Ohio Future Spartans Open Season

The Ohio high school football season has officially started and all future Spartans from the Buckeye state saw their teams in action. Here is a look at how each did over the weekend.

Since hiring Mark Dantonio, Michigan State has seen an increased importance in recruiting players from Ohio.

This weekend found the high school teams of all four future Spartans in action.

Robert Bowers – Columbus (Ohio) Walnut Ridge High School

While Bowers is not expected to see the field this season, his team was in action against one of Central Ohio's top prep programs in Bishop Watterson. In the end, the Scots didn't have enough falling 17-12.

Vayante Copeland – Dayton (Ohio) Thurgood Marshall High School

Copeland is the prize of this year's group of Ohio future Spartans and he didn't disappoint with a great performance on both sides of the ball. On offense, Copeland rushed for 111-yards on the night as the Cougars defeated a higher level program in Clayton (Ohio) Northmont. While many would have been happy with such an offensive performance, Copeland made his biggest statement at his future position with two interceptions on the night and forcing the Thunderbolts to look the other way. When the final whistle blew, Copeland had helped his team to a 32-22 upset victory.

Chris Frey – Upper Arlington (Ohio) High School

The future Spartan linebacker made a statement at running back against Marion-Franklin with a 56-yard run that set up the Polar Bears only score of the night. In the end, Frey and his teammates came up on the short end 26-7.

Chris Durkin – Youngstown (Ohio) Ursuline High School

The future Spartans quarterback helped defeat the high school of current quarterback Connor Cook by throwing a 30-yard scoring strike on 4-th and 15 with 1:08 left in the game to give Ursuline a come from behind 27-24 win over Walsh Jesuit. On the night, Durkin would throw for 199-yards while also rushing for a score.


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