Ohio State Flavor In Indianapolis?

The Best of the Midwest Combine was once again held in Indianapolis this past Monday, and as usual there was plenty of top talent on hand. There were also some potential Ohio State recruits in attendance, including Nick Conner and Damien Harris.

The Best of the Midwest Combine was held this past Monday in Indianapolis, and in conjunction with the Nike SPARQ Combine in Massillon held on Saturday, and Sunday's Core Six Combine in Cincinnati the Scout.com recruiting team was able to watch several potential Ohio State recruits in action.

Damien Harris: This was the first opportunity to see Harris live and he certainly did not disappoint in any way. The speed and quickness was as advertised, but Harris showed something rarely seen out of national-type runningbacks. He took on linebackers in pass protection drills that most backs either skip or give half efforts. Not Harris. He took on every linebacker with physical play, and won most of his matchups. He knocked a few highly-rated players on their backsides, and enjoyed doing it. That toughness and willingness separates Harris from a lot of prima donna tailbacks. He's as good as any 2015 tailback in America I've seen in person or on film, when you add it all together.

Nick Conner: This was also the first time seeing the Dublin Scioto linebacker in person, and he impressed with his size and change of direction. His battles with Harris were classics as neither player gave an inch. Conner is longer and moves better in person than the film shows, and I would have him as a four-star type, and a player that should end up with offers from the likes of Michigan, Notre Dame, Michigan State and Ohio State at some point. He belongs in the conversation with Justin Hilliard and Jerome Baker as the top 2015 linebacker in Ohio.

London Cloud and Justice Hart: These are two under-sized linebackers that might not be in the class of the top three in Ohio for 2015, but showed in Indianapolis they can play combine. A check of both player's film shows they can definitely play football, and these two might be the most aggressive and physical of any linebackers in the state. Both are going to need lights-out camp performances at Ohio State to receive an offer, and they would also need Baker and Hilliard to trend away from the Buckeyes. I'm not sure either player is Ohio State good at this point, but they might be. I can see both players ending up in the Big Ten.

Denzel Ward: This player followed up a nice day in Massillon last Saturday for SPARQ by impressing in drills in Indianapolis. Ran a hand-timed 4.31 in Indianapolis, after running a fast electronic time in Massillon. Landed an offer from Cincinnati Monday, his first, and there will be a lot more headed his way. Will need a strong Ohio State camp performance, but Ward could end up being a faster Damon Webb, with similar size. Will be a big mover up the Ohio 2015 rankings.

Jonathon Cooper: Only a 2016 prospect, but look for this defensive end/linebacker to show up on the Ohio State pass list this coming season for home games. After impressing Sunday in Cincinnati, he duplicated that showing Monday in Indianapolis against stronger competition. Definitely see this player as a multi-offer recruit, and Illinois became his first Monday evening. There will be many more, and I would guess Ohio State will be one some day in the future. He could contend for the top prospect in Ohio for 2016, and could be a Nathan Williams type of player at the next level.

Rob Dowdy: The Westerville South offensive tackle looked the best I've ever seen in the four times I've watched him in person. His body was better and he competed very hard in Indianapolis. Would have an outside shot at an Ohio State offer, and would need a strong camp performance I would guess. A continuation of what we saw Monday could see that offer list expand in the near future. There is a lot of upside to Dowdy.

Hunter Littlejohn: The Olentangy Liberty offensive lineman opened some eyes with an impressive showing in Indianapolis, and has great footwork. Littlejohn would be another that would need a huge camp and others looking elsewhere to be considered at Ohio State, but is Big Ten quality for sure. Would be an inside player, and similar to Jacoby Boren or Pat Elflein.

Desmond Fitzpatrick: The Farmington (MI) 2016 wide receiver put on a show last summer at Ohio State's camp prior to his sophomore season. Since then, he has added an inch or two in height and added bulk, while keeping his speed. Have to see Ohio State offering at some point, and they would have a fighting chance at pulling him out of the state of Michigan. Looked good Sunday in Cincinnati.

Jango Glackin: The 2016 linebacker prospect out of Lebanaon (OH) has more than just a great name, he's also got game. Showed the speed and change of direction needed to play at the next level, and was aggressive in one-on-one drills. First time seeing this prospect, and he's one to keep an eye on moving forward in Ohio.

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