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Ohio State commit weekend recap: 2019 commits continue to shine on the field

Future Buckeyes looked good in their high school games this weekend.

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What a time to be an Ohio State fan. Last night the Buckeyes came away with a huge win over TCU. In a weekend that saw the Big Ten conference struggle, Ohio State’s win was a key victory not only for themselves, but for the conference as a whole.

The reason behind Ohio State’s win—plain and simple—was the talent they had on their roster. The Buckeye coaching staff does a great job at locating talent and then developing said talent. Ohio State’s continued success lays in the hands of their ability to recruit, and when you’re able to do that as successfully as they have, good things will continue to happen.

As Urban Meyer comes back to coach his team without any limitations, recruiting will surely begin to pick back up. With visits set in place for many of their top remaining targets, the staff knows they’ll have to be on top of their game. Fortunately, guys they already have in the fold have been on their game, and that was once again the case this past weekend when multiple 2019 commits proved their abilities on the gridiron.

Record breaking night for Wilson

Garrett Wilson needs no introduction, but it’s worth it honestly. Wilson is the second best receiver in the country for the 2019 class, the second best player in a loaded state of Texas, and the 14th best player in the country regardless of position, according to 247sports’ composite grading. Now that we have some of his accolades out of the way, let’s just add to them.

Once again, his performance for Lake Travis was electric. In a win over dynamic opponent Bowie, Wilson set the school record for career receiving touchdowns. His 45th touchdown reception broke that, but he wasn’t done as he cashed in and hit pay-dirt once again for number 46 in his career. Important note: This is only his third game of his senior season, so it’s very possible this record extends drastically for Garrett—making it harder for future players to pass. As if that wasn’t enough, Wilson also threw for a touchdown on a trick play for Lake Travis.

Wilson’s night ended with five catches for 172 total yards, which equals nearly 34 yards per reception. His first score breaking the receiving TD record was a 25-yarder, followed by an 87-yarder for his second score of the night.

For Buckeye fans, this is exactly what they love to see as they picture the future of the Buckeye offense. Wilson is a can’t-miss type of player, and Ohio State knows they struck gold when they were able to land his pledge. As always, the future is extremely bright in Columbus for Ohio State football.

Stover leads Lexington to rivalry victory

In addition to Wilson having a big night, Cade Stover had one, too. Stover has done nothing but be consistent. Regardless of what side of the ball he is playing on, Cade has the ability to be the best player on the field. In this weekend’s game, Lexington High School took on rival Mount Vernon and came away with a huge 38-0 win. In the game, Cade scored two touchdowns and also helped pitch the shutout for the Lexington defense.

Rushing for 71 yards on 12 carries, Stover rushed for a 29-yard touchdown as he broke three tackles sprinting to the end zone. Stover also caught a 40-yard touchdown pass in the first half. The real impressive aspect to this game, though, is the fact that Cade may have been as impressive without the ball compared to when he had it. Reasoning? Well, to put it real clear, Stover was seeing double-team defense all night. That allowed for his teammates to see openings. Basically, with so much attention placed on the Buckeye commit, the rest of Lexington’s players were able to successfully get lost in the shuffle—resulting in their big win.

Cade can truly do it all on the field. That’s just more good news for the future of Ohio State football.

Quick Hits:

  • Ronnie “Rocket” Hickman (Wayne, New Jersey/DePaul Catholic) athlete caught an 85-yard touchdown pass on offense, and forced a fumble on defense. Hickman will most likely start his Buckeye career at safety.
  • Sampson James, (Avon, Indiana/Avon) a 6-foot-1, 215-pound bruiser of a power running back, had two touchdowns in a 48-0 win over Franklin Central.
  • Craig Young, (Fort Wayne, Indiana/Wayne) a three-star athlete, went off for four touchdowns in a win over Fort Wayne South-Side.