Many of the nation’s top prospects will be under the stars inside The Shoe this weekend for Ohio State’s Friday Night Lights.
Considered an Ohio State lean, five-star ATH Curtis Samuel will visit Columbus for the first time this weekend.
The Buckeyes are not expecting any commitments this weekend, but if there was a name to watch its Brooklyn (N.Y.) Erasmus Hall five-star athlete Curtis Samuel. He will be visiting the campus for the first time with his coach Danny Landberg. Recruited to play offense for the Buckeyes, it’s more likely he’d pull the trigger for Ohio State in September when his mother plans to visit. Ohio State is obviously the clear leader for Samuel at this point with Rutgers being the only other legitimate threat.
The nation’s top inside linebacker in Hinesville (Ga.) Liberty County’s Raekwon McMillan has made several visits in the past to Columbus and will be back on campus to check out his top school again. Other programs still in the mix include Alabama, Clemson and USC.
Both Samuel and McMillan will be visiting into Saturday.
247Composite five-star Marshon Lattimore will attend camp on Friday with several of his teammates including four-star safety Erick Smith. As is the case with Samuel and McMillan, Ohio State is figured to be the leader for both Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville standouts.
Rounding out the list of five-star visitors is Ohio State’s top-rated commit in 2014, Akron (Ohio) St. Vincent-St. Mary linebacker Dante Booker.
Most To Prove
Raleigh (N.C.) Leesville Road four-star receiver Braxton Berrios tore up the Friday Night Lights camp last summer, and if he does so again this year, he could very well leave campus with a Buckeyes scholarship. Kentucky, Miami and South Carolina are considered the current front runners for Berrios, who also shined earlier this month at The Opening, an invite only event for the nation’s top high school football players at the Nike World Headquarters in Oregon.
Four-star WR Braxton Berrios was one of the starts at Friday Night Lights last year and another strong performance this year could land him a Buckeyes offer.
Durham (N.C.) Hillside Top247 receiver Trevion Thompson has an Ohio State offer but a strong performance this weekend could move him up the Buckeyes board. Besides Ohio State, Thompson is high on Clemson, N.C. State, North Carolina and West Virginia.
Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peters Prep class-of-2015, four-star quarterback Brandon Wimbush is a young arm the Ohio State staff will keep a close eye on during camp. Ranked by the 247Composite as the nation’s No. 6 dual-threat signal-caller in his class, Wimbush has early offers from Boston College, UConn, Miami, Maryland, Rutgers, Temple and Virginia.
-Two top in-state 2015 targets in Top247 athletes Eric Glover-Williams and Jerome Baker will both be back at Ohio State. The Buckeyes are the clear leader for Glover-Williams and are considered the early favorite with Baker as well.
-Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech Top100 cornerback and Ohio State commit Damon Webb will be back on campus with several 2015 teammates including quarterback Jayru Campbell, running back Michael Weber and lineman Joshua Alabi. Both Weber and Alabi are Top247 prospects and have offers from the Buckeyes.
-Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes standout Jahvoni Simmons is the nation’s top-ranked 2015 inside linebacker according to the 247Composite. He has an Ohio State offer.
-Top100 2015 offensive guard Nick Wilson will be up from Alpharetta (Ga.) Wilson. Miami, North Carolina, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Wake Forest have offered.
-Monaca (Pa.) Central Valley Top247 cornerback Jordan Whitehead is another 2015 prospect the Ohio State staff will be excited to see.
Top100 DL Kyle Phillips is one of the many touted 2015 prospects coming to campus.
-Cocoa (Fla.) High 2015 cornerback Jamel Dean reports an Ohio State offer but has Florida and Miami standing out early.
-One of Ohio State’s earliest offers in Cleveland (Ohio) St. Ignatius 2016 offensive lineman Liam Eichenberg will be on campus.
-Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward twins, in Top247 2015 athlete David Dowell and running back Andrew Dowell wrap up a busy camp season in Columbus. Tennessee recently offered David following the Vols camp, while Andrew takes over as his program’s feature back this fall. Both also hold a couple early MAC offers.
-Trotwood (Ohio) Madison 2016 quarterback Messiah DeWeaver will arrive fresh off landing his first scholarship from Louisville.
-Other 2015s attending and already holding BCS offers includes running back Reggie Gallaspy, receiver Miles Boykin, running back Leonard Ross, receiver Flynn Nagel, receiver Trevon Story, receiver Milan Golden, center James Daniels, offensive tackle Gabe Megginson, offensive tackle Rob Dowdy, athlete Adonis Thomas, linebacker Anthony McKee, defensive back Tyree Kinnel, cornerback Dre Jackson, cornerback Kei Beckham and athlete Jack Hockaday.
Commits Coming To Represent
Ohio State’s recruiting class currently ranks No. 10 nationally, good for No. 2 in the Big Ten.
Besides Webb and Booker, 10 other future Buckeyes are expected on campus in receiver/safety Lonnie Johnson, receiver Terry McLaurin, offensive guard Marcelys Jones, offensive tackle Jamarco Jones, offensive tackle Kyle Trout, defensive tackle Dylan Thompson, linebacker Kyle Berger, linebacker Sam Hubbard, receiver Parris Campbell and kicker Sean Nuernberger.
-For a list of all the prospects expected to attend Friday Night Lights, click here.
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