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
HOBAN (OH) VS MASSILLON (OH)
- Day: Friday
- Time: 7 p.m. ET
- Future Buckeyes: Jayden Ballard (Massillon)
- Targets: Andrew Wilson-Lamp (Massillon)
Simply put this is a matchup between two of the best teams in the state of Ohio. This game is also a rematch of last year's division two state championship. Massillon has one of the most complete and fundamentally sound teams in the state while Hoban always seems to get better as the playoffs progress.
Both teams possess high powered offenses that can light up the scoreboard but they do it in two completely different ways. Massillon has two of the best wide receivers in Ohio with 2021 four-star Ohio State commit Jayden Ballard and 2021 three-star Andrew Wilson-Lamp that are both capable of taking the top off a defense. Hoban is lead by 2020 four-star running back DeaMonte Trayanum who has gashed defenses for big yards all year.
Massillon has a stout run defense that will be put to the test while Hoban seems to lack the top-notch defensive back needed to shut down the Tigers aerial attack. Ballard had a huge game last week in Massillon's win and if they want a similar result he will have to do it again.
SALPOINTE CATHOLIC (AZ) VS CHANDLER (AZ)
- Day: Saturday
- Time: 10 p.m. ET
- Future Buckeyes: Lathan Ransom (Salpointe)
- Targets: Jonah Miller (Salpointe)
Well, last week Chandler High School defeated Chaparral High Schol led by 2020 four-star Ohio State quarterback commit Jack Miller. This week 2020 four-star Ohio State safety commit Lathan Ransom will look to take down Chandler in the playoffs.
Ransom is the leader and chief of the Salpointe defense and it is a stout unit while the Salpointe offense is paced by 2020 five-star Texas running back commit (yes, I had to mention him) Bijan Robinson. Chandler is much like Salpointe as they both feature a strong run game and lights out defense.
Furthermore, both of these teams enter this game undefeated with a spot in the Arizona open division championship on the line. Ransom has been the leader of this very talented Salpointe team and it doesn’t look like that can be slowed but we'll see.
ALLEN (TX) VS ROCKWALL (TX)
- Day: Friday
- Time: 7 p.m. ET
- Future Buckeyes: Jaxon Smith-Njigba (Massillon)
Smith-Njigba has put up unbelievable numbers in just about every game this year and if he wants to keep his senior campaign alive he'll have to do it again. Allen High School has long been one of the best teams in Texas and this season is no different.
Allen is full of speed and talent on the offensive side of the ball which may force Smith-Njigba to play some defense. No matter what his greatest impact will be on the offensive side of the ball where he is the go-to player. Playing with a younger, inexperienced quarterback it will be key that Smith-Njigba gets open early and often against the Eagles.
Last season in a similar win or go home situation against Allen, Smith-Njigba played a stellar game. He caught 14 passes for 267 yards and three touchdowns but was still unable to lead his team to victory thus ending his Junior season in a 52-40 game against Allen. Buckeye fans should look for a similar contribution from Smith-Njigba which will hopefully lead his team to victory.
|JULIAN FLEMING||WR||SOUTHERN COLUMBIA||UPPER DAUPHIN AREA|
|PARIS JOHNSON JR.||OL||PRINCETON||SEASON COMPLETED FINISHED 6-5|
|CLARK PHILLIPS III||CB||LA HABRA||GRACE BRETHREN|
|GEE SCOTT JR.||WR||EASTSIDE CATHOLIC||BELLEVUE|
|LUKE WYPLER||OL||ST. JOSEPH REGIONAL||DON BOSCO PREP|
|MOOKIE COOPER||WR||PATTONVILLE||RULED INELIGIBLE BY THE STATE OF MISSOURI|
|LATHAN RANSOM||S||SALPOINTE CATHOLIC||CHANDLER|
|CODY SIMON||LB||ST. PETERS PREP||ST. AUGUSTINE PREP|
|KOURT WILLIAMS||LB/S||ST. JOHN BOSCO||CENTENNIAL|
|JACOLBE COWAN||DL||PROVIDENCE DAY||SEASON COMPLETED FINISHED 8-3, STATE CHAMPION|
|DARRION HENRY||DL||PRINCETON||SEASON COMPLETED FINISHED 6-5|
|JACK MILLER||QB||CHAPARRAL||SEASON COMPLETED FINISHED 8-3|
|LEJOND CAVAZOS||CB||IMG ACADEMY||SEASON COMPLETED FINISHED 9-1|
|RYAN WATTS||CB||LITTLE ELM||SEASON COMPLETED FINISHED 3-7|
|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|
|MITCHELL MELTON||OLB||GOOD COUNSEL||ST. JOHNS|
|TY HAMILTON||DL||PICKERINGTON CENTRAL||GROVEPORT-MADISON|
|TREY LEROUX||OL||NORWALK||SEASON COMPLETED 9-3|
|JAKE SEIBERT||K||LA SALLE||HARRISON|
|JACK SAWYER||DE||PICKERINGTON NORTH||SEASON COMPLETED FINISHED 6-5|
|KYLE MCCORD||QB||ST. JOSEPH'S PREP||NAZARETH|
|BEN CHRISTMAN||OL||REVERE||SEASON COMPLETED FINISHED 5-5|
|MARVIN HARRISON JR.||WR||ST. JOSEPH'S PREP||NAZARETH|
|JAYDEN BALLARD||WR||MASSILLON WASHINGTON||HOBAN|
11/23 Penn State visitor list
This is such a big recruiting weekend that the list got so large and important that we at Eleven Warriors decided to make a whole article about it. Here is the piece and check back to it regularly as this list is very fluid and as is the case in all of recruiting it can change quickly.