The Second Round OHSAA playoffs matchup between Cincinnati Withrow and Winton Woods drew quite a crowed on Friday night with Withrow winning a defensive battle 16-7. There were plenty of prospects of note for those who follow Ohio State recruiting as the field was loaded with future Division I college football players.
BuckeyeHuddle.com was on hand for the big-time matchup to watch several prospects of interest for the Buckeyes.
Class of 2026 Withrow WR Chris Henry Jr.
The Ohio State commit did not disappoint. As always, Henry was a physical presence at 6-foot-5, but he actually showed quite a bit of finesse on Friday night. Henry is taking his game to the next level this season as he has really improved his speed and run-after-the-catch ability. Henry made several impressive open field moves to pick up extra yardage and with his size, he always seems to fall forward and pick up an extra yard or two as he’s being tackled.
Henry Jr. has been on a five-star trajectory since his freshman season and continues to back that up every time we watch him.
Class of 2025 Withrow WR Quintin Simmons
It was a quiet night for Simmons on the stat sheet but he continues to show that he is one of the nation’s most explosive athletes in the 2025 class. Simmons returned a kickoff for a touchdown but it was called back due to a penalty. Being able to get to the outside and outrun all of the athletes that Winton Woods has is no easy feat. He is a threat to score every time he touches the football.
Class of 2025 Winton Woods EDGE Justin Hill
If you’ve read my recruiting coverage or watched our podcasts, you already know that Hill is one of my favorite prospects in Ohio in the 2025 class. Hill has made the move from linebacker to EDGE this fall and it’s a good move for him and his future as that is what he will be at the next level.
Withrow smartly stayed away from Hill as much as possible, but he still managed to make a couple of nice stops and when he was moved around later in the game, he was able to be more disruptive, showing a beautiful inside move to bring down a Withrow ball carrier at the line of scrimmage. Hill also made his mark on special teams, blocking a punt and recovering it for the lone Winton Woods touchdown.
Hill has tremendous raw athleticism and burst and once he learns the nuances of rushing the passer, he has a chance to be a very special defensive end at the next level.
Hill remains one of my top two or three prospects in Ohio for the 2025 class.
Class of 2025 Winton Woods defensive back Donmiel Rogers
Rogers is undersized at about 5-foot-10, but what he lacks in height, he makes up for with speed, toughness, and instincts. His ability to close and come downhill in run support is a unique trait for a player his size and there were a few times on Friday night where he seemingly came out of nowhere to make a great open field tackle.
Rogers plays safety for Winton Woods but could ultimately be a corner or nickel prospect at the next level. Personally, I like him as a nickel prospect where his height won’t be as big of a concern and he is certainly physical enough to play in the slot.
Class of 2027 Winton Woods running back Isaiah Garrett
Garrett, who goes by ‘Zeek’ is one of Ohio’s most promising freshman prospects. Withrow did a good job of bottling him up and blew up a few of his carries before he could even get his legs going, but on his attempts where he had a chance, he showed really good burst and vision. Garrett runs hard and with a low center of gravity and if he continues to get faster and stronger, could absolutely be one of Ohio’s top prospects in the 2027 class.