The Biggest Takeaways from Ohio State Recruits' Performances at The Opening

David Regimbal@davidreg412Featured ColumnistJuly 11, 2014

Credit: 247 Sports

A number of Ohio State's top commits and targets in the 2015 recruiting class attended The Opening, Nike's premier high school football camp. 

Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes were well represented.

Some Ohio State commits spent the week reaffirming their elite status, while one future Buckeye shined brightly despite his meager ranking. One of Ohio State's top targets showed why he's considered one of the best prospects in the country.

Of course, players already committed to Ohio State were also recruiting on Meyer's behalf.


Justin Hilliard and Jashon Cornell Are the Real Deal

Three of 12 Buckeyes commits were at The Opening, but most eyes were on 5-star studs Justin Hilliard and Jashon Cornell

According to Bleacher Report's Michael Felder, Hilliard (the nation's top outside linebacker) and Cornell (the No. 3 weak-side defensive end) showed why so many schools wanted their commitments:

Hilliard has the speed to cover like a safety but the size and strength to adequately support the run. Cornell is a versatile lineman with the skills to rush the passer from the edge or stuff the middle on the interior. 


Josh Sweat Is Not of This World

Josh Sweat is the No. 2 overall recruit in the country and the top defensive end, and he spent the week in Beaverton, Oregon, proving why.

His athleticism was on full display, especially Tuesday morning, when the campers participated in the SPARQ Rating National Championship preliminaries. The event consisted of four drills to determine the best athlete among a group of elite recruits. 

Josh Sweat, a 240-pound defensive lineman, ran a 4.46 40-yard dash.
Josh Sweat, a 240-pound defensive lineman, ran a 4.46 40-yard dash.Credit: 247 Sports

Sweat, a 6'5" and 240-pound defensive lineman, moved more like a wide receiver, running a 4.46 40-yard dash and a 4.25 20-yard shuttle. He made it to the finals, where he came just .66 points away from winning the event—which is incredible, as he was slowed by a hip injury.

The Buckeyes are in the running for Sweat along with Florida State, Georgia, Oregon, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.


Tyler Green Is Underrated

Tyler Green is the No. 522 recruit in the country, but The Opening only sends invitations to 162 recruits in an effort to get the best talent in the same place.

Green's invitation to the event was the first indicator that he might be undervalued. His play on the field confirmed that.

After initially going through drills as a cornerback, where he struggled, the 6'3", 195-pound ball hawk was slotted in his natural position at safety, where he shined.  

It wouldn't be surprising to see Green shoot up the rankings soon.


Ohio State's Commits Aren't Shy About Recruiting

The Opening isn't just a football camp—it's also an opportunity for players who have already committed to do a little recruiting on behalf of their schools.

The Buckeyes commits certainly did their part this week.

Hilliard, Cornell and Green keyed in on some of Ohio State's top targets, including Sweat, Torrance Gibson, Damien Harris, Christian Kirk and Matthew Burrell

Don't expect the player-to-player recruiting to stop now that the event is over. Hilliard and Cornell are two of the most well-connected recruits in the country, and they'll continue to enhance those relationships on behalf of Ohio State throughout the year.


All recruiting information per 247Sports.

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


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