(Special to Gridiron Now from Lori Schmidt)
It started on Thursday, when defensive end Tyreke Smith announced he planned to play his college ball with the Buckeyes, choosing the Scarlet and Gray over Alabama, Oregon, Penn State and UCLA.
The Cleveland Heights, Ohio native then showed why Rivals has him ranked as the 60th best player in the country, as he led all players in the Under Armour All-American game with five quarterback hurries.
Several other future Buckeyes played in that game in Orlando as well.
Cornerback Sevyn Banks had a fumble recovery. Linebacker Teradja Mitchell recorded three tackles. Running back Brian Snead carried the ball five times for 29 yards, and he played behind a line that included OSU verbal Matthew Jones playing at his natural positon of center and some at guard.
Together they helped coach Deion Sanders and Team Highlight to a 23-21 victory over Team Spotlight.
There were an additional nine future Buckeyes that qualified for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio Saturday. Two, however, Kamryn Babb (ACL) and Josh Proctor (ankle) sat out due to injury.
Defensive tackle Tommy Togiai, the lone Ohio State commitment playing for the ultimately victorious West squad, was notable with three tackles and a forced fumble.
In the East’s 17-16 defeat, cornerback Tyreke Johnson had two solo tackles. Running back Jaelen Gill only managed five yards on three carries. Offensive lineman Max Wray played right and left tackle, while tight end Jeremy Ruckert, defensive tackle Taron Vincent, and linebacker Dallas Gant all saw time.
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