Ohio State is off to a strong start for the class of 2014, and an incredible nine members of its current recruiting class will make their way to Oregon for The Opening 2013. The players will be trying to improve their standing in the eyes of college scouts and represent Ohio State. Below is a rundown of the future Buckeyes who will be participating in the event, including some scouting info for each.
Stephen Collier, Leesburg (Ga.) Lee County: Collier is one of the more intriguing recruits in the Elite 11. Urban Meyer and staff will be closely monitoring the results of the 6'3, 205-pound Collier. He is a raw but fast-rising QB recruit, passing for 22 TDs last season while rushing for 11 more. He is an outstanding student-athlete with a 4.2 GPA and 1680 SAT. He chose Ohio State over Boston College, Cincinnati, Louisiana Tech, Marshall and Wake Forest. Collier is on Twitter @Stephen5Collier.
WR Parris Campbell (@PCampbell21), 6-0, 180
Akron (Ohio) St. Vincent-St. Mary
He impressed at the Massillon Nike Football SPARQ Combine in February when he ran a 4.47 in the 40 and recorded a 38.9 vertical jump. He came back out to the Columbus NFTC where he stood out at the wide receiver position and earned his Opening invite. He committed to Ohio State over offers from Indiana, Michigan State and Tennessee.
WR Terry McLaurin (@TheTerry_25), 5-11.5, 185
Indianapolis (Ind.) Cathedral
McLaurin is one of the most athletic receivers in the nation and had the highest SPARQ Rating at the Chicago NFTC where he ran a 4.48 in the 40, jumped 41.4 inches in the vertical, ran a 4.36 shuttle and threw the power ball 41 feet for a 126.96 SPARQ Rating. McLaurin committed to Ohio State over early offers that included Ball State, Cincinnati, Iowa, Missouri, Purdue, Toledo, Western Kentucky and Western Michigan.
OL Kyle Trout (@trout75), 6-5.5, 300
Trout had a strong Columbus NFTC, the location where he'll suit up in college as he committed to Ohio State over Cincinnati, Illinois, Michigan State, Pitt, Purdue and West Virginia. Trout, who also plays basketball and throws the shot put and discus, was a Central Div. I All-District honoree in 2012.
DE Jalyn Holmes (@JayHolmes_), 6-5, 235
Norfolk (Va.) Lake Taylor
He was Class AAA All-State at TE where he caught 24 passes for 351 yards and seven scores. On defense he had 78 tackles and 11 sacks and helped the Titans win the Div. Five state title. Holmes committed to Ohio State in June over offers that included North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.
DL Dylan Thompson (@BRONCODE59), 6-4.5, 275
Lombard (Ill.) Montini Catholic
Thompson attended NFTCs in Chicago and Columbus and the improvement between the two was what sealed his invite to The Opening. Thompson committed to Ohio State over a dozen other universities including Arkansas, Clemson, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Michigan State, Missouri, Ole Miss, Purdue, Syracuse, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
LB Kyle Berger (@k_bergs), 6-1.5, 220
Cleveland (Ohio) St. Ignatius
Berger had 39 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks as a junior to earn Div. I All-State honors. The Ohio State commit had scholarship offers from other Big 10 programs such as Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern and Penn State as well as Alabama, Arkansas,Tennessee, UCLA and West Virginia in part because of his 4.0 GPA. He was the linebacker MVP in a strong group at the Columbus NFTC.
LB Dante Booker (@D_Book47), 6-3, 210
Akron (Ohio) St. Vincent-St. Mary
Booker earned several honors as a junior including MaxPreps All-American, Army All-American, All-State and Div. III Defensive He will stay within his home state borders to play for Ohio State. Other offers included Indiana, Illinois, Louisville, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Penn State and Tennessee.
DB Damon Webb (@DameWebb), 5-10, 175
Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech
He was a two-way standout scoring seven TDs as a receiver and picking off seven passes on defense. Webb will cross state borders to play at Ohio State, who he chose over other offers from major schools such as Illinois, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, West Virginia and Wisconsin.