Buckeyes Shine At The Opening

Ohio State had several commits in Oregon this past week for The Opening. How did each of the Buckeye pledges do? Derek Young takes a look.

The Opening Summary

The Buckeyes led all schools with nine commitments scheduled to compete at Nike's The Opening. With so much content and coverage put together by Scout's staff from the event, here is all the pertinent information in one spot for you all to take in.

The Scout team of Scott Kennedy, Brandon Huffman, Greg Biggins, Allen Trieu, Chad Simmons, Brian Dohn, Jamie Newberg, Greg Powers, John Garcia, Amy Campbell, Lindsey Thiry, Jacquie Franciulli, and Danny Parker put all the fantastic coverage from the event together.

THE COMMITS:

Kyle Trout – The Lancaster offensive lineman struggled a bit against the nation's premiere rush defensive ends. The bright spot of the event for Trout was his comfort and improvement when moved to right tackle.

Jalyn Holmes – The four-star defensive end did not test exceptionally well but had a good week in one on ones. In an event loaded with talent on both sides of the ball, he was not out of place.

Dylan Thompson – The Chicago native was out with a foot injury and was not able to participate. He still made the trip to take in the coaching and the experience. Thompson was also able to bond with all his future teammates.

Terry McLaurin – The wide receiver from Indianapolis (IN) Cathedral stood out on the first day of the camp with one of the top SPARQ scores. That pushed him into the finals where he finished 2nd overall.

Stephen Collier – The Leesburg, Georgia product impressed those at the event with his mechanics, specifically the way he has no wasted motion in his delivery. He wasn't as prolific as some of the other quarterbacks, but Collier was a steady performer that just took what defenses gave him.

Parris Campbell – The transition to wide receiver is still ongoing. Regardless of how he is faring with the switch, Campbell is amongst the best athletes in the nation and dangerous with the ball in his hands. He also finished third in the fastest man competition at The Opening.

Dante Booker – He always passes the look test in the shorts and shirts events. One of the more impressive stories on Booker from the camp in Oregon was his forty time of 4.52.

Kyle Berger – The St. Ignatius star quietly goes about his business but continued his summer circuit with another top-notch performance. The Buckeyes kept a good one away from Michigan.

Damon Webb – The Cass Tech standout lit it up again as a cover corner. He didn't run a particularly stunning forty time but that means nothing with the way he stays with and can cover the best receivers in the country.

THE TARGETS:

Johnnie Dixon – He named Miami as his leader but Ohio State isn't too far behind. An early decision would benefit the Hurricanes at this point, but he does have other visits in mind. The Buckeyes should hope to get Dixon on campus for an official visit.

Curtis Samuel – The New York athlete still has a top five of Rutgers, Alabama, Ohio State, Miami, and Notre Dame, in no particular order. He likes the Buckeyes' spread offense and the head coach, Urban Meyer. Samuel wants to visit all five over the summer before making his college choice at the beginning or middle of his senior season.

Austin Roberts – The Carmel, Indiana wide receiver named a top four of Ohio State, Florida, Miami, and Alabama. USC had all the momentum but he has since canceled that visit out west. Roberts may visit the Buckeyes at the end of July for the Friday Night Lights camp, and if he does, that will be one to keep a close eye on.

Braxton Berrios – Ohio State did not make his top five list of schools but have yet to throw an offer his way. Berrios thinks the Buckeyes may offer soon, and if they did, it would shake his recruitment up.

Travis Rudolph – The West Palm Beach (FL) Cardinal Newman receiver is still pretty open in his recruitment process. He has an offer from the Buckeyes and plans to visit Columbus.

Thomas Holley – Ohio State hosted Holley on a visit June 22. He enjoyed the visit and was impressed by the tradition. The job fair that they had set up for the football players intrigued him. He has more visits he plans to take before narrowing it down. Holley would like to make a college choice at the beginning of his senior season.

Lorenzo Carter – The five-star defensive end visited Ohio State in June but it was a short, uneventful trip as has been documented. He will narrow it down to 6-8 schools in the near future. Even if the Buckeyes make the cut, I wouldn't pay too much attention to this one.

Raekwon McMillan – His recruitment is one to pay attention to, obviously. McMillan maintained that Ohio State is his leader, saying Urban Meyer is the biggest reason why. Alabama and Clemson trail the Buckeyes on his list. He still plans to make an announcement in December or at the Under Armour All-America Game in January.

Quincy Wilson – The Fort Lauderdale (FL) University School defensive back is still talking to a handful of schools, including Ohio State. He spoke to Florida and Ohio State commits while in Oregon for the camp. He's visited the Buckeyes twice and he's a prospect the Ohio State coaches covet.

Terrence Alexander – The three-star cornerback from Louisiana named a top four of Stanford, Ole Miss, Ohio State, and Northwestern. Alexander plans to make visits to Stanford and to see the Buckeyes in July before making a college choice.


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