June 28, 2011

OSU Camps: What We Learned

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After three full days of camps at Ohio State, there is a lot to digest. New offers went out, new names emerged as prospects to watch and some questions were answered about Ohio State recruiting. Below, BuckeyeGrove.com provides a summary of some of the top storylines coming out of the camps.

2013 Loaded With DBs

There will be no shortage of outstanding defensive backs in Ohio for the 2013 class. Coming in, we knew that Cameron Burrows, Dymonte Thomas, and Ross Douglas were going to be national level recruits. What we didn't know was that the depth goes well beyond those three guys. A pair of prospects in our early top 25 rankings Caleb Day and both had a great two-days at the underclassmen camp and established themselves as regional prospects at the very least.

It didn't stop with those guys, however, as Solon's [db]Darian Hicks and St. Edward's Solomon Warfield turned in great performances. Physically, Warfield looks almost college ready with a strong upper body that serves him well in press coverage. Warfield also turns his hips about as well as any prospect that we saw all weekend and showed the speed to turn and run with any receiver out there. Warfield was an unknown coming into the weekend but will be a BCS level recruit when all is said and done.

Hicks was another name that was not familiar to us coming into the weekend and he also showed great man-to-man cover skills. Hicks is a tall, long-armed athlete with good speed and as he fills out, could turn into one of the top DB's in Ohio.

Finally, a pair of prospects from two schools known for producing excellent defensive backs also stood out in Trotwood-Madison's Reon Dawson and Glenville's Singleton Grant.

Dawson was probably the tallest corner we saw at a legitimate 6-foot-2 but still was able to turn his hips and run well enough to warrant a possible stay at corner at the next level. Dawson is thin right now and will need to add a good 20-pounds of muscle at the next level but at worst, he's an outstanding free safety prospect.

Grant hasn't done many camps this off-season due to track and field but physically looked very impressive. He still has some work to do in man-to-man coverage but should develop into a pretty good strong safety prospect.

Is Brionte Dunn solid to Ohio State?

There has been a lot of debate about how solid Brionte Dunn's verbal commitment to Ohio State really is. Opinions may vary but this past weekend definitely has to be looked at as a positive for Ohio State recruiting fans. Dunn was present both Thursday and Friday for the two-day underclassmen camp and was seen interacting with the coaches but perhaps more importantly was his interaction with super class of 2013 recruit Derrick Green.

Green, his family, and Dunn really seemed to hit it off during those two days with Dunn spending a lot of time talking to Green's parents.

While there is a lot of time between now and National Signing Day in February, Dunn appears to be more solid to Ohio State than we had previously thought.

Chances with Garmon?

One of the big headliners of the three days of camp was the arrival of Erie (Pa.) Mcdowell athlete Greg Garmon. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound prospect landed a verbal offer after camp on Saturday and is one of the top out-of-state prospects left on Ohio State's board.

So what are the chances the Buckeyes could land the four-star prospect?

It's a little too early to tell just how much OSU is in the game with Garmon but the early word is very positive. Garmon said the Buckeyes would be in his top five and also said he will be going out-of-state to play his college ball. Avoiding severe punishment from the NCAA and continuing to build the relationship between the coaching staff and Garmon will be the two main factors but the Bucks are definitely a player here.

Strong out-of-state presence

In addition to Garmon, there were some big time out-of-state prospects that impressed throughout the three days of camps. A pair of class of 2013 standouts, New Jersey corner Eli Woodard and Virginia running back Derrick Green, earned verbal offers and are considered heavy Ohio State leans early in the process. Green ran a blistering 4.43 40-time at 230-pounds and Woodard was among the top DB 's at the camp regardless of class.

Some other prospects turned in big performances, most notably in the 2013 class with rising juniors Arizona QB/ATH Allen Thigpen, Illinois WR , and New Jersey DE [db]Tashawn Bower. All three turned heads over the course of the camps and will likely find themselves on the radar screen of many BCS level programs with Bower already holding some offers.

Lewis Goes Off

Pickerington (Ohio) Central wide receiver Roger Lewis may have had the best day of anybody at Saturday's senior one-day camp. Lewis didn't earn an offer but his camp performances in recent weeks have made him a big name in recruiting circles. The Ohio State staff always extends a few in-state offers to kids who have big senior seasons and Lewis has a chance to be one of those guys this fall after wowing the staff on Saturday.

New offers go out

Following big camp performances, the following players earned verbal offers from Ohio State:

  • ATH Greg Garmon - Class of 2012 - Erie (PA) McDowell

  • CB Eli Woodard - Class of 2013 - Voorhees (NJ) Eastern Regional

  • RB Derrick Green - Class of 2013 - Richmond (VA) Hermitage

  • DB Caleb Day - Class of 2013 - Hilliard (OH) Darby


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