Ed. note -- Friend of the site Scipio Tex was at The Opening 2012 for SB Nation Recruiting. Here were his in-person observations and thoughts on Ohio State's talented 2013 verbal commit defensive backs.
I attended the event and wanted to share some thoughts with you on your 2013 cornerback commits.
My 7on7 disclaimer is simple: it's not football, it's an athletic display with elements of football. That written, I really liked Woodard and Burrows.
Cameron Burrows was the biggest corner at the event, looks college ready now, and runs pretty well for such a thick kid. He was typically placed on the other team's most dangerous receiver over 6' and really did a nice job pushing the boundaries of allowed physicality within 7on7. Showed good movement side-to-side and on the break given his size. I saw several instances where big receivers, accustomed to muscling around small corners, struggled to separate from Burrows. He can squat, reroute, and recover. Made a couple of nice plays on the ball, including one sweet twisting interception. He's not an island corner on the next level, but if you give him a little help over the top to hedge his bets, he's going to disrupt the passing game substantially.
Eli Woodard is a different variety of cornerback - built long and lean, but not skinny. Though I didn't get to see as many of his reps, he's a very instinctive athlete who adapted well to the mixed zone/man coverages you need to run against basketball on grass. Made a great plant and pick on a sideline throw in a late round tourney game and can do some things with the ball once he grabs it. Presumably, he can help you on special teams. His wingspan and quickness reminded me a bit of current Longhorn cornerback Carrington Byndom, which may not help you, but it's high praise.
I saw lot of DBs at the event, and though I liked a couple of other corners as much, i can't imagine a better 2013 combo headed to one school. Given their physical specs and general demeanor, if they don't pan at cornerback for whatever reason, you've got productive assets at safety.
Anyway, thought I'd share. Good times, Buckeye fans.