It was warm and humid, it even rained for a while, but Ohio State’s sixth Friday Night Lights skills camp for high schoolers lived up to expectations in terms of drawing elite prospects.
“Especially the defensive line group — I was super impressed,” said Rivals analyst Marc Givler, one of many recruiting-service observers on hand. “A lot of the top guys worked out, and they were super explosive.”
Among those he and Bucknuts analyst Bill Kurelic singled out were Brenton Cox, who is committed to Ohio State’s 2018 recruiting class, and defensive end prospects Micah Parsons of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and Jayson Oweh of Blairstown, New Jersey.
“They were quite impressive, their movement especially,” Kurelic said. “It was quite a collection of players.”
Oweh, who has limited football experience, is considered a rising star, and he also might be ready to make up his mind.
“I think he is going to commit to some school very soon,” Givler said. “He has a top three of Ohio State, Penn State and Notre Dame, but I think it’s going to come down to Ohio State or Penn State, and he could decide as early as this weekend.”
Conspicuous all evening was Jackson Carman of Fairfield. Considered the No. 1 offensive line prospect nationally for the 2018 class, he left folks guessing through the week whether he would attend Friday Night Lights or a similar function at Clemson.
He showed up at Ohio State. Though he didn’t work out, he stayed for the duration, roaming the field in jeans and a T-shirt and speaking at times with coach Urban Meyer, offensive line coach Greg Studrawa and many of the campers.
Among the offensive linemen who did go through drills was Doug Nester of Huntington, West Virginia. He also had the media anticipating a commitment, which would make him the first member of the 2019 class.
Quarterback Emory Jones of Georgia was spotted passing, as he did a year ago after he became an early commitment to the 2018 class. Fellow pledge Master Teague III of Tennessee didn’t take part in drills, but he soaked in the atmosphere that has helped attract 15 players from across the country to his class, with just two from Ohio.
“It’s the culture of Ohio State, the winning tradition, people just know this is a great place for a kid to go and be developed overall,” Teague said on his way out of the stadium. “That’s what I see, too, I see a lot of outlets beyond football — football doesn’t last forever.”
Current Ohio State defensive lineman Jashon Cornell, on hand along with most of the other Buckeyes to help with some of the drills, was wiped out from behind by a couple of campers in a pass drill. Cornell got up slowly but walked off the field on his own.