Ohio State Football Recruiting: Future Buckeyes to Watch in 'The Opening'
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Next week the top recruits from around the country will descend on Beaverton, Ore. for 'The Opening.'
Thanks to the recruiting efforts of Urban Meyer and his staff the Buckeyes will be well represented at the camp. There will be nine current Ohio State commits at the camp, more than any other program at this point.
That is pretty impressive when you consider the Buckeyes only have 14 commitments thus far in the 2014 class.
In the last ten days Ohio State has received commitments from two low-rated prospects who will attend the camp. Don't be surprised if under-the-radar prospects like Terry McLaurin and Stephen Collier get a bump after they perform at this camp.
Parris Campbell became a part of the Ohio State class in February.
At the time of his commitment he was a little bit of an unknown and was not a highly regarded prospect.
However, that has changed.
Now he is considered one of the Top 150 recruits in the country even though Campbell, a high school running back, is likely going to change positions.
That will be one thing to watch during the seven-on-seven competition, can Campbell make the switch to receiver?
The big offensive tackle from Lancaster, Ohio joined the Buckeyes' 2014 class the same day Parris Campbell did.
Since then there hasn't been much news on the Kyle Trout front.
That could change with Trout heading out to Oregon to work out with the nation's other top players.
Trout isn't just a top offensive line recruit; he is also an All-State track and field performer.
That will come in handy for Trout in the powerball toss during the SPARQ Combine.
Stephen Collier wasn't the first quarterback Ohio State has been connected to in the 2014 class.
The Buckeyes missed on several early targets, which made many skeptical of Collier's scholarship offer.
His rating and the fact that the Buckeyes had offered so many other quarterbacks before him made Collier feel like a reach.
However, Collier is starting to warm up. He was invited to 'The Opening' before he committed to Ohio State, so Urban Meyer wasn't the only person to see potential.
It will be interesting to see how this formerly unknown recruit will perform now that there is some pressure.
Terry McLaurin was flying under the radar early in the recruiting season.
That is until he showed up at the Nike Football SPARQ Combine in Massillon, Ohio and ran a 4.43 and had the second highest overall score.
Soon thereafter McLaurin got and accepted his offer to play at Ohio State.
Now he will attend 'The Opening' without the pressure of earning scholarship offers, but he will have to pressure to prove his 116.55 score wasn't a fluke.
Damon Webb was the second player to join Ohio State's class.
The Michigan-native and his mother have since become the ringleaders for this whole class.
His speed and quickness give him the ability to be one of the top cover corners in the entire class.
Seeing how fast he runs will be interesting, but the biggest reason to watch Webb is to see how he covers the nation's top receivers.
And I thought Kyle Trout's recruitment was quite.
It's not often an out-of-state recruit can jump up and surprise with an early and unexpected commit.
But that's how Dylan Thompson did it.
There was very little public information about Thompson and Ohio State before he pulled the trigger. There hasn't been much since then either.
That probably has something to do with him being a 3-star prospect. However, it will be interesting to see how he does in this national combine. He's another one that could really help his ranking.
Jalyn Holmes is another in an ever-growing list of top-flight rush ends Urban Meyer has recruited at Florida and now Ohio State.
Holmes recently chose to commit to Ohio State over Florida State and others.
Now he's going to 'The Opening' looking to once again show his great athleticism.
Berger was the linebacker MVP at the Nike Football Training Camp in Columbus. Thanks to that and his increased exposure, he has been climbing in the 247 Sports rankings.
Another solid performance at 'The Opening' could continue that climb.
Either way Ohio State is getting another good linebacker to add to their tradition.
Speaking of Ohio State adding to their tradition of great linebacker play, Dante Booker is another member of the 2014 class headed to 'The Opening.'
Booker and his high school teammate Parris Campbell helped lead Akron Saint Vincent-Saint Mary high school to a state title in 2012.
Before they go back to try to repeat, they are traveling together to compete against the nation's top players.
I expect Booker to have a solid performance in Oregon, perhaps good enough to bump him back up into the Top-50 overall.
Other Possible Commits
Ohio State has been considered the favorite for another top linebacker in Raekwon McMillan for the past few months. However, it seems Alabama and Clemson have been gaining ground recently.
Speedy athlete Curtis Samuel looks like an eventual member of Ohio State's class, but in recruiting nothing is certain.
4-star guard Demetrius Knox appears to be down to UCLA, Ohio State and Miami. But the recruitment of this former Texas verbal could go any number of directions.