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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets, 2/18 - Damien Harris shines at Best of the Midwest

The Best of the Midwest combine took place on Monday and Ohio State target Damien Harris was named MVP of the event for the running backs.

Damien Harris (right) has Ohio State and Michigan at the top of his list.
Damien Harris (right) has Ohio State and Michigan at the top of his list.

'15 RB Damien Harris participated at the Best of the Midwest Monday and dominated in just about all of his drills. Named as the MVP among all of the running backs, Harris performed exceptionally well. The 5-star running back was previously committed to Michigan, but has since been talking frequently with a variety of schools. Ohio State and Michigan remain the front-runners for Harris' services and recently, Kentucky has been among the schools said to be creeping closer to the two leaders.

Harris also received an offer from Alabama on Monday and I know that I'm certainly interested to see how that affects his recruitment moving forward. Land-Grant Holy Land's own Miles Joesph had a chance to chat with Harris, so check out that interview to find out more. Checking in at 5'11, 205-pounds, the No. 1 rated running back in the country for the class of 2015 is also the best prospect overall from state of Kentucky, and has plenty of top schools vying for his talents on the field. Those talents were showcased Monday, in drills such as the 40-yard dash, pass-blocking, and much more:

One of the top commitments the Buckeyes were able to sign in the class of 2014 was CB/ATH Marshon Lattimore. The Glenville-product is one of the gems in this class, and for good reason. His ability to play on both sides of the ball will most certainly be given a look at by the coaching staff and his speed just makes him more likely to see the field immediately.

On Twitter, Monday, Lattimore answered questions via his account and we've provided some of the best answers from that list:

A 36-inch vertical leap is awfully impressive for any athlete, but also the fact that Lattimore blocked a field goal during his senior season (guessing more of a straight up jumping block)? Wow.

No surprise here that Lattimore would like to keep the same number he had in high school at Ohio State. Christian Bryant and Ryan Shazier were the last to don the deuce, so fairly large shoes to fill in that sense.

Again, not really a surprise that Lattimore prefers man coverage as opposed to zone coverage. With the amount of athleticism he has, Lattimore likes to use his speed to his advantage.

Confidence, not cockiness, is what seems to be the case with Lattimore. Confidence in his abilities and talent can help players grow and develop on any level, so it should be exciting that Lattimore has his eyes set on a starting spot for next season.


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