Highlights from the Core 6 Athletes Showcase in Cincinnati

Derek Young's picture
February 17, 2013 at 7:34p
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Core 6 Athletes brought a ton of talent to Cincinnati today to perform and compete against one another in the group's first event outside of Chicagoland. The fantastic event elicited attention from multiple media outlets and could eventually serve as a catalyst for some of the prospects in their climb up the rankings.

For Ohio State fans, a list of those attending included Clifton Garrett, Ian Bunting, J.B. Butler, Malik McDowell, Jamarco Jones, Dylan Thompson, Dominique Booth, Lonnie Johnson, and Nile Sykes.

The MVPs of the event were Jamarco Jones, Malik McDowell, Clifton Garrett, and Dominique Booth. All but Booth hold offers from Ohio State, however, Booth has received plenty of interest from Ohio State, visited Columbus twice, and has the Buckeyes in his top six schools.

Clifton Garrett was the most impressive prospect out of everyone that I saw. He continues to put on a show whereever he goes to perform. Garrett has also gotten quicker and his parents informed me he now weighs 225 pounds. His parents visited Ohio State with him and Urban Meyer and staff made quite the impression on the family.

Jamarco Jones was the top offensive lineman during the event. The massive Chicago tackle also recently visited Ohio State, and had nothing but good things to say about the school. A few more visits to other schools are in the plans for Jones, before making his college choice in August. 

Jones indicated that some of his best competition came from DL Malik McDowell. The Detroit (MI) Loyola lineman has incredible size at 6-7/285. His size and potential has many colleges drooling over him. Practically everyone has offered McDowell, who just took a visit to Michigan State. McDowell told me that the Spartans have made a big push for him recently. He will be visiting Michigan next weekend. A trip to Ohio State could happen sometime in the next few months.

DL Dylan Thompson has already been offered by Ohio State and the Windy City lineman talks to Urban Meyer often. Ohio State's presence in Chicago is no secret and Thompson is excited about the Buckeyes. A visit to Ohio State next weekend is on the docket for Thompson. 

Contrary to a few reports, WR Lonnie Johnson did not visit Ohio State over the weekend. Johnson did, however, showcase his raw ability and top of the line speed during today's showcase. The Gary, Indiana native will be visiting Nebraska soon, and made it clear to me that the Huskers were recruiting him very hard. When I asked Johnson if any schools were sticking out, Ohio State was the only school he mentioned.

Keep it locked here at Eleven Warriors in the upcoming week for more on the budding stars from Core 6 Athletes, the reports we'll have from tomorrow's Best of the Midwest Combine in Indianapolis, and more. 

Comments

MN Buckeye's picture

Thanks for the update, Derek!  I have been wondering how the Core 6 went and if any of the athletes have been talking tOSU.  

partisan's picture

Watching a short video of Jones vs McDowell go against each other was crazy.  Those are some big dudes.

gbm's picture

Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't Barker a part of this group and if so why was he not in attendance? At least I Havant herd any word about him.

tennbuckeye19's picture

Most if not all of the Core 6 guys are from Illinois or in close proximity to Illinois. Barker is from Kentucky. I believe that Barker's connection to these guys is through contact with the other recruits like Clifton Garrett from visits and whatnot.

gbm's picture

Ohh OK. That explains it a bit better and how they know each other thanks.

dubjayfootball90's picture

Clifton Garrett is so good you metnioned him twice in the second paragraph, haha. Nice write-up though man, appreciate it

Alex's picture

no he didn't ;) Prove it!

dbit's picture

In an ESPN recruiting video, Malik McDowell said the Buckeyes were one of his favorite teams growing up.  Also mentioned that his family really likes ND and that, along with MSU/UM, he wants to visit ND and OSU.