With former Ohio State H-back Curtis Samuel preparing for the NFL draft, a somewhat large hole is left for the Buckeye football team to fill by the time the 2017 season starts. Luckily for OSU, head coach Urban Meyer already has a pretty solid idea of who will fill that void left by Samuel, and his name is Parris Campbell.
“We moved Parris inside for a little bit and he’s dynamic," Meyer said Tuesday after the team's sixth spring practice. "He was a running back in high school (at Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary), a big dude (6-1, 208) that can run and can catch. He’s that guy right now (to fill the H-back spot)."
Meyer added that receiver K.J. Hill, who will be a third-year sophomore in the fall, is right behind Campbell for the hybrid position.
"I’m not sure K.J. Hill is not one of our top two or top three receivers," Meyer said. "So we’re still playing around with who is going to play where. (H-back) is a huge position for us.”
Campbell, who played wide receiver last year, is at the top of Meyer's list among those at the wideout position this spring.
“I’d put Parris at No. 1," Meyer said when asked which receivers have stood out to him thus far in spring drills. "I’d put K.J. or Terry McLaurin at either No. 2/3. (Binjimen) Victor, he’s as talented as any I’ve ever coached. Austin Mack. And Johnnie Dixon is having a good spring. Brendon White is actually making good plays for us."
A newcomer to the receivers room is Eric Glover-Williams, who will be a junior this fall. The Canton (Ohio) McKinley product made the switch from safety to wide receiver this past offseason.
"Eric Glover-Williams, he’s just got to get everything in order," Meyer said. "He’s real skinny (5-9, 180). We’ve just got to develop him because he’s got talent."
Six practices in, Meyer is pleased with the progression of his pass-catchers, to some extent.
"I’m overall somewhat impressed with where we’re at,” he said.
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