What I learned this weekend

Ohio State’s coaching staff will likely go under a retooling

With Ohio State’s loss at Purdue on Saturday, it brings into question the fate of the interim coaching staff. Interim coach Luke Fickell and his assistants have done a good job holding the team together during a period of turmoil and were even in position to lead the Buckeyes to a spot in the inaugural conference championship game.

However, the loss to the Boilermakers has Fickell back on the hot seat again and more talk of Ohio State looking for a new coach following this season.

The good news, though, is that likely won’t have a major impact on recruiting. With the exception of running back Bri’onte Dunn (Canton, Ohio/GlenOak), the Buckeyes’ commits are all solid and aren’t likely to decommit because of a coaching change.

Furthermore, the Buckeyes’ top remaining targets do not seem to be worried about who the coaches are. They have been sold on the program. Next week, Cincinnati Taft teammates Dwayne Stanford II and Adolphus Washington will make their decisions, and Ohio State is in a great position to land both despite the coaching staff uncertainty.

Marshall rushes for nearly 300 yards

Throughout the entire game, it seemed as if Cincinnati Moeller was in control. But Middletown (Ohio) was always right there behind them, usually matching each score and even holding a lead at times in the first half.

That’s because Middletown has star junior quarterback Jalin Marshall, an ESPNU Watch List member. Marshall ran for nearly 300 yards and kept Middletown in the game. Marshall would rip off big run after big run, breaking tackles and crossing defenders up.

Marshall already has offers from Notre Dame and Ohio State, and it’s easy to see why. Marshall is electric with the ball in his hands. However, Marshall did have two bad interceptions, and it’s clear his future is likely at running back or receiver in college.

Breneman could be a top 2013 tight end

Camp Hill (Pa.) Cedar Cliff ESPNU Watch List tight end Adam Breneman lit up the stat sheet Friday night in the first round of the PIAA playoffs. Breneman caught 11 passes for 185 yards and four touchdowns against Exeter.

Already with 16 offers, Breneman has little to prove to colleges at this point.

Breneman’s quarterback for much of the game, sophomore Andrew Ford, is just starting to get college looks, though. Ford, who starts games on the bench and rotates in, played most of the game ahead of the starter. The Cedar Cliff staff rode the hot hand with Ford, who played more than the starter.

Ford completed 24 of 33 passes for 333 yards and five scores. Ford is starting to get early interest from a handful of East Coast schools, including Penn State.

Jones brings the wood

Moeller junior linebacker Shane Jones had his hands full all evening trying to stop Marshall. Jones had his ups and downs, but one thing was clear: Jones can hit.

Jones’ biggest hit came with only a few moments left in the game. Marshall through a pass out into the flat, the area Jones was patrolling. Jones, running full speed, ran through the Middletown receiver, who fell backwards a few yards. Jones remained standing.

When the hit was replayed on the big screen, the entire crowd let out a collective “Ooo!”

Carmel (Ind.) continues to live on the edge

A week after upsetting rival Indianapolis Warren Central in the regional semifinals with a game-winning touchdown in the final seconds, it was the Carmel defense that stood tall to keep its season alive.

Leading 11-3 late in the fourth quarter, Carmel allowed Indianapolis Ben Davis to go 35 yards for a touchdown in less than 30 seconds, setting up a potential game-tying two-point conversion with 6.7 seconds left.

The Greyhounds were able to pressure the Ben Davis quarterback and the pass fell incomplete, sending Carmel to the Class 5A semifinal.