It’s an NFL Sunday just 24 hours after another victorious Saturday for the Ohio State Buckeyes, but a number of future Buckeyes had pretty productive Fridays as well. Defeating Tulane 49-6 yesterday, Ohio State now has it’s eyes set towards next week’s primetime showdown versus Penn State.
While there will be plenty of time to focus on the Nittany Lions, today’s about watching your favorite NFL team and following former Buckeyes showing how well the OSU staff helped them develop during their collegiate careers.
Each weekend former Buckeyes are all over NFL rosters, making an impact for their respective teams. All of the while, current 2019 Ohio State football commits are doing much of the same at the prep level.
Ohio State recruits the best players across the country who consistently make a difference for their teams. When they get to Ohio State, they continue their development, and, as they have so many times in recent years, move on to the NFL and continue their dominance.
It’s testimony over theory for this Buckeye coaching staff, and their testimony is continuing to pay off.
Big shocker there...
One of the bittersweet aspects of having a incredibly talented Ohio State roster is the potential to only see the starters or the first-team players play one half of a game, as we have seen in three of the four games so far this year. In fact, if Dwayne Haskins had played every snap of the season, it’s not out of anyone’s imagination to think that he would be shattering even more records than he already has.
However, when you consider that taking out the starters preserves their health, it’s a fairly even trade off. This notion is true at the high school level as well.
Over the weekend, Garrett Wilson, Ohio State’s five-star receiver commit had a game much like the current Buckeye starters did. In a game against Akins High School (Austin, Texas), Wilson and his Lake Travis teammates were able to set the tone from the start.
In the first half alone, Wilson was reached the end zone three different times. On the first play from scrimmage, Wilson hauled in a 57-yard pass to set Lake Travis up early 7-0. After adding another receiving touchdown in the first half, the nation’s second best receiver wasn’t finished as he took a kick return 93-yards for his third touchdown of the half.
Already up big, Garrett was held out of the second half of the game, but he more than made his presence felt early. Wilson finished the night with 3 catches for 78 yards and 3 touchdowns. With a 51-13 win over Akins, Lake Travis is now 4-0 on the year and maintains their No. 2 ranking in the football-rich state of Texas.
As usual, Garrett Wilson’s performance will do nothing but further excite Buckeye fans for what he can bring to Columbus in the coming seasons.
Bryson Shaw, a name to remember
Sometimes certain names and players can get a little overlooked when you recruit as well as Ohio State does each and every year. Bryson Shaw, a 3-star athlete that was originally committed to Wisconsin flipped his pledge in favor of the Buckeyes this past April and can be a player that is not usually the forefront when talking about the Ohio State 2019 class.
This though is changing with the fact that each week, Shaw is bringing more and more accolades to his name. A product from the same high school as Buckeye quarterback Dwayne Haskins, Shaw plays his prep ball in Maryland at The Bullis School. Seeing top national talent each week, when Shaw does arrive on Ohio State’s campus, he may have a leg up on other prospects considering the games he’s played in high school. A 6-foot-2, 175 pound athlete, Bryson has been a major contributing piece on both sides of the ball for his team.
This weekend, Shaw continued his impressive start to the year when he scored the first touchdown of the game against Quince Orchard. A 37-yard scoring run, Bryson showed his speed and strength when he shed multiple tackles on the way to paydirt.
On defense, Bryson continued his dominant play from the safety position with big hit after big hit, helping his team secure a hard-fought victory, 22-14, and staying undefeated at 4-0.
Bryson spoke after the game about his teams’ performance. He may not be the first name you see when looking at this current Buckeye 2019 commit list, but when he gets to campus, you’ll likely be very happy that Ohio State has him instead of Wisconsin.
The Ohio State University has a long, proud lineage of success at the running back position, and that doesn’t look to be ending any time soon
Current Ohio State RB pledge, Sampson James (Avon, Indiana/Avon) has had a great season already, and Friday night’s contest was another impressive performance for the eighth-rated running back in the country. Carrying the ball 21 times, James was able to gain 65 yards, but also scored two touchdowns for his Avon Orioles.
James and his crew were able to come out victorious with a score of 33-0. Some tough sledding for James against a defense keying on him the entire night, Sampson now has just under 800 yards rushing for the year on 126 carries, notching nine touchdowns on his belt as well. Avon will continue leaning on their bruiser of a runner for the rest of the year with stats like that.
Heading south to Georgia, another Buckeye commit to check in on Steele Chambers (Blessed Trinity/Roswell, Georgia) who can play either running back or linebacker at the next level.
Playing both sides of the ball for Blessed Trinity, Chambers had two touchdowns in the 45-3 win over West Hall. Tallying now 13 scores on the season, Chambers and his teammates reached the 5-0 mark with more tough games up ahead. Fortunately, their running back/linebacker looks to be in great shape helping on both sides of the ball.
As if the two studs above weren’t enough, Ronnie “Rocket” Hickman and DePaul Catholic (Wayne, New Jersey) had a huge win in an overtime thriller beating a talented Delbarton team 35-28.
In the win, Hickman had three touchdowns, catching passes for 8, 15, and 18 yards. His final touchdown of 18 yards may have been the most important as it forced overtime which later saw his team come out victorious. Proving to be a dynamic two-way player, Hickman’s abilities on the field are exactly why the Buckeyes wanted this 4-star from the start.
3-star athlete Craig Young (Fort Wayne, Indiana/Wayne) helped his team in a win over Snider (Fort Wayne, Indiana) by catching six passes for 75 total yards. Young was also able to find the end-zone Friday night once boosting his season totals to nine scores.