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Dotting the ‘Eyes: Justin Rogers decision coming, Jack Miller has huge opening week

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Ohio State 2020 quarterback commit Jack Miller opened his season with a big win last Friday night. (Jack Miller/Courtesy)

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Dotting the ‘Eyes: Justin Rogers decision coming, Jack Miller has huge opening week

Ohio State commit Jack Miller has huge season opener

Though you may not know it by following the Buckeyes, there actually is football being played around the country already and a handful of Ohio State verbals started their 2018 season in the last few days.

No future Ohio State player had as big of a season opener as 2020 quarterback verbal Jack Miller.

Miller led Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral High School to a program-defining win over Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton on Friday night, throwing a game-winning touchdown in overtime to knock off the Huskies 36-33. Miller finished with 24 completions for 453 yards and three scores.

The contest was the first game back in Arizona’s 6A (big school) classification for Chaparral and a coming-out party for Miller after an up-and-down sophomore season. Miller wasn’t the only Ohio State commit who had a big night for the Firebirds, either. Running back Darvon Hubbard had a key performance, including a 57-yard touchdown run. You can check out his highlights from Friday night below.

Ohio State commit Jake Wray and his Marietta (Ga.) Blue Devils fell 51-41 to Rome (Ga.) despite leading 37-21 at halftime against the Wolves, Georgia’s two-time defending 5A champs. Clearly the Blue Devils offense was working for most of the night, led by Wray’s offensive line and 4-star quarterback prospect Harrison Bailey.

What else happened around the country with Buckeyes commits? Here are a few of the highlights.

  • Athlete Steele Chambers and his Roswell (Ga.) Blessed Trinity teammates put up a 35-13 win. Chambers scored four times. VIDEO
  • Running back Sampson James led Avon (Ind.) to a 44-13 win. James had two touchdowns and 148 yards on just 15 carries. VIDEO
  • Memphis (Tenn.) Whitehaven and Cormontae Hamilton racked up a 35-0 victory. Hamilton scored twice.
  • Buford (Ga.) rocked Tucker 40-14. Harry Miller‘s offensive line helped the Wolves run for more than 200 yards, led by Derrian Brown, who has an Ohio State offer. VIDEO

Ohio State commit Craig Young and his remarkable story

Though his Wayne (Fort Wayne, Ind.) Generals failed to pick up a win on Friday night, Buckeyes commit Craig Young posted a sack and a tackle for loss in a 22-0 loss to Bishop Dwenger. That’s not a huge stat line by any measure, but for the 6-foot-3, 212-pound Young, any day spent playing football has to be considered a victory in light of everything he’s gone through in his young life.

Young, who committed to Ohio State in June, was shot three times during a drive-by shooting in Fort Wayne in October of 2016. He took bullets to his hand, his arm and his leg. Then 15-years old, he was inches away from being a tragic story rather than the hopeful one he’s been since.

Check out the whole story here from Adam Shear of Fort Wayne NBC. It’s an incredible tale.

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Even if Rogers picks UGA soon it’s a long way to go to signing day next year. Ohio State is much closer to his home.

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Birm is Lettermen Row's Director of Recruiting and the site's primary Ohio State sports photographer. A Toledo, Ohio native, Jeremy has been in similar roles for elevenwarriors.com and Landof10.com and has been covering the Buckeyes for seven years.

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