Prep Tracker: Burrow Wins Again and Ohio State Commits Playing at the Horseshoe

By Mike Rockstedt on November 30, 2014 at 11:30 am
Burrow is a winner.

Every weekend in the fall, thousands of high school football times line up and take their shot at prep glory. The Sunday morning Prep Tracker is your final stop for the names, numbers and scores that mattered to Ohio State's recruiting efforts.


In a tough game against a strong St. Vincent-St. Mary team, 2015 quarterback commit Joe Burrow was, once again, Joe Burrow.

In the Division III state semifinals, Burrow led his Athens team to a 34-31 comeback victory. The Bulldogs were down 17-7 at halftime, but Burrow threw for 320 yards and four touchdowns, the last of which gave Athens the lead.

With 53 touchdowns passes against just one interception on the season, Burrow is the odds-on favorite to be this year's Mr. Ohio. Next Thursday, Burrow and his Athens teammates will compete for a state championship when they take on Toledo Central Catholic in the Horseshoe.


Two other Ohio State commits, cornerback Denzel Ward and linebacker Jerome Baker, have a chance to end their season in the Horseshoe with state championship rings.

In the Division II semifinals, Ward led his Nordonia squad to a 52-14 blowout of Mayfield. One of the highlights of the game was when Ward took a screen pass 91 yards for a touchdown, showcasing his speed. Nordonia plays La Salle on Friday night.

Baker and his Benedictine squad easily defeated Steubenville in the Division IV semifinals. The Bengals jumped out to an early lead, led 33-6 at halftime and went on to win 40-12. In the state championship, Benedictine will face a tricky Archbishop Alter team. The game will be played Friday at 10 AM in the Horseshoe.


Ohio State cornerback commit Jamel Dean's season has come to an end after a tough loss to national powerhouse Booker T. Washington. Washington is always one of the top teams in the country, and at the moment it is ranked fourth nationally. Cocoa is the 29th-ranked team in Florida, according to the most recent rankings.

It was a low scoring game the whole way. Washington was up 14-6 and Cocoa had the ball with under 4 minutes to go. Cocoa scored a touchdown as time expired to make it 14-12; they went for a two-point conversion to extend the game and came up empty.

Dean led his team to a 11-2 record and the Florida Class 4A state semifinals, nearly upsetting a nationally ranked Washington team. Following the loss, Dean came up to Columbus to attend The Game. He hopes to build on his success at Cocoa when he comes to Ohio State more permanently.

JOE BURROW 2015 QB Athens (The Plains, OH) St. Vincent-St. Mary (Akron, OH) Won 34-31. Had 320 yards passing and four touchdowns.
TORRANCE GIBSON 2015 QB American Heritage (Plantation, FL) Island Coast (Cape Coral, FL) Won 56-8. One Touchdown Pass and One interception. Will play Bishop Moore in the state semi-finals on Friday night.
ALEX STUMP 2015 WR St. Edwards (Lakewood, OH) Hudson (Hudson, OH) Won 42-14. Did not play after suffering season ending injury.
AJ ALEXANDER 2015 ATH Lake Braddock (Burke, VA) Westfield (Chantilly, VA) Lost 42-20. Did Not Play after suffering season ending injury. Season finished.
RASHOD BERRY 2015 ATH Digital (Lorain, OH) Did Not Play Season finished.
GRANT SCHMIDT 2015 OL Roosevelt - 03 (Sioux Falls, SD) Did Not Play Season finished.
KEVIN FEDER 2015 OL Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, NJ) St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, NJ) Lost 10-6. Season Finished.
LIAM MCCULLOUGH 2015 OL (LS) Kilbourne (Worthington, OH) Did Not Play Season finished.
JOSH ALABI 2015 DL Cass Tech (Detroit, MI) Did Not Play Season Finished
JASHON CORNELL 2015 DL Cretin Durham Hall (St. Paul, MN) Did Not Play Season finished.
DRE'MONT JONES 2015 DL St. Ignatius (Cleveland, OH) Did Not Play Season finished.
JEROME BAKER 2015 LB Benedictine (Cleveland, OH) Steubenville (Steubenville, OH) Won 40-12. Benedictine will play for the state championship next Friday at 10 AM.
NICK CONNER 2015 LB Scioto (Dublin, OH) Did Not Play Season Finished
JUSTIN HILLIARD 2015 LB St. Xavier (Cincinnati, OH) Did Not Play Season Finished.
CARLTON DAVIS 2015 DB Norland (Miami, FL) Did Not Play Season finished.
JAMEL DEAN 2015 DB Cocoa (Cocoa, FL) Washington (Miami, FL) Lost 14-12. Season Finished
TYLER GREEN 2015 DB DeMatha (Hyattesville, MD) Did Not Play Season Finished
JOSH NORWOOD 2015 DB Valdosta (Valdosta, GA) Did Not Play Season finished.
DENZEL WARD 2015 DB Nordonia (Macedonia, OH) Mayfield (Mayfield, OH) Won 52-14. Had the biggest play of the night when he took a screen pass 91 yards for a touchdown. Will play LaSalle on Friday Night for the State Championship.
ERIC GLOVER-WILLIAMS 2015 ATH McKinley (Canton, OH) Did Not Play. Season finished.
JONATHON COOPER 2016 DE Lincoln (Gahanna, OH) Did Not Play. Season finished.
TYLER GERALD 2016 OL Sciotoville (Portsmouth, OH) Did Not Play. Season finished.
KIERRE HAWKINS 2016 ATH Maple Heights (Maple Heights, OH) Did Not Play. Season finished.
GEORGE HILL 2016 RB Hubbard (Hubbard, OH) Did Not Play Season Finished
DANNY CLARK 2017 QB Washington (Massillon, OH) Did Not Play. Season finished.
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