OSU senior camp quotes

OSU's senior camp got started today, and Dave Biddle stopped by and got some recruiting updates for club members. Dave got to talk to several players, including Shawn Crable, Prescott Burgess, Ty Hall, Todd Boeckman, Brady Quinn, David Patterson, and more.

About 70 players are in attendance for Ohio State 's two-day "Senior Prospect Camp" which began Wednesday morning at the WHAC.

There are only three quarterbacks at the camp: Todd Boeckman of St. Henry, Brady Quinn (left) of Dublin Coffman and Brian White from Los Angeles , Ca.

" Ohio State offered me a scholarship about a year ago," Boeckman said. "I'm also looking at Pittsburgh and Maryland , I've been to both of their camps this year. But the Buckeyes are my leader."

Boeckman says it's almost time to make a decision.

"I want to get it over with soon, it's starting to get a little tiresome. I just want to get it over with before football season begins so I can concentrate on our season and not worry about college."

The 6-foot-5 signal-caller likes making the rounds to all these camps and meeting new people.

"It's a really good time, hanging out with the guys and getting to know them a little better."

What about his relationship with Quinn , Ohio 's other stud QB?

"We're becoming friends. He's a really good guy," Boeckman said.


Quinn echoed those comments.


"Todd's a great kid," Quinn said. "We've been to Ohio State a couple other times for junior day and things like that and I've just gotten to know him throughout the process. We kind of become friends throughout this, so it's been pretty cool."

Has Quinn thought about possibly becoming future teammates with Boeckman?

"Yeah, that's definitely something you think about. He's a great kid and it would be a lot of fun working with him."

So much for any rivalry between the two.

Quinn's stock is fast on the rise (some experts are now listing him as the top QB in the state), but says the Buckeyes have not offered him a scholarship yet.

"Not yet. Maybe after the camp," he said with a grin. "My leaders right now are Ohio State , Michigan , Notre Dame, Tennessee , Colorado , South Carolina and Louisville ."

Any favorite out of that group?

"Not right now. I'm going to have to wait and see, but right now I'm just kind of looking at things and going to camps… I think I'll decide somewhat early. Originally, I didn't want to verbally commit early, but I'm thinking that I want to have a really good senior year and I think it will help a lot if I commit early. It will take a lot of pressure off, so I'm definitely looking at making the decision soon," the 6-foot-4 Quinn said.


As for White, the California kid, he is a long time OSU fan with Ohio ties.

"I've always been a Buckeye fan," White said. "I was actually born in Cleveland and I have grandparents who still live in Ohio ."

The 6-foot-5 White threw for around 1,500 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior and was a first-team all-area selection. He lists Ohio State and Colorado as his two favorites and said that the Buffaloes have offered him a scholarship (the Buckeyes have not).

"I'm also looking at Washington , UCLA, Arizona and Arizona State . But Ohio State and Colorado are my top two."


Defensive lineman Sian Cotton (left) from Akron is being recruited by several major schools, but has no leader yet.

"My top five are Ohio State , Michigan , Clemson , Florida and Miami ," Cotton said.

Is he going to wait a while to make his decision?

"I'll probably know where I want to go after I take all of my official visits. I don't want to wait all the way until February to decide, it will be sometime during the fall."

Cotton plays defensive end and tackle in high school, but says he will strictly be a DT in college.

"I'm about 6-3, 295, so they're all looking at me as a tackle," Cotton said.


Strong safety Prescott Burgess (left) from Warren Harding has emerged as the top overall prospect in the state. What's his reaction to being ranked that high?

"You know, it makes you want to work even harder than you have been to keep it up," Burgess said. "I'm not satisfied at all. It don't mean nothing until you get to college."

Does Burgess have a leader?

"Not really, I'm just staying open minded right now. My top schools would probably be Ohio State , Michigan , Florida and Tennessee . I've been to this camp and Michigan 's."

Burgess plans on keeping the fans waiting until close to signing day.

"Yeah, I'm going to wait for a while. I'm going to take all my visits and then I'm going to sit down and decide what's best for me."

The Buckeyes will lose their starting strong safety Mike Doss after this season. Has Burgess thought much about that?

"Yeah, I have. Maybe I'll take his spot," Burgess said.


Outside linebacker/defensive end Shawn Crable from Massillon also took some time to speak with us.

"My favorites are Ohio State , Michigan , Miami , Florida State and USC," Crable said.

Any leader?

"Not really. I have to pass my ACT and then I'll be ready to go. I'm just waiting on that right now. Once my score is in, I'll start looking a little closer at where I want to go. I'd say by about mid-season, I'll know for sure where I want to go. I'm just going to wait and take my visits and then I'll decide when I see what everything's all about. I think I'll take all five visits, but it depends on how basketball season is going."

Crable doesn't consider himself a D-End.

"They all list me there, but I'm an outside linebacker. That's where I play in high school and that's where I want to play in college," the 6-foot-5 Crable said.

Crable is glad he doesn't have to go to any more camps this summer.

"I'm worn out man. I usually weigh 230, but they told me today I'm down to 215. That's from going to all these camps. We just got back from Kentucky and I had to go to Michigan 's before that. This is definitely the last camp for me this summer. I was not looking forward to getting up early this morning. And then I have to leave here early today for a basketball game (Crable won't be coming to the OSU camp on Thursday)."

Crable's teammate at Massillon Washington , wide receiver Devin Jordan (left), talked about his favorite schools.

"I like Ohio State , Michigan State, Pittsburgh , Tennessee , Miami and Kentucky ," Jordan said.

When does he think he'll make a decision?

"I'm not sure about that. I have to talk with my dad about that, but it could be as early as next week (the Bucks have offered him a scholarship)."

What does Jordan think about possibly reuniting with former Massillon QB Justin Zwick at OSU?

"I like the thought of that. He wants me to come here."

Will that play a big role in his decision?

"It will definitely be a part of it, but it won't totally impact my decision. But Ohio State is my leader right now," Jordan said.


Defensive tackle David Patterson (left) from Warrensville Heights is another player who has already been offered a scholarship by the Buckeyes.

"My leaders are Ohio State , Miami , Florida , Michigan , Michigan State and Maryland ," Patterson said. "I'd say Ohio State and Miami are neck-in-neck right now."

The 6-foot-2, 280-pound Patterson wants to take all of his visits, but doesn't want to wait too long to make his choice.

"I just want to see these schools from the players' point of view. I want to talk to as many of the current players as I can. From the coaches' point of view, their school is always going to be the best school."


The last player we tracked down was offensive lineman Ty Hall (left) from Cincinnati . Hall has received 19 scholarship offers and gave us an idea of his favorites.

" Ohio State is one of them of course," Hall said. "I also like Tennessee , Stanford, Clemson, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, Northwestern and a few others. I kind of like some of the smaller schools because I might have the chance to play all four years instead of just two or three."

Hall said the Buckeyes have not yet offered him a scholarship, but said that he was promised one if he did well at the camp.

"So I guess we'll find out tomorrow," Hall said.

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