Ohio State NIKE Camp – Defense Preview

Adolphus Washington

The Ohio State NIKE Camp this weekend should prove to be one of the top events thus far this year. We take a look at some of the names we are looking forward to seeing, including several four and five-star prospects, and many more with FBS offers.

DEFENSIVE BACKS
The defensive backfield is loaded and this group should make it tough on the receivers. Two Big Ten commitments lead the way, as Michigan verbal Terry Richardson, a cornerback from Detroit Cass Tech and Purdue verbal Jordan Shine, a safety from Indianapolis Warren Central are both expected to attend.

Joining Richardson at cover corner is V'Angelo Bentley from Cleveland Glenville who has rapidly added offers over the last month. Fellow Ohio product Kevin Houchins of Lyndhurst Brush has also been adding offers recently, including his first BCS one from Louisville. The best corner without an offer coming in may be Illinois product Donte Arnold. Kaleb Humphery of Warren Central recently scored his first offer, and Indy counterpart Jonathan Reed of Pike also has several offers. Canton (Mich.) corner Kevin Buford has three offers. The top 2013 corner in the Midwest, Trotwood-Madison's Cameron Burrows is also slated to attend. Avon's Ross Douglas is also one of that class' best.

The safeties, other than Shine, are strong. Cincinnati commit Marcus Foster is a multi-talented athlete. Four-star Jarrod Wilson, De'van Bogard, Bam Bradley, Ronzell Foster, and Mike Svetina lead a strong group from Ohio. Wilson is considered the state's best safety at the moment, but the highly touted Bogard and Bradley are looking to show that is not the case. Foster is a sleeper with good size, and Svetina has been steadily adding offers. Detroit Cass Tech's Ruben Lile is a 6'3, 200-lb kid who has a chance to really rise this summer and land more offers. His teammate, Brandon Berry, despite not being a household name, holds several offers. This event will continue to allow this former linebacker to show he can transition to safety. Indianapolis Cathedral's John Turner recently landed his first Big Ten offer (Minnesota) and we are excited to see him in action again. Detroit Loyola's Amos Houston, Marine City's (Mich.) Anthony Scarcelli and Kentucky product Jalen Boyd all have FBS offers as well.

LINEBACKERS
This group is lead by four-star prospects James Ross (Orchard Lake, Mich) Royce Jenkins-Stone (Detroit Cass Tech) and David Perkins (South Bend Washington). Warren Central's Jordan Wallace, Cincinnati Princeton's Jhalil Croley, Cass Tech's Laron Taylor, Mentor's (Ohio) Kurt Laseak, and Cincinnati LaSalle's Joe Burger all have Division-1 offers. Michigan is sending a few other prospects with offers. Southfield-Lathrup's Jamal Lyles is a prospect we really like athletically, and both Hunter Matt and Nathan Ricketts hold MAC offers, and are among the top linebacker prospects in the Midwest. A couple who are sans offers, but only for now, include Napanee Northwood (Ind.) product Coy Brown and Munster's (Ind.) Lukas Nossem. Romeoville (Ill.) junior Perez Ford is a hybrid who could workout at defensive end as well.

There will be a very good group of underclassmen there. Trotwood-Madison's Mike McCray and Chaminade-Julienne's Darrien Howard already have a few offers, and we think Grand Blanc (Mich.) product Luke Maclean and Warren Central's Tim Kimbrough will have offers sooner rather than later.

DEFENSIVE ENDS
There is a great group of ends coming. Five-star Adolphus Washington is expected, and Ifeadi Odenigbo, Mario Ojemudia, and Se'von Pittman are all four-star prospects. Jonathan Burt, Darryl Render, Josiah Price, Bryan Cox Jr., Daniel Ross, Josh Posley, and Langston Newton are not far behind. One sleeper we are very excited to see is Jesse Thompson, of Warren Central. The 6'6, 235-lb Thompson is one of the best athletes on a loaded team and could really turn some heads at this event. Although pre-registered, we have confirmed that neither Chris Wormley or Pierre Aka will be in attendance.

In the 2013 class, Fort Wayne Bishop Luers' Jaylon Smith is a hybrid type guy with great potential. He is athletic, explosive and still growing. Pickerington Central's Taco Charlton should be a multiple BCS offer guy by the time it's all said and done, and we really liked Trotwood Madison's Trey Williams-Brown on tape. Louisville Trinity's Jason Hatcher is considered by many to be one of Kentucky's elite sophomores.

DEFENSIVE TACKLES
Four-stars Danny O'Brien, Sheldon Day, and Ondre Pipkins lead the way along with newly transferred Tyrone Pearson. Cleveland Glenville's Alex Pace and Detroit Cass Tech's Darryl Goldsmith are both from prominent programs and hold FBS offers. Detroit Renaissance's Jabari Dean and Zeeland East's T.J. Beelen are two Michigan kids who don't have offers, but are good prospects. Michigan commitment Matt Godin was registered, but will not attend.

In the 2013 class, the top prospect is Austintown Fitch's Billy Price, who we think will be one of the very best in Ohio for next year.

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