio State’s coaching staff wanted him in this class as their signal caller, our tip of the cap goes to Dwan as seemingly each week against top notch opponents he’s doing everything he can to lead his team with his character and play.
New Jersey’s finest
With the Buckeyes having another loaded class, it can be somewhat easy to overlook some of the studs already committed. One prospect that may get a bit overlooked at times is New Jersey native, Ronnie Hickman.
Hickman is a true burner and can literally be placed all over the field on both sides of the ball. A 6-foot-1, 200 pound “athlete”, Ronnie is currently listed as a top 150 player nationally, the third best prospect in New Jersey for the current cycle, and last but not least, the tenth best athlete in the country according to 247sports.
Able to find success in his variety of roles at DePaul Catholic, Hickman this weekend gave his team a boost on special teams when he took a punt-return to the house making the opponents miss every opportunity to bring him down.
Ohio State will have a decision to make with Ronnie when he gets to campus because he can definitely line up on either side of the ball. Of all of his attributes though, his best may be his commitment to Ohio State. Never wavering from his pledge or affinity for his future home, fans will love what Hickman brings to the table.
Whether on talent alone, or with intangibles as well, Ohio State has a natural star in Cade Stover. A true do-it-all type of player, Stover is a guy that has carried his team on his shoulders. At Lexington, Cade’s school, he lines up at safety, linebacker, and even on offense has been asked to play quarterback on multiple occasions.
This past weekend, Cade was asked for as much leadership as he could offer. In a tough loss, Stover personally was able to shine with touchdown runs and looking like a heat-seeking missile on defense.
At 6-foot-5, 235 pounds already, it’s hard to determine just where he will line up for the Buckeyes at the next level, but regardless where he’s placed, it’s clear he’ll have an impact.