With the school year winding down, camp season is near for high school football prospects across the country.
The state of Ohio has 18 players ranked as Scout.com four-star prospects at this point, and eight have verbally committed to a college. The rest remain open, and some of those who think they have their future school picked out now are likely to change their mind before National Signing Day rolls around in February.
The summer is always an action-packed time on the recruiting trail as players get more chances to make visits and work out in front of coaches all over the country, so we thought now was as good a time as any to take a look at the top players in Ohio and where they stand.
Ohio State (Canton McKinley running back Eric Glover-Williams and Athens quarterback Joey Burrow) and Northwestern (Lakewood St. Edward brothers Andrew and David Dowell) lead the way with two verbals apiece while Kentucky (Keystone LaGrange tight end C.J. Conrad), Arkansas (Warren Harding defensive end Hjalte Froholdt), West Virginia (Hubbard offensive lineman Matt Jones) and Michigan (Huber Heights Wayne defensive back Tyree Kinnel) all have one.
Cincinnati St. Xavier linebacker Justin Hilliard is the top uncommitted player in the state (and No. 1 overall), and he recently named a top five of Alabama, Notre Dame, Iowa, Michigan and Ohio State.
Hilliard is one of four four-star linebacker prospects in the state, joining Jerome Baker of Cleveland Benedictine, Nick Conner of Dublin Scioto and Anthony McKee of Columbus Walnut Ridge.
Cornerback Shaun Crawford of Lakewood St. Edward was verbally committed to Michigan but opened up his recruitment again last week while fellow DB Chris Fobbs of Miamisburg appears to be a player who will have a chance to upgrade his stock on the camp circuit.
Hilliard is not the only Queen City native on the list of Ohio four-stars, and he is not the only defensive player being pursued by Ohio State. Cincinnati Moeller tackle Elijah Taylor has had extended visits to Ohio State, Michigan State, Tennessee and also boasts offers from a myriad of schools including Florida State, Miami (Fla.) and Wisconsin.
Meanwhile, the recruitment of fellow defensive lineman Dre’Mont Jones of Cleveland St. Ignatius reportedly is down to a classic Ohio State-Michigan-Notre Dame battle, and Austintown Fitch tailback Darrin Hall boasts of more than a dozen offers, including Cincinnati, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State, Arkansas and Nebraska.
For a full look at the Scout’s Ohio Top 50, click here.