The Opening kicked off on Tuesday with a handful of current Buckeye commits, and plenty of targets, participating in this camp that showcases the top high school prospects in the country.
Justin Hilliard had himself a day by being named the top linebacker performer of that position group. It's no surprise that Hilliard was able to tear up the combine portion along with the position drills as he may be the most athletic linebacker in the country. Along with proving his individual ranking this week, HIlliard will be all over other prospects as he looks to be the lead recruiter of this year's class.
Justin Hilliard and Darrin Kirkland representing the Midwest well. Both looking good at LB.— Allen Trieu (@AllenTrieu) July 8, 2014
One of the many targets that Hilliard is working on is five-star defensive end Josh Sweat. Sweat, a 6'5 240-pound defensive end, cranked out a 4.46 40 yard dash time. Sweat last visited Ohio State on June 25 and there's still a chance he comes back for the Friday Night Lights camp.
One prospect who will definitely be in attendance for Friday Night Lights is 2016 offensive lineman Drake Jackson. Jackson stands at 6'2 and nearly 300 pounds, who projects to a guard at the next level. From Kentucky, Jackson is starting to see his offer list grow as the Wildcats and Vanderbilt have already extended offers. A great showing at camp could lead to one from the Buckeyes as well. Jackson was on campus at the beginning of June so coming back shows that there is genuine interest from the big man.
Add Drake Jackson to the list of talented prospects attending Friday Night Lights at #OhioState. The 2016 OL hopes to earn an offer at camp— Charles Doss (@CDoss_LGHL) July 8, 2014
ESPN released their ESPN300 for the class of 2016 yesterday and two Ohio State commits made the list. Hubbard's George Hill checked in at 159 while came in at 233. Surely, these rankings will continue to improve, especially for Hill, as he'll be one of Ohio's best over the next couple of seasons.
Longtime Ohio State wide receiver target Van Jefferson has made it apparent that he will be taking a visit to Ohio State on Jul 16. This is a huge visit for the Buckeyes and a commitment wouldn't be out of the question. Jefferson isn't a blazer, but he runs excellent routes and is extremely fluent. He's one of the best pure receivers in this year's cycle. At 6'2 he has good size and can position his body very well between the defender and the ball. Ohio State hasn't brought in a ton of wide receivers like Jefferson the past couple of years and a commitment from the Tennessee native is sure to pay off wonders in the future.