Friday, July 26, 2013
Friday Night Lights: 5 highlights from 2012
By Brad Bournival
The long anticipated Friday Night Lights camp is finally here with some big names slated to attend as we have highlighted over the past eight days.
BuckeyeNation gave you what to expect and what to watch in separate stories this week. Here’s a little bit of what happened last year to get fans in the mood for what is a very fun event.
With the scoreboard showing highlights of seasons past -- mostly Michigan beat downs -- music blared from the loudspeakers as campers warmed up. Rains came and stopped it briefly, but things got back to normal and everything heated back up.
Joey Bosa gave Buckeyes fans a glimpse of the future, dominating at the 2012 Friday Night Lights.
A star emerged
Last year not much was known about Mikale Wilbon other than the fact he had a very familiar sounding name. He had an incredible camp with the Buckeyes and eventually wound up with offers from the likes of Arizona, Arizona State, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Mississippi State, Missouri, Purdue and Syracuse. Wilbon committed to Vanderbilt on April 28.
Joey Bosa made the trip up to The Horseshoe and put on a show. It was easily the best performance of the evening among Ohio State commitments and had those in attendance almost foaming at the mouth in anticipation of getting the big defensive tackle on board for the 2014 season.
Seeds were planted for the future
Last year, current commits Kyle Trout, Jamarco Jones and Dante Booker Jr. highlighted some of the campers who eventually became future Buckeyes. While it might have taken awhile to get the 2014 commitments to give their pledge, there is no doubt the experience of Friday Night Lights played into their decision-making process.
There were commitments
Tim Gardner committed following a strong performance in front of the likes of Ed Warinner and Urban Meyer. Tyquan Lewis didn’t participate, but brought his mother and committed a few months later. Donovan Munger had a one-on-one with Mike Vrabel during the event and became a Buckeyes commitment in December.