Ohio State NIKE Camp – Offense Preview
William Mahone
William Mahone
Midwest Regional Manager
Posted May 20, 2011


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.

OFFENSIVE LINE
The defensive line group is strong, so this group will have its work cut out for it, but there is definitely talent along the O-Line.

Michigan State commitment Benny McGowan is tough, strong, and should produce good results. Elyria’s Tad France, Cincinnati Elder’s T.C. Klusman, Solon’s Austin Stock, and Toledo Whitmer’s Storm Norton are other Ohio kids with FBS offers.

Indiana is sending a nice group lead by Cathedral’s Jacob Bailey, Lawrence Central’s Wes Rogers, Warren Central’s Deyshawn Bond, and Avon’s DeAndre Herron, who all have offers. Michigan is going to be represented by Kyle Knapp, who has multiple FBS offers.

In the younger class, Lemont (Ill.) tackle Ethan Pocic already has multiple BCS offers, and we believe Cass Tech’s David Dawson will have his share. Canton’s Cameron Dillard is an FBS prospect, and Cass Tech’s 6’7, 295-lb Dennis Finley is full of potential.

RUNNING BACKS
The headliner here is four-star William Mahone from Austintown Fitch, who has double digit offers and is one of the very best in the country. Marcus Horne has offers, but is still coming all the way from Milwaukee to compete.

Michigan’s duo of Juwan Lewis and Devin Church have offers, as does Chicago product Martez Walker. A very intriguing prospect we want to see is Cleveland Rhodes’ 6’3, 200-lb Lakeith Walls. Is he a running back, or does he fit better at another position? We will find out. Louisville Central’s Anthony Wales has multiple BCS offers, and Chicago Brother Rice’s Martez Walker holds FBS offers as well.

A couple talented prospects who are looking to make a name for themselves are Pontiac’s Mark Cargle, a combine workout warrior, Avon’s Charles Davis, who could be on the verge of his first offer, Waunakee’s Leo Musso, and East St. Louis’ speedy Jeremy Nicholson.

TIGHT ENDS
Ohio State commitment Blake Thomas and Michigan State verbal Evan Jones lead the way. Both are guys who emerged a little later, but caught our eye on film. Cleveland Benedictine’s Michael Roberts could see a similar rise very soon. Indianapolis Cathedral’s Anthony Corsaro is a nice sized, sure handed kid looking for his first offer. The top young prospect is Columbus Eastmoor’s Devon Edwards, an FBS prospect.

WIDE RECEIVERS
Four-star prospect Dwayne Stanford is big and athletic, and we are excited to see him in action on the gridiron for the first time in person. Corey Smith is just on the cusp of four-stars and performs well at nearly every setting we see him at.

Some other kids with BCS offers are Warren Central’s Kevin Davis, Indianapolis Pike’s Aloyis Gray and Chicago Curie’s Maurice Fleming, a high school quarterback with great speed. Middletown’s (Ohio) Zach Edwards is an emerging prospect getting increased attention, and Maple Heights’ Jeremy Graves hold some offers as well. We really like South Bend Washington’s Gehrig Dieter, a big, sure handed kid with underrated speed. He did very well at recent 7 on 7s and we expect a similar performance here. A fellow Northern Indiana player who may be under the radar is Urston Smith. Flint Northwestern’s (Mich.) Michael Henry is a speedy, exciting player who recently earned his first offer. Pickerington (OH) Central’s Roger Lewis had a great showing the last time we saw him at a combine and we expect more of the same. Cincinnati Hills’ Austin Jones also holds offers.

In the 2013 class, the prospect to watch is Louisville Trinity’s James Quick, who many consider to be the top sophomore in Kentucky.



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