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Friday, February 15, 2013
Campers looking to SPARQ interest

By Brad Bournival

It’s a good bet Ohio State coaches will be burning up cyberspace this weekend as they read all about some of the big combines that take place during President’s Day weekend.

Watch List linebacker Michael Ferns, a 2014 Michigan commit, is among the athletes expected at Massillon on Saturday.
From the Core 6 Showcase on Sunday to the Best of the Midwest Combine on Monday, there will be some big names hitting camps in an effort to get noticed.

It all starts Saturday in Massillon, Ohio, however, where football is considered a 365-day sport.

In the shadows of a place where Paul Brown and Earle Bruce once coached the Massillon Tigers, some of the more well known athletes will file into the Paul L. David Athletic Training Center to do work at the SPARQ Combine.

It’s an 80,000-square foot facility -- 20,000 square feet larger than the Cleveland Browns' facility, incidentally -- that cost $3 million to build.

While the facility is impressive in and of itself, so are the players headed out to Massillon this weekend.

The two biggest names likely will be ESPN Watch List linebacker Michael Ferns (St. Clairsville, Ohio/St. Clairsville) and Watch List offensive tackle Kyle Trout (Lancaster, Ohio/Lancaster) -- though Trout needs clearance to get out of basketball practice to attend.

Should he show up, it might be interesting to see Ferns, a Michigan commit, and Trout, an Ohio State pledge, interact with each other.

There are other big names scheduled to be at Massillon as well, as Watch List wide receiver Thaddeus Snodgrass -- who registered a score of 96.27 last year -- will try to one-up his rating. His teammate and ESPN Watch List linebacker Davonte James will be there as well.

Lawrence Marshall (Southfield, Mich./Southfield), who gave his decommitment to Ohio State Wednesday after committing Sunday, also is scheduled to attend.

Buckeyes commit Parris Campbell Jr. is slated to be there as well.

Darrin Hall Jr. (Youngstown, Ohio, Austintown Fitch) -- a former teammate of Ohio State signee Billy Price -- is slated to make an appearance and already has offers from Nebraska, Illinois and Indiana.

Linebacker Airius Moore (Beavercreek, Ohio/Beavercreek) no doubt will catch the eye of bystanders, as will wideout Cameron Polk (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern). Polk registered a rating of 96.27 last year and has offers from Notre Dame, South Carolina, UMass and Wisconsin already.

Some of the bigger names to come out of last year’s camp were Snodgrass, Dante Booker (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary), Darius West (Lima, Ohio/Central Catholic) and Dameon Willis Jr. (Cleveland/St. Ignatius).

The camp begins at 9 a.m. ET and lasts until approximately 4 p.m.