While you were away from your computers over the weekend, it was a busy couple of days in Columbus as the Buckeyes hosted a slew of different prospects. The main reason for the sudden rush of visits was because the prestigious high school camp circuit, The Opening, hosted a regional camp at Ohio State looking to send out invites to the official camp held over the summer in Oregon. A handful of Ohio State commits were there on Sunday and grabbed official invites for themselves. Ohio State's coaches weren't allowed to be at the camp, but a ton of their commits and prospects impressed.
McCall and Hausmann earn Invites
Starting on offense, 2016 running back commit Demario McCall earned himself an Opening invite and dazzled scouts all day. In one-on-one-drills he was a mismatch for any linebacker and even most defensive backs that had to guard him. McCall isn't a one trick pony. Obviously, he's lightning when given the ball from the running back position, but his hands continue to develop which presents even more mismatches. McCall could end up being the most electrifying player in this class and he's 100% solid to Ohio State.
#Buckeyes RB commit Demario McCall says #YouCantTouchThis at the Columbus #TheOpening. LB touched him w/ fingertips. pic.twitter.com/2i3oTaGN5j— Jeremy Crabtree (@jeremycrabtree) May 31, 2015
4-star @DemarioMccall on OSU commits at @TheOpening: "We all came here to protect our house... We’re going to go down there and represent."— Ryan Ginn (@RyanGinnBSB) May 31, 2015
Tight end commit Jake Hausmann picked up an Opening invite as well. The 6'5 athlete from Moeller was repeatedly referred to being a fluid player when catching passes, but his body and strength also stood out. Hausmann fits the bill that Urban Meyer wants. Athletic tight ends that don't have a problem doing a lot of dirty work in the trenches. Hausmann put that ability on display on Sunday. Currently. 247Sports has him rated the number three tight end in the country.
#Buckeyes TE Jake Hausmann's shirt it torn and he's walking with a limp, but he still catches every freaking pass. Columbus #TheOpening— Jeremy Crabtree (@jeremycrabtree) May 31, 2015
Austin Mack impressed yesterday and picked up an invite of his own as well. Mack, though not a commit, announces his college decision on June 7th and it's widely considered that he will be picking the Buckeyes. Mack is a true receiver that runs crisp routes and possesses great hands. Though he might not hit the home run on every single play, he can be relied on with consistent play. Mack could see early playing time at Ohio State in two years.
Ohio State wide receiver target Austin Mack during 1-on-1 drills at The Opening https://t.co/338WHUIPfe— Tim Shoemaker (@TimShoemaker) May 31, 2015
2 O-Line commits in attendance
A couple offensive line commits had themselves good days as well -- 2016's Michael Jordan and 2017's Josh Myers. In the combine testing portion of the camp, Myers tested as well as anyone. Jordan and Myers are both huge pickups and with the coaching at Ohio State, it's impossible to say what their ceiling could be in Columbus.
So that 2017 OL, some guy named..Josh Myers, he's a pretty good athlete too. #Buckeyes #GETOPEN pic.twitter.com/dbIHrYaMtS— Todd Huber (@ToddHuberSS) May 31, 2015
Sibley still solid to OSU
2017 running back Todd Sibley had himself a day. Sibley, one of the most sought-after players in the country, will have a wild recruitment, so buckle up. He continues to say he's solid to Ohio State and that's all we can believe at this point. Though it'll be a ride, expect him to wind up in Columbus when it's all said and done. Sibley talked to a few people on Sunday and ad some encouraging things to say.
Ohio State commit @ToddSib23 on OSU RBs (current + future): "Just makes you want to go there. They’re creating a dynasty at the position."— Ryan Ginn (@RyanGinnBSB) May 31, 2015
Ohio State commit @ToddSib23: "I want to be the next great running back at Ohio State."— Ryan Ginn (@RyanGinnBSB) May 31, 2015
Cooper dominates, earns invite
Moving to defense, the man who stole the show on the defensive line was Columbus' own Jonathon Cooper--an Ohio State commit who was named the D-line MVP. Cooper, who also picked up an Opening invite, showed his explosiveness off the ball while also being unblockable in most situations. By doing a quick Twitter search, it's evident at just how many scouts were impressed while going against some of the best in the Midwest. Cooper has a motor that doesn't stop and his ranking as the 7th-best defensive end could get even better after this performance.
I asked Jonathon Cooper for his thoughts on the three OSU commits who got invited to The Opening today. "Five," he said with a smile.— Ryan Ginn (@RyanGinnBSB) May 31, 2015
Two PA defensive backs like OSU
2016 defensive back target Damar Hamlin was named the DB MVP en route to a great day at camp. Hamlin, who is usually praised for being all over the field, showed those same skills yesterday. Ohio State has been on Hamlin for quite some time and after the weekend it looks more and more like he will end up a Buckeye. Ohio State will try to fend off Penn State and Notre Dame to land his services. Hamlin, who is from Pennsylvania, toured the campus with fellow Pennsylvania native Paris Ford who also took part in the camp. Ford, a 2017 defensive back, is one of the top players in the country in his class. Ohio State is in it for Ford, and could be leading at this point.
Man, there is a reason why Damar Hamlin is number one on the Buckeyes' defensive back board right now. Incredible closing speed & instincts— Ryan Donnelly (@RDonnellyBG) May 31, 2015
Where @HamlinIsland goes will dictate a lot in Western PA recruiting. pic.twitter.com/2Po7ZUkz8S— Preps.com (@Finestpreps) May 31, 2015