Columbus NFTC: Offensive Preview

Numerous FBS commits and many more holding major offers will be on the offensive side of the ball at Sunday's NIKE Football Training Camp at Ohio State. Here is a preview of some of the talent that will be there.


A good group will stay over from Saturday's Elite 11 and compete on Sunday. They are lead by several players who already have their schools chosen for college. Drew Barker (Conner, Ky.) is a Kentucky commit and a four-star prospect. Another Scout 300 member is Michigan State commit Chris Durkin, a big, powerful kid from Youngstown Ursuline (Ohio). We'll get our first look at Illinois commit Chayce Crouch (Newark Catholic, Ohio) since the end of last season.

Tyler Wiegers (Detroit Country Day, Mich.) is a Rutgers commit who has added size and arm strength this offseason. J.J. Cosentino (Pittsburgh Central Catholic) is a big, strong Florida State commit. A.J. Long of Friendship Christian (Tenn.) is headed to Syracuse. Midview (Ohio) High's Cody Callaway is committed to Bowling Green and Darius Wade of Middletown (Del.) is a verbal to Boston College. Clayton Thorson (Wheaton North, Ill.) is a big and athletic Northwestern commit.

Four-star Toledo Central Catholic (Ohio) product DeShone Kizer holds mutliple BCS offers including LSU, Alabama and more. Clay Holgorsen of Taylor High in Katy, Tex. is the son of West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen and holds two offers from Louisiana Tech and Troy. Colar Kuhns of Clavert Hall (Md.) holds a handful off offers as well. Saguaro (Az.) is sending Luke Rubenzer, who currently has nine offers.

A couple of other rising seniors who do not yet have offers, but will look to show they can play with the best of them are Nick Bawden (Los Gatos, Ca.), Ramroth Finnegan (Columbus Whetstone, Ohio), Brent Lyles (Indianapolis Pike, Ind.), Lone Oak (Ky.) High's very productive Cole Ousley and Warren (Mich.) De La Salle's Giovanni Rescigno, who has good size, arm strength and looked good when filling in for Michigan commit Shane Morris last year.

Of the 2015 signal callers, few can say they have won two straight state titles, and that's what Detroit Cass Tech's Jayru Campbell has done. He also has several major offers including Michigan State, Wisconsin and more. Bothell (Wash.) rising junior Ross Bowers does not have any offers, but is considered one of the young talents to watch in that state. Ramone Atkins of Gary West Side (Ind.) has been busy on the camp circuit this offseason and will look to continue his run in Columbus. Ryan Brand of U of D Jesuit in Michigan is on the smaller side, but spins the ball very well. He also performed well in Chicago.

A couple of kids coming out of their freshman years will come in with offers already as Pope John XXIII's Sonny Abramson has a Rutgers offer and Shea Patterson of Hidalgo (Tex.) has an Arizona offer.

Running Backs

One of the nation's top running backs, Tennessee commit Jalen Hurd is one of the headliners in the group. Canisius (NY) product Qadree Ollison has exploded this spring adding multiple offers.

Friendship Collegiate (DC) back Jonathan Haden is an Arizona commit. Trotwood-Madison (Ohio) rising senior Ashton Jackson has several offers. Anthony Wayne (Ohio) High's Sam Bruno is looking for his first offer and is an athlete to watch as is Pontiac (Mich.) Notre Dame Prep's Jermaih Johnson. Maroa-Forsyth (Ill.) has a powerful back in Jordan Bond who is also looking for his first offer.

An impressive group of young backs will be at the camp. Detroit Cass Tech's Mike Weber and Austintown (Ohio) Fitch's Darrin Hall both have multiple BCS offers despite only being rising juniors. O'Fallon (Ill.) freshman Kentrail Moran is slated to be one of that school's next big time recruits and already has an offer from Northern Illinois to show for it. Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward's rising junior Andrew Dowell will look to build off of his impressive performance in Chicago.

Wide Receivers

A couple of committed guys will have the spotlight on them. Galion (Ohio) High's Dareian Watkins has played multiple positions in his career but will look to show his skills at wide receiver, the position he is likely to play at Northwestern. Speedy Kentucky commit Thaddeus Snodgrass (Springfield, Ohio) is another four-star prospect who will be out there catching passes.

Gateway (Pa.) High's Montae Nicholson, a four-star safety, is listed with the wide receivers, so we'll get a chance to see him on offense. Cincinnati LaSalle's Izaiah Fuller is a fast rising sleeper who may put himself even more on the radar with a big performance.

It's a strong year for receivers an Indiana and some of the state's best will be on hand. Pike's Dominique Booth is a four-star prospect with an impressive offer list. Ohio State commit Lonnie Johnson has impressed at camps this offseason and will looking to continue that. We're also looking forward to seeing Justin Brent of Speedway High, a Notre Dame commit who had a good showing at last year's NFTC in Illinois.

Friendship Collegiate's Chigozie Onywekwere is coming in from D.C. with two scholarship offers, one from Eastern Michigan and another from North Carolina State. Flint (Mich.) Carman Ainsworth's Brandon Walker has an Akron offer and will look to show he's worthy of more. Dorian Baker of Cleveland Heights holds multiple BCS offers. Cincinnati commit Conner Krizancic of Mentor High (Ohio) will also be in attendance. Coming in from Pennsylvania will be Gateway High's Ricky Rogers, who is committed to West Virginia.

Midwestern receivers Christopher Boykin (Toledo Whitmer, Ohio) and Darius Crochrell (Edwardsville, Ill.) are currently without offers but will be looking to get on the road to changing that with good performances. Two Indiana based prospects will look to do the same as Blake Faus (Elkhart Central) and Jordan Hogue (New Haven) have both had good moments this offseason and will look to continue that.

Of the underclassmen, Saginaw (Mich.) Heritage's Brian Cole is one of the headliners as he holds several major offers including Michigan, Ohio State and Michigan State. Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward's David Dowell, a rising junior, had a good camp in Chicago.

Tight End

This is a good group. Westerville (Ohio) South's Darryl Long is an impressive kid on the hoof and the Kentucky commit looked good at this Winter's Best of the Midwest. Michigan commit Ian Bunting of Hinsdale (Ill.) Central is a tall, rangy pass catcher. Middletown (Ohio) High's Chance Sorrell is a big kid who may even grow into a tackle at the next level. Michigan State commit Matt Sokol (Rochester Adams, Mich.), a high school quarterback, has impressed with his athleticism and ball skills during 7 on 7 work.

A youngster to watch is Chance Hall of Northside (Va.) who has an offer from Maryland and interest coming from a number of other programs.

Offensive Line

Ohio State commit Kyle Trout is a four-star from Lancaster (Ohio) who we will get a good look at. He'll be joined by future Buckeye teammate Marcelys Jones, who had a good performance the last time we saw him in a camp setting. We're looking forward to seeing Lukayus McNeil of Decatur Central (Ind.) perform. He holds multiple BCS offers and has not been to any off-season events yet, but has a nice frame at 6'7.

A couple of big Ohio tackles are looking to impress. Fairfield High's Danny Burns and Tallmadge's Joe Lowery both hold BCS offers. Fairmont's Jeff Duncan is without an offer but will be looking to change that this summer. Also look out for Portage (Mich.) Northern's Austin Labus, a kid with an nice frame and several MAC offers.

East Ridge (Minn.) center J.C. Hassenauer has been dominant this offseason at every camp he has been at and we're expecting more of the same from him. He holds several BCS offers.

Lamont Bradford of Timber Creek (NJ) currently holds a Temple offer. Nathaniel Devers (Massillon Washington, Ohio) has a couple offers, as does Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward product Tyler King. Fishers (Ind.) guard Drew Broughton is a kid we like and may add to an offer list that has UMass on it right now.

A couple of future MAC linemen will be out there as Mishawaka (Ind.) Marian center Kirk Barron is committed to Ohio and Southfield (Mich.) tackle Chukwuma Okorafor is headed to Western Michigan. Heritage Christian (Ind.) rising senior Ethan McKenzie is currently without an offer, but was impressive at the Adidas Invitational and will be looking to prove himself yet again. Skylar Hartley of Hilliard (Ohio) Bradley also is without an offer, but is a tough, strong kid who will look to catch some eyes in Columbus.

The class of 2015 will be well represented on the O-Line by Sterling Jenkins of Baldwin (Pa.), a 6'8 kid with offers from Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State and others, Westerville (Ohio) South's Rob Dowdy, who has several offers, Indianapolis Cathedral's Jared Thomas, Akron Hoban's massive Ted Stieber and Sioux Falls (SD) Roosevelt's Grant Schmidt, a 6'7, 290-pounder who appears destined for future offers.

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