Today's session, attended by roughly 120 prospects, was likely the best group of players at Ohio State this summer. On Saturday, nearly 275 players participated in the first session of the Senior Advanced Camp.
Prior to that, the staff held two four-day all-position camp sessions. (Needless to say, the staff will be a bit tired tomorrow after 10 days straight of grueling camp sessions in the 80 degree heat.)
Contrary to years past, OSU coaches were not able to make scholarship offers at the camp. New rules preclude football coaches from offering directly at camp. Instead, the staff is likely to decide on which players it would like to offer and send a letter or contact the player's coach in the next few weeks.
There were not as many prospects at the two all-position camps, perhaps, as in past years. Plain City Jonathan Alder OL Zach Hennis attended the first session before heading to Michigan. He is reportedly waiting to see if each school will offer.
Pompano Beach (Fla.) Ely OL Ronnie Wilson was reportedly an impressive prospect at the second session of the all-position camp. Sources indicated he could be offered in the weeks ahead and he is believed to like the Buckeyes.
Also, there seemed to be strong sentiment that Canton GlenOak WR Brian Hartline may get an offer. He attended the second four-day session along with his brother, impressive GlenOak junior QB Mike Hartline. Brian Hartline also stayed over for Saturday's session of the advanced camp.
For the advanced camp, the coaching staff convened the players each day by 10 a.m. and began rigorous testing (height, weight, 40, agility drills, etc.). Then, the players went through various stations in the indoor facility designed to further test their agility and physical acumen.
At lunchtime each day, the coaches took the players on a tour over to Ohio Stadium. The tour included lunch as well as a look at the recruiting room, locker room and field.
Back at the WHAC, the afternoon session consisted of position drills followed by competitions between offensive and defensive players and, finally, some seven-on-seven games.
From the first day of the senior advanced camp, some impressive names included:
Columbus Beechcroft OL John Buckner, Warren Harding OL Rocco Cironi, Newark OL Rick Ingold, Troy OL Ryan Custer, Lakewood St. Edward OL Ed Wisnewski, Edmond (Okla.) North OL Joe Barresi, Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit OL Dustin Basch, Lisbon David Anderson OL Dom DeFillippo and Murray, Ky., OL Cory Zirbel.
Also in attendance were Warren Harding WR (and Michigan verbal) Mario Manningham, Heritage, Va., WR Michael Patrick, Warren Harding RB Jon Richardson, Delphos St. John's FB Matt Shumaker, Paradise Valley, Ariz., FB Matt Clapp, Cincinnati Elder DL Eric Kenkel, Cincinnati Moeller DL Matthew Tennant, Canton GlenOak LB Brandon Long, Wellston LB Lance Phillips, Gates Mills Gilmour Academy LB Eric Tupta, Westlake LB B.J. Travers, Shadyside QB Erik Cwalinski and Xaverian Brothers (Mass.) QB Zack Asack.
Sunday's session was a target rich environment with plenty of talented players at nearly every position.
By position, some of the key names included:
* QB -- Orrville's Tim Hiller, CFWJ's Doug Snider, Cincinnati St. Xavier's Rob Schoenhoft, San Diego St. Augustine's Jason Forcier, New Hampton, N.H., Prep's Brendan Smith and Washington C.H. Miami Trace junior Miles Schlichter.
* RB -- Toledo St. John's Marcus Waugh, Columbus Marion Franklin's Alex Daniels, Canton McKinley's Ryan Brinson, Cleveland Glenville's Tim Conner.
* TE -- Tabor (Mass.) Academy's Jared Harrell, Roane County (W.Va.) standout Derek Hardman.
* OL -- OSU verbals Alex Boone and Jimmy Cordle as well as Cincinnati Wyoming's Robert Brewster, Akron Hoban's Shawn Glaser, Harker Heights, Texas, standout Michael Shumard.
* DL -- OSU verbal Todd Denlinger as well as Portsmouth's Tyler Clifford, Cleveland Glenville's Curtis Smith and AVSM's Lawrence Wilson.
* LB -- Cleveland Glenville's Freddie Lenix.
* DB -- OSU verbal Jamario O'Neal as well as Loyola, Calif., standout Trason Bragg, Miamisburg's David Bruton, Canton McKinley's Brad Jones, Hamilton's Adam Myers-White, Akron Buchtel's Bryan Williams, Huber Heights Wayne's Michael Mickens.
Those are just some of the key names we spotted over the past 10 days. We will now try and get in contact with some of these players and follow up their camp visits.