Ohio State's biggest recruiting event of the summer is set to take place tomorrow as many of the nation's top prospects will be in attendance for the third annual "Friday Night Lights" camp, which was brought to the football program when Urban Meyer took over.
Not everyone visiting will be participating in the camp, though they'll still have the opportunity to take in the electric atmosphere the camp provides.
We're going to run down some of the top names to keep an eye on who are visiting Columbus this weekend by their class:
Class of 2015
Many of Ohio State's 2015 commits will be on hand for the event. Top commit and class leader Justin Hilliard will be there, in addition to Jashon Cornell, who committed on the same day that Hilliard did. The first commitment of the class, Eric Glover-Williams, will be there and if he participates, will likely be one of the top performers.
Other commits expected to be in attendance include the likes of Joe Burrow, Nick Conner, Jamel Dean, Tyler Green, and Denzel Ward.
This weekend's biggest visitor is athlete/quarterback Torrance Gibson, who will be making his first ever trip to Columbus. He's not going to participate in camp, but will be there watching it. Miami commit Jordan Cronkite was also expected to be in Columbus Friday, but can no longer make it. It's a shame as he's one of the top running backs in the 2015 class as a whole.
Two standout tight ends will also be in attendance in Josh Moore and Jake Pickard. Ohio State doesn't have a tight end committed to the 2015 class and it's very possible they could wait and take two for their 2016 class as there are two very good ones in the state of Ohio. Other notable offensive visitors include standout offensive linemen Drew Richmond and wide receiver A.J. Alexander.
There are a couple of top defenders set to be at the camp as well, headlined by defensive back Jordan Whitehead, who is one of the Buckeyes' top targets in the class. Joining him will be St. Thomas Aquinas defensive back Damon Arnette. Cass Tech defensive linemen Joshua Alabi is also expected in Columbus.
I'm most excited to watch the rising juniors who will be on hand for the camp and there are quite a few to keep an eye on, starting off with commits George Hill and Tyler Gerald.
Two top running backs will be in attendance in Tre Harbison and Elijah Holyfield, who already has an offer from the Scarlet and Gray. There will also be four highly touted wide receivers including Justin Layne, Austin Mack, Binjimen Victor, and Desmond Fitzpatrick. Mack is the only who who holds an offer, but all four have a good chance eventually earning one, especially Layne, the state of Ohio's top receiver for the class.
Ohio State's top two tight end targets for their 2016 class will be in attendance in Jake Hausmann and Luke Farrell. I think both will eventually be in the Buckeyes' class and it could be as soon as this weekend. Both have the chance to be good, but I think Hausmann has the chance to be something special. There will also be a couple of top offensive linemen at the camp, headlined by Drake Jackson and Thiyo Lukusa.
Leading the defensive group will be a bevy of talented defensive linemen, headlined by Kyree Campbell and Michael Onwenu, both of whom have already been offered. Auston Robertson and in-state linemen will be attempting to earn offers with a good performance in camp. Cedrick Wright, Patrice Rene, Jared Mayden, and others round out a very solid group of defenders.
Of all of the 2016 campers, I'm the most excited to see Demario McCall in person. I think he could emerge as a top three player in the state and is a guy who dominates in camps. Ohio State sits in very good position to land him and I wouldn't be stunned if it went down this weekend either.
There aren't a ton of big names in this class who will be in attendance, but that's mostly because there are quite a few names that haven't emerged yet just because it's so early. The headliner is quarterback commit Danny Clark, who has already developed into the leader for the class and could be a very special player for the Buckeyes somewhere down the road.
A couple of other guys I'm excited to see are wide receivers Donovan Peoples-Jones, who already has an offer and fellow wideout Trevon Grimes, who hails from St. Thomas Aquinas. Finally, I'll be keeping a close eye on offensive linemen Josh Myers, who already has an offer and it one of the best prospects in Ohio's 2017 class.
Land-Grant Holy Land will be on hand to cover tomorrow's big event and make sure you don't miss anything.