Allen Trieu, National Recruiting Analyst
Chicago (Ill.) Mt. Carmel vs Chicago (Ill.) De La Salle
In what turned out to be a blowout in Mt. Carmel's favor, we only got to see about a half of the top guys. Mt. Carmel junior defensive end Enoch Smith Jr., had a nice game. He showed motor and hustle and tracked a few plays down to the flanks. He was matched up with De La Salle's highly regarded offensive tackle Jamarco Jones for much of the game. Jones, despite the loss, had a really good game. He showed the athleticism that has earned him several major offers, but also was able to finish blocks and display some of the disposition we like to see at the position.
Speaking of offensive linemen, Mt. Carmel junior Nate Oquendo, who has a Purdue offer, played very well. He's technically sound, plays hard, tough, and helped his team roll up big yards on the ground. Even though he plays left tackle, he's likely an interior guy in college.
De La Salle has a pair of highly regarded junior skill guys in running back Mikale Wilbon and quarterback Shelby Spence. Wilbon has been running wild this year but was bottled up. Still, he showed a lot of fight, good balance and toughness. Spence made some nice throws but had to battle a tough pass rush and strong winds. Northern Illinois commit Draco Smith had a big game for Mt. Carmel with two touchdown runs.
Dave Berk, Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Trotwood (Ohio) Madison vs. Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne
Both teams had a great showing as Wayne held on for a 21-14 victory. Trotwood senior running back Isreal Green (5-foot-8, 202-pounds) exploded for 161 yards on 27 carries and two touchdowns. Green runs hard with low pad level and is a load to bring down. Height may be holding college programs from jumping onboard, but the kid is a power back who rushed for 1,758 yards and 21 touchdowns a season ago.
Michael McCray (Michigan) posted seven tackles from his linebacker spot and had one of his better games showing the ability to shed and make a play. Defensive backs Cameron Burrows (Ohio State) and Reon Dawson (Illinois) each posted a tackle and was tested by Wayne senior wide receiver Jesse Bray who recently added an offer from Indiana. Burrows continues to look more like a safety at the next level while Dawson has solid tools but is still fine tuning his technique.
Wayne defensive tackle Lovell Peterson continues to show his future should be as a defensive tackle as he fought early injury to post five tackles on the night. Peterson does a great job at the point of attack and is capable of shedding down the line to make a play. Junior linebacker Dorian Hendrix showed why he’s already picked up a handful of offers being a force from his middle linebacker position with eight solo tackles. Hendrix projects more as an outside backer as he’s got above average speed and the ability to go sideline to sideline.
Franklin (Ohio) vs. Middletown (Ohio)
Franklin sophomore quarterback Luke Kennard (6-foot-5, 175-pounds) was the reason for our trip to this game. While we only saw Kennard in two series, he showed signs of being a top quarterback in the 2015 recruiting class. Arm strength will continue to improve as he matures but showed great touch on an early touchdown pass. Game was suspended early in the first quarter and we missed it on Saturday when play resumed. Kennard finished the game going 17-of-29 for 156 yards and one touchdown but threw two interceptions. The tools are there and it will be interesting to see if he picks football or basketball as he already holds a handful of offers in hoops.
Miamisburg surprised us with tight end/defensive end Connor Brown (6-6, 225) who runs with a fluid stride and shows above average athletic ability. We only saw Brown in limited reps but will be looking to see him in the spring and summer to see how he progresses.
Simone Scott, Midwest Field Reporter
Westerville (Ohio) South vs. Columbus (Ohio) Grove City
Noah Prentiss (Westerville South) shined as the star of the game. The senior rushed for three touchdowns in their 42-20 win over Grove City. Throughout the game, it took several defenders to bring him down, making him an offensive weapon.
Marcus Ball (Westerville South) once again showed why he has collected over 20 offers. The safety proved to be a lockdown on defense, but also scored a touchdown after a 19 yard reception on offense. Ball was on the field for every snap of the game and yet his motor never showed any signs of fatigue. The senior’s current top four schools are Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Arizona State and Michigan State.
Beth Long, Midwest Field Reporter
Priory (Mo.) vs John Burroughs (Mo.)
The highlight of this game was seeing John Burroughs running back, and 2013 Ohio State commit Ezekiel Elliott in person. Elliott blew up on the summer camping circuit, and looked equally dominating in Friday's game. He scored 3 touchdowns before halftime and lined up all over the field. The game was suspended at halftime due to severe weather, and was finished Saturday afternoon. John Burroughs topped Priory 59-28 in the end.
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