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Five OSU bonus angles from The Opening

7/9/2012

The Opening is in the books for 2012 and while BuckeyeNation's Brad Bournival couldn’t get out to the star-studded event in Oregon, he watched the proceedings on ESPNU, read every story on RecruitingNation and feverishly followed Twitter for any news nuggets. There were plenty from an Ohio State angle. Here are five that stood out the most:

1. Believe the hype

Eli Woodard (Voorhees, N.J./Eastern) and Cam Burrows (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison) came in with a ton of hoopla and a No. 3 and No. 4 ranking among cornerbacks in the ESPN 150.

After the 7-on-7 drills in Beaverton, Ore., their stocks might rise even higher. One thing is for sure, if the biggest Ohio State cynic was dogging them, he’s probably not doing it anymore.

2. That’s Ezekiel Elliott with two T’s and plenty of TDs

Elliott (St. Louis/Burroughs) has already picked up a lot of press with his 4.40 40-yard dash time and his 42 touchdowns last season.

But the knock by some is that he wasn’t going against the toughest competition in high school.

The 6-foot, 197-pound running back found the best in the nation and showed he belonged among the elite.

3. He told you he could do it and he did

In an earlier story, Marcus Baugh (Riverside, Calif./John W. North High School) said Ohio State coach Urban Meyer saw a lot of Aaron Hernandez in him when he was being recruited by the Buckeyes.

Word out of Beaverton was that if Baugh was anywhere near a pigskin, the ball would suddenly become glued to his hands.

The phrase, “If you can touch it, you can catch it,” certainly applies with this 6-foot-4, 229-pound tight end.

4. The numbers game will get much more crowded

Linebacker Mike Mitchell (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood Christian Academy) has listed Ohio State as one of his top schools.

After winning the SPARQ rating national championship with a record score of 154.47 and running a 4.39 40-yard dash, there’s little doubt his recruiting portfolio will include many more offers from big-time schools.

5. Six strong showings

While Ohio State didn’t have the most representatives at The Opening -- the Buckeyes had six -- a day didn’t go by without someone raving about one, if not all, of them.

Jalin Marshall (Middletown, Ohio/Middletown), Jayme Thompson (Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic), Woodard, Burrows, Baugh and Elliott all earned some attention.