While the number of prospects was over 250 on Sunday two future Buckeyes were hard at work in Andrew Sweat and Jacob Stoneburner. The committed duo spent almost the whole day together and saw parents of prospects ask for pictures during the day. But while each walked around with a huge smile on their face, you could see they were on a mission to help build the 2008 class by working on Garrett Goebel being a Buckeye. In fact Goebel not only received the attention from the pair but also spent time with Mike Adams the night before. Right now the Buckeyes look like a hard one to beat as Goebel will head to Michigan this weekend and then look to end the recruiting process with his decision a few days later.
The practice fields inside and outside of the Woody Hayes Athletic Center were busy as the prospects took to the field looking to impress the coaches. By the time summer camps end on June 22, over 4000 campers of all ages will have taken part in the Buckeye experience put together by the football staff. Sunday may not have seen the higher profiled prospects that the next Senior Advance camp will enjoy, but there was still enough talent to look at.
The one player that really stood out here was Ben Davis High School (Indiana) athlete MarQueis Gray. Looking the part Gray showed great athletic ability. Another quarterback that didn't take part in many of the drills is fast rising Ohio prospect Zack Stoudt of Dublin Coffman (Ohio). Stoudt has been hard on the recruiting trail having just visited Michigan State the previous day and according to his father did very well while there. Look for more on Stoudt as this weekend the Rocks will be part of a major 7-on-7 passing tournament.
Kameron Alexander (Buchtel HS, Ohio) continues to impress just as he's done at our Scout.com combines. He was joined by Huber Heights Wayne due Troy Gilmer and Stephen Curtis. Gilmer is starting to see many programs take interest as Western Michigan was quick to offer and Nebraska could pull the trigger with him as a linebacker according to his high school coach. Also on hand was James Cravens of Centerville HS (Ohio) who did well enough to pick up some camp MVP honors in the process.
A surprise on the day was Travis Jackson (Dayton Chaminade-Julienne, Ohio) who posted a great forty time on the day while showing good ball skills. He was joined by Johnny Adams who continues to build off the great spring he's had at several combines. Teddy Robb (Northwest HS, OH) also looked good on the day.
Several linemen took part in the camp as the headline was Goebel. Jake Current (Troy, Ohio) was seen getting major interest from everyone. A guard or center at the next level for many, Current showed very good balance and it's easy to see why several programs have wasted little time in offering him.
A player that continues to impress is Chandler Burden (La Salle HS, OH). While Burden went as a defensive lineman his future may well be on the offensive side of the ball as he shows great balance and has a body to build into a top –notch tackle or pulling guard.
Huber Heights Wayne also had two prospects along the line as Jerel Worthy and David Dick took part in camp. Worthy saw his stock climb even more in the past week as Nebraska made an official offer. The Buckeyes and all the other coaches took notice on the day and the offer total should climb in the coming weeks. Dick will play along the defensive line in high school but really projects into an offensive lineman at the next level. He has great size and the type of body college coaches can mold into a offensive lineman who can move his feet.
If looks would get you a scholarship than Nate Williams (New Haven, MI) should have a closet full of them. At 6-foot-2, 260-pounds, Williams is a physical specimen with very little body fat and a compact build. It will be interesting to see what program starts to go after Williams.
The main prospect on Sunday was Steve Gardiner (Dublin Coffman, OH). The teammate of Stoneburner and Adams is looking to earn an Ohio State offer and was told his performance in camp could make the difference. With Cincinnati, West Virginia and Syracuse having already offered Gardiner is not short on BCS schools with interest. Look for Steve to visit Michigan State and West Virginia this month having just visited Northwestern.
Rick Rattay (St. Johns Jesuit, OH) was at camp as we didn't really get a chance to watch this area during the day. Kane Keirnan (Glenbard West HS, IL) joined good friend Garrett Goebel for the OSU trip (look for interview) and showed he's coming back good from an injury that slowed his progress during the early part of combine season. While listed as a quarterback Keirnan has the physical size to be a safety or linebacker at the next level and has some great academic scores having scored a 28 on his test.Another player who is working hard to show his abilities is David Fleming (Centerville,OH). A high school quarterback, Fleming knows he's got to impress coaches with his overall athletic ability to earn a scholarship.