Parris Campbell and Terry McLaurin hope their football careers go beyond their playing days at Ohio State. If for some reason that does not happen for either of them, they want to have other options.
With that, the two have internships planned this summer. Campbell is set to be an intern at ESPN while McLaurin will be one for Nike. Both will be fourth-year juniors in the fall.
“It’s a really good thing just because you always have to have a backup plan,” Campbell said of the importance of landing an internship. “Obviously, football is something I want to make a career out of, but if things don’t go how I want them to go or if things don’t work out and something happens, I always have to have something to fall back on. With the internship with ESPN, I take it very serious. I want to try to take every little thing I can get out of it from that.”
The H-back added that he will only be at ESPN for a couple of days because of summer workouts and classes. McLaurin, meanwhile, is aiming to be in Beaverton, Ore., where Nike is headquartered, for The Nike Opening Finals, which will be held June 28-July 3.
“I’m looking at possibly going around The Opening time,” McLaurin explained. “Helping out with that camp and just getting some experience how Nike works through high schools and through their company. It’s a really good experience for myself and something that I possibly want to do with personal relations or coaching. There’s a lot of opportunities that (Ohio State head coach Urban) Meyer and his staff make available for us. We just try to take advantage of those.”
McLaurin, who participated in the 2013 Opening Finals, said he is not sure if he’ll be coaching at this year’s camp or if he’ll have a more behind-the-scenes role. Regardless, the wide receiver is expecting some sort of debriefing from Ohio State director of player personnel Mark Pantoni and the Buckeyes’ recruiting team concerning OSU commits and targets that will be competing in the upcoming Nike camp.
“I’m sure they’ll probably say something to me about it,” McLaurin said. “At the same time, I don’t know necessarily the rules. I’m just going out there to learn as much as I can from one of the best companies in the country. I’m excited.”
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