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Future Buckeyes impress in second week of high school season

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Ohio State commit Mike Hall scored a touchdown Friday night. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Future Buckeyes impress in second week of high school season

Ohio State may not be playing football this fall, but some of the Buckeyes top prized recruits still are. High school football is underway, and Lettermen Row is tracking the best performances from Ohio State commits and targets throughout the season.

Mike Hall scores touchdown, dominates Week 2

Mike Hall is a four-star defensive tackle, a top-100 prospect nationally and one of the best defensive players in the 2021 Ohio State recruiting class.

And he’s hard to stop at the 1-yard line.

Hall certainly made his impact on the defensive side of the ball, where he’ll play at Ohio State. But Friday night, Hall lined up in the backfield and bulldozed his way into the end zone for a touchdown, extending a Streetsboro lead and showing just how hard to 6-foot-3, 290-pound Hall is to stop in short-yardage situations.

Hall likely won’t carry the ball for the Buckeyes in the future, but if they need a big body to get them a yard, Hall can certainly get the job done.

Ohio State linebacker commits continue impressive play

C.J. Hicks showed off his versatility on special teams last week, returning a punt for a touchdown and making plays of defense. This week, Hicks was back to showing off his range at linebacker.

Despite his team’s 0-2 record to start his junior season, Hicks is having a fantastic year. The 6-foot-4 linebacker has done it all at Kettering Alter High School as he continues to shoot up national recruiting rankings.

Hicks also flashed his speed on offense Friday night, carrying the ball and helping Alter to a lead in the second half, which it ultimately gave up. Hicks’ Alter team is 0-2, but the record doesn’t show how dominant the Ohio State commitment has been in the two losses. It seems like he’s only getting better.

Ohio State 2021 linebacker commit Reid Carrico, one of the top inside linebackers nationally in his class, continued his domination at Ironton on Friday night, scoring four more touchdowns in a huge win over rival Galia Academy. Carrico also had a 65-yard kick return that he nearly scored a touchdown on, a sack and a forced fumble to go along with numerous tackles.

Carrico now has seven touchdowns on the year, and the Tigers are 2-0. Want to know more about Carrico and Ironton? Check out the story from Lettermen Row here.

Could Sam Hart still play this fall?

Sam Hart found out last month that Colorado’s high school athletic association was postponing high school football, with a possible spring football season on the table. Hart wants to enroll early at Ohio State, so the announcement effectively ended his high school football career.

Colorado is now reconsidering its decision to postpone high school football, and the announcement could come this week. If the season is back, would Hart play in the fall? He appears hopeful that his senior season could be salvaged.

The three-star tight end prospect could play his season of fall high school football and still enroll early for the Buckeyes if his state’s athletic governing body decides the sport can be safely played this fall. After making a choice to enroll early instead of playing a spring season, Hart might be able to finish his career as planned before heading to Columbus.

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Spencer Holbrook

Spencer Holbrook covers Ohio State football and basketball for Lettermen Row. A graduate of Ohio University's Scripps School of Journalism, he's in his second year covering the Buckeyes. He was previously the sports editor at Ohio's student newspaper, The Post, where he covered Ohio University football and men's basketball.