Head of the class: Ohio State commits’ stats, storylines from Week 7 of high school football

Football season is officially back, and 16 members of the top-ranked Ohio State Class of 2018 were in action this weekend. Which future Buckeyes stood out among a group full of standouts? Let’s look at the best of the best from the Buckeyes commits this week.

Brian Snead has a big week

Ohio State commit Brian Snead found the end zone once, but he was a major factor in Armwood (Seffner, Fla.) knocking off Tampa (Fla.) Blake 45-6 on Thursday night.

Snead set up a pair of touchdowns as a receiver, according to Tampabay.com.

Snead had 102 rushing yards, including a 2-yard touchdown run, and 2 runs, 36 and 31 yards each, that set up touchdown passes.

This was the third game of the season for Snead because September’s insane weather and a light early schedule has kept him off the field.

Sevyn Banks on how postponed games affect him

Buckeyes verbal Sevyn Banks and Orlando (Fla.) Jones High School have been similarly affected by the weather in Florida, with two games canceled in September. That didn’t stop the Tigers from dominating rival Bishop Moore (Orlando) on Friday, beating the Hornets 37-7.

Banks says the layoffs aren’t as disruptive as you’d think because his team still is working.

“It’s not that hard,” Banks told Land of 10. “We’re always watching film with the extra time, and we practice more. It’s not been as hard as you’d think.”

The same could be said for Bishop Moore, the biggest game on the calendar for Jones since its season-opening loss to Washington (D.C.) St. John’s College. According to Jones coach Elijah Williams, his team had been looking at this contest all year.

From J.C. Carnahan of the Orlando Sentinel:

“This was a game that was circled on our calendar all year, since the schedule was done,” Jones coach Elijah Williams said. “The guys were amped up and ready to go. I could sense it during practice.”

Banks had another shutdown performance at cornerback.

“I was lockdown 100 percent,” he said. “I also had a big hit.”

Marcus Hooker leads comeback win

He is going to be a defensive back at Ohio State, but there’s no doubt Marcus Hooker is carrying his New Castle Red Hurricanes teammates on his back as an offensive star this season. He continued that on Friday night, leading New Castle (Pa.) back from a 13-point first-quarter deficit against No. 4-ranked Mars (Pa.).

From the Post-Gazette.com:

 Hooker rushed for 173 yards on 25 carries, scored on runs of 1, 7 and 8 yards and converted what would be the deciding 2-point conversion in New Castle’s 25-23 upset win at Mars in the Northwest Nine Conference.

Incidentally, Mars’ team nickname is the Planets, and that is awesome.

K’Vaughan Pope back in action

After missing three weeks of the season because of an injured right ankle, Buckeyes commit K’Vaughan Pope was back in action on Friday night. His Dinwiddie (Va.) County team didn’t lose a game while he was out, and it was just as good with his return, knocking off Dale 28-0.

“I was excited to be back on the field with my brothers,” Pope told Land of 10. “I missed playing with them.”

Pope didn’t need to play any offense, choosing to focus on defense. He had 9 tackles – 4 of them for loss – and a sack in his return.

Ohio State commits in action this weekend

Here is the full slate of Ohio State’s 2018 verbal commits in action this weekend and all of their stats this season (as available):

  • Emory Jones – Quarterback, Heard County (Franklin, Ga.)

    • Week 1: Beat South Atlanta 42-16. Jones completed 10 of 15 passes for 168 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for 40 yards and a score.
    • Week 2: Lost 17-14 to Saraland (Ala.). Jones was 6 of 11 for 99 yards and a touchdown to go with 11 carries for 52 yards. A would-be game-winning touchdown with a minute to go was thrown perfectly but dropped.
    • Week 3: Won 26-14 at New Manchester (Douglasville, Ga.). A “letdown” by the Braves saw Jones throw 8 passes and score 1 touchdown.
    • Week 4: Won 21-7 vs. Darlington (Ga.). Jones was 15-of-20 passing for 131 yards and a score, adding 56 yards on the ground.
    • Week 5: Won 42-21 at Carrollton (Ga.) Central. The Ohio State commit had 3 touchdown passes and put up 300 total yards.
    • Week 6: Won 35-14 at Temple (Ga.). Jones was 12 of 19 for 338 yards and a score.
    • Week 7: Off
  • Brian Snead – Running back, Armwood (Seffner, Fla.)

    • Week 1: Off
    • Week 2: Won 35-12 at Tampa Bay Tech. Snead rushed for more than 200 yards and 2 scores in a game that was delayed five days because of weather.
    • Week 3: Off
    • Week 4: Postponed vs. Tampa (Fla.) Plant (Hurricane Irma)
    • Week 5: Postponed vs. Tampa (Fla.) Chamberlain (Hurricane Irma)
    • Week 6: Won 42-3 vs. Tampa (Fla.) Jefferson. Snead had 2 scores.
    • Week 7: Won 45-6 at Tampa (Fla.) Blake. Snead picked up 102 yards on the ground and scored a touchdown. He added almost 70 yards receiving.
  • Master Teague III – Running back, Blackman (Murfreesboro, Tenn.)

    • Week 1: Won 63-28 against Hendersonville (Tenn.). Teague scored 4 touchdowns and accounted for 341 total yards.
    • Week 2: Won 52-21 at Evensville (Tenn.) Rhea County. Teague gained 163 yards on 16 carries, scoring 2 touchdowns.
    • Week 3: Won 49-14 vs. Coffee County Central (Tenn.). Teague scored 4 times and rushed for 217 yards on 17 carries.
    • Week 4: Beat Smyrna (Tenn.) 42-10. A left ankle injury in the first quarter sidelined Teague for most of the night.
    • Week 5: Won 35-3 vs. Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Siegel. Teague did not play because of his left ankle injury.
    • Week 6: Lost 42-21  vs. Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Oakland. Teague had 150 yards and 2 touchdowns.
    • Week 7: Won 62-0 vs. Warren County (Tenn.). Teague had surgery on Wednesday to repair his injured left ankle and likely will miss the rest of the season.
  • Jaelen Gill – Athlete, Westerville (Ohio) South

    • Week 1: Off
    • Week 2: Won 50-14 at Dublin (Ohio) Scioto. Gill scored 4 touchdowns, rushed for 138 yards, caught 2 passes for 67 yards and also recorded an interception.
    • Week 3: Lost 34-0 vs. Gahanna (Ohio) Lincoln. Gill rushed for 46 yards as the Lions defense zeroed in on the Ohio State commit.
    • Week 4: Lost 23-18 at Hilliard (Ohio) Darby. Gill scored twice, including a 72-yard reception, but the Wildcats fell short.
    • Week 5: Won 26-0 at Upper Arlington (Ohio). Gill scored 3 touchdowns and rushed for 96 yards on 13 carries.
    • Week 6: Won 47-14 vs. Sunbury (Ohio) Big Walnut. Gill had 127 yards rushing and a pair of scores.
    • Week 7: Lost 42-23 vs. Lewis Center (Ohio) Olentangy. Gill had a 60-yard touchdown called back, but he caught a touchdown pass.
  • L’Christian Smith – Wide receiver, Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne

    • Week 1: Off
    • Week 2: Lost 42-0 to Pine-Richland (Pa.)
    • Week 3: Won 17-0, at Olentangy (Powell, Ohio) Liberty. Smith caught 9 passes for 98 yards.
    • Week 4: Won 34-10 vs. Mississauga (Ontario, Canada) Football North Clarkson. Smith caught 10 balls for 189 yards, which included a 52-yard touchdown.
    • Week 5: Won 56-24 vs. Miamisburg (Ohio). Smith caught 3 passes, including a 20-yard score.
    • Week 6: Won 38-35 in overtime at Clayton (Ohio) Northmont. Smith caught 2 touchdown passes.
    • Week 7: Lost 39-22 vs. Centerville (Ohio). Smith had 5 receptions for 163 yards, including an 83-yard score.
  • Jeremy Ruckert – Tight end, Lindenhurst (N.Y.)

    • Week 1: Off
    • Week 2: Off
    • Week 3: Won 31-7 at Northport (N.Y.). Ruckert caught 8 passes for 136 yards and scored 2 touchdowns.
    • Week 4: Won 34-13 at Farmingville (N.Y.) Sachem East. The country’s top-ranked TE prospect had 3 catches for 34 yards.
    • Week 5: Won 28-7 vs. Middle Island (N.Y.) Longwood. Ruckert caught 7 balls for 102 yards and was 4 for 4 on extra points.
    • Week 6: Off
    • Week 7: Won 45-12 vs. Connetquot (Bohemia, N.Y.). Ruckert had a touchdown catch, a field goal and an interception return for a score.
  • Matthew Jones – Offensive line, Erasmus Hall (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

    • Week 1: Off
    • Week 2: Off
    • Week 3: Off
    • Week 4: Won 39-20 vs. Curtis (N.Y.). The Dutchmen’s offensive line paved the way for 3 long touchdown runs.
    • Week 5: Won 47-6 vs. Brooklyn (N.Y.) New Utrecht
    • Week 6: Won 42-0 at Brooklyn (N.Y.) Canarsie
    • Week 7: N/A at Brooklyn (N.Y.) Fort Hamilton at time of filing. Game was played Sunday at 11 a.m. ET.
  • Max Wray – Offensive line, Franklin (Tenn.)

    • Week 1: Lost 14-10 to Brentwood (Tenn.)
    • Week 2: Lost 24-7 to Riverdale (Murfreesboro, Tenn.)
    • Week 3: Lost 13-10 at Ravenwood (Brentwood, Tenn.). A rain-soaked and sloppy game moved Franklin to 0-3.
    • Week 4: Won 34-7 vs. McGavock (Tenn.). Wray and the offensive line helped lead a near-300-yard rushing performance.
    • Week 5: Lost 34-24 at Thompson’s Station (Tenn.) Independence
    • Week 6: Lost 31-17 at Hendersonville (Tenn.)
    • Week 7: Lost 24-21 at Franklin (Tenn.) Centennial
  • Taron Vincent – Defensive tackle, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)

    • Week 1: Off
    • Week 2: Won 27-14 at Chandler (Ariz.). Vincent and the Ascenders defense dominated the No. 7-ranked Wolves.
    • Week 3: Won 4o-20 vs. Corona (Calif.) Centennial
    • Week 4: Postponed vs. Baltimore St. Frances (Hurricane Irma)
    • Week 5: Postponed vs. Washington (D.C.) St. John’s College
    • Week 6: Won 24-15 at Miami Central
    • Week 7: Won 21-0 vs. Miami Northwestern
  • Antwuan Jackson – Defensive tackle, Blinn (Texas) College

    • Week 1: Off
    • Week 2: Won 42-30 at Cisco College. Jackson had 6 tackles and 2 sacks.
    • Week 3: Won 27-12 vs. Navarro College. Jackson had 9 tackles, 2 for loss, and a sack.
    • Week 4: Won 31-27 vs. Trinity Valley Community College
    • Week 5: Won 24-16 at Kilgore College. Jackson had 3 tackles for loss.
    • Week 7: Lost 34-22 vs. Tyler Junior College
  • Brenton Cox – Defensive end, Stockbridge (Ga.)

    • Week 1: Off
    • Week 2: Won 9-0 at Mays (Atlanta) High School. Cox recorded 1 sack.
    • Week 3: Won 21-7 at Lovejoy (Ga.)
    • Week 4: Won 13-7 vs. Hampton (Ga.) Dutchtown
    • Week 5: Won 33-3 at McDonough (Ga.) Ola. Cox had 5 tackles and added a sack.
    • Week 6: Off
    • Week 7: Won 34-0 vs. Henry County (Ga.) Locust Grove
  • Dallas Gant – Linebacker, Toledo (Ohio) St. John’s

    • Week 1: Off
    • Week 2: Lost 35-28 at Bedford (Temperance, Mich.) High School. Gant scored 2 touchdowns receiving and recorded double-digit tackles at linebacker.
    • Week 3: Won 17-6 at Perrysburg (Ohio). Gant and the Titans bounced back, and he intercepted a pass.
    • Week 4: Won 26-21 vs. Mansfield (Ohio) Senior
    • Week 5: Lost 31-0 at Toledo (Ohio) Whitmer. Gant had a sack in the loss.
    • Week 6: Lost 23-20 vs. Fremont (Ohio) Ross
    • Week 7: Won 20-0  vs. Toledo (Ohio) St. Francis
  • K’Vaughan Pope – Linebacker, Dinwiddie (Va.) County

    • Week 1: Off
    • Week 2: Won 70-0 over Denbigh (Newport News, Va.). Pope scored twice on offense and also returned an interception for a score.
    • Week 3: Won 61-38 vs. Smithfield (Va.). Pope had a first-quarter interception but left the game early with a sprained right ankle.
    • Week 4: Won 25-20 at Salem (Va.). Pope sat out with the right ankle injury he sustained last week.
    • Week 5: Off
    • Week 6: Won 63-6 at Prince George (Va.). Pope sat out because of his injured right ankle.
    • Week 7: Won 28-0 vs. Chester (Va.) Dale
  • Teradja Mitchell – Linebacker, Bishop Sullivan (Virginia Beach, Va.) High School

    • Week 1: Off
    • Week 2: Lost 14-7 to American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.). The Crusaders defense forced 3 turnovers but couldn’t put the points on the board for Bishop Sullivan.
    • Week 3: Lost 29-8 at Baltimore St. Frances Academy. Mitchell played well, recording 15 tackles, but that wasn’t enough for the Crusaders.
    • Week 4: Won 55-13 at Springfield (Mass.) Central. Mitchell’s defense crushed Central, allowing minus-15 yards rushing. The Ohio State linebacker pledge had 13 tackles, including 2 for loss.
    • Week 5: Won 48-7 vs. Forestville (Md.) Bishop McNamara. Mitchell had a sack and 8 tackles in the win.
    • Week 6: Lost 3-0 at Olney (Md.) Good Counsel. Mitchell had 17 tackles and 3 tackles for loss.
    • Week 7: Lost 38-7 at Moultrie (Ga.) Colquitt
  • Sevyn Banks – Cornerback, Jones (Orlando, Fla.) High School

    • Week 1: Off
    • Week 2: Lost 49-30 at St. John’s College (Washington, D.C.)
    • Week 3: Postponed vs. Orlando (Fla.) Oak Ridge. Jones led 13-0 at the end of the first quarter when the game was postponed.
    • Week 4: Won 54-7 at Orlando (Fla.) Colonial
    • Week 5: Postponed vs. Orlando (Fla.) Evans
    • Week 6: Won 56-0  at Orlando (Fla.) Agape Christian Academy
    • Week 7: Won 37-7 vs. Orlando (Fla.) Bishop Moore
  • Jaiden Woodbey – Safety, St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) Prep

    • Week 1: Off
    • Week 2: Lost 9-3 (OT) at St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) High School. Woodbey and the Braves defense held the Raiders to fewer than 100 yards in the second half and overtime.
    • Week 3: Won 63-0 at Bakersfield (Calif.) Garces Memorial. The Braves defense dominated for 48 minutes.
    • Week 4: Won 31-16 at Los Angeles Chaminade. Woodbey had an interception for a score.
    • Week 5: Won 69-14 vs. Los Angeles Dorsey. Woodbey scored on a pick-6.
    • Week 6: Won 21-17 at Washington (D.C.) St. John’s College
    • Week 7: Off
  • Josh Proctor – Safety, Owasso (Okla.) High School

    • Week 1: Off
    • Week 2: Won 48-10 against Jenks (Okla.) High School. Proctor had a 100-yard interception return for a score.
    • Week 3: Won 56-14 at Bartlesville (Okla.). You can watch the entire replay of Proctor’s team’s win here.
    • Week 4: Won 49-27 vs. Broken Arrow (Okla.). Proctor had another highlight-film play, an 89-yard kickoff return for a score.
    • Week 5: Off
    • Week 6: Won 63-41 vs. Mustang (Okla.) High School
    • Week 7: Lost 44-41 to Tulsa (Okla.) Union in double overtime
  • Marcus Hooker – Safety, New Castle (Pa.) High School

    • Week 1: Off
    • Week 2: Lost 24-0 at Aliquippa (Pa.). The Red Hurricanes weren’t able to match up with the always-tough Quips, the No. 1-ranked 3A team in Pennsylvania.
    • Week 3: Lost 42-21 vs. Montour (Pa.). Hooker had more than 140 yards rushing and scored.
    • Week 4: Won 48-47 at Natrona Heights (Pa.) Highlands. Hooker had a monster game on offense.
    • Week 5: Won 35-7 at Ambridge (Pa.). The do-it-all star for the Red Hurricanes completed 4 passes for 73 yards and a score. He ran for 103 more and another touchdown.
    • Week 6: Won 42-7 vs. Indiana (Pa.) High School. Hooker scored 3 times running the ball and had 66 yards rushing.
    • Week 7: Won 25-23 at Mars (Pa.). Hooker had 3 touchdowns and converted a 2-point conversion that decided the game.

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