Dynasty ‘19 Tracker: Season Preview

By Andrew Lind on August 11, 2018 at 8:15 am
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Comprised of 15 commitments from 10 different states, Ohio State’s Dynasty ’19 recruiting class is considered the eighth-best haul in the country and the top-rated class in the Big Ten.

That, of course, will fluctuate as we head toward the Early Signing Period in December and National Signing Day in February, as the Buckeyes should add 10 more commitments in that timeframe. Another factor will be how each of the current commits perform during their respective senior seasons — after all, prospects have previously been ranked by their output in camp settings or 7-on-7 tournaments this spring and summer.

With all that said, it’s almost time for these Ohio State pledges to put on the pads for one final run at a state title. Will any future Buckeyes end their high school careers on a high note? Let’s check out their schedules below:

JORDAN BATTLE - ST. THOMAS AQUINAS RAIDERS

Battle recorded 55 tackles, four interceptions, three pass break ups, one fumble recovery and one defensive touchdown last season, but the Raiders — who had won three-consecutive state titles — finished 12-3 and fell in the semifinals.

DATE OPPONENT LOCATION
8/25 DEMATHA CATHOLIC (MD) FORT LAUDERDALE, FL
8/31 @ PIPER  SUNRISE, FL
9/7 FLANAGAN FORT LAUDERDALE, FL
9/14 @ STRANAHAN FORT LAUDERDALE, FL
9/21 CENTRAL MIAMI, FL
10/5 @ DEERFIELD BEACH DEERFIELD BEACH, FL
10/12 @ FORT LAUDERDALE FORT LAUDERDALE, FL
10/19 BOYD ANDERSON FORT LAUDERDALE, FL
10/26 BLANCHE ELY FORT LAUDERDALE, FL
11/2 @ MIRAMAR MIRAMAR, FL
STEELE CHAMBERS - BLESSED TRINITY CATHOLIC TITANS

Chambers — true to his label as a two-way athlete — rushed for 1,301 yards and 23 touchdowns and recorded 70 tackles, six tackles for a loss, two sacks and one interception to lead the Titans (14-1) to their first-ever state championship last fall.

DATE OPPONENT LOCATION
8/17 @ ST. PIUS X ATLANTA, GA
8/24 SOUTH FORSYTH ROSWELL, GA
8/31 @ WOODWARD ACADEMY COLLEGE PARK, GA
9/7 BENEDICTINE ROSWELL, GA
9/21 WEST HALL ROSWELL, GA
10/5 @ DENMARK ALPHARETTA, GA
10/12 @ FLOWERY BRANCH FLOWERY BRANCH, GA
10/19 @ CHESTATEE GAINESVILLE, GA
10/26 MARIST ROSWELL, GA
11/2 WHITE COUNTY ROSWELL, GA
CORMONTAE HAMILTON - WHITEHAVEN TIGERS

The Tigers (11-3) featured a run-heavy attack last season that racked up nearly 3,000 yards and 38 touchdowns on the ground, so Hamilton — who finished the year with just nine receptions for 189 yards and three scores — made his greatest impact on the program’s run to the state semifinals last fall as a blocker.

DATE OPPONENT LOCATION
8/18 FAIRLEY MEMPHIS, TN
8/25 @ RIDGEWAY MEMPHIS, TN
8/31 CORDOVA MEMPHIS, TN
9/7 @ LAUSANNE COLLEGIATE MEMPHIS, TN
9/14 @ NORTH LITTLE ROCK (AR) LITTLE ROCK, AR
9/21 HAMILTON MEMPHIS, TN
9/28 TREZEVANT MEMPHIS, TN
10/5 @ CENTRAL MEMPHIS, TN
10/19 WHITE STATION MEMPHIS, TN
10/26 @ GERMANTOWN GERMANTOWN, TN
RONNIE HICKMAN - DEPAUL CATHOLIC SPARTANS

Hickman recorded 47 tackles, nine pass breakups, two interceptions and one tackle for a loss while also hauling in in 44 receptions for 809 yards and 10 touchdowns to lead the Spartans (8-3) to the state championship last fall — ending a 44-year winless drought against state powerhouse St. Joseph Regional in the process.

DATE OPPONENT LOCATION
9/1 @ POPE JOHN XXIII SPARTA, NJ
9/8 @ SETON HALL PREP WEST ORANGE, NJ
9/14 ST. JOSEPH WAYNE, NJ
9/21 DELBARTON WAYNE, NJ
9/29 @ ST. PETER'S PREP JERSEY CITY, NJ
10/5 @ PARAMUS CATHOLIC PARAMUS, NJ
10/13 @ HUDSON CATHOLIC JERSEY CITY, NJ
10/19 DON BOSCO PREP WAYNE, NJ
10/26 BERGEN CATHOLIC WAYNE, NJ
RYAN JACOBY AND NOAH POTTER - MENTOR CARDINALS

Though the Cardinals (13-2) fell to Pickerington Central in the state championship game, Jacoby and Potter — who finished his junior year with 68 tackles, 32 quarterback hurries, 10 sacks, eight tackles for a loss, one pass breakup and one forced fumble — were named first- and second-team all-state, respectively.

DATE OPPONENT LOCATION
8/24 ST. EDWARD MENTOR, OH
9/1 @ ST. IGNATIUS CLEVELAND, OH
9/7 GLENVILLE MENTOR, OH
9/14 STRONGSVILLE MENTOR, OH
9/21 @ BRUNSWICK BRUNSWICK, OH
9/28 @ MEDINA MEDINA, OH
10/5 SHAKER HEIGHTS MENTOR, OH
10/12 SOLON MENTOR, OH
10/19 @ EUCLID EUCLID, OH
10/26 ELYRIA MENTOR, OH
SAMPSON JAMES - AVON ORIOLES

James was the Orioles’ workhorse back last season, as he carried the ball 243 times for 1,782 yards and 20 touchdowns and caught 16 passes for 185 yards and two more scores to lead the program to a 10-3 record and a berth in the state semifinals.

DATE OPPONENT LOCATION
8/17 @ PLAINFIELD PLAINFIELD, IN
8/24 BEN DAVIS AVON, IN
8/31 HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN AVON, IN
9/7 @ BROWNSBURG BROWNSBURG, IN
9/14 @ FRANKLIN CENTRAL INDIANAPOLIS, IN
9/21 FISHERS AVON, IN
9/28 @ WESTFIELD WESTFIELD, IN
10/5 ZIONSVILLE AVON, IN
10/12 @ NOBLESVILLE NOBLESVILLE
DWAN MATHIS - OAK PARK KNIGHTS

A true dual-threat weapon, Mathis passed for more than 3,000 yards and rushed over 700 yards to lead the Knights (9-3) to the district title last season, though they lost to eventual state champion De La Salle Collegiate in the regional finals.

DATE OPPONENT LOCATION
8/24 UTICA EISENHOWER OAK PARK, MI
8/31 @ GROVES BEVERLY HILLS, MI
9/7 HARRISON OAK PARK, MI
9/14 STONEY CREEK OAK PARK, MI
9/21 @ ATHENS TROY, MI
9/28 @ TROY TROY, MI
10/5 ROCHESTER OAK PARK, MI
10/12 WEST BLOOMFIELD OAK PARK, MI
10/19 @ CLARKSTON CLARKSTON, MI
HARRY MILLER - BUFORD WOLVES

Miller recorded 109 knockdown blocks — or pancakes, if you'd rather — and helped the Wolves (13-2) average more than 42 points per game on their way to the state semifinals last season.

DATE OPPONENT LOCATION
8/17 TUCKER ATLANTA, GA
8/24 JONESBORO BUFORD, GA
8/31 DEERFIELD BEACH (FL) BUFORD, GA
9/14 NEWTON COUNTY BUFORD, GA
9/21 ARCHER LAWRENCEVILLE, GA
9/28 JOHNSON BUFORD, GA
10/5 @ CEDAR SHOALS ATHENS, GA
10/12 @ LOGANVILLE LOGANVILLE, GA
10/26 WALNUT GROVE BUFORD, GA
11/2 CLARKE CENTRAL BUFORD, GA
DOUG NESTER - SPRING VALLEY TIMBERWOLVES

Nester was named first-team all-state for the second-consecutive year as he anchored an offensive line that paved the way for the Timberwolves (11-3) to rush for more than 300 yards per game on their way to an appearance in the state title game.

DATE OPPONENT LOCATION
8/24 WAYNE HUNTINGTON, WV
8/31 HURRICANE HUNTINGTON, WV
9/7 @ CABELL MIDLAND ONA, WV
9/14 @ SOUTH CHARLESTON SOUTH CHARLESTON, WV
9/21 @ GEORGE WASHINGTON CHARLESTON, WV
9/28 @ CAPITAL CHARLESTON, WV
10/5 RIVERSIDE HUNTINGTON, WV
10/12 ST. ALBANS HUNTINGTON, WV
10/26 @ POINT PLEASANT POINT PLEASANT, WV
11/2 HUNTINGTON HUNTINGTON, WV
KANE PATTERSON - CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN ACADEMY LIONS

Patterson was dominant on both sides of the ball during the Lions’ run to the state semifinals last season, as he recorded 64 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, an interception and rushed for 1,003 yards and 23 touchdowns — though a torn ACL ended his junior year.

DATE OPPONENT LOCATION
8/17 @ STRATFORD NASHVILLE, TN
8/24 ENSWORTH NASHVILLE, TN
8/31 @ SMYRNA SMYRNA, TN
9/7 PEARL COHN NASHVILLE, TN
9/14 @ BATTLE GROUND ACADEY FRANKLIN, TN
9/21 HILLSBORO NASHVILLE, TN
9/28 @ LIPSCOMB ACADEMY NASHVILLE, TN
10/5 INDEPENDENCE NASHVILLE, TN
10/12 GOODPASTURE NASHVILLE, TN
10/26 FRANKLIN ROAD ACADEMY NASHVILLE, TN
BRYSON SHAW - BULLIS BULLDOGS

A jack of all trades for the 8-2 Bulldogs last season, Shaw recorded 30 tackles, three interceptions, two pick-sixes, two tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery for a touchdown on defense and added 687 all-purpose yards and eight scores while playing slot back and wide receiver.

DATE OPPONENT LOCATION
8/17 FLOWERS POTOMAC, MD
8/24 BLAKE POTOMAC, MD
8/31 @ ARCHBISHOP CARROLL (D.C.) WASHINGTON, D.C.
9/8 FORK UNION MILITARY ACADEMY (VA) POTOMAC, MD
9/21 QUINCE ORCHARD POTOMAC, MD
9/28 @ ST. MARY'S RYKEN LEONARDTOWN, MD
10/5 RIVERDALE BAPTIST POTOMAC, MD
10/12 LANDON POTOMAC, MD
10/19 EPISCOPAL (VA) POTOMAC, MD
10/27 @ ST. ALBANS WASHINGTON D.C.
11/3 @ ST. STEPHEN'S & ST. AGNES (VA) ALEXANDRIA, VA
11/9 GEORGETOWN PREP POTOMAC, MD
CADE STOVER - LEXINGTON MINUTEMEN

The lone bright spot on Lexington’s 2-8 squad last fall, Stover finished his junior season with 126 tackles and was named first-team all-state despite missing three games with a torn labrum.

DATE OPPONENT LOCATION
8/24 @ ONTARIO MANSFIELD, OH
8/31 SHELBY LEXINGTON, OH
9/7 @ ORRVILLE ORRVILLE, OH
9/14 MT. VERNON LEXINGTON, OH
9/21 WOOSTER LEXINGTON, OH
9/28 MANSFIELD SENIOR MANSFIELD, OH
10/5 WEST HOLMES LEXINGTON, OH
10/12 @ ASHLAND ASHLAND, OH
10/19 MADISON COMPREHENSIVE LEXINGTON, OH
10/26 CANTON SOUTH LEXINGTON, OH
GARRETT WILSON - LAKE TRAVIS CAVALIERS

The go-to target for Ohio State freshman quarterback Matthew Baldwin, Wilson hauled in 98 passes for 1,774 yards and 26 touchdowns to lead the Cavaliers (13-3) to a berth in the Texas 6A state championship game last fall — which arguably the highest level of competition in high school football.

DATE OPPONENT LOCATION
8/31 @ MARTIN ARLINGTON, TX
9/7 @ MANSFIELD SUMMIT ARLINGTON, TX
9/14 @ BOWIE AUSTIN, TX
9/21 AKINS AUSTIN, TX
9/28 @ AUSTIN AUSTIN, TX
10/5 LEHMAN AUSTIN, TX
10/12 @ WESTLAKE AUSTIN, TX
10/26 DEL VALLE AUSTIN, TX
11/2 @ HAYS BUDA, TX
11/9 ANDERSON AUSTIN, TX
CRAIG YOUNG - WAYNE GENERALS

Young caught 29 catches for 367 yards and four touchdowns; rushed for 255 yards and two scores; and recorded 27 tackles, three interceptions, 2.5 tackles for a loss and 1.5 sacks on defense to lead the Generals (5-7) to the sectional round of the state playoffs last season.

DATE OPPONENT LOCATION
8/17 @ BISHOP DWENGER FORT WAYNE, IN
8/24 BISHOP LUERS FORT WAYNE, IN
8/31 NORTHROP FORT WAYNE, IN
9/7 @ NORTH SIDE FORT WAYNE, IN
9/14 @ SOUTH SIDE FORT WAYNE, IN
9/21 SNIDER FORT WAYNE, IN
9/28 @ CONCORDIA LUTHERAN FORT WAYNE, IN
10/5 HOMESTEAD FORT WAYNE, IN
10/12 CARROLL FORT WAYNE, IN
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