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Rivals Recap: Ohio

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The final regular season weekend in the state of Ohio gave us a chance to see
two big match-ups between schools in the northern part of the state. Friday
night Toledo Central Catholic came from four scores down in the second half to
beat Lima 49-48. Saturday afternoon Cleveland-area rivals St. Ignatius and St.
Edward squared off in their annual contest with St. Edward coming out on top
35-28.
TOP FIVE
1. WR Ruben Flowers, Lima, Ohio
It took Flowers a quarter before he was utilized in Lima's offense, but once he
did it was clear the four-star was the best athlete on the field. The 6-foot-4,
191-pound receiver's first catch was an athletic 18-yard touchdown and he
finished the game with seven receptions for 121 yards and that score. He flashed
his speed on a 50-yard reception where he gained huge separation on the
cornerback, then later when he outraced everyone down the field to escort his
running back into the end zone. Flowers also started at cornerback on defense
and was physical and effective on the boundary.
2. RB Michael Warren, Toledo (Ohio) Central Catholic (2017)
A three-star Kentucky commit, Warren showed his grit and toughness in
Friday's comeback win. All three of Warren's touchdowns came from within the
five-yard line, but he had plenty of long runs among his 160 total rushing yards
on the night. Lima was not giving Warren much room to operate, but the
5-foot-10, 200-pound back showed great change of direction quickness to create
some of his own room and just put his head down and battered the defense when
that did not work.
3. RB Jaden Walker, Lima, Ohio (2017)
Walker and Warren had a spirited game within the game, each junior back doing
damage when their team was on the field. The 6-foot, 175-pound Walker went for
over 200 rushing yards and four touchdowns, including a 75-yarder and a
46-yarder. The name of Walker's game is speed, though he also showed the
toughness and balance to run between the tackles when necessary. His frame and
skill set could also project to the slot receiver or cornerback position in
college, and that should only help his appeal with college coaches this
off-season.
4. DE James Hudson, Toledo (Ohio) Central Catholic (2017)
The 6-foot-5, 271-pound Hudson is one of the most impressive physical specimens
in Ohio's 2017 class and he was able to toss opposing players with east during
Friday night's game. He played exclusively at defensive end in the first half,
before platooning in at left tackle and helping spur his offense's second-half
comeback. Defensively Hudson has a great first step and registered several big
tackles for loss, especially late in the game when Central Catholic needed
stops. He still needs to polish the rough edges, but the Kentucky commit's raw
tools are exceptional.
5. OT Liam Eichenberg, Cleveland (Ohio) St. Ignatius
Now in his third year starting along the St. Ignatius offensive line, Eichenberg
has continued to develop his frame and looked lean and strong in Saturday
afternoon's contest. The 6-foot-5, 284-pound Notre Dame commit also is
very mindful of his technique and is not often caught off-balance or reaching
for defenders. Even in the run game Eichenberg is not a power-driving lineman
who looks for the pancake, preferring to engage and control defensive linemen.
St. Edward's defensive ends were able to get him on speed rushes to the outside
and a push-pull move on a few occasions, but overall the three-star tackle was
very solid in his play.
TOP VIDEO
#Pitt 4* WR commit Ruben Flowers' 1st catch of the night is an 18yd TD. Lima up 14-7 https://t.co/0sqmkXuBOo- Josh Helmholdt (@JoshHelmholdt) October 30, 2015
NEWCOMER TO KNOW
TE Keaton Upshaw, Lima, Ohio (2018)
It was hard to miss the 6-foot-7, 200-pound Upshaw lining up in the slot for
Lima Senior. The sophomore passes the eye test immediately, and showed the
athleticism that should make him a FBS tight end target in the coming years.
Upshaw only had a couple balls come his way and was well-covered on each. He
showed blocking prowess on a long run when he peeled back and took out two
defenders with one block that sent the Lima sideline and fans into a frenzy.
RECRUITING NOTES
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Three-star
Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward cornerback Tony Butler went down mid-way
through the first half with a groin injury. He tried to come back a few plays
later, but quickly went back to the bench and missed the rest of the game.
Butler is in the midst of a heated recruitment. He took an official visit to
Rutgers in September, but will not schedule any others until his senior
season is complete. Minnesota is one of those teams expected to receive
an official visit. The retirement of Jerry Kill last week does not
affect his thoughts on the Golden Gophers, and he said, "I have a great
relationship with the coaches and trust them enough to keep the program great."
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Four-star wide
receiver Ruben Flowers committed to Pittsburgh in June and
said he remains solid with the Panthers. The class of 2016's No. 55 ranked wide
receiver plans to make his next unofficial visit to the school this upcoming
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halftime locker room of Friday's game on crutches. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound
Toledo Central Catholic senior was injured on a first half extra point attempt
where he came up limping. Sandwisch missed two games early in the season with
injury, but this was unrelated and reportedly an issue with the right knee.
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Lima (Ohio)
senior Jaylin Thomas is certainly worth a look for schools needing
linebacker help late in the class of 2016. A 6-foot-3, 205-pound prospect,
Thomas missed his junior season with an injury, which accounts for his late
arrival on the recruiting scene. He does hold lower level offers, but just the
film from Friday's contest should get him some looks from FBS programs. He was
credited with an amazing 25 tackles in the game and gets high marks in
awareness, strength and the ability to play in space.
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Just missing
out on the top five was Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward two-star running back
Cole Gest, an Indiana commit. Gest totaled three touchdowns in
Saturday's game, including a beautiful 60-yard reception off a screen pass. The
5-foot-8, 190-pound Gest did has some missteps, though, including a fumble on
the opening series of the game and a couple drops on passes that should have
been caught.
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