The first month of the season yielded strong starts for several of the area's top football recruits, including Pickerington North's Godwin Igwebuike, Walnut Ridge's Rob Wheelwright, Dublin Jerome's Donovan Wilson and Hartley's Ja'Wuan Woodley.

Igwebuike, who might end up specializing at defensive back when he plays for Northwestern, has rushed for 809 yards and 12 touchdowns through four games. This kid has a strong burst and seems to have an eye for finding holes, on top of the fact that opponents struggle to keep up with him when he gets loose.

Igwebuike really is special.

Wilson has verbally committed to Georgia Tech and has rushed for 699 yards and eight touchdowns. He rushed for 239 yards in Jerome's 28-26 win that handed Hilliard Bradley its first loss Sept. 14.

Wheelwright, who is a Wisconsin commit, has 18 catches for 388 yards for a 21.6 average. Watch out for him when he gets in the open field as well.

Woodley's numbers are solid: 541 yards with six touchdowns. But then when you keep in mind that the Toledo recruit splits time at running back with another talented RB, Marcellus Calhoun, and then factor in that Hartley has been crushing people -- thus keeping Woodley from getting significant carries late in games -- and those numbers are right on track.

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