Thought I would get a head start on today's edition. I have compiled a list of attendees tonight from all the sources on the web. Also I will include the ones who could not make the trip or backed out.
July 27th - Friday Night Lights
2013 QB J.T. Barrett (Wichita Falls, TX)
2013 RB David Williams (Philadelphia, PA)
2013 RB Derrick Green (Richmond, VA)
2013 RB/LB Granyl Smith (Gahanna, OH)
2013 FB/LB William Houston (Dublin, OH)
2013 WR Devon Allen (Phoenix, AZ)
2013 WR Shelton Gibson (Cleveland Heights, OH)
2013 WR De'Niro Laster (Cleveland Heights, OH)
2013 OL Dennis Finley (Detroit, MI)
2013 OL Tim Gardner (Indianapolis, IN)
2013 DE Demetrius Cooper (Chicago, IL)
2013 DE Joey Bosa (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
2013 DE Khairi Bailey (Chicago, IL)
2013 DE Tracy Sprinkle (Elyria, OH)
2013 DE Tyquan Lewis (Tarboro, NC)
2013 DT Billy Price (Austintown, OH)
2013 DT Donovan Munger (Shaker Heights, OH)
2013 LB Chris Worley (Cleveland, OH)
2013 DB Cam Burrows (Trotwood, OH)
2013 DB Jayme Thompson (Toledo, OH)
2013 ATH Darron Lee (New Albany, OH)
2013 ATH Delton Williams (Erie, PA)
2013 ATH Ryan Timmons (Frankfort, KY)
2013 ATH Billy Aaron (Austintown, OH)
2013 P Johnny Townsend (Orlando, FL)
2014 QB Caleb Henderson (Burke, VA)
2014 QB DeShaun Watson (Gainesville, GA)
2014 QB DeShone Kizer (Toledo, OH)
2014 QB Drew Barker (Hebron, KY)
2014 QB Jake Kolbe (Naperville, IL)
2014 QB Joey Duckworth (Louisville, OH)
2014 RB Ashton Jackson (Trotwood, OH)
2014 RB L.J. Scott (Marion, OH)
2014 RB Mikale Wilbon (Chicago, IL)
2014 RB CJ Leggett (Alpharetta, GA)
2014 WR Artavis Scott (Tarpon Springs, FL)
2014 WR Braxton Berrios (Raleigh, NC)
2014 WR Thaddeus Snodgrass (Springfield, OH)
2014 WR Tyre Brady (Homestead, FL) ???
2014 WR Jay Smallwood (Worthington, OH)
2014 TE Ethan Wolf (Minster, OH)
2014 TE Jacob Betschel (Jackson, OH)
2014 OL Brian Allen (Hinsdale, IL)
2014 OL Denzel Ward (Chicago, IL)
2014 OL Jamarco Jones (Chicago, IL)
2014 OL KC McDermott (Wellington, FL)
2014 OL Kyle Trout (Lancaster, OH)
2014 OL Mason Cole (Tarpon Springs, FL)
2014 OL Nathaniel Devers (Massillon, OH)
2014 OL Nick Richardson (Westerville, OH)
2014 OL Skylar Hartley (Hilliard, OH)
2014 OL Nathaniel Devers (Massillon, OH)
2014 DE Da'Shawn Hand (Woodbridge, VA)
2014 DT Logan Dziak (Delaware, OH)
2014 DE Joe Henderson (Cleveland, OH)
2014 LB Clifton Garrett (Joliet, IL)
2014 LB Davonte James (Springfield, OH)
2014 LB Deon Drake (Detroit, MI)
2014 LB Nile Sykes (Oak Park, IL)
2014 LB Nyles Morgan (Crete, IL)
2014 LB Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, GA)
2014 LB Will White (Detroit, MI)
2014 LB Tinashe Bere (Cincinnati, OH)
2014 DB C.J. Reavis (Chester, VA)
2014 DB Darius West (Lima, OH)
2014 DB Damon Webb (Detroit, MI)
2014 DB Nick Glass (Atlanta, GA)
2014 DB RaShaan Gaulden (Spring Hill, TN)
2014 DB Tony Brown (Beaumont, TX)
2014 ATH Dareian Watkins (Galion, OH)
2014 ATH Marcus Boone (Woodbridge, VA)
2014 ATH Mickey Crum (Columbus, OH)
2015 QB Jake Johnson (Dewitt, MI)
2015 WR Donta Horton (West Chester, OH)
2015 DT Nick Dillon (Lincolnshire, IL)
I will update the list if other names pop up, other news will be posted below later in the day.
- Keyante Green unofficially visits Purdue
- Kc McDermott unofficially visits Michigan State & Michigan
- Derrick Green is headed to Michigan for the weekend, will be there until Sunday
- Purdue offers Hinsdale Central (IL) 2014 OL Brian Allen, Plainfield South (IL) 2014 LB Clifton Garrett, Oak Park River Forest (IL) 2014 LB/DE Nile Sykes & Chicago De La Salle 2014 OT Jamarco Jones
- 2014 CB Parrker Westphal will be visiting Michigan this weekend for the BBQ
- Iowa State offers Grand Rapids Christian (MI) 2014 OL Tommy Doles
- Arizona State offers Andy Bauer
One of the many 2014 attendees that will be present at Friday Night Lights this weekend is ATH Dareian Watkins. He is a 6-2 185 pound prospect from Galion, OH, who plays at quarterback, safety, cornerback, linebacker, punter, punt returner and kick returner for his high school team. He's been rated as one of the top Ohio prospects by Rivals OhioPrep.com, a top 100 player by 247Sports, and a rising 2014 prospect by Scout.com.
The staff has taken notice of his talents as well, and have had him on campus multiple times, including the spring game and summer camp. He will be back for FNL and will be looking to land an offer. I chatted with him about what he is expecting this weekend and where things stand on the recruiting trail.
What have you been up to this summer?
DW: I have been doing a lot of preparation for football. I've been to several college camps. I lift and do agility training 4 days per week. I do a lot of passing in my spare time.
What schools are showing interest in you?
DW: Right now I would say Illinois, West Virginia, Georgia Tech, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Ohio State and several MAC schools.
Who are you the most interested in?
DW: I am 100% open but I like Illinois a lot. I can't see Illinois not being one of my top choices. I would also not hesitate to go to the right MAC school. Some schools present different opportunities but they all present some opportunity.
How often have you been in contact with the Ohio State staff? Who from the staff do you speak with most frequently?
DW: I don't speak with OSU a lot because they cannot contact me until September 1st. I have emailed Coach Hinton, Coach Herman and Mark Pantoni recently. My dad is friends with Coach Gillum.
What position are they recruiting you for?
DW: OSU has made it clear they like me as an "athlete" right now. They have said that QB is back as a possibility but they liked me at WR at first. Mark Pantoni said my versatility is what they want to see at camp.
How would you describe your game?
DW: I would describe myself as a guy that can make plays at most any position on the field. I do need to get better in all aspects but I really feel I could play QB, WR, CB or S in college.
You will be at Friday Night Lights. What are you most looking forward to?
DW: I am looking forward to showing what I can do at WR at FNL. At the last camp I played QB the whole time and showed them I can run in the 4.4 range while making the tough throws in tight spaces. This camp I want to show that I'm strong enough to not be jammed at the line and fast enough to create space. And of course I love catching the football.
You expressed some frustration on Facebook about people questioning your film and the level of competition you play against. What are you hoping to prove?
DW: I probably should have not said anything about the "competition issue". I just want to go out there and play against whoever they line up. I have great respect for all these very talented athletes but I have already faced many of the players that the critics want me to face. Maybe they didn't see it at other camps but it's nothing I haven't already done a lot.
What are you looking most forward to this season at Galion?
DW: I want to be 15-0 at Galion. I believe we can do it. It will be tough and a great challenge but we're excited about that challenge. I have great teammates and I want everybody to see that Galion is a great TEAM.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Most high school football players look forward to Friday nights: the lights that slowly buzz on, one by one, illuminating the perfectly cut, grassy field; the freshly painted white lines that outline the ensuing battle; the crush and clang of one helmet against another. For most high school boys, this is their haven -- but not 2014 offensive lineman Orlando Brown Jr. His time is Monday mornings: when the hot sun lights the field on its own; when the white lines are no longer straight but scuffed and zigzagged, distant memories of games; when the only crush he hears is inside his head as he pushes himself harder and harder. This is his haven: practice. Practice, practice, practice, his father always implored. And father knew best. Former NFL offensive lineman Orlando Brown Sr. spoke to his eldest son from experience, knowing that practice would make you better for Friday nights, which prepared you for Saturday afternoons, which eventually landed you on Sundays. And Sunday was the eventual goal.