The score for the most part (34-7) was not indicative of the outcome. Buford held a slight advantage statistically, but not what you’d expect from a 27 point difference.
There was a lot of buzz surrounding Buford defensive tackle Omar Hunter all year and deservedly so as he was arguably the most dominant defensive lineman that we saw in Canton. It's likely that every time Grove City quarterback Elijah Smurthwaite closes his eyes he will see Hunter coming after him. Grove City offensive lineman Gar Chappelear is getting D-I interest, but today he received an education as to what exactly a big time D-I athlete is like. Hunter is deserving of his lofty status in the rankings and Notre Dame has found their future three-technique tackle.
T.J. Pridemore is a very talented linebacker who recently committed to Georgia Tech and he is a good one. Pridemore is a very physical presence in the middle of the Wolves defense. he showed outstanding lateral speed moving sideline to sideline all day long. He was also a physical force on offense as well clearing the way for Demitris Murray and Cody Getz.
Defensive end/fullback Tyler King was a player we had heard about, but didn't know a lot about. He had a very solid game and reminded us of a player we saw at last years Herbstreit Challenge Jason Diehl from Byrnes, S.C. He is a very versatile player who is tough as nails. He should see his interest level grow if he continues his impressive play.
One of the most impressive and unheralded players that we saw all day was linebacker Jay Tee Swanson. He is close to the same size as Pridemore, but gets less press. We expect that to change after his performance on Saturday.
Cody Getz also had an outstanding performance for the Wolves, although he is undersized he is the heart and soul of the Buford offense.
There weren't a whole lot of bright spots for Grove City, but defensive tackle Shane Usner was tough at the point of attack all day long. The 6-foot-3, 250-pounder, transferred to Grove City from Central Crossing. he was receiving mild D-I interest, but it should increase after his performance at the Herbstreit.