Fall weekends can be hectic with all the football going on Friday through Sunday. Under the lights is your weekly primer on what is going for Ohio State commitments and recruits that weekend.
Every week, Under the Lights will detail the top-three games featuring Ohio State commitments, the game that Eleven Warriors will attend, and some predictions for how Ohio State's commits will perform.
FUTURE BUCKEYES IN ACTION
ST. JOSEPH REGIONAL (NJ) VS ST. PETERS PREP (NJ)
- Day: Saturday
- Time: 7 p.m. ET
- Future Buckeyes: Luke Wypler (St. Joseph), Cody Simon (St. Peters)
- Targets: George Rooks (St. Peters), KJ Miles (St. Peters)
This Saturday, two of the best teams in the state of New Jersey will go head to head in what might be a state championship preview, and both teams are led by 2020 Ohio State commitments.
St. Peters Prep is 8-0 on the back of a stout defense that features four-star 2020 Ohio State linebacker commitment, Cody Simon. However St. Joseph Regional is 5-3 and has a very potent offense that is anchored by four-star 2020 Ohio State center commitment Luke Wypler on the offensive line.
Wypler and St. Joseph's running attack has their work cut out for them with not only Simon flying around the field, but two Ohio State targets on the St. Peters defensive line with four-star 2021 defensive tackle George Rooks and four-star 2022 strongside defensive end KJ Miles.
If St. Joseph is going to win this game they are going to need to bottle up St. Peters studs in the front 7. This is a classic strength on strength matchup in New Jersey with the winner having the inside track to winning a state championship.
ELDER HIGH SCHOOL (OH) VS LA SALLE HIGH SCHOOL (OH)
- Day: Friday
- Time: 7 p.m. ET
- Future Buckeyes: Jakob James (Elder), Joe Royer (Elder), Jake Seibert (La Salle)
- Targets: Jaylen Johnson (La Salle), Iesa Jarmon (La Salle), Devonta Smith (La Salle)
In the final week of the regular season for Ohio high school football two of the top school in the Cincinnati area will go head to head. And this game features three 2020 Ohio State commitments with three-star tight end, Joe Royer and three-star offensive lineman Jakob James for Elder and three-star kicker Jake Seibert with La Salle.
Beyond the multiple Ohio State commitments on the field, there will also be a few Buckeye targets on the La Salle squad. Three-star safety Jaylen Johnson is the first name that comes to mind, rightfully so because of how hard Ohio State and Ryan Day are recruiting him.
There are a few other names to know in this game with three-star cornerback Iesa Jarmon and three-star athlete Devonta Smith who both join Johnson in a star-studded La Salle defensive backfield.
Elder is one of the top teams in Ohio's Division I and the same goes for La Salle at the Division II level. Between Elder's strong passing attack and La Salle's stingy defensive backs, this has the makings of a great game in week 10 of the Ohio high school football season.
MASSILLON WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL (OH) VS CANTON MCKINLEY HIGH SCHOOL (OH)
- Day: Saturday
- Time: 2 p.m. ET
- Future Buckeyes: Jayden Ballard (Massillon)
- Targets: Andrew Wilson-Lamp (Massillon)
This is an old school Ohio high school football rivalry through and through.
Saturday afternoon in Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, these two high schools will meet for the 130th time. Massillon Washington is undefeated at 9-0 while Canton McKinley boasts an 8-1 record. Both teams are squarely in the Ohio playoff picture and just looking for a win over their rival in the last week of the regular season.
Canton McKinley has a challenge on their hand when it comes to defending Massillon's impressive passing game, which is led by four-star 2021 Ohio State wide receiver commit Jayden Ballard and three-star 2021 athlete and Buckeye target Andrew Wilson-Lamp – both of whom can take over a game.
Massillon is ranked as the top team in Ohio at the Division level and is primed for a state title run, but they will have to get past Canton McKinley first. Buckeye fans should expect a big game from Ballard under the lights on Saturday evening.
- Joe Royer catches 2 touchdowns against La Salle
- Cameron Martinez has 200 total yards in the first round of the playoffs
- Jake Seibert hits 2 field goals against Elder and 1 will be from 40 plus yards out
- Marvin Harrison Jr. has 100 receiving yards in his first game as a Buckeye commit
- Jack Sawyer adds 3 more sacks to his season total
|JULIAN FLEMING||WR||SOUTHERN COLUMBIA||TOWANDA|
|PARIS JOHNSON JR.||OL||PRINCETON||MASON|
|CLARK PHILLIPS III||CB||LA HABRA||SONORA|
|GEE SCOTT JR.||WR||EASTSIDE CATHOLIC|
|LUKE WYPLER||OL||ST. JOSEPH REGIONAL||ST. PETERS PREP|
|MOOKIE COOPER||WR||PATTONVILLE||RULED INELIGIBLE BY THE STATE OF MISSOURI|
|LATHAN RANSOM||S||SALPOINTE CATHOLIC||VISTA GRANDE|
|CODY SIMON||LB||ST. PETERS PREP||ST. JOSEPH REGIONAL|
|KOURT WILLIAMS||LB/S||ST. JOHN BOSCO||SANTA MARGARITA|
|JACOLBE COWAN||DL||PROVIDENCE DAY||BYE|
|LEJOND CAVAZOS||CB||IMG ACADEMY||HOOVER|
|RYAN WATTS||CB||LITTLE ELM||HERITAGE|
|GRANT TOUTANT||OL||DE LA SALLE COLLEGIATE||HAD SURGERY ON A TORN LABRUM. OUT FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON|
|JOSH FRYAR||OL||BEECH GROVE||SEASON COMPLETED FINISHED 3-7|
|JOE ROYER||TE||ELDER||LA SALLE|
|MITCHELL MELTON||OLB||GOOD COUNSEL||BISHOP MACNAMARA|
|TY HAMILTON||DL||PICKERINGTON CENTRAL||GROVE CITY|
|JAKOB JAMES||OL||ELDER||LA SALLE|
|JAKE SEIBERT||K||LA SALLE||ELDER|
|JACK SAWYER||DE||PICKERINGTON NORTH||GAHANNA LINCOLN|
|KYLE MCCORD||QB||ST. JOSEPH'S PREP||LA SALLE COLLEGE|
|MARVIN HARRISON JR.||WR||ST. JOSEPH'S PREP||LA SALLE COLLEGE|
|JAYDEN BALLARD||WR||MASSILLON WASHINGTON||CANTON MCKINLEY|