Bank Blog: Random FNL Thoughts

Ohio State held their annual Friday Night Lights camp, and as usual there were plenty of stars and storylines. Here are some thoughts on what transpired.

The commitment of four-star tight end Luke Farrell was a mere formality, as he has been counted into the numbers for a while now. He did not work out, but after seeing him earlier at the Opening Regional, I think a lot of this kid. Fellow commit Kierre Hawkins DID work out, and looked really good as well.

Don't know much about the kicker that committed, Blake Haubeil, but he performed in front of Urban Meyer and nailed several from 50-yards plus. He is a 2017 pledge, and will replace Sean Neurenberger in a few years. Had a strong, powerful leg, and made kicks under pressure Friday Night. That's all I have to go on, and he looked fine to me.

Ahmir Mitchell left without an offer, and I expect him to commit to Michigan today. He is good, but not in the same realm as Donnie Corley or Binjiman Victor, so he apparently is not a taker for Ohio State at this time.

2017 cornerback Richard LeCounte is in the fold, but wants to follow the Raekwon McMillan plan and take visits for a few years. His commitment was not supposed to be made public, but several recruits heard about it and tweeted it. He will play around with other schools, then make it public in December of 2016, I'm guessing. And he can PLAY. Stud.

2016 offensive lineman Gavin Cupp participated and seemingly lost his spot in Michigan State's class. This was sad, because he's a great kid from a great family. Don't see Ohio State having room for him, and it looks like he starts his recruitment over.

Not sure where Ohio State stands with five-star cornerback Darnay Holmes, but he looks like one heck of a player. Lamont Wade did not work out, but made his 10,000th trip to Ohio State. Marcus Williamson DID work out, and I might like him best of all. Needless to say, Chris Ash is salivating over the 2016 and 2017 defensive back possibilities.

Also really liked 2016 cornerback prospect Patrice Rene, and he just might have moved himself from prospect to taker. The Buckeye staff will meet this weekend to go over numbers, and Rene will be part of the discussion. He is supposed to hear Tuesday if there's room for him, or not. This probably comes down to how they feel about the others in the fold. Andrew Pryts did not show, but visited earlier in the week.

Defensive tackle Antwuan Jackson was good, but sure didn't look anywhere near 6-2, 295-pounds. This is not the run-stopping, nose tackle I thought he might be. He is a heck of a player though, and a taker for this class. Loved Terrell Hall, who looks like an NFL player on the hoof. Not so impressed with Malik Barrow, who is definitely a good player, but not special right now. Austin Mack is great, and I like him more and more.

Danny Clark continues to battle back from an off year, and he is throwing the ball really well. As we said last week, they have tweaked his drop and his delivery, and those high, sailing passes are now splitting the numbers on the chest of receivers. Josh Myers is a monster, and I would take him over any of the O-line commits in either the 2015 or 2016 classes.

There's no doubt Maple Heights 2017 wide receiver JaVont'e Richardson has major talent, but to me there's something missing from a competitiveness standpoint. I think Ohio State sees it too. He was hurt at The Opening, and was hurt again last night. He needs to show them more to be offered, but the talent is definitely there. Would definitely have Jaylen Harris ranked above Richardson, and maybe Danny Davis too.

Donnie Corley is near impossible to read, so I won't try. Going to West Virginia Saturday, then Michigan on Sunday. Only official visit set is to LSU, but said Ohio State would get one. This one might roll on for a while.

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