The Opening: Cornell, Green and Hilliard Get to Work

By Jeremy Birmingham on July 8, 2014 at 1:30p
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There are three Ohio State commitments who arrived in Portland yesterday afternoon and each of them begins their run through Nike's The Opening this morning, but their work is hardly done when they step off the field. Justin Hilliard, Jashon Cornell and Tyler Green were already hard at work extolling the virtues of being an Ohio State Buckeye on their first night in Beaverton, as their late-night tweets attest to.

For Hilliard, his day of recruiting began a bit earlier than expected. He was on the same flight to Portland as the nation's top running back, and primary Ohio State target, Damien Harris.

The Cincinnati linebacker was not the only Buckeye making a play towards Harris, Minnesota defensive lineman Jashon Cornell was active in that regard as well. He was also working the Neville Gallimore angle, hoping to make a connection with his fellow northerner. Gallimore, from Canada, is the first ever international player to be selected for The Opening. 

Tyler Green's recruiting efforts on opening night were a bit more discrete. 

While Green didn't say exactly who that was, a little sleuthing brought to light that it's Florida wide receiver George Campbell, who blew away The Opening last year as one of a few juniors selected, when he ripped off a number of sub-4.40 forty-yard sprints. Although Campbell's interest in the Buckeyes has never been too widely discussed, Green made it a point to say that he was going to make sure the 6-foot-3 wideout heard his fair share of reasons to be a Buckeye. 

There are a dozen or more big names that Ohio State is still chasing participating during The Opening, but I'll be attempting to spend my focus and time here watching a specific few. The players I'll be paying special attention to are the ones I believe Ohio State's in the best position with, and they are as follows.

Kirk, the nation's fifth-ranked WR has been brought up by many of the players in attendance as a player they'll hope to recruit to their school. Unfortunately for Ohio State, a handful of the team's he's still interested in, including Texas A&M, UCLA, and USC, all have committed quarterbacks here in attendance, and that could give them a leg up in relationship building. The team most likely to be the "leader" for Kirk, Texas A&M, gets an added bonus as their committed signal-caller, Kyler Murray, will be the guy taking snaps for team Vapor Carbon, which is Kirk's team.

The full roster for The Opening can be found here.  Today's competition will be focuses on SPARQ training and competition. Former Buckeye Mike Mitchell is the all-time SPARQ champion, and today's drills will give us a good idea of which players are above the field athletically. 

Remember, follow Birm on Twitter for the majority of my updates throughout the day as Buckeye targets will all over the field.

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edr4225's picture

New SPARQ leader at #TheOpening is DE Josh Sweat, 6-5, 240 with a 4.46 40

lets go bucks!!

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Urban Nation Army's picture

4.46? 

Bet you can't say "Bert Bielma is a bumbling buffoon" five times fast.

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Byaaaahhh's picture

I think this is with a hip injury, too...

Killer nuts's picture

Thanks for all you do, Birm

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bleedscarlet's picture

Sweat's 40...smh... shit just ain't fair

I'm too drunk to taste this chicken

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WhySoSerious's picture

F ing ridiculous hopefully we get this mutant..

Rare&Uncommon

Like the ball in the stands, we balls out

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NuttyBuckeye's picture

Sounds like a freak, much like Alonzo Spellman - first freak that comes to mind.  That is one FAST time for a man his size.

Marc Pocock (a.k.a NuttyBuckeye)

You can take the man out of Ohio, but you cannot take the Ohio out of the man. Go Bucks!!

Dougger's picture

I logged in just to upvote this. (hopefully) he'd take that as a compliment!

Great work Birm!!!

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BroJim's picture

"The Cincinnati linebacker was not the only Buckeye making a play towards Hilliard, Minnesota defensive lineman Jashon Cornell was active in that regard as well"

Is this correct or am I thinking too much about it? 

Thanks for the updates, Brim.

I season my simple food with hunger

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AJBor41's picture

I assume he meant Harris

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MJT's picture

"eschewing" - I don't think that word means what you think it means. Maybe you mean "estolling"?

"Paralyze resistance with persistence."  -Woody Hayes

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MJT's picture

Right, extolling. Just when you think you've gotten away with being a smart-ass...

"Paralyze resistance with persistence."  -Woody Hayes

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Killer nuts's picture

I think you mean "Extolling"

ibuck's picture

You're right. Eschew means refrain from, give up, forgo, shun, renounce, steer clear of, have nothing to do with.

Just the opposite of what the Elite 15 would be doing.

Our honor defend, we will fight to the end !

hit_the_couch's picture

Just curious, but does anyone know how these kids get to these camps? I mean does the sponsor pay for them or do their parents/ relatives? I just always wondered because I often hear about ones that don't attend and wasn't sure if it was due to funds or lack of interest in going.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

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Killer nuts's picture

Our boys need to get to work on Harris

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buckeyeguy0615's picture

If Cornell doesn't get that SPARQ score up, you think you'll see a big shot down in his ranking? I know there are other events.

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chemicalwaste's picture

Oh heavens, I hope not. That would indicate he stands less of a chance at being good if that were to happen, being that these are exact sciences and all.

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buckeyeguy0615's picture

For recruiting purposes.... guys want to play with other elite athletes and guys who show out at these events. 

NObuck-I-inTEAM's picture

I hate the term "show out."  What the hell does that even mean?  Even if it makes sense, it sounds stupid.

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Squirrel Master's picture

uh, if any recruit thinks they WON'T play with other elite athletes at The Ohio State University, then they haven't been paying attention!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

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Bucki78's picture

Oh heavens, I hope not. That would indicate he stands less of a chance at being good if that were to happen, being that these are exact sciences and all.

There fixed it for you. 

"But I don't have to rely on a lot of people to tell me about the traditions of Ohio State. I lived it, I breathed it, I know it and I love it." - Urban Meyer

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brandonbauer87's picture

If you already knew he was being sarcastic, he's doing it right. 

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chemicalwaste's picture

Its mobile sarcasm. I'm usually reading this sight on my phone in the break room at work, so I have no sarcasm font.

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irishfury's picture

You act like this score is bad.  This is a great score for a guy his size.

Barnsey69's picture

I am all for kids going to their home school, but Harris will receive much better development, and more press at OSU. But I agree with Killer Nuts...our boys need to get on him and stay on him!

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40eastbuckeye's picture

Any word on how hilliard and green did in the testing

TheBadOwl's picture

How'd Hilliard and Green do at the combine part?

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

buckeyeguy0615's picture

I know some of you won't take this well, but I'm just being honest. Is Cornell not having a good day at all or is he just overrated? He can't beat Drew Richmond or Burrell and now he can't put up a good SPARQ score? Is it the competition in Minnesota?

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nfischer's picture

No, I think it's just that Urban and LJ are horrible talent evaluators who do not know what they're doing.  I'm sure it will be a direct correlation to his success at OSU...very much in line with Mike Mitchell.

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buckeyeguy0615's picture

@nfischer it wouldn't be the first time would it? 

nfischer's picture

For me to answer otherwise would mean that they would have a 100% success rate on every recruit.  And while these numbers have some sort of value, I have to believe that Urban and Co. (who have forgotten more football knowledge than I will ever know) have reason to believe he has the talent, ability, heart, and whatever other tangibles/intangibles it takes to be successful at tOSU.

I'll be the first to admit that we love it when our recruits are validated by the metrics at these camps, but they should be one of many tools in the toolbox to identify potential future success.

Btw, I was not the downvote on your last comment.

irishfury's picture

He has a fine sparq score.  30 inch vert, 4.7 and other is really really good.

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305Buck's picture

Cornell put up a good sparq score for someone his size. Not everyone is a freak of nature like Sweat and Jefferson.

Also, you act as if Richmond and Burrell are chopped liver. Those are two of the best tackles in this years class who both may be Buckeyes as well.

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unknownmusketeer's picture

AND he will have more coaching at Ohio State. Imagine that, players that develop from great to really great.

Rogabone's picture

As always, excellent work, Birm.

"Who is that madman?" the new arrival asked St. Peter.

"That's God," St. Peter replied. "But he thinks he's Woody Hayes."

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jamesrbrown322's picture

From what I'm hearing, they'd better pull Cornell's offer STAT!

"I can accept failure, but I cannot accept not trying." - W.W. Hayes

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

My apologies for the typos guys, that's what I get for writing so early in the morning. Brain hadn't fully powered up.

bleedscarlet's picture

That wouldn't be too bad if the announcer corrects by saying that Ryan is currently playing for Pittsburgh but went to Ohio State.... give the kids a little something to think about ;)

I'm too drunk to taste this chicken

bleedscarlet's picture

I'm too drunk to taste this chicken

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