Another week of high school games brought another week of standout performances from Ohio State commits/targets worthy of being included in our Prep Tracker.
Bisontis helps muscle Don Bosco Prep to win
RAMSEY, N.J. — Since Dan and I were already in New Jersey this weekend anyway for Ohio State's matchup with Rutgers, we figured we might as well check out the state's best prospect for the 2023 class and a priority Ohio State target at offensive tackle: Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, New Jersey) standout Chase Bisontis.
Listed at 6-foot-5, 290-pounds, Bisontis lived up to every bit of his four-star billing in Don Bosco's 28-14 victory of St. Peter's Prep, the second-ranked team in the state of New Jersey. While Don Bosco is no slouch itself with its No. 6 statewide ranking, the Ironmen were absolute underdogs heading into the matchup considering the team started 1-3 entering the matchup. But that didn't matter.
"It was awesome," Bisontis, who is the team's starting left tackle, told Eleven Warriors after the game. "They've been talking all week, all season, on social media about all their rankings and stuff. For us to be quiet and just come out on the field and do it, it was just an awesome feeling."
On Don Bosco's second series, Bisontis helped open a giant hole for his running back on the left side, leading to the halfback getting to the second level and recording a 63-yard touchdown for the first Ironmen touchdown of the night.
"My assignment there was to reach block the five-technique," Bisontis said. "I talked to my offensive coordinator beforehand, I said 'Run it to the left side and we're going to get it done. That's what we did."
While Bisontis thrived in run blocking all night, rarely losing a one-on-one matchup and asserting his dominance most of the night, he also excelled in pass protection.
Bisontis also led the way run blocking on Don Bosco's final touchdown of the evening.
Chase Bisontis helps lead the way for a touchdown run that extends Don Bosco Preps lead to 28-7 in the fourth quarter. pic.twitter.com/6Swr1o7ZT7— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) October 2, 2021
The offensive tackle standout, who is rated the 42nd-best prospect in the 2023 class and the third-best tackle, visited Rutgers on Saturday to watch his hometown Scarlet Knights take on OSU, two teams recruiting Bisontis heavily.
"Definitely the offensive linemen," Bisontis said when asked what he'd be watching from both teams on Saturday. "Will definitely be looking at their pros and cons."
On Friday, Bisontis said Ohio State is "definitely in his top five," and while he visited Columbus last summer, he hopes to make an official visit to OSU sometime in the spring.
Styles secures first touchdown of 2021
It's been a pretty good week for Ohio State's top priority in the 2023 class, Sonny Styles. On Thursday, Styles, the eighth-best prospect nationally per 247Sports' composite rankings and the top-rated safety in the 2023 class, cut his prospective school list down to five teams. On Friday, he made a game-changing play Friday night for Pickerington Central against Central Crossing. With Central Crossing in the red zone, Styles read the quarterback's eyes and secured an end zone interception and took it more than 100 yards to the house for a pick-six.
Pickerington Central moved to 6-1 on the year after winning 49-6 Friday night.
Turner, Jackson make big plays in win
Ohio State 2022 cornerback commit Ryan Turner and 2022 defensive line target Kenyatta Jackson came through for Chaminade-Madonna Prep (Hollywood, Florida) in their team's close 26-23 victory over Seminole Friday, who entered the matchup undefeated.
Jackson had perhaps one of the biggest plays of the night, not only preventing Seminole from scoring in the red zone, but forcing a turnover at a pivotal point.
Meanwhile, Turner held his own in pass coverage that evening.
The best of the rest
- 2023 tight end commit Ty Lockwood is already making impressive contested catches over the middle.
- 2022 running back commit Dallan Hayden had a nice performance despite his team falling 25-7 on Friday, running for 139 yards on 24 carries and catching two passes for nine yards.
- Caleb Burton, a 2022 wide receiver commit, secured Lake Burton's (Austin, Texas) first touchdown in the team's 69-21 win Friday night over Hays: a 46-yard strike on the game's second play.