October 7, 2011
Prep Preview: Week Seven
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We're getting into the home stretch of the high school football regular season and the playoff races are about to take shape. Week seven is a little bit lite on big-time match-ups involving Ohio State recruiting targets, but there are still some quality games being played around the state of Ohio.
1. Key Central Ohio Battle
One of the biggest games in Ohio this weekend is in the Columbus area as Hilliard Darby (5-1) travels to face undefeated Dublin Coffman (6-0). Darby is on the ropes after losing to Upper Arlington last weekend and will need to win three out of its last four games to make the playoffs. With games against currently undefeated Dublin Coffman and Hilliard Davidson, that could be a very tall task.
Coffman has some talented senior prospects in senior wide receiver Marcus Davis and senior defensive back Taylor Williams but the two to watch in this game for Ohio State fans are Hilliard Darby junior athlete Caleb Day and Coffman junior quarterback James Walsh. Day has a verbal offer from the Buckeyes and Walsh is one of the top junior quarterbacks in the state of Ohio. Walsh has camped with Ohio State and the Buckeyes are showing early interest.
2. Make or break time for many commits
With just four games remaining, it's make or break time for many of the senior commits as they will need to have some big performances down the stretch to push their teams into the playoffs. Coming into the weekend Olentangy (3-3) and Josh Perry, Lancaster (3-3) and Luke Roberts, and Pickerington Central (3-2) with Roger Lewis and Jacoby Boren, are all in situations where they probably need to win out to guarantee a trip to the playoffs.
In addition to those three teams, Taft (4-2) with Adolphus Washington and Dwayne Stanford, and Bedford (4-2) with Tyvis Powell have games this weekend that they can't afford to lose as their teams are lurking just outside of playoff range right now.
3. And then there were two
Heading into week seven only two committed prospects are playing for undefeated teams and those two are Canton (Ohio) GlenOak running back Bri'onte Dunn and Steubenville defensive back Najee Murray. Both Dunn and Murray's teams are sitting at 6-0 with winnable games this weekend and both teams are currently slotted as the number one seeds in their respective regions.
While those two schools are the only undefeated programs with an OSU verbal on their roster, Trotwood-Madison is also looking to make the jump to 7-0 this weekend and of course the Rams have a pair of Ohio State recruiting targets in senior safety Bam Bradley and junior cornerback Cameron Burrows.
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