At Friday's Columbus Elite 11 regional, a distinctive Ohio State-Michigan flair was prevalent with Shane Morris being named the afternoon's most valuable player and Jalin Marshall also having himself an afternoon. Saturday's Columbus NFTC (Nike Football Training Camp), also held on the campus of Ohio Dominican University, featured much of the same. ESPN RecruitingNation's Jared Shanker was there and had the low down:
At the Columbus Nike Football Training Camp held Saturday at Ohio Dominican University, all seven prospects who walked away with invites to The Opening were committed to either the Wolverines or Buckeyes. Michigan pledges Taco Charlton, David Dawson, Mike McCray II and Shane Morris each received an invite, while Ohio State recruits Cam Burrows, Jalin Marshall and Billy Price booked their tickets to Oregon as well.
"That Michigan-Ohio State rivalry is getting back to what it used to be is huge," said Morris, a De La Salle (Warren, Mich.) QB who was named the Elite 11 regional MVP on Friday, earning him a spot in the Elite 11 finals this summer. "Great players are going to Michigan. Great players are going to Ohio State. It's going to keep the rivalry going."
Jalin Marshall also had the opportunity to get more work at wide receiver and even the chance to go against fellow class of 2013 commit cornerback Cameron Burrows. WolverineNation.com's Tom VanHaaren (of "hold me TomVH!" fame1) caught up with Marshall:
Marshall showed why he's ranked as an athlete by impressing at receiver. Camp position coaches were impressed with his quickness, route running and ability to separate. Marshall recognizes that ability and says if he had the choice, receiver would be his pick in college.
"With Braxton [Miller] there right now, I would like to play slot, because with both of us on the field it would be dangerous," he said. "I went up against [Ohio State commit] Cam Burrows today. It was a bad ball but I burned him, so I think I could be dangerous at receiver."
Perhaps most fittingly of the day as a whole, a Buckeye (Billy Price) was named defensive line MVP of the camp while a Wolverine (David Dawson) was named the MVP of the offensive line.
1. In hindsight, I'd say the fear and trepidation directed towards the Hoke hire was a bit unfounded. Just a bit. ↩