May 21, 2011

2011 Ohio State Nike Camp Primer - Defense

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The amazing run of talent on the defensive line in the state of Ohio has been well documented and many of those prospects will be on hand at Saturday's Ohio State NIKE Camp. Not only will many of the top Ohioans be in attendance but some big names from around the Midwest will also be on hand. Below, breaks down some of Ohio State's top targets at the event on the defensive side of the football and takes a look at what we'll be looking to see out of each prospect.

Defensive Linemen

Sheldon Day - Class of 2012 - Indianapolis (IN) Warren Central

Day is a lightning quick tackle that is ranked a four-star prospect by Ohio State assistant coach Doc Tressel was at Warren Central on Thursday to check on Day and interest has been picking up for one of the best defensive linemen in the Midwest. Day's athleticism and quick hands should serve him well in this type of setting as he looks to prove that he's just as good as the big name players from Ohio.

Ifeadi Odenigbo - Class of 2012 - Centerville (Ohio)

The best run and jump athlete of the group, Odenigbo has blown up this off-season after just his second year of organized football. Questions remain about whether he is a linebacker or a rush end at the next level and those questions will likely linger into his college career. Reports have Odenigbo's body weight up to as much as 220-pounds and Saturday will give everyone a chance to see his improved strength.

Se'Von Pittman - Class of 2012 - Canton (Ohio) McKinley

Pittman's progress from sophomore to junior year was simply stunning. Physically, Pittman was a much bigger, faster, and stronger player than a year before and is now one of the truly elite prospects in the Midwest. Pittman is arguably the most versatile defensive lineman in Ohio as he can play either end spot and also is physical enough to play inside. Continuing to make strides on his pass rushing moves and becoming a more polished player could thrust him into the conversation for being the state's number one ranked player.

Adolphus Washington - Class of 2012 - Cincinnati (Ohio) Taft

You won't find many prospects more physically impressive than Washington, so this should be a setting where he really shines. The questions about consistency still remain as well as what position he will ultimately project to. Seeing how Washington measures up from a quickness standpoint against some of the best edge rushers in the country will help a lot in determining future position.

Christopher Wormley - Class of 2012 - Toledo (Ohio) Whitmer

Like Washington, there have been questions about Wormley's consistency. Also like Washington, there is no denying how physically impressive Wormley is and that he can show flashes of dominance. Wormley will pass the looks test as well as anyone in this group, showing a better array of moves as well as improved strength will be the keys for one of Ohio's top prospects.

Taco Charlton - Class of 2013 - Pickerington (Ohio) Central

One of the headliners among the 2013 class, Charlton is firmly on the radar of programs such as Ohio State, Notre Dame, Iowa, and others. A basketball player growing up, Charlton is still figuring out how to play the game of football but showed major improvements towards the end of last season. This group of defensive linemen will clearly separate the men from the boys and give us a glimpse of how close Charlton is to reaching his sky-high potential.

Billy Price - Class of 2013 - Austintown (Ohio) Fitch

Like Charlton, Price is hearing from most of the Midwest's heavy hitters already. Price is an inside/outside combo guy that plays with great strength and a great motor. This could be his coming out party as he competes against some of the nation's top talents.

Jaylon Smith - Class of 2013 - Fort Wayne (IN) Bishop Luers

The younger brother of Rod Smith, Jaylon is a defensive end/outside linebacker with outstanding athleticism. With a lot of the focus on the Ohio crew, Smith will have a chance to show he belongs as a top prospect in the class of 2013.


Darrien Howard - Class of 2013 - Dayton (Ohio) Chaminade-Julienne

Howard is one of the most physically impressive rising juniors in Ohio at about 6-feet tall and 260-pounds. As he keeps getting bigger, questions arise as to whether or not he can stay at linebacker or will ultimately move to the defensive line. This camp will give us a good look at his ability to run and play in space and should help answer some of those questions.

Tim Kimbrough - Class of 2013 - Indianapolis (IN) Warren Central

Kimbrough was one of the top prospects at the Best of the Midwest combine in Indianapolis this winter. Kimbrough is built like a tank and already finds himself on the radar of the Ohio State coaching staff. One of the major challenges for linebackers in a camp setting is having to cover running backs in large spaces. If Kimbrough can show he can do that, his stock will blow up even more.

Mike McCray - Class of 2013 - Dayton (Ohio) Trotwood-Madison

McCray is a legacy recruit and already a two-year starter for Trotwood as a tight end and linebacker. McCray had an outstanding sophomore season and the 6-foot-2, 225-pound prospect is tracking as one of the top outside backers in Ohio for the class.

Defensive Backs

De'van Bogard - Class of 2012 - Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville

Bogard probably has the most impressive offer list of any of the DB's in attendance with offers from Ohio State and USC among others. Because of team need, Bogard played in the box a lot for Glenville last season so getting out there and showing what he can do in coverage will be the major key for Bogard on Saturday.

Bam Bradley - Class of 2012 - Dayton (Ohio) Trotwood-Madison

With all of the talk about Bradley not having the cover skills to stay at safety at the next level, this will be a chance for him to put an end to that talk. Arguably the biggest hitter in Ohio and one of the most physically impressive prospects, Bradley probably has the most to gain out of any prospect in this group because of those questions about his cover skills.

Jarrod Wilson - Class of 2012 - Akron (Ohio) Buchtel

After helping to lead his team to the state championship game last winter, Wilson has blown up over the off-season, landing offers from Penn State, Michigan, and Notre Dame among others. Wilson has great size and length and is a true playmaker from his free safety spot. Like Bradley, Wilson has a big frame that could see him playing at 220-pounds or more at the next level, watching him in coverage in the one-on-one's will be the main focal point on Saturday.

Cameron Burrows - Class of 2013 - Dayton (Ohio) Trotwood-Madison

T-Wood is bringing a lot of big time prospects to Columbus on Saturday and Burrows might be the best of the group. A big, physical corner, Burrows will be looking to prove that he has the cover skills to play corner at the next level and that a move to safety won't be necessary. Burrows is one of the elite rising juniors in the state of Ohio and holds offers from Cincinnati and Missouri.

Jayme Thompson - Class of 2013 - Toledo (Ohio) Central Catholic

Thompson was a top performer at the Massillon NIKE Combine and also put in some serious work at the Cleveland Under Armour camp a few weeks ago. The competition is about to pick up in a big way for one of the more impressive safety prospects in Ohio for the 2013 class.


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