Numerous Ohio State verbal commits and top targets shined last week during Nike's The Opening, held in Oregon. That sure was the case on Friday. After finishing the 7-on-7 portion of the camp 0-4 on Thursday, future Buckeyes wide out Austin Mack, tight end Jake Hausmann, and running back Demario McCall helped turn things around for Team Lunarbeast.
After walking away without a victory, Mack and crew helped their star-studded roster to an undefeated record and the tournament title on Friday over Team Mach Speed, and class of 2017 Ohio State target Donovan Peoples-Jones.
2016 OSU commits Mack and McCall told the following to Bleacher Report after their championship win:
"We won a championship here, and I think we can do the same thing in college. It's been an amazing experience and gave us an opportunity to bond before we all head to Columbus."
"It was great getting together with my future teammates and showing what we can do against the best in the country. I think we can do some big things together at Ohio State."
Mitchell to attend Friday Night Lights
Many of the top prospects in the country will flock to Columbus later this month for the Friday Night Lights camp at Ohio State. Buckeye fans can go ahead and add class of 2016 standout Ahmir Mitchell to the growing list of recruits that will be attendance for the now-annual event.
I'm in for Ohio States FNL ⭕️ .... And mom will be in attendance‼️— Ahmir_SoDevoted (@TheDeuce_2_Nice) July 12, 2015
Mitchell, a 6'3, 206-pound wide receiver from Cedar Creek High School in Egg Harbor City, New Jersey, last visited the Ohio State campus back in June. Thought as a OSU lean at one time, the Wolverines of Michigan seem to now be in the driver's seat to land a pledge from the four-star recruit.
Wanting to add another wide out to the already stacked class of 2016, Urban Meyer, and the OSU coaching staff hope this trip once again skyrockets them up the playmaker's short list.
Notre Dame, Rutgers, Boston College, Kentucky, Michigan State, and Wisconsin are just a few of the other programs to offer Mitchell (the 79th overall recruit in the 2016 class, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings) a scholarship offer throughout the recruiting process.
Simmons names leaders
Thad Matta and the rest of the OSU basketball coaching staff hit the road for the July live period over the weekend. While it didn't end with a pledge, the Buckeyes did get one step closer to adding another prized prospect to the fold.
According to multiple reports, five-star class of 2016 combo guard Kobi Simmons is down to six schools with Ohio State, Xavier, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina, and Arizona making the cut.
Those schools have been in the most communication w/me, I can see myself fitting in and these are my best options. -Kobi Simmons— Reggie Rankin (@ReggieRankin) July 12, 2015
A top 10 player in his class, Simmons has been on the Buckeyes' radar for quite some time. With his top list set, Kobi is starting to think about official visits. Kentucky will host the 6'5, 170-pounder on August 28th, while OSU and Xavier will play have him on campus in September.
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