One Buckeye Stater who had the chance to work out at OSU's Friday advanced camp, Cameron Ontko of Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit, left Columbus feeling like he did what he could to end up as one of those on the list of the offered by Ohio State.
"I did really well," he said after completing drills on a hot, muggy afternoon. "I guess I shaved some time off of my 40, I ran a 4.4. I was in linebacker drills then they moved me to defensive back. I was doing some DB drills and some safety. I think I did really well in that and then they even moved me into a smaller group with the specially picked guys, so I think I did real well."
The Ohio State camp ended, perhaps, a busy summer for the 5-11, 205-pounder, who Scout lists as an outside linebacker. He went on a bus tour with Raw Talent Sports and has picked up offers from Wisconsin, Georgia Tech and Indiana. Ontko said this trip to OSU would be his last unless he travels to Michigan State in July.
"I got to check out a bunch of camps, so it was fun," he said.
While he is listed as a prospect at various positions and has played running back for the Warriors, Ontko said he was happy to line up on the defensive side of the ball while camping at OSU.
"I see myself playing defense," Ontko said. "I can play offense as well, but I like playing defense, specifically linebacker. I've been doing some safety work, some DB work, so I can play either or. I think I acquitted myself well today at DB."
When it came to talk about a possible offer from Ohio State, Ontko said he would have to check back after leaving the camp with nearly 600 prospects in attendance. When he does, he'll place a phone call to OSU offensive coordinator and line coach Jim Bollman, who has been recruiting him.
"I've been talking to Coach Bollman a lot, so he told me to give him a call," Ontko said. "He said he'll let me know what's going on and where I stand and everything."
Ontko said that Wisconsin, which recently came through with an offer after he camped in Madison, is his top school at the moment, but there's plenty to like about OSU.
"I like it a lot," he said. "I've been here for three or four games. I've visited other schools as well, but Ohio State is Ohio State. Everyone wants to be a Buckeye. It's definitely up there with the top schools."