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DJRS Recruiting Blitz: Week 6

By Darren Gammell, 09/24/21, 9:00AM EDT


A look at some standouts in Central Ohio at the halfway mark of the season

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Welcome to week six of the 2021 high school football season ladies and gentlemen. It's going by pretty fast, right? We are covering a handful of different athletes in this week’s DJRS Recruiting Blitz. We will be talking more about some really good, yet possibly under the radar prospects in the Central Ohio area.

Jesse Gordon (ATH / New Albany / 2022): Gordon is truly an athlete who can play a bunch of different positions. He is playing a similar role as teammate Brock Kidwell, who we spoke on last week, but he is really heating up as the season gets moving and seems to be getting better and better. He is the anchor for this Eagles defense and looks to help them make a very deep run in the playoffs this year. He is very disciplined, especially when on defense. He doesn't usually get beat deep in coverage and is very smooth in man. Coaches, if you think this is a kid who sounds like a guy for you, get after him soon!

Roman Pearson (DB / Pickerington Central / 2022): Pearson is a very long and athletic young man who can make plays on the ball and has the cover speed to make quarterbacks regret throwing certain balls in certain situations. He is 6-foot-2, 185 pounds and is a reason that this Tiger defense is so stout. He holds offers from schools such as Bucknell, Tennessee State, Ohio Dominican, Central State, and last but certainly not least, Division II powerhouse Notre Dame College (OH). Look out for this young man for the rest of the season and as the playoffs come around!

Antonie Moss (QB / Africentric / 2023): Moss stands at 6-foot, 185 pounds and has been showing he is a straight-up competitor. He has been showing off his arm strength this season as the play-caller for Africentric. He seems to be very collective and really is comfortable with pressure in the pocket, something that is respected a bunch, especially as a rising junior. Coaches will also be impressed with his ability to throw balls in the place that only his guy can make a play on it. He is a key to the Nubians’ success this season.

Christian Hilton (LB / WR / Granville / 2022): Hilton is a lot to take in! He can play the game of football at a high level and he has a great engine on him as he seems to never get tired. Let's not forget about his swagger and confidence either. He is 6-foot-1, 205 pounds and runs a 4.56 forty-yard dash. Not to mention he is the ultimate team player as you see him running down the field blocking and throwing kids around at will. He doesn't have any offers yet but with the senior season he is putting on that will not last long.

Chris Towns (QB / Linden-McKinley / 2023): Towns, who is off to an incredible season halfway through, is just putting numbers up and it's amazing how the kid is playing and is just running through Linden-McKinley’s schedule like it is nothing. He is also a very determined leader. The young man is very smooth and never gets stressed out in the pocket as he keeps his composure and makes sure to get his playmakers the ball. He gets the job done with his legs too so opposing defenses have to keep a spy on him and even then it's very hard to control this young man. HUDL has him listed at 5-foot-8, 140 pounds.

Leo Nixon (RB / Hilliard Davidson / 2022): Nixon is making it all happen on offense for Hilliard Davidson in a season that hasn’t lived up to the expectations that their program has set for themselves with their ground and pound game. However, Nixon is the bright spot on that offense and has shown he is worth the spotlight as he has been running very hard and is determined to put the team on his back when needed. He stands at 5-foot-8, 180 pounds and should make for a great Division II/NAIA running back if he keeps doing what he has been.

Rechee Smith (WR / DB / Desales / 2022): Smith is a 5-foot-10, 175 pound wideout and defensive back who has been pulling through when needed for DeSales on both sides of the football. With his size, he really packs a punch especially coming downhill with momentum as he doesn’t shy away from a back who is ready to lower his shoulder. He also plays for a dominant program that is known for winning. They will need a huge performance from Smith Friday night as they take on rival Bishop Hartley!

Cameron Jewell (RB / Jonathan Alder / 2024): Jewell is only a rising sophomore but he is really playing at a different level than everyone else this season and is breaking records while at it. This young man is very decisive and has all the things you want from someone you allow to run the ball or even allow to touch the ball in general. You can trust him and when it's crunch time you are calling his number over and over again. This is a kid you will want to get on your 2024 board coaches! The kid can flat out play some ball.