- Ohio State has offered '13 WR USC commit Sabastian LaRue, will take an official to Ohio State
- Jeb Blazevich unofficially visits Clemson
- Tracy Sprinkle made seven tackles with two for loss. He had four QB hurries and a fumble recovery for a TD in a 31-21 loss to Midview
- Nyles Morgan & Dareian Watkins unofficially visits Northwestern for the Vanderbilt game. Northwestern has offered both prospects today
- JT Barrett led Rider to a 21-15 win over Ryan. Barrett threw for a touchdown and rushed for one in the victory
- Johnathan Lloyd unofficially visits Wake Forest
- Kyle Trout unofficially visits Ohio Bobcats for the New Mexico State game
- David Williams officially visits Arizona State
Thaddeus Snodgrass, Nathaniel Devers, Darius West, Kyle Trout, Ethan Wolf& Marcus Whitfield unofficially visits Ohio State for the UCF game
- Kyle Allen unofficially visits UCLA
- Dominique Booth unofficially visits Missouri for the Georgia game
- Orlando Brown, Donell Stanley, Shaq Davidson & Derrell Scott unofficially visits South Carolina
- Vonn Bell is down to Ohio State, Tennessee and Alabama in no order, per his HS coach
- Drew Barker passed for 226 yards and three TDs while rushing for another 168 yards and a TD in a 33-31 loss to Dixie Heights
- Speedy Noil unofficially visits LSU
- Deon Drake, Damon Webb & Jayru Campbell unofficially visits Michigan for the Air Force game
- Jalen Hurd had 300 yards and 5 TDs on 12 carries. He has over 1,200 yds in 1st 4 games
- Taivon Jacobs had two touchdowns, one on a 50-yard reception and the other on a 55-yard punt return in Suitland's 56-0 win over Oxon Hill
- James Quick unofficially visits Louisville
- Jalin Marshall rushed for 77 yards on 24 carries in Middletown's 51-13 loss to Cincinnati Winton Woods
Scout $ - LaRue looking at official visits '13 CA WR Sebastian LaRue
- By Biggins.....Offered by Ohio State within the last two weeks and is also hearing from Texas A&M, Washington State & UCLA. Remains committed to USC, but is looking to take five officials.
Scout $ - Top Junior DB Taking Visits '14 PA S Montae Nicholson
- By The Bank....Was very impressed on his visit to Ohio State last week & believes the staff is close to offering. Would also like to visit Pittsburgh, Illinois, Michigan & West Virginia.
Varsity Xtra: oster rare commodity -- a top WR from WPIAL (Post Gazette)
It was the first practice of Robert Foster's high-school career and a coach told him to "go wide."
This wasn't where Foster envisioned his star to rise. He was a midget-league standout running with the football, not catching it.
Then, that same assistant coach at Monaca High School told Foster the running back to go wide and run. Straight. As fast as he could.
"I ran right between two people and caught the ball," Foster said.
They immediately should have sent out birth announcements for this Foster child. A star receiver was born.
Three years after that day of position transformation, after speeding through his receiver infancy stage, Robert Foster III just might be one of the most unusual players in WPIAL history. Go ahead and call him RFIII.
It has been well-documented what Western Pennsylvania has produced at quarterback.
Other high school players from this area have gone on to big things at linebacker, offensive line and other positions.
Scan through the all-time list of NFL players from the WPIAL and you'll see loads of players from those positions. But big-time receivers? Nah. They come from Florida, Texas, California or even Ohio. That's why Foster is a Western Pennsylvania rarity.
Foster is a senior at Central Valley High School in Beaver County and one of the few receivers in the WPIAL over the years who has been so heavily recruited and so highly touted. Foster is ranked among the top 10 receivers in the country by scouting services. Scout.com ranks him No. 2, Super Prep magazine him No. 4 and Rivals.com No. 8.
Drew Barker, ’14 Conner QB, recaps U of L, Ohio State visits (courier journal)
Conner High School junior quarterback Drew Barker liked his visits to Ohio State and Louisville over the weekend and continues to enjoy his busy recruiting process.
Barker, the 6-foot-3, 204-pound player who is among the talents in Northern Kentucky, has six scholarship offers, including from U of L , was among the many prospects who visited Louisville on Sunday to watch its 32-14 victory over Kentucky.
“Louisville I was really shocked with,” Barker said. “I didn’t really know what to expect from a fan or atmosphere (standpoint), but I was really impressed with the fans and the atmosphere. That place was rocking, and it was pretty awesome.”
U of L was the first school to make Barker an offer, back in the spring, and he likes the offense the Cardinals run with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and led by offensive coordinator Shawn Watson.
“I really like what I’m seeing, and I felt there was similarities to my high school,” he said. “Coach (Charlie) Strong told me I also have a running dimension that they could put in if I come to Louisville. That was good to hear.”
Barker witnessed U of L’s offense play almost efficiently as it could.
Bridgewater was 19 of 21 passing during his three quarters of play – setting a school record for completion percentage.
“Teddy was super-efficient,” Barker said. “I think he only missed two passes, and one of them was a smart play where he threw the ball away. So technically he only missed one pass, which is crazy. That’s pretty awesome that Coach Strong and Coach Watson are putting Teddy in situations to succeed … and make plays and get completions.”
Tight end Jeb Blazevich is a fine young southern man out of Charlotte Christian School down in North Carolina who has offers from just about every major college north, south, east and west.
His real name is John – J.E.B. are his initials. Standing 6-5 and 240 pounds, Blazevich possesses the physical build to be a premier TE at the college level, and Urban Meyer’s system would appear to be a perfect fit for him.
His dad played at Northwestern, but Blazevich already offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame and South Carolina, just to name a few.
He also has an offer from the Buckeyes.
Having played in both spread and pro style offenses at the high school level, Blazevich will be ready for whatever system they run at the school he chooses. He recently took sometime to answer questions from The Ozone.
2014 North Carolina RB Sees Meyer as ‘a Legend’ (The Ozone)
It should come as no surprise that Ohio State has been very active in recruiting running backs. They landed Bri’onte Dunn and Warren Ball in the class of 2012 and Ezekiel Elliott is already on board for 2013.
With college recruiting coming at an ever faster clip than ever before, the Buckeyes have already offered five running backs for 2014, and one of those offers has gone to North Carolina tailback Derrell Scott .
At 5-11, 180 pounds, Scott also holds offers from North Carolina, Florida State, Tennessee, South Carolina and Virginia Tech – to name a few. He has a 3.8 GPA, reportedly runs a 4.42 in the 40-yard-dash with a vertical leap of 31 inches.
Many more offers are sure to follow for the back out of Havelock, N.C., but Ohio State has gotten much more involved in recruiting that area of the country since Urban Meyer added co-defensive coordinator Everett Withers to his staff.
Scott was already quite familiar with Meyer himself, calling him a “legend” from his coaching days at the University of Florida. We recently caught up with him to talk about Ohio State and his recruitment thus far.
Kyle Trout looking for Ohio State offer (espn insider)
Kyle Trout (Lancaster, Ohio/Lancaster) knows what it means to be an Ohio State Buckeye.
Growing up 45 minutes from The Horseshoe, the 6-foot-5, 254-pound Trout has always dreamed of playing in front of 100,000-plus screaming fans on a Saturday.
So when Ohio State started showing interest, the junior offensive tackle got a little excited.
"I've always been a Buckeyes fan, so it would be great to get an offer," said Trout, who was planning to watch in Ohio State's game against the University of Central Florida on Saturday."
Jimmy Byrne to make unofficial to ND (espn insider)
Jimmy Byrne (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius) sees it as a way to knock two things out at once.
With Notre Dame, Michigan and Ohio State as his three choices, the high-profile offensive tackle in the class of 2014 has a rare Saturday off on Sept. 22 and will make the most of it.
He’ll be taking an unofficial visit to Notre Dame to watch the Fighting Irish take on Michigan in a primetime game in South Bend, Ind.
four touchdowns from senior running back Ezekiel Elliott made up the crooked number for the Bombers, who are the No. 2 team in the STLhighschoolsports.com small-schools rankings.
John Burroughs head coach Gus Frerotte said improvements need to be made, but he was happy with the well-rounded performance on both sides of the ball.
"Zeke (Elliott) is going to get his touches, but we got a lot of other guys making plays on offense, defense and especially special teams," Frerotte said. "They set the tone for the whole day yesterday (Friday) when we get a big return at the beginning of the game and then we get a turnover and then another special teams play where we block a punt. It's those kinds of things that really make a team good."
|"It was definitely a lot different, it just kind of messes up your whole routine," Elliott said. "We responded well, we held on and all that matters is we won the game."|
Elliott complimented the special teams unit well by breaking a 47-yard touchdown run, then cashed in on a pair of runs at the goal line and broke another touchdown run for 41 yards.
"This game, our special teams showed up real big, we had a lot of big returns, we had two blocked punts," Elliott said. "Special teams put up a lot of points. Special teams might have put up more than half our points today."
Snodgrass reschedules unofficial to OSU (espn insider)
Thaddeus Snodgrass (Springfield, Ohio/Springfield) had to hit the reset button one more time and is now scheduled to take an unofficial visit to Ohio State for Saturday’s contest with Cal.
Snodgrass was planning to go to the season opener against Miami (Ohio), but had to change his plans late in the week. The 2014 wide receiver was scheduled to hit up Game 2 against Central Florida, but a last-minute film session detoured those plans as well.
Undaunted, the 6-foot, 174-pound Snodgrass told BuckeyeNation he’ll reach Columbus Sept. 15 for the Buckeyes game with Cal.
Snodgrass is becoming a hot commodity as of late with offers from Georgia Tech, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Purdue, Toledo and Wisconsin. He’s also received interest from Illinois and Michigan as the full-court press for the wide receiver continues.
Cameron 'Dial-ed' into recruiting world (espn insider)
Cameron Dial (Twinsburg, Ohio/Twinsburg) wants to be a household name by November. He’s already known in circles at Ohio State, Michigan, Wisconsin and UMass.
If the 6-foot-1, 225-pound defensive end has his say, he wants it to fall off the tip of tongues from coaches around the country by the time his junior season is over.
Dial went up against Lancaster offensive tackle Kyle Trout Friday during Twinsburg’s 44-21 victory and more than held his own.
After gaining 189 yards of offense in the first half, Lancaster managed just 24 yards in the second half and didn't get out of the red until the last drive.
Trout impressed by OSU behind scenes (espn insider)
Kyle Trout (Lancaster, Ohio/Lancaster) watched the Xs and Os of Ohio State’s 31-16 win over Central Florida on Saturday on an unofficial visit. The offensive tackle out of the class of 2014 was up close and personal and came away with an even better understanding of what the Buckeyes are all about.
“I sat on the 40-yard line right behind OSU’s bench,” Trout said. “On the field, they seemed really intense. Off the field, they would sit almost right in front of me and you could hear and see what all the coaches were saying to them and how they were helping them.
“I liked how even though they were up, they were proactive. They didn’t stop coaching even though they were up. It was more reassurance of how this coaching staff is going to succeed. Still having the intensity to bounce back from last season and really do well, I think that will be awesome.”