Saturday, July 27, 2013
Lessons Learned: Friday Night Lights
By Brad Bournival
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The second installment of Ohio State's Friday Night Lights is over and several of the top players in the nation put on quite a show.
There was some incredible one-on-one competition and the cream certainly rose to the top as Ohio State got a look at some very solid talent in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 classes.
Here is what we learned:
Baker a two-position standout
It’s going to be interesting to see at which positions 2015 standout Jerome Baker (Cleveland/Benedictine) is going to be recruited.
He’s fantastic at outside linebacker and at running back.
Baker looked lights-out on defense at linebacker, but looked even better as a running back. Almost every time he went one-on-one during the run, he was by his defender instantaneously. When he actually went out in a pass pattern, it wasn’t close. The linebacker would be with him step-for-step on the cut, but once he turned upfield, the separation was incredible.
Wide receiver Braxton Berrios (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road) loves Friday Night Lights. Last year, he shared the spotlight with Shelton Gibson during one-on-ones. He was at it again this year and it earned him an offer from the Buckeyes. The 5-foot-9, 181-pound Berrios named a top five of Clemson, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia, at The Opening, but said Ohio State’s offer was one that made him “have to do some serious thinking.” He’s hoping to commit before January, as he can enroll early.
Damon does it again and again and again
Buckeyes commit Damon Webb (Detroit/Cass Tech) should be something special at the next level. The ESPN 300 cornerback was the MVP of the camp in the eyes of many. The best matchup during one-on-ones came between the 5-10, 179-pound Webb and Eric Glover-Williams (Canton, Ohio/McKinley), who shared time on offense and defense. The duel was incredible, but Webb won almost every time and added a few picks.
McMillan arrived to Ohio Stadium and was immediately talking one-on-one with Urban Meyer. When he was inside The Horseshoe, many of the 11 Buckeyes pledges on hand -- Stephen Collier, Jalyn Holmes and Dylan Thompson couldn’t make it -- were chatting with the five-star linebacker. Former Buckeyes great Bobby Carpenter made sure he talked with the top-ranked linebacker in the nation as McMillan, who will be staying in Columbus through the weekend with his family, was given the red-carpet treatment. “He brought his whole family down, so I know he’s serious about Ohio State,” Webb said. “I just wanted to build that friendship with him and keep talking to him.”
There’s definitely interest from Samuel
Athlete Curtis Samuel (Brooklyn, N.Y./Erasmus) certainly has interest in Ohio State and the school likes him as well. Samuel didn’t participate, but he shadowed Meyer for most of the first session. Eddie George walked over to talk to Samuel for a few minutes and Samuel also talked to Glenville coach Ted Ginn Sr., who has sent plenty of Tarblooders to Ohio State.