Friday Night Lights Notebook, Part Two

By Mike Young on July 28, 2013 at 1:00p

The Eleven Warriors recruiting team is emptying out their notebooks after a Friday night of non-stop – albeit scattered – action.

Erick smith Puts In Extra Work

A trio of Glenville recruits made an appearance at Friday Night Lights, along with their head coach, Ted Ginn Sr.

Although it was initially unclear if Marshon Lattimore, Erick Smith and Marcelys Jones would work out, both Smith and Jones suited up to perform in front of the Ohio State coaches.  After being spotted in the stands during initial warm-ups, Smith and Jones put their gear on and made their presence known in positional drills.

Smith, a four-star safety, was part of a small, handpicked group instructed to work out with Buckeyes co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Everett Withers. Nearly every other camper and attendee – including the fans – sat in awed silence (naturally) while Eddie George spoke at midfield.

While that was going on, Smith participated in a drill that showcased his solid athleticism. Following that, he went one-on-one with a number of top wide receiver prospects.

He isn’t a rangy safety or a classic cover guy, but he did prove his ability to be physical – especially after corners coach Kerry Coombs implored all of the defensive backs to body-up their opponents.

Jones needed no such encouragement. The 6-foot-5-inch, 325 pound OSU commit was dominant in his one-on-one drills. One defensive line prospect called him out and Jones promptly pancaked him.

Unconfirmed whether he gave it backJohnson held one of OSU's 7 Heisman Trophies on a visit  

Smith and Lattimore – who didn't work out at Friday Night Lights – reportedly attended today’s barbecue in Ann Arbor, hosted by Brady Hoke and his coaching staff.

Other Commits Worked Out

As our Jordan Wagner wrote in yesterday’s notebook, future Buckeye Lonnie Johnson participated in drills at Friday Night Lights, along with fellow commits Jones, Kyle Trout and Damon Webb.

Johnson worked out with the receiver group and was clearly one of the most physically gifted recruits at the camp. The 6-foot-3-inch Gary, Ind. native will immediately become one of the tallest wideouts on the roster, once he steps on campus in 2014.

Despite his great frame, Johnson is still a raw talent. He caught most of the passes directed to him, however, he still needs to work on his hands and his overall instincts at the position.

Considering the play makers around him, though – Braxton Berrios and Eric Glover-Williams, to name two  – it’s still a compliment to Johnson that he managed to stand out.

The Friday Night Lights Atmosphere

This was only the second year for Friday Night Lights in Columbus, carried over from Urban Meyer’s days at Florida. Tough to be critical when the event is in its infancy. Plus, it’s always nice when they open the gates and fans get to bask in the glory that is Ohio Stadium.

However, Friday Night Lights is not necessarily the best environment for fans.

The event, itself, is rather disjointed from a fan perspective. The crowd showed signs of life approximately three times: fawning over Eddie George (again, naturally), after video recap of last year’s undefeated season, and when Eric Glover-Williams called out Damon Webb to make a one-handed grab over him. In general, his swagger got the crowd going. 

Obviously, the idea is to get recruits like Glover-Williams on campus, work out in front of Ohio State coaches and get a feel for what the stadium is like. Considering it’s open to the public, though, they might want to do more than show last year’s Miami highlights on the scoreboard – unless it’s a loop of the Devin Smith catch, which it wasn’t.

There would be more of a lasting impact on recruits if several thousand more people filled the stands. In order to do that, they need to find a way to make it more fan-friendly.


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buckeyeguy0615's picture made a highlight reel for EGW

WoodyTresselUrban's picture

Him and Lattimore are just so fluid on offense that it pains me to imagine them not being utilized on that side of the ball. But the idea of them doing their thing on an interception return in a big game... EEWWW-WWWEEEE!

Hovenaut's picture

That kid is gifted, no wonder Urban and staff want him to head up the '15 class. Wow.

Oldschoolbuck's picture

A barbecue with Flounder? Is that how he decides a recruit's toughness ... if the kid can move him away from the food?!

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Well, you would have to be pretty tough to get Hoke away from some hamburgers.  Here is a picture of him getting ready to chow down.  It would take some tough kids to stop him from getting to those burgers!

Oldschoolbuck's picture

Total awesomeness, CENTRALFLORIDA!

Iwearmocs's picture

About how many fans were in the stadium at Friday night lights?

Buckeye Beast's picture

Why am I the only one not surprised that Brady Hoke's idea of a recruiting event is something involving food

Even Squirrels hate Michigan

buck-I.8's picture

Wait, that's so funny, man, no one else has made that joke this weekend. Good for you.

Jhesse17's picture

In the words of Thad Castle, "Take a chill pill, they don't test for those."

KBonay's picture

Any word on Raekwon McMillan? Did he stay the weekend & was he with his family?

pjtobin's picture

Any suggestions on what the OSU staff could do to fill the shoe? I didn't go. So I can't say what it needed. Only better advertisement for the event? What would actually attendees say? 

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

Jordan Wagner's picture

They don't want to fill the Shoe, if you ask me. The Shoe is under construction still and the majority of the stadium was closed off. South endzone was for campers only. The west side was completely closed off, as was the north side. Upper level of the east side was closed as well. I think the staff is content with how many fans were there last night. 

Mike Young's picture

Eerie being in there with so many empty seats. I was uncomfortable. [insert joke about Miami fans, since we're all being hilarious today]

skid21's picture

I agree. The stadium looked empty. Considering they open it to the public then they should do more to get fans there. A handful of fans is worse than no fans IMO. Either don't have it open to the public or do what you can to get as many there as possible.

UrbzRenewal's picture

It's an NCAA violation to advertise the event to the public. When I spoke to Pantoni last year about getting Block "O" involved, he was very careful about what he could and couldn't tell us to do. 

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Jesus how funny is that!!! Urban puts on a workout clinic and Flounder Hoke puts on a BBQ... the jokes just write themselves!!!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

Ahh Saturday's picture

And the punch line was another 5* recruit yesterday. Hoke can recruit while simultaneously being fat. Ha ha ha.

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Luckily he can't coach while being fat!!!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

BuckinBama's picture

Yea an out of state 5*, 19 months away from signing day, I'll hold my congratulations until he signs.

buckeyeguy0615's picture

What position would EGW play here?

Jordan Wagner's picture

I like him as a Pivot, but I think he could be an elite corner as well. More than likely he won't be playing both ways, so I'm not suggesting he'll be the next Chris Gamble for Ohio State. He worked out with the receivers on Friday. 

buckeyeguy0615's picture

It's impossible to have everyone playing the pivot..

harleymanjax's picture

SPEED, hot, nasty, bad-ass SPEED!

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

oh_dad55's picture

When a Heisman winner talks...     You listen.


Deuces Wild's picture

Man I wish Eddie was part of the coaching staff!

Alpo's picture

Smith did, lattimore did not

brobbins's picture

Who do you think is the next recruit we lock up? Good read as always


rjsmitty's picture

I have never seen a kid be able to work his way through heavy traffic like EGW!! Good Lord!

"I don't wanna coach average! To hell with that!"  -UFM

1967Buck's picture

  I do believe next year, me and my friends will go to the Friday Night Lights. To be part of that.... Priceless.