Playoffs give recruits another chance to shine

Based on the traffic that joeeitel.com got last Friday night, finding out what teams make the playoffs is a little like opening Christmas presents for big high school football fans.

There will be 15 teams from the Central District that will begin their postseasons Nov. 8 and another 12 that will play in playoff openers Nov. 9.

As evidence to how special it is to get a Division I football scholarship, I counted up how many of those 27 teams have a player who already has made a verbal commitment to an FBS program, and I came up with this number: Eight.

I bet you thought it would be a lot higher than that.

There are some very talented players from the area in the 2014 recruiting class, like Kyle Trout of Lancaster, Darryl Long of Westerville South, Noah Spielman of Upper Arlington, but their seasons are over.

The playoffs no doubt will open a few eyes regarding players who might still be under the radar, particularly for rising juniors.

Here's the list of those that already have verballed, and where they'll be playing this weekend:

St. Charles at Zanesville, 7:30 p.m. Friday -- OL Nathan Puthoff (Kent State) and S Ben Hale (Bowling Green)

Ready vs. Oak Hill, 7:30 p.m. Friday at Upper Arlington -- OL Brady Taylor (Virginia Tech)

Bellaire at Newark Catholic, 7:30 p.m. Friday -- QB/P Chayce Crouch (Illinois)

Zane Trace at Hartley, 7 p.m. Saturday -- DL Kalil Morris (Kent State) and DB Alonzo Saxton (Duke)

Solon at Westerville Central, 7 p.m. Saturday -- OL Nick Richardson (Kentucky)

Miamisburg at Hilliard Davidson, 7 p.m. Saturday -- DB Phillipie Motley (Pittsburgh)

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By: Jarrod Ulrey

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