Standouts at Ohio State's One-Day Position Camp

June 9, 2013 at 8:49p    by Mike Young    
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Those arms will knock down a lot of passes somewhere. Maybe OSU?

Poona ford 

He's only listed at 6 feet tall, but the 285 pound interior lineman is built like a tank. 

After traveling all the way from Hilton Head Island, S.C. with a number of his teammates to camp at Ohio State, he made the long trip worthwhile with his performance. 

Ford is a member of the class of 2014 and already has a Buckeye offer. He wants to stick around the Columbus area for a week and get a better feel for what the experience at OSU would be like.

"I'll do some tours, maybe," Ford said. "Hopefully I'll talk to coaches."

He worked with a number of people at the camp today, and enjoyed being coached by the Ohio State assistant coaches. 

"I loved the coaching staff here," he said. "They're always teaching me new things."

He participated in a number of drills led by Buckeyes defensive line coach Mike Vrabel, who Ford described as a hands-on coach.

"He's an aggressive coach," he said "But he shows you what do and it helps me get a better idea of what I'm supposed to be doing." 

While he's short in stature, Ford has the long arms, athleticism and motor to make up for it. He was able to out-jump a number of his fellow defensive lineman during the standing vertical drills. 

Ford mentioned – not in order of preference, necessarily – Kansas State, Louisville, Ohio State, South Carolina and Tennessee, as the schools at the top of his list. He plans to commit somewhere before the start of his senior season. 

Terry Mclaurin

McLaurin only slows down to take pictures 

The fastest guy at any organized football event usually gets a share of the headlines. McLaurin was that guy today.

He reportedly posted a 4.3 40-yard dash time, and followed that up by beating every other member at the camp in what they call the "smokehouse." He first lined up against everybody in his position group, and then torched the best at every other position. 

McLaurin's impressive display of speed has yet to earn him a scholarship offer from Ohio State, but Urban Meyer and his staff will find it difficult to keep it that way if he adds improved route-running to his lethal speed.

In a few one-on-one drills, he showed the ability to explode out of his cuts. Still, the 6-foot tall receiver needs to do more to impress the elite programs of the Big Ten and SEC.

"I talked to Coach Meyer after the camp today," McLaurin told Eleven Warriors. "They didn't offer, coach wants to get to know more about me, because he doesn't know much, but he said he loves my speed."

Being asked to wait a bit for an offer like Ohio State's is something McLaurin has no problem doing. 

"I have a lot of time left," he said. "I will keep competing and doing what I need to do to earn the offers I want."

The 2014 receiver from Indianapolis listed the Buckeyes, Michigan State and Tennessee among the schools considering him, but has yet to receive a scholarship offer from any of them.

Still, McLaurin's camp performance can only serve to help him and his hopes to land those offers. 

"Overall, I learned a lot," McLaurin added. "It will help me get better and that's what matters."

Rashod berry

One of the hottest names in the class of 2015 is Lorain High School's Rashod Berry (Lorain, Oh.). After visiting on May 28, Berry returned to Columbus and camped with the Buckeyes Sunday.  

"I talked to the head coach [Meyer] and Mike Vrabel," he said. "I like it here and I think it went pretty well." 

Berry is still raw – understandable for someone who just finished his sophomore year – but his athletic ability and physical tools are undeniable. He is 6 feet 4 inches tall, and 215 pounds. His leaping ability was on display during basketball season and the standing vertical drill, where he was easily out-jumping linebackers. 

He's still enough of an "under the radar" prospect that his only highlights online are from basketball or as a wideout. Plus, his only offers are from MAC schools, at this point – Akron, Bowling Green, Kent State and Toledo. He visited Michigan once, but this is the first time he's camped with Big Ten coaches and elite talent. 

"At some of the other camps I've been to, I was the biggest," Berry said. "When I went here, I was shocked because there kids my size, and they worked just like me. So, I liked it." 

He says he's #1. So, better than Joey?

Nick bosa

Nick is the latest member of the Bosa family to get acclimated to Ohio State. 

His brother, Joey, will be a freshman this fall, as part of the class of 2013. His mother, Cheryl, graduated from OSU, while his uncle, Eric Kumerow, is a former first round pick of the Miami Dolphins, and a former Buckeye captain under Earle Bruce. 

Based on the family tree – undoubtedly made of the Aesculus glabra variety – Nick might wind up a Buckeye in 2016. He's about to enter his sophomore year of high school at St.Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and already has an Ohio State offer. 

"I've been here three times," Nick Bosa said, "and [being on campus as a recruit] makes me love it even more." 

Currently, Bosa is a 6-foot-3-inch, 215-pound defensive end. If he's anything like his brother, he'll grow at least an inch and put on another 50 pounds. With added weight and strength he will become more physical, which is a trait of Joey's game. 

Nick Bosa is capable of shedding blocks, as he displayed against some of the top lineman in Sunday's camp. While he said that he needs to work on his pass rushing, his athleticism has already displayed itself while tracking down ball carriers, and in coverage

Considering the competition at his high school – the Raiders have won a state title in three out of the last five seasons – Bosa will have every opportunity to raise his game over the next three years. Since college is that far down the line, Nick will be happy to hear about the experience Joey will have at Ohio State. 

"I get to see what a nice place my brother's going to be in," Nick said, "and he's going to tell me how it is." 

Stay tuned to Eleven Warriors for more coverage of Sunday's camp and the several offers Ohio State made afterwards.

 

Source: Self

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MN Buckeye's picture

Love the name Poona, and glad he is on campus and interested in getting the full experience.
Also sounds like McLaurin had a great experience, but can he catch the ball?

buckguyfan1's picture

I know I'm not alone when I say we could use us some Big Poona!

osu07asu10's picture

I don't generally like my Poona big or any variation or adjective of....

In this (pointed recruiting case), I agree..the bigger the Poona, the better...

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

3technique's picture

Poona reminds me of Michael Dean Perry.. Athletic and quick.. Must get!

osubuck57's picture

Poonas' a stud!! Hope we land him!!

SCOTTC.

brandonbauer87's picture

I don't think we get Poona Ford. I just can't picture myself saying his name as a buckeye. 

gumtape's picture

I don't care if name is pepe pearson or woodson schembechler, if the guy can play and he wants to be a buckeye.
he didn't pick his name, his parents did.

just another psycho, irrational, delusional Ohio St fan

One Bad Buckeye's picture

Really? I for one would find it rather awesome to see yet another defensive lineman flattened by......"The Big CaPoona"!!!

"I'm One Bad Buckeye, and I approve this message."

Poison nuts's picture

Poona!!!

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

ODEEZ330's picture

I'm interested in george brown '15 ol/dl performance. Any word ??

O'Deez330
stark county football

Mike Young's picture

Still doesn't have an offer... but seeing the way he dominated early on Sunday, and with his versatility, he might get one in the near future. He'll only get better as he focuses on defense more.  

Buckabroad's picture

If Poona really is going to stay in Columbus for a while, I hope the coaches will take time from their busy schedules for him and help to show him how great Ohio State is. Poona is simply awesome. He would be like a one-man wrecking crew on the line. I have rarely seen so much power, strength and punch in one DL. With (even more) power training and fine-tune coaching from our staff, the kid's ceiling is way up there.

"The minute we stop expecting greatness, we become Wisconsin."

painterlad's picture

The obvious endorsement for Poona has got to be Tang.

To err is human. Really sucking requires having yellow stripes on your helmet.

BUCKtuckian's picture

Obligatory classic....

People are saying that I'm an alcoholic, and that's not true, because I only drink when I work, and I'm a workaholic.
Ron White

Young_Turk's picture

More National Championships to follow for the Buckeyes.
 
Blame it on the Bosa-Poona.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trD1cEPuJ2E
 

Deadly Nuts's picture

lol.. I guess we got the package deal when Joey Bosa committed. If his brother Nick enjoys playing football with him.

LEBRON

buckskin's picture

I seem to remember another LB out of Lorain that was kind of important to our 03 national title run.  Hope we get this kid and have a couple more national titles.