Friday, July 26, 2013
Friday Night Lights: Five things to watch
By Brad Bournival
Tonight is very important for Ohio State, as the staff is set to host its Friday Night Lights camp. Many prospects will be in attendance, including several top targets. Here are five storylines to watch:
Excuse me, do you know about the Buckeyes?
This 2014 recruiting class certainly is one of the hardest working units in terms of recruiting. Of the 14 already in the fold, 12 are expected to be in The Horseshoe tonight -- only quarterback Stephen Collier (Leesburg, Ga./Lee County) and defensive end Jalyn Holmes (Norfolk, Va./Lake Taylor) aren’t slated to be there. The commits have been in the ear of many top recruits all offseason and likely will do the same this time.
Teammates and ESPN 300 standouts Erick Smith and Marshon Lattimore of Cleveland Glenville camped at Alabama last week and were so impressed with the Crimson Tide that they indicated they’ll be taking an official visit for Alabama's Nov. 9 game against LSU. With that in mind, the Buckeyes, who have hosted the duo plenty of times on campus, have a chance tonight to make them forget about the visit down south. It’s very important for Ohio State to pick up some momentum on the two tonight.
Moving in on Messiah
Messiah DeWeaver (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison) has Michigan very high on his list, and he’s headed to the Barbecue at The Big House on Saturday. But first the 2016 quarterback will be at Friday Night Lights tonight. He doesn’t have an offer from the Buckeyes just yet, but he’s made incredible strides in a year and was unquestionably the best player at a 7-on-7 in Mansfield where Glenville and Akron (Ohio) Buchtel competed. He’s definitely one of the best players in the sophomore class, so moving in on him would be good for Ohio State.
It’s no secret Ohio State’s biggest target still on the board is Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County). The ESPN 300 inside linebacker -- he’s ranked 13th overall and is top-ranked at his position -- is bringing along his family and sticking around until Tuesday. He was at FNL last year, but wowing some of his biggest fans this time around could go a long way in securing him in the class.
Where will he line up?
Eric Glover-Williams (Canton, Ohio/McKinley) is currently a quarterback for the Bulldogs. The junior was 75-of-154 for 1,114 yards and 12 touchdowns and rushed for 1,810 yards and 22 scores. He camped at Ohio State on June 21 and stole the show as a slot receiver. It’ll be interesting to see where the Buckeyes will put him at the camp as they continue to evaluate the 29th-ranked player in the ESPN Junior 300.