COLUMBUS, Ohio – There was a buzz inside The Shoe for the Ohio State Friday Night Lights Camp, as many of the nation’s top prospects in 2014, 2015 and beyond were on the Buckeyes campus for one of the premier events of the summer.
Top50 2015 ATH Jerome Baker was the top overall performer at Ohio State's Friday Night Lights.
The sound system was blaring, the Jumbotron had the highlights going, big names like Eddie George and Mike Doss were on campus and passionate Ohio State fans were in the crowd cheering the prospects on.
1. From the moment the camp started with agility drills, eyes gravitated towards Cleveland (Ohio) Benedictine Top50 athlete Jerome Baker. The blue-chip 2015 prospect already holding a Buckeyes offer is a superb athlete with outstanding footwork. Come 1-on-1s, he was a nightmare for linebackers to cover, numerous times beating them downfield. In space, his stop, start movements and burst made it difficult for defenders to even get a finger on him. Also holding early offers from the likes of Florida, Georgia Tech, Iowa, Louisville, Michigan State, Nebraska, Penn State and Tennessee, Baker has the skill set to play linebacker on the next level as well.
2. If there is a football in the air, Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech Top100 cornerback Damon Webb is on the field competing and working like he doesn’t even have a scholarship offer. As usual, he turned in a great performance inside his future stadium. The Ohio State commit pulled in a couple interceptions and did most of his work living in the hip pocket of big-time 2015 prospect Eric Glover-Williams. Webb is tremendous laterally and has great instincts. It’s absolutely nuts how much Webb has developed at the cornerback position considering he just started playing it last summer and only has one varsity season lining up in that spot under his belt.
3. Speaking of Glover-Williams, the Top100 junior worked out in a red Superman t-shirt and looked like he was shot out of a cannon on several plays. The explosive athlete is a true football player, and plays much bigger than his 5-foot-10, 165-pound frame. He has outstanding ball skills, evident on a deep touchdown pass he caught over good coverage from Webb, and could also be a big-time defensive back on the next level. Glover-Williams has a gear not a lot of athletes have. He arrived at Ohio State around 3p.m. on Friday and got an academic tour. The in-state program remains the clear team to beat for the Canton (Ohio) McKinley star. Besides the Buckeyes, Arkansas, Kentucky, Michigan State, Nebraska, Tennessee and West Virginia are among the schools to have offered.
4. Before he left the field on Friday night, Raleigh (N.C.) Leesville Road four-star receiver Braxton Berrios was told by Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes staff he earned an offer. Berrios was one of the stars of Friday Night Lights last year and came back with an even better performance this year. A polished route runner with strong hands, Berrios put defensive backs away with the ability to run several different routes. Along with Glover-Williams and Baker, he was one of the top overall athletes on the field. Now that Ohio State has offered, they will battle the likes of Kentucky, Miami, South Carolina and Tennessee for Berrios’s signature.
5. Even with a touch of the flu, Ohio State offensive tackle commit Kyle Trout wanted to work out so he could get coached up by his future position coach Ed Warinner. The 6-foot-6, 300-pound Top247 prospect didn’t lose a rep during 1-on-1s and has all the physical tools one looks for in a player at his position.
-Five-stars Raekwon McMillan, Curtis Samuel and Marshon Lattimore did not work out, but all three received a lot of love from the Ohio State coaching staff while on campus. Samuel’s visit is expected to go into early Saturday evening, and his Brooklyn (N.Y.) Erasmus Hall head coach Danny Landberg told 247Sports the trip was going “excellent.” Urban Meyer spent a lot of time with Samuel as players were warming up and going through agility drills. McMillan was seen getting the red-carpet treatment from coaches and the many Ohio State commits on campus as well. Ohio State continues to lead for all three blue-chippers.
-Durham (N.C.) Hillside Top247 receiver Trevion Thompson did not work out. He was seen hanging out on the sideline with his mother.
-The biggest story on Friday night was Berrios landing his offer. He talks about it here.
-Video and photos from Friday Night Lights can be viewed here.
-For the complete thread full of discussion and highlights from Friday Night Lights, click here.
-Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville four-star safety Erick Smith can really close on the football. Several times quarterbacks thought they had a receiver open deep only for Smith to fly in and make a play on the ball. The Buckeyes are considered the team to beat.
-Ohio State Top247 offensive guard commit Marcelys Jones brought some nastiness with him, getting feisty during 1-on-1s and turning in a dominating performance. Jones was called out on one rep by a defensive lineman and promptly pancaked him. The Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville standout look to have slimmed down some from the winter and moved really well laterally. He delivers a violent punch and finishes his blocks.
Five-star ATH Curtis Samuel was having an "excellent" visit to Ohio State including plenty of time spent with Urban Meyer.
-Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter’s Prep four-star 2015 passer Brandon Wimbush was the top signal-caller. The nation’s No. 6 dual-threat passer according to the 247Composite, Wimbush had the strongest arm of the quarterbacks on campus. He had a tight spiral on short completions and showed nice touch on the long ball.
-Greensboro (N.C.) Southern Guilford Top150 2015 running back Reggie Gallaspy was very impressive physically at 5-foot-11, 205 pounds, and he also has some wiggle to him. Holding several early BCS offers, Gallaspy caught the football well and behind Baker was the second-best running back performer.
-Gary (Ind.) West Side four-star athlete Lonnie Johnson looked as good at the receiver position as we’ve ever seen him. The Buckeyes commit has good straight-line speed and used his long frame to go over defenders and catch the football.
-Chicago (Ill.) Marist receiver Flynn Nagel did what he always does at camps. Get open and catch passes. The rising junior with offers from Illinois and Indiana looked the part of a big-time receiver on Ohio State’s campus.
-Other offensive linemen that had strong camps include Top247 2015 Kyonta Stallworth and fellow juniors-to-be in Gabe Megginson and James Daniels. Cleveland (Ohio) St. Ignatius 2016 offensive guard Liam Eichenberg was a good-looking prospect going through position drills and has a great frame to grow into. Every time we see 2015 offensive tackle Rob Dowdy, he continues to fill out his massive frame.
-Lawrenceville (Ga.) Central Gwinnett four-star athlete Adonis Thomas was a handful for offensive linemen rushing off the edge. Showing the quickness and burst that allows him to play receiver during the fall, Thomas set offensive linemen up and defeated them in a variety of ways including a nice spin move. Also a strong, physical player.
-Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward 2015 twins David Dowell and Andrew Dowell capped off a fantastic camp season with a good showing at Ohio State. David could play receiver or defensive back on the next level and Andrew was a top-five running back at the camp.
-Cocoa (Fla.) High cornerback Jamel Dean was an instant eye catcher. A fluid athlete and long playmaker in the secondary. His 2014 teammate James Folston also had a nice camp working out in the secondary.
-In-state prospect C.J. Conrad of Lagrange (Ohio) Keystone was the top tight end at the camp.
-In-state 2014 athlete Kory Pearson of Cleveland Heights performed well and showed he’s a legitimate Division-I prospect.
Bucknuts insider Alex Gleitman contributed to this report.
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