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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
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.

The Best showed up

While they all didn’t become Buckeyes, players such as Drew Barker, DeShone Kizer, Shelton Gibson, Devon Allen, Thaddeus Snodgrass, Artavis Scott, Mason Cole and Darius West showed up to compete in the inaugural event at The Horseshoe. They put on quite a show. In fact it was so good, it’ll be hard for tonight to top it.

Fans will get excited for the future

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.