Ohio State 7 on 7: Gene's Top Five

The Scout.com/Badger Sports 7 on 7 tour made its final stop of the year in Columbus, Ohio. An extremely talented group of prospects gathered inside the Woody Hayes Facility for a fun day of competition. GBW was there en mass – first, Eugene Hankerson breaks it down with a Top Five - three of whom could well end up Wolverines.

Offensive MVP. If an MVP award was to be given out following today's games, it would have to go to Kyle Prater of "Team Illinois." The wide receiver from Proviso West high school was the most dominant player. Prater has the ideal size and frame that college coaches clamor for, but most importantly, he plays big. While he may be a bit stiff and upright, you can see that his future is bright, as he still has plenty of time to grow into his frame. One thing you can't knock is his production, where Prater's reception and touchdown totals were well into double digits.

My Take: Prater is a big-time recruit with more than 30 offers, including Michigan. While the Wolverines are involved, it's not a hot and heavy situation at this time. Teammate and friend Cory Cooper will be making several trips, and Ann Arbor might be one of those stops. It is likely that Prater would come along. Anything is possible when you get a kid on campus, but the Wolverines would have to make a big impression on him for them to stay in the race.

Defensive MVP. If Kyle Prater was the most impressive player offensively, Cullen Christian is the man defensively. There have been questions about his game, and as far as which position he plays at the next level. He didn't make that decision any easier today, as he started out the day at free safety. Cullen played extremely well, using his quick feet and anticipation skills to make plays on the ball. Later in the day he took several reps at left corner, where he locked up his side of the field. While the debate continues, there is no questioning his talent and ability. Cullen is the total package.

My Take: The Wolverines are the leader for his services, and it will take a lot for any school to overcome their momentum. That said, by no means is this a done deal. It could be awhile before he decides, and many more suitors will likely get involved.

One of Michigan's top players, who recently visited for a U-M spring practice, shined as well. Austin White is a very explosive player with the ball in his hands, but many wondered if may be better suited to play elsewhere. On Saturday he gave it a try and played free safety. Despite never playing the position before, White made a couple picks, including one on the games first play. He had his ups and downs throughout the day, where he got lost in coverage a few times. Overall, White was impressive, and was getting better game by game.

My Take: White already has his Michigan offer, and has been seen around the program quite a bit lately. Michigan State was thought to be the favorite all along, but they may have lost that grip. Michigan appears to be one of his top choices, and with White's new found versatility, the Wolverines could surely find a place for him.

The most intriguing player on hand was Corey Copper. The WR/S made a very early commitment to Ron Zook and Illinois, but he is backing off that stance and re-opening his recruitment. Cooper was just shy of being labeled dominant; he had his way with just about every secondary he faced. Cooper is a physical kid, and despite this be a 7 on 7, those near him felt his wrath. He may be a better safety at this point; he made plenty of plays that negated big gains.

My Take: People may have to wait until Signing Day for his decision, which is a good thing for the Wolverines who have a chance in this race. More later on that. Expect Cooper to look at schools far and wide, distance does not matter.

Despite being an early commitment to Michigan and having more than his fair share of offers, Jeremy Jackson has been ridiculed from the beginning of his recruitment. An event like this was worth coming to, and Jeremy tried his best to silence the critics with his performance. The Ann Arbor Huron product did more than hold his own, and consistently got open. The problem is he didsn't have a good quarterback to get him the ball. Jeremy ran good routes, and caught the ball with his hands when passes were thrown his way. He needs to do a better job of using his size at the line of scrimmage, and throughout the first 5 yards of his route. Too many times he allowed corners to get into his chest and ride him throughout his route. Overall, it was a pretty good weeken for the kid folks call "JJ."

My Take: We already know his recruitment status, but do we? There are whispers going around about his commitment because he'd like to take visits. It will be hard for any school to win him over, as Jackson is currently recruiting for Michigan.

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