A pair of Division I college recruits should step to the forefront when the Dublin Coffman High School football team travels to Dublin Jerome on Friday, Aug. 24, for the first meeting between the programs.

A pair of Division I college recruits should step to the forefront when the Dublin Coffman High School football team travels to Dublin Jerome on Friday, Aug. 24, for the first meeting between the programs.

Coffman quarterback James Walsh, an Ohio University recruit, leads the Shamrocks' spread attack. Senior running back Donovan Wilson, who has verbally committed to Georgia Tech, is the primary cog in Celtics' double-wing spread offense.

"Coffman is a team with great tradition," said Jerome coach Mark Hundley, whose team finished 4-6 overall last season. "They are a very opportunistic team, meaning when you make a mistake, they are ready to take advantage of it. We need to eliminate our mistakes and play for the full 48 minutes."

Walsh (6-foot-1, 191 pounds) completed 154 of 261 passes for 1,837 yards with 13 touchdowns and 12 interceptions last season. He also rushed for 321 yards and seven touchdowns.

His top targets look to be senior wide receivers Austen Rankin (20 catches, 239 yards, 2 touchdowns) and Tony Woodford (18 catches, 200 yards, 1 touchdown).

Coffman returns its top rusher in senior Bilal Williamson, who had 393 yards and six touchdowns last season despite missing three games. Senior Daniel Chang ran for 315 yards and five scores.

Wilson (6-0, 210) rushed for 1,345 yards and 16 touchdowns last fall. The Celtics have a new quarterback in junior Jake King (6-0, 170), who played j.v. last season.

"I think our players are excited because they have a little bit of familiarity with the kids they will be going up against," said Coffman coach Mark Crabtree, whose team finished 8-3 last year after losing to Pickerington Central 55-14 in the opening round of the Division I, Region 3 playoffs. "The environment is going to be pretty electric. The students, the fans and parents of both schools are going to be pretty excited about this game."