Allen Trieu, National Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Grand Rapids (Mich.) South Christian vs Battle Creek (Mich.) Pennfield
South Christian junior quarterback Jon Wassink had an outstanding game. He is accurate, throws a great deep ball and has excellent touch on his passes. He's also smart, throws with great timing and is an above average athlete. He doesn't have a big gun for an arm and that's the only thing right now that may be a question. He does everything else well. His favorite target was junior Sam Heyboer, a big, 6-foot-5, 210-pound kid who will likely grow into a college tight end. He has good hands and route running ability. For Pennfield, the top prospect is junior offensive tackle Ryan Lowe, a massive 6-foot-9, 280-pound offensive tackle who can move for a kid of that size, but needs technical work. That frame alone should draw him college looks though.
Dave Berk, Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Dayton (Ohio) Thurgood Marshall vs. Tipp City (Ohio) Tippecanoe High School
Michigan State pledge Vayante Copeland finished his prep career on Friday night as Thurgood Marshall fell 30-13 to undefeated Tipp City in the second round of the playoffs. Both teams kept it close with the first quarter ending with Tipp City up 3-0. However, Thurgood Marshall helped the Red Devils throughout the game fumbling four times and throwing three interceptions. Senior running back Jacob Hall would score on a 64-yard run in the second quarter giving the Red Devils a 17-0 lead before Copeland who break free for a 45-yard run on his own to keep the Cougars close. But continued mistakes plagued the Cougars and the Red Devils went into the locker room holding a 20-6 lead. The Cougars would see Copeland score the final touchdown of his prep career in the third quarter pulling them within a score before the Red Devils capitalize on another mistake pulling away with a 30-13 win.
Cincinnati (Ohio) Elder vs. Cincinnati (Ohio) Moeller
Elder sophomore quarterback Peyton Ramsey experienced some more growing pains against defending state champion Moeller in front of a large crowd at Nippert Stadium on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Ramsey would pass for 233 yards on the night but failed to get his team in the end zone throwing a couple of interceptions at the goal line or in the end zone to Moeller. Ohio State pledge Sam Hubbard powered the Moeller defense with ten tackles while also taking part in the Crusaders interception party. Sealing the win was Moeller senior linebacker Will Mercurio who took a Ramsey interception 58 yards for a score giving the Crusaders a 24-0 win. Senior quarterback Gus Ragland threw for only 62 yards, however, he rushed for 126 yards and two score as the Crusaders continue to strive for another trip to the state championship game.
Bill Greene, Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Cleveland Benedictine vs. Chagrin Falls (Ohio)
Benedictine defeated number-one seed Chagrin Falls 52-35 in Ohio playoff action. The story of the game was the play of Benedictine four-star junior tailback/linebacker Jerome Baker. With over 250 yards rushing yards and five touchdowns, coupled with 12 tackles and an interception on defense, Baker produced the top individual effort witnessed this year in the state. Baker is making a case to be elevated to the top overall prospect in the class of 2015 in Ohio.