Friday Night Lights

Throughout the high school football season, BuckeyeSports.com will be following the progress of Ohio State's football commitments along with some of the top prospects being tracked across the country.

Here is how the OSU verbal commitments and their teams fared Dec. 7-8. All are seniors unless noted.

LB Jordan Whiting (Junior), Louisville (Ky.) Trinity – It really couldn't have been any better for Whiting and the Shamrocks.

Not only did Trinity win its third straight state title, but the Shamrocks did so over archrival Louisville St. Xavier in overtime. Trinity won the inaugural Kentucky High School Athletic Association Class 6-A title 34-28 at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in Louisville.

Quarterback Will Stein connected with Jeff Neagli on a 2-yard touchdown pass with 32 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime. Then Trinity earned another state title thanks to an interception on defense and an 1-yard touchdown run by Wes Weitlauf.

"This time it took the whole Trinity program, all 130 players, even the guys on the sidelines and everybody in the community," Whiting told the Louisville Courier-Journal. "This is so unbelievable."

Stein finished with 188 yards on 18-of-32 passing with two touchdowns. Tim Phillips added 167 yards on 16 carries to lead the rushing attack for Trinity (13-2). Weitlauf, who plays alongside Whiting at linebacker on defense, had six yards on four carries and a touchdown he will never forget.

Here is a look at several other prospects from around the country that Ohio State is tracking. All are seniors unless otherwise noted.

CB/WR Brandon Harris, Miami Booker T. Washington – After losing in the state semifinals for four straight years, the Tornadoes finally broke through with a 34-14 win over Seffner Armwood at Traz Powell Stadium in a Florida High School Athletic Association Class 4A semifinal.

"I told you last week this wasn't going to happen again. We weren't going to lose, we weren't going to flatline this time," Brandon Harris told the Miami Herald. "I'm just so happy right now. We not only did it for ourselves, we did it for our community, the guys who played here before and the people who lived their dreams through us. I'm just so happy we're going to be up in Orlando partying with the (crosstown Miami Northwestern) Bulls."

The game started poorly for Booker T. when the Tornadoes lost the opening kickoff. Armwood quarterback Mywan Jackson scored on a 2-yard keeper to help put the Hawks ahead 7-0, but that would be the last highlight Armwood would have. The Tornadoes scored the game's next 28 points, capped by a 34-yard touchdown by Harris.

Harris finished with five catches for 95 yards. He also had a key 41-yard reception in the third quarter that set up the Tornadoes with a first-and-goal from the Armwood 1.

Booker T. (14-0) will play for the Class 4A title vs. St. Augustine Nease (13-1) at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando.

"This is just an unbelievable feeling," Booker T. head coach Tim Harris told the Miami Herald. "I'm so happy for the kids, for Brandon for everyone who has always supported our program. But the job isn't done. We got one more to go."

QB Terrelle Pryor, Jeannette, Pa. – Pryor got the Jayhawks going early and Jeannette was simply too much for Wilmington in a Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Class AA semifinal game at Slippery Rock University's N. Kerr Thompson Stadium.

Jeannette defeated Wilmington 41-21.

Pryor helped the Jayhawks build a commanding lead with 27-unanswered first half points. Jordan Hall scored the first three touchdowns for Jeannette. He caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from Pryor and added scoring runs of 6 and 2 yards. Pryor then got in on the scoring when he intercepted a pass near the Jeannette goal line and returned it 100 yards for another touchdown.

The Jayhawks (15-0) will face Dunmore in the PIAA Class AA title game at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pa.

Pryor became the first Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League player to rush and pass for more than 4,000 career yards. He ran for 158 yards, which gives him 4,041 for his career. He also has 4,166 yards passing.

"He's their team," Wilmington head coach Terry Verrelli told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "He can do so many things offensively, and then the interception. I wish Dunmore luck."


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