After day one of Ohio State's football camps come to a close, the coaching staff gave some good news to a few players who'd stood out. Three players performed so well at the camp yesterday, the Buckeyes officially invited them to spend their college years in Columbus.
Two of the three offers awarded yesterday went out to 2015 players. The first that was'15 LB Justin Hilliard of St. Xavier (OH). The 4-star linebacker and No. 1 rated player in the state of Ohio by 247Sports had already received 20 offers before arriving at camp. Many were curious as to why the Buckeyes had not offered the talented linebacker yet. He performed so well at the camp yesterday that the coaching staff had no reason to hold off on an offer anymore. Land-Grant Holy Land spoke with Hilliard about his camp experience and what being offered was like:
Ohio State's camp was good. I learned a lot and got the chance to get coached hard by Coach Fickell. The excitement of the coaches and staff really stood out. Getting offered by Ohio State and having the chance to play for a coach like Urban Meyer is a great feeling. Ohio State's always been a great, winning program, and Coach Meyer's coaching speaks for itself. In terms of what I've got left this summer, I'll be going to Michigan's camp on 17th, and then Notre Dame's camp after that. I've got a few non-camping visit I'll be taking as well.
The other 2015 prospect to receive an Ohio State offer was CB Ashton White. According to Rivals.com, White has received two offers thus far (Virginia Tech and Ohio State) and is receiving interest from Clemson and Maryland. The 5'11", 176-pound defensive back from Maryland must have put on an impressive performance for the Buckeyes to pull the trigger this soon:
Offer #2 Ohio State 😼🏈🏈🏈💸💰 It's all a blessing mannnnn 🙏🙌 twitter.com/ayeechico/stat…— KING. (@ayeechico) June 9, 2013
Lastly, the Buckeyes got involved with '16 DE/OLB Rahshaun Smith as he picked up an OSU offer as well. No reason to forget this name, as Smith will likely wind up one of the top players in his class. Shaq, which is his nickname, has already picked up offers from Arkansas, Penn State, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and more. Surely that list will grow immensely as he is only a sophomore in high school. How good is the highly-touted edge rusher from Maryland? Check out the 6'3", 220-pounder in action here.
With the 2013 recruiting class officially getting settled into Columbus, we did some digging to find out some jersey numbers. As we already know, Marcus Baugh will wear No. 85, Ezekiel Elliott will wear No. 15, Jayme Thompson will wear No. 32, and Dontre Wilson will wear No. 1 along with Bradley Roby. Now, with the excitement of getting on campus, we have seen many pictures which ultimately helped us figure out a few more new jersey numbers. Vonn Bell was pictured in front of his locker and it looks like he will take over No. 7, previously worn by Travis Howard. Joey Bosa snapped a picture with the No. 97 on his locker plate. Though we do not have an official number for Gareon Conley, these tweets give us two possibilities:
I got number 19— ✒Mr. Conley✨⭐ (@GoldMoments_21) June 9, 2013
I might be able to get 21 ayeeee— ✒Mr. Conley✨⭐ (@GoldMoments_21) June 10, 2013
And finally, the mother of Darron Lee tweeted this picture, which shows that Lee will rock No. 43 for the Buckeyes.
Ohio State will be holding a special teams camp that starts today as well as hosting '14 TE DeAndre Goolsby on campus. Accordingly, we're likely to have more recruiting news for you as this weekend starts off right. For all the updates, be sure to follow the LGHL recruiting analysts on Twitter; @BretLGHL, @CDoss_LGHL, @IanLGHL and @ZClark_LGHL.