September 1, 2011
Prep Preview: Week Two
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The opening week for Ohio High School football is in the books and week two is ready to get going on Thursday night. Once again, BuckeyeGrove.com will be on the road all over Ohio bringing you plenty of coverage of Ohio State recruiting targets. Here is what you need to know about the second week of the season.
1. The 'Herbie' returns to Columbus
The Herbstreit Football Series is once again back in Columbus during Labor Day weekend. Like last year, the Herbie will consist of a pair of doubleheaders on Sunday and Monday and plenty of Ohio State commits and targets will be on the field in all four match-ups. BuckeyeGrove.com will be at all four games at Ohio Stadium.
The Sunday slate of games features a pair of intrastate match-ups starting with Cincinnati St. Xavier (1-0) against Pickerington Central (0-1). Both teams are considered among the best in Ohio and Central will be looking to bounce back from a week one loss to Cincinnati Moeller. The intriguing match-up here should be the wide receivers as Ohio State commit Roger Lewis from Central as well as outstanding junior Trey Kilgore from St. X will be looking to put on a show on the big stage.
The second game on Sunday features another Ohio State commit in Upper Arlington wide receiver Frank Epitropoulos. The Golden Bears will have to shake off a tough loss last week in the opener against Tri-Valley as they take on an athletic Springfield team. For Springfield, the player to watch is sophomore receiver Thaddeus Snodgrass. Snodgrass is a burner who already holds a verbal offer from Toledo.
Monday brings a little more national appeal to the event as Cleveland Glenville takes on Camden County (Ga.). For Glenville, Ohio State commit De'van Bogard and the rest of his Glenville defense will have their hands full against Camden County junior quarterback Brice Ramsey. Ramsey is already verbally committed to the University of Georgia.
The second half of Monday's doubleheader puts Centerville up against Indianapolis (Ind.) Cathedral. Cathedral has lost its first two games of the season to a pair of Indiana powers and Centerville is coming off an opening loss to Ohio power Cincinnati Elder. For Ohio State recruiting fans, this will be a good opportunity to catch a pair of outstanding prospects in Centerville senior linebacker/defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo and junior offensive tackle Evan Lisle.
2. Ohio State commits square off
There aren't a whole lot of intriguing match-ups on either Friday or Saturday around Ohio but Saturday night should provide an interesting scenario as Cleveland St. Ignatius hosts Bedford. For those that may not be aware, the game will feature a pair of Ohio State commits in St. Ignatius tight end Blake Thomas and Bedford defensive back Tyvis Powell.
Powell will play both ways for Bedford and on defense, he could find himself matched up against his future teammate. Once again, BuckeyeGrove.com will be in the house to catch all of this action.
3. Talented underclassmen on display in Hilliard
On Friday night, BuckeyeGrove.com will be in Hilliard to check out Hilliard Darby against Dublin Jerome, as some of the top underclassmen in Central Ohio will do battle. For Darby, junior defensive back/running back Caleb Day had a big first week, carrying five times for 94 yards and three touchdowns. The electric athlete already holds a verbal offer from Ohio State.
Day isn't Darby's only talented underclassman, however, as the Panthers boast outstanding junior linebacker Cameron Kohl as well as sophomore safety Devon Rogers. Kohl already holds a pair of MAC offers and is one of the top junior linebackers in Ohio. Rogers was impressive at Ohio State's underclassmen camp in June and is hearing from some big-time programs already.
For Dublin Jerome, the Wilson brothers, Cameron and Donovan, are both BCS-level prospects. Cam, a senior receiver, is committed to Iowa and is rated a three-star prospect by Rivals.com. Younger brother Donovan Wilson, a running back, is a junior that already holds a verbal offer from Purdue. The younger Wilson is a big-time bruiser that should be one of the best backs in Ohio for the 2013 class.
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