Prep Tracker: Ohio State 2022 hires CJ Hicks, Caleb Burton have dominant performances

Another week of high school gaming brought another week of outstanding performance from Ohio State commits / targets worthy of being included in our Prep Tracker.

CJ Hicks has a great night out

CJ Hicks, otherwise known as Captain Buckeye, did pretty well this weekend. On Saturday, Hicks witnessed Ohio State’s 66-17 victory over Maryland and also served as a personal tour guide for five-star cornerback AJ Harris, who was also visiting this weekend. On Friday, Hicks returned a punt for a touchdown, rushed for another and was his usual dominant self on defense in Archbishop Alter’s 31-0 win over Bishop Fenwick.

Caleb Burton scored two touchdowns

There wasn’t much to complain about for 2022 Ohio State wide receiver Caleb Burton on Thursday. Burton High School Lake Travis (Austin, TX) won 62-3 in their game against Austin High. Second, Burton only had two targets, but both resulted in touchdown passes. The four-star wideout was taken out of play early in the third quarter, as his team threw just nine assists in the game.

The best of the rest

  • Joshua Padilla is drafted from Ohio State for his blocking ability, but on Friday the 2023 offensive lineman performed a different type of block. Padilla has already visited Ohio State twice this fall, and more visits may take place later in the season.

  • Speaking of blocks, another key Ohio state goal had one on special teams on Friday night, but it’s probably not the one you’d expect: the 2022 Xavier Nwankpa security goal. Nwankpa, who recently downsized his school roster to three teams, plans to travel to Ohio State on Oct. 30 for the Penn State game.

  • Looks like 2022 offensive lineman Tegra Tshabola is practicing lifting his teammates after scoring. Might as well do it for his teammate from Lakota West and fellow Ohio State in 2022, Jyaire Brown. Tshabola made a trip to Columbus for the OSU game yesterday, the second game he attended this fall.

  • We featured five-star running back Richard Young in 2023 on Friday’s Hurry-Up. Young surpassed the 1,000-yard mark in his fifth game of the season, rushing for 169 yards and compiling his seventh straight game over 100 yards rushing in Lehigh’s 14-7 victory on Thursday. But that four-meter run he did was so impressive it deserves to be mentioned again. OSU is hoping Young will be in attendance for the Buckeyes’ game against Penn State on October 30.

  • Earlier this week, we wrote about former rookie Will Smith Jr. and his upcoming visit to Ohio state on Saturday. On Friday, he made a good play in the backfield in the very first defensive snap of the scrum.

  • The brother of 2023 offensive line priority target Luke Montgomery, 2025 quarterback Ryan Montgomery is already casting him for Findlay. As a reminder, it’s a freshman in high school doing these throws.

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