June 13, 2012

Ohio State Camp: Top Underclassmen

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Sunday's Ohio State Senior Advanced Camp was not only about the seniors with several top class of 2014 players making a showing.

Earlier this week we looked at who the Top Class of 2013 players were at the camp. But now we are looking at the top underclassmen that caught our eyes.

Ohio State Senior Camp (Day One): Best of the Underclassmen

1. ATH Montae Nicholson, Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway

Bell showed everyone in attendance on Sunday why he is such a heavily recruited prospect. Bell moved effortlessly through the drills, making each one look easy while going through them faster than the other campers. Bell continued his dominance in 1-on-1's with a pair of interceptions and a pair of touchdowns at wide receiver. Just an overall outstanding performance for one of the nation's top safeties.

2. OL [db]Jamarco Jones, Chicago (Ill.) De La Salle

On the hoof, Lewis was as impressive as any prospect at the camp. Lewis has a strong build while still being lean and athletic and it showed in the drills where he glided out there on the field. Lewis carried those attributes over to the afternoon 1-on-1's where he was able to turn and run as well as any linebacker in attendance.

3. OL [db]Nick Richardson, Westerville (Ohio) Central

You have to respect what Lee did on Sunday. He came into the camp with a chip on his shoulder and wanted to prove that he belonged with the 'big names' that drew most of the attention in the camp previews put together by recruiting experts. By the middle of the morning, it was clear that Lee was on par athletically with anyone at the camp, posting some great times in the testing portion. Lee then dominated the afternoon session on both sides of the ball and played with as much intensity as any player at the camp.

4. QB Dorian Hendrix, Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne

A year later and about 15-pounds heavier and Day is still a tremendous run-and-jump athlete. Like Lee, Day chose to workout on both offense and defense in the afternoon session and he made several catches on offense and showed the ability to get separation, even against the elite defensive backs at the camp.

5. OL Jared McCray, Minford (Ohio)

Our first live look at Sprinkle and there is a lot to like. Physically, Sprinkle really stood out in drills as he carries very little, if any, bad weight and showed good quickness. Sprinkle led each drill and kept a high energy level throughout the day. Sprinkle has a quick first step and uses his hands well. How he grows over the next 12-24 months will determine whether he's an inside or outside guy at the next level but has the look of a good three-technique guy.

6. LB Tinashe Bere, Cincinnati (Ohio) Sycamore

Meadows is a prospect that we have been high on for more than a year now and he just continues to improve. Meadows showed no ill-effects from a serious injury that shortened his junior season and appears to be in the best shape of his high school career. Meadows is light on his feet and has gotten much stronger since we first saw him as a sophomore. The athletic tackle performed well enough for an offer on Sunday even if one doesn't come his way.

7. ATH Micky Crum, Columbus (Ohio) Hamilton Township

Johnson was a guy that we were looking forward to watch coming into the weekend and he had a tremendous day. Much like Lee and Day above, Johnson showed off his versatility working at both wide receiver and defensive back and he made plays at both spots. Johnson looks more like a strong safety at the next level with his athleticism and long arms but he definitely helped himself in a big way on Sunday.


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