- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
Odenigbo poised to chase down another speedy QB
It was around this time last year Centerville (Ohio) defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo, now an ESPNU 150 member, burst onto the scene. Odenigbo was given the responsibility of pressuring former Wayne quarterback Braxton Miller, the fleet-footed starting signal-caller at Ohio State.
He did more than pressure Miller, he sacked him a couple of times, chasing him down on each one.
Wayne is more of a drop-back passing team, and Centerville’s opponent this wee, Middletown, is an option-based offense. Middletown quarterback and ESPNU 150 Watch List athlete Jalin Marshall is arguably the state’s top option quarterback and will only drop back to pass a handful of times in a game. Still, as Centerville’s most impressive athlete, Odenigbo is going to need to have a big game to pull off the upset.
Three Ohio juniors heading down to the GOC
It’s been dubbed the “Game of the Century” – BCS No. 1 LSU at No. 2 Alabama.
The entire college football world will have its eyes squarely on Tuscaloosa, Ala., Saturday night, and three Ohio juniors will be there in person. Cam Burrows (Trotwood /Trotwood-Madison), Caleb Day (Hilliard/Hilliard Darby) and Lovell Peterson (Huber Heights/Wayne) will all attend.
Burrows, an early Ohio State lean, is high on Alabama, and Day has Alabama, his favorite team to watch, in his early top five. Peterson’s half brother is Trey DePriest, who was ranked No. 38 in the ESPNU 150 last year and is a special teams ace for the Crimson Tide as a freshman. None of them have an Alabama offer.
Warren Central and Carmel meet again
As a Week 7 matchup, Carmel and Warren Central’s game at Lucas Oil Stadium was probably the most intense game in the state of Indiana all year.
Now, the two will rematch for a Class 5A Sectional 5 championship.
The teams are a combined 21-1; the only loss was Carmel’s crushing defeat to Warren Central on a field goal as time expired. Through a combined four playoff games, together the teams have outscored opponents 184-41.
Their game five weeks ago was a battle of halves and a battle of wills. Warren Central’s power dominated the first half; Carmel’s offensive line and running backs dominated the second. Central led for most of the game before losing it with only a few minutes left. The Warriors regained it with no time left on the clock.
Both teams boast a ridiculous amount of Division I talent, especially across the lines. All four members of Warren Central’s opening-day starters along the defensive line will play FBS football. Senior linebacker Jordan Wallace and safety Jordan Shine will play at Indiana and Purdue, respectively, and junior linebacker Tim Kimbrough is one of the best juniors in the Midwest.
Even with all of that senior and junior talent on the field, this game may come down to a freshman. Carmel freshman running back Chris Perkins, at 5-foot-8 and 170 pounds, was the one to give the Warriors’ defense fits all night back in September.
Mooney’s McWilson and Love look to shut down Canal Fulton passing game
Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney juniors Courtney Love and Marcus McWilson make up one of the state’s top linebacker-defensive back tandems, and they will be put to the test Friday when Mooney hosts Canal Fulton (Ohio) Northwest in the first round of the playoffs.
With senior gunslinger Nick Riley at quarterback for Northwest, the Indians like to run a lot of spread formations and empty the backfield. Riley is still trying to earn an FBS offer, so a good outing against Mooney, traditionally one of Northeast Ohio’s top teams, could go a long way.
Canton and Detroit Catholic Central square off in Mich. playoffs
A number of prospects will be on the field when Canton (Mich.) and Detroit Catholic Central square off in the Michigan district playoffs.
Canton boasts three-star cornerback Kevin Buford (Toledo commit) and two-star running back Ryan Jones, who has a Central Michigan offer. Canton’s best player is 2013 offensive guard Cameron Dillard, who has interest from schools all over the Midwest and has two offers already.
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