Ohio State Football Recruiting: Recapping Friday Night Lights

David Regimbal@davidreg412Featured ColumnistJuly 28, 2013

Many of the country's top recruits made their way to Columbus Friday to participate in Ohio State's Friday Night Lights, a signature recruiting camp created by Urban Meyer in 2005.

The event took place in the friendly confines of Ohio Stadium and featured video highlights on the big screen, speeches from former Buckeye greats Eddie George and Mike Doss, and most importantly, on-the-field competition by the nation's top high school talent.

Most of Ohio State's commitments made the trip, in addition to a number of the Buckeyes' top remaining targets from the 2014 and 2015 classes.

Which recruits impressed the coaching staff? Did any of Ohio State's current commits compete? Did the Buckeyes' coaching staff hand out any new offers?

Here's a full breakdown.


Top-Flight Cornerback and Receiver Battle

Four-star cornerback and Ohio State commit Damon Webb had a phenomenal camp. He was one of the few Buckeyes commits to actually work out, and the talented corner showed why he's one of the top-rated prospects in the country.

Webb spent the majority of the evening locking down receivers with his tremendous speed and ball skills. He also spent a lot of time matched up against one of Ohio State's top 2015 targets in Eric Glover-Williams.

Glover-Williams, a 4-star athlete out of Canton, Ohio, didn't shy away from attacking Webb, and the two put on quite a show. But Glover-Williams' performance showed why the coaching staff is recruiting him so hard.

Asked about matching up with Webb, Glover-Williams told Jordan Wagner of Eleven Warriors that they both won their fair share. "We both competed to the highest level," Glover-Williams said. "We both did what we could do, back and forth. I'm not sure who got the highest edge, that is for the public to decide who won the battle."

Who Else Stood Out?

After having a stellar performance during last year's event, 4-star wide receiver Braxton Berrios again had a terrific showing. At 5'8" and 170 pounds, Berrios isn't the most physically imposing receiver, but his route running sets him apart.

That was on full display Friday night, and Berrios' play earned him a coveted offer from the Ohio State coaching staff. The speedy receiver also has offers from schools such as Clemson, Miami, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia, but the Buckeyes will be a major factor in his recruitment.

Ohio State commit and 4-star offensive tackle Kyle Trout also had a good outing despite battling a case of the flu. Trout didn't lose a single one-on-one competition, showing off his agility on the edge. Fellow Buckeyes commit and 4-star guard Marcelys Jones also had a good showing.


Trio of 5-Star Prospects Watched the Action

Three of Ohio State's top remaining targets were in attendance but did not participate in workouts.

Linebacker Raekwon McMillan, athlete Curtis Samuel and cornerback Marshon Lattimore all spent a lot of time with various members of the coaching staff, according to Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports.com:

Urban Meyer spent a lot of time with Samuel as players were warming up and going through agility drills. McMillan was seen getting the red-carpet treatment from coaches and the many Ohio State commits on campus as well. Ohio State continues to lead for all three blue-chippers.

Meyer hosts this event for the exact opportunity he got with these three prospects. All in all, Friday Night Lights was a fantastic success for Meyer and the Buckeyes.


All recruit rankings per 247Sports.com.

David Regimbal is the lead Ohio State football writer for Bleacher Report.
Follow him on Twitter @davidreg412


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