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Saturday, July 27, 2013
The top 10 from Friday Night Lights

By Brad Bournival



COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The second installment of Friday Night Lights was a hit at Ohio State with recruits and Buckeyes pledges turning in great performances.

Here’s a look at 10 competitors that made an even bigger name for themselves at the camp:

1. 2014 CB Damon Webb (Detroit/Cass Tech)
5-foot-10, 179 pounds
ESPN rank: 57

Damon Webb
Damon Webb was the star of Friday Night Lights, locking down all opposition.
What impressed: Webb was definitely the top defensive player at the camp, if not the best overall. He and ESPN Junior 300 athlete Eric Glover-Williams went at each other all night and more often than not Webb came up the victor. The Buckeyes recruit is unquestionably one of the elite in the nation.

“I give myself a B-minus or B,” Webb said. “I gave up a couple passes to Eric. I need to move off the line a little better. My goal is to not give up a completion ever.”

2. 2015 ATH Eric Glover-Williams (Canton, Ohio/McKinley)
5-10, 155
ESPN Junior 300 rank: 29

What impressed: Glover-Williams gave Webb all he could handle and even switched over to the defensive side of the ball and registered a pick as a cornerback. His athleticism and speed stood out more than everyone not named Webb.

“I like to compete to the highest level,” Glover-Williams said. “I wanted to come out here tonight and show out for whoever was watching.”

3. 2015 OLB Jerome Baker Jr. (Cleveland/Benedictine)
6-1, 202
ESPN Junior 300 rank: 157

What impressed: Baker was an animal on defense -- as expected -- but he really turned on the juice as a running back. The Buckeyes told him they wanted to see what he was all about on offense. When he ran the ball and went out on routes, he really showed that he could be the best player in Ohio in the 2015 class.

“I think I did well,” Baker said. “Actually, Coach [Stan] Drayton told me he wanted to see me at running back. It was fun. I can punish people when I have the ball.”

4. 2015 RB Andrew Dowell (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Edward)
6-0, 200
ESPN Junior 300 rank: Unranked

What impressed: All that’s missing on Dowell is film. One aspect he brings to the table stood out after the first rep. When things broke out into individual competition, he definitely rose to the top. By the time his junior season is over, he should have offers from around the country.

“This was definitely a way to close out the camp season,” Dowell said. “It was great competitive atmosphere.”

5. 2014 WR Braxton Berrios (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville)
5-9, 181
ESPN 300 rank: Unranked

What impressed: Berrios likes the Friday Night Lights camp, as this is the second year in a row he excelled at the all-star event. His competitiveness didn’t go unnoticed nor did his talent, as Ohio State threw an offer out to the speedster. After tearing up The Opening, Berrios has proven he is a camp phenom.

“It was great,” Berrios said. “It was a great camp just like last year.”

6. 2014 OT Kyle Trout (Lancaster, Ohio/Lancaster)
6-6, 301
ESPN 300 rank: Unranked

What impressed: Trout fought off illness and competed because he wanted a true evaluation from his future offensive line coach in Ed Warinner. The Ohio State pledge got some good news, as he didn’t lose a single one-on-one drill.

“I made some huge strides since the last camp,” Trout said. “I still have a lot of work to do, but I’m going to keep going at it and come in [as an early enrollee] in January prepared.”

7. 2015 S Tyree Kinnel (Huber Heights, Ohio/Wayne)
5-11, 183
ESPN 300 rank: Unranked

What impressed: If not for Webb, everyone would have been talking about how strong Kinnel’s performance was. He was rarely ever out of position and definitely looked the part of a BCS prospect during drills. He already has offers from Arkansas and Kentucky. More will surely come.

“I think I did pretty well,” Kinnel said. “I might have got burned a couple times, but those one-on-ones are made for the receiver.”

8. 2016 QB Messiah DeWeaver (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison)
6-2, 190
ESPN rank: N/A

What impressed: Every time DeWeaver camps he seems to get better. The pocket passer can throw the out route, zip in a heater on a slant or throw the fade. His arm strength was incredible again under the lights, as he hit one receiver after another.

“I think I competed well against the upperclassmen,” DeWeaver said. “Whenever I go out on the field I feel like I’m the best quarterback on the field. I try to prove that every time I go out there.”

9. 2015 WR David Dowell (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Edward)
6-1, 179
ESPN Junior 300 rank: 131

What impressed: Whether coaches put Dowell at cornerback or receiver at the next level remains to be seen. What isn’t a mystery is why the junior has almost unparalleled talent, as he routinely stuck out at the camp. His upside is tremendous.

“I did pretty well,” Dowell said. “There was some good competition here, a lot more than the first camp a few weeks ago. I had to work harder. This was a bigger step for me.”

10. 2015 OT David Moorman (Northville, Mich./Northville)
6-5, 275
ESPN Junior 300 rank: Unranked

What impressed: Moorman is certainly on Ohio State’s radar and he proved why after a very good camp with the Buckeyes. He’s got the build and the athleticism to play at the next level and he rarely was out of position during Friday Night Lights.

“It was awesome,” Moorman said. “I’m really blessed to be in the position I’m in.”