Scout on the Town - Midwest Recap

Keith Watkins

Northwestern pledge Keith Watkins continues to impress on the offensive side of the ball. Read about his performance this past week and more from the Midwest.

Dave Berk, Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Batavia (Ohio) vs. Clarksville (Ohio) Clinton Massie

Ohio pledge Trent Smart helped Clinton Massie to a big 42-13 victory over Batavia to advance to the next round of the playoffs. However, our first look at Batavia sophomore KeShawn Foley was worth the trip as the big athlete played quarterback and linebacker in this game. Foley projects more as a running back or linebacker at the next level and we look forward to seeing his growth the over the next two seasons. On the night Foley rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns against a very good Massie squad.

Franklin (Ohio) vs. Cincinnati (Ohio) Turpin
In our second look at sophomore quarterback Luke Kennard we saw enough to know the Franklin product is a player to keep an eye on. Kennard went 15 of 24 for 134 yards and one touchdown against an undefeated Turpin team that posted 415 yards of total offense on the night in the 42-14 win. Turpin ran behind junior offensive linemen Yanni Gregg and Tyler Ernst for just over 300 yards on the night as senior quarterback Connor Jansen was responsible for 109 yards passing and 139 yards rushing with three touchdowns.

Liberty Township (Ohio) Lakota East vs. Cincinnati (Ohio) Moeller
Northwestern pledge Keith Watkins continues to show the Wildcats may want to rethink playing him on defense as he rushed for 168 yards on seven carries and three touchdowns as Moeller advanced to the Region Four final to be played next Saturday night. Moeller is loaded with talent as Miami pledge Alex Gall continues showing why he received a recent rankings bump dominating his side of the line and Michigan State linebacker pledge Shane Jones is a team leader. Junior Sam Hubbard continues to show the skill set to play at the college level at 6-foot-6, 210-pounds and playing defensive back. Hubbard projects as a linebacker at the next level and is a player to keep an eye on. Senior tight end Casey Pieper is a sleeper who should be getting more talk. Lakota East enjoyed a great season and has some young players we'll be watching going forward. Junior offensive lineman Jarrett LaRubbio continues to impress as a dominating run blocker and running back Bobby Brown at 6-foot, 209-pounds is a player we want to see more of this spring and summer after rushing for 46 yards on only four carries to go with three receptions for 67 yards.

Cincinnati (Ohio) Elder vs. Cincinnati (Ohio) Colerain
Colerain won a classic battle against Elder 35-34 in overtime in a great high school match-up that showcased why Ohio's Division One (Region Four) might be the toughest region to advance from. Both teams combined for 864 total yards of offense with Colerain quarterback Alfred Ramsby showing why he's Ohio's most underrated prospect still without an offer. On the night the senior rushed for 192 yards and the game winning touchdown while also passing for 110 yards and a big 24 yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Trevon Hudson in a highlight catch showing why colleges from across the country are keeping an eye on the 6-foot3, 190-pound athlete. Colerain also got a huge play from senior defensive back Lonnel Brown when he intercepted an Elder pass with 3:41 left in the fourth quarter and raced 98 yards for a score. Elder senior Joe Ramstetter may be one of the best football players in Ohio who will put away the pads for baseball in college. Ramstetter was the Panthers go-to guy on the night with nine receptions for 170 yards and three touchdowns including a great catch in the end zone with 11 seconds left that help Elder put the game into overtime. Colerain will battle Moeller next Saturday night for the Region Four title and chance to play the winner of Region Three with a state championship appearance on the line.

Bill Greene, Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Aurora (Ohio) vs. Kent (Ohio) Roosevelt

Aurora advanced to the third round of the Ohio State playoffs with a hard-fought 27-13 win over Kent Roosevelt. In his final performance of his high school career, quarterback Tra'Von Chapman put on quite a show and nearly led his team to an upset win. Chapman is the Roosevelt offense, and he threw for 233-yards and a touchdown, while running for another 66-yards. He was under pressure throughout the game, but gave one heck of a performance in a losing effort. Aurora was led by linebackers Zach Smierciak (Miami of Ohio commit) and Zach Quinn (Toledo commit), and both were outstanding. Quinn also ran the football impressively, caught the ball and blocked well from his runningback spot. Toledo is getting a steal in Quinn, who is a BCS-type prospect.

Hubbard (Ohio) vs. Akron (Ohio) St. Vincent-St. Mary
It was the Franshon Bickley show, as the senior wide receiver caught four touchdown passes in the first half, in leading his team to an easy 54-14 win. Bickley, who holds an offer from Akron, also had a long punt return for a touchdown called back because of a penalty. Senior quarterback Clayton Uecker threw six touchdown passes, and had over 300 passing yards. Two sophomores stood out for Hubbard in defeat. Tailback Larry Scott rushed for over 100 yards and scored twice, and showed the talent that has him ranked as one of Ohio's top prospects for 2015. Two-way lineman Matt Jones probably projects as an offensive lineman at the next level, and he also established himself as a player to watch going forward.

Beth Long, Midwest Field Reporter
Wheaton North (Ill.) vs Glenbard West (Ill.)

In a muddy 7A quarterfinals battle, Glenbard West High defeated Wheaton North 3-0. Neither team could get much going on the offensive side of things, because of sudden thunderstorms and Glenbard West's grass field. Thanks to a strong defensive effort by Glenbard West's 2013 defensive lineman Ruben Dunbar who has offers from Illinois, Oklahoma State, Missouri and others -- and defensive back Hayden Carlson who picked up his first offer from Toledo this week. There were still a few big offensive plays from Vanderbilt tight end commit Nathan Marcus, although he was one of the only players to get anything going through the air. Wheaton North put together several good drives, but senior quarterback Johnny Peltz was without stud receiver/quarterback Clayton Thorson due to injury.

Mount Carmel (Ill.) vs Lyons Township (Ill.) In a battle of two 8A heavyweights, Mount Carmel came out on top of Lyons Township 45-10. The game was tied at halftime 10-10 but the tide changed less than two minutes into the second half. Two fumbles that resulted in touchdowns for Lyons put Mount Carmel up 24-10 and they didn't look back from there. Lyons senior defensive back and all-around playmaker Matt Harris scored Lyons lone touchdown before getting hurt and missing most of the second half of the game. Mount Carmel's big junior defensive lineman Enoch Smith Jr., spent most of the night being double teamed, but still came up for some big plays for the Caravan.

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