Sunday will be a big day for college football recruiting, as players from across the nation descend into Columbus for the Nike Football Opening Columbus. This event is a chance for these players to get in front of scouts, earn a Nike Football Rating and open themselves up to be recruited to play college ball.
The day consists of four events: Nike Football testing & training, position specific drills, position competitions and one-on-ones. Players have the chance to test in the 40-yard dash, 20-yard shuttle, vertical jump and kneeling power ball toss; these four measurements contribute to the overall Nike Football Rating.
Several of the nation's best have already committed to joining the ranks at Ohio State and will find themselves in Columbus ahead of their collegiate debut. Class of 2016 commits Jake Hausmann, Michael Jordan, and Demario McCall as well as 2017 commitments Danny Clark and Josh Myers are expected to be in attendance on Sunday.
A few Buckeye targets will also be participating in Sunday's drills, Luke Farrell and Austin Mack from the 2016 class, and Donovan Peoples-Jones from 2017. Mack is scheduled to make his commitment official on June 7th at the 2015 R.A.S. Football Camp in Fort Wayne, Indiana. According to his Crystal Ball Prediction, there is a 90% chance Mack announces his decision to attend Ohio State.
Some insight on this year's attendees:
- 427 high school players, including 129 players from the state of Ohio, 151 from Big Ten states, 103 from SEC states and five players from Canada.
- 329 players from the class of 2016, including 63 quarterbacks, 55 wide receivers, 40 running backs, 14 tight ends and 157 combined lineman and defensive backs.
- 88 players from the class of 2017, including 16 quarterbacks, 14 wide receivers, 10 running backs, two tight ends and 46 combined lineman and defensive backs.
- 10 players from the class of 2018, including two quarterbacks, two running backs, one tight end and five combined lineman and defensive backs.
Several Land Grant Holy Land staffers will be on-hand Sunday to bring you the latest on the recruiting trail along with which Buckeye prospects stood out.