Your 2014 Friday Night Lights Football Camp Primer

By Jordan Wagner on July 21, 2014 at 2:45p
Friday Night Lights is this Friday at Ohio Stadium.

Friday Night Lights, Ohio State's marquee football recruiting event, is something Urban Meyer brought with him from Florida. This Friday, Director of Player Personnel Mark Pantoni and the entire coaching staff will be at Ohio Stadium for drills in front of a good crowd and loud music.

WHAT: Ohio State's 3rd annual Friday Night Lights football camp

WHERE: Ohio Stadium

WHEN: July 25, approx. 6:30 p.m to 10 p.m.

Registration for participating athletes runs from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. After check-in, the coaches usually speak to the campers at midfield. Fans may hear Kerry Coombs barking about bringing the juice and needing 4-6 seconds of relentless effort from the campers.

After stretching, the prospects will break into their position groups for individual drills, such as agility drills. These will begin around 7 p.m. One of my favorite drills calls for the linebacker to prevent the running back from getting to the outside. In this drill, speedsters like Demario McCall will try to burn past the linebackers in attendance.

The highlight of the event will be the 1-on-1's. These usually an hour, a little longer if the spectators are lucky. Here, participating quarterbacks and wide receivers can show their stuff against some of the camp's top defensive backs. Last year, spectators were treated to a match-up between 2014 commitment Damon Webb and 2015 commitment Eric Glover-Williams.

The event is scheduled to wrap up around 10 p.m., when the participants will finish with dinner on the field.

The coaching staff will be on the field, watching the action throughout the night. Some of the prospects may be pulled to the side to speak with some of the coaches; last year, Braxton Berrios was offered in the middle of drills.

At past events, former Buckeyes such as Eddie George have made appearances.

Prospects Expected to Attend

This list of prospects attending is subject to change. The prospects listed below are not the only ones expected to be in attendance, rather those who have told Eleven Warriors they plan to attend. Not every prospect will work out.

2015 Prospects
QB Joe Burrow (commit), Torrance Gibson
WR/TE A.J. Alexander, Lawrence Cager, CJ Conrad,  Eric Glover-Williams (commit), Josh Moore, Reggie Rogers
OL Kevin Feder (commit), Drew Richmond
DL Joshua Alabi, Jashon Cornell (commit), Dre'Mont Jones (commit), Anree Saint-Amour
LB Nick Conner (commit), J.D. CrabtreeJustin Hilliard (commit)
DB Micah AbernathyDamon ArnetteCarlton Davis, Jamel Dean (commit), Tyler Green (commit), Denzel Ward (commit), Jordan Whitehead
Specialists Liam McCullough (commit)
2016 Prospects
QB Gunnar Hoak
RB Tre Harbison, George Hill (commit), Elijah Holyfield, DeMario McCall
WR/TE Sam Bruce, Luke Farrell, Dez Fitzpatrick, Ruben Flowers, Jake Hausmann, Justin Layne, Austin Mack, Steven Smothers, Demetric VanceBinjimen Victor
OL Tyler Gerald (commit), Drake Jackson, Michael Jordan, Thiyo Lukusa
DL Kyree Campbell, Jonathon Cooper, Anthony LongMichael OnwenuAuston Robertson, Jake Saunders
LB Brendan FernsZach Sandwisch
DB Austin Andrews, Stefan ClaiborneTobias Gilliam, Damar HamlinJared Mayden IITyrece Speaight, Malek Young
Specialists N/A

There will also be some 2017 and 2018 prospects in attendance, headlined by QBs Danny Clark and Bruce Judson, WR Trevon Grimes, OL Josh Myers and RB Ricky Slade Jr.

Open to the Public

Since its inception, FNL has been open and free for the general public. In previous years, a couple thousand fans have come out to enjoy the night atmosphere at Ohio Stadium.

The jumbotron will play Ohio State highlights and videos. The stadium's sound system will blare music younger generations find "groovy", to use the parlance of our times.

Parking lots near the stadium will be open, but they typically charge $5 for event parking. Fans can enter through open gates on the East side of the stadium with no tickets required. Past events had concession stands with typical stadium pricing.

For frugal fans and families, it's a good opportunity to see some action at the Shoe close to the field. Although it may be hard to identify the recruits, a football event at the Shoe in the warmth of July is hard to pass up.

FNL Coverage

Eleven Warriors will have coverage of FNL throughout the week. Jeremy Birmingham will have a more in-depth look at which position groups to keep a close eye on. John Brandon will take a look back at the previous two camps.

Patrick Maks, Kyle Rowland, John and yours truly will provide live camp coverage via Twitter and will have interviews following the event.


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What's the age limit for registration? 21 is still cool right?

+4 HS
legates54's picture
  • I still have 2 years of eligibility so where do I sign in?
+3 HS
jtlightner's picture

Any bets on LeBron showing up?

+6 HS
robobuck's picture

Yeah, he's coming to 1-on-1 with Michael Jordan.

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.  1 Corinthians 9:24

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BUCKSOMIES's picture

Thanks Jordan.  I know the 11w staff will have great coverage as usual.

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ODEEZ330's picture

Egw will be competing thinking another show by him lol and also disappointed to neither big 2016 oh ol will be there.

stark county football

Killer nuts's picture

I think it'd be interesting to see how many of our commits over the last couple years have attended FNL prior to committing

Fly Patterns's picture

Jordan thanks for putting together the list by position. It's hard to keep track of which position some of these guys play even though we hear their names all the time. I'm probably wrong but aren't all the current commits listed?

Jordan Wagner's picture

Grant Schmidt isn't listed. 

weimerad's picture

What's the reason that the stud 2016 OL Kraemer and Eichenberg won't be at FNL?

Buckman's picture

Many of the Southwest Ohio football teams are having their summer team camps right now and are gearing up for two-a-days. 

I like to believe that my best hits border on felonious assault.


SilverBullet-98's picture

Funny how some schools that are traditional feeder schools to ND have camp during Ohio State's "FNL" Camp.

Let the kid decide.

"The Past Builds the Future"

-2 HS
Jordan Wagner's picture

Eichenberg keeps quiet. He surprised many by showing up to one of OSU's earlier camps unannounced. Wouldn't be surprised if he did the same for FNL. 

Neither of these guys have much to prove. They're five-star guys. 

Seattle Linga's picture

Will there be any kind of videos posted at a later date for those of us that don't live nearby? 

+1 HS
Jordan Wagner's picture

Media isn't allowed on the field, so quality video might be tough. 

Dougger's picture

Jordan all those links to the player profiles are clutch, thanks a lot for putting this together.

Aside from Torrance Gibson and the commits playing for the good guys, is there anyone else we should keep an eye out for?

I like football

buckeyedude's picture

Man. If I lived in C-bus....SMH. I'd love to see Michael Jordan and Shaquille up close!



jamesrbrown322's picture

I hate that Burrell, and especially Harris, will not be there, but hope they have fun and learn a lot while coaches get a good look at some kids that they are considering for a future Buckeye offer. Good luck to all!

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

teddyballgame's picture

Devante Peete...that's pretty cool.  I almost forgot about him. 

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Buck Commander's picture

Josh Sweat?????

Every time I set my DVR to record Biggest Loser......It always records Wolverine Football Games!

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Jordan Wagner's picture

He won't be there, I'm now told. 

NeilAve's picture

Is it just me or does the list of target recruits seem smaller this year? 

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Braxton2Devin's picture

Would love to see Peete and McCall commit

Tater_Schroeder's picture

"... to use the parlance of our times."

When I read that, all I can think about is:
"Little matter to me that this woman chose to pursue a career in pornography, nor that she has been banging Jackie Treehorn, to use the parlance of our times. "

Oh, and great write up! I wish I wasn't busy this weekend so I could attend! Will Gavin Cupp be participating?


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RubixTube's picture

'that's a strong Caucasian, Jackie'

Never before in the history of man have lives less lived been more chronicled. - Dennis Miller

OvalBeachBum's picture

The amount of Big Lebowski references on this site really warms my heart...

"Well, thats just like, your opinion, man."  -The Dude

+2 HS
Phillips.449's picture
+1 HS
Jbucks's picture

No Damien Harris? Nick Bosa? or Sweat?

Light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it-John 1:5 SEC meet Ohio State, Ohio State meet SEC

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Clinger76's picture

yeah, where are these three guys? Big gets!!

"If you take no risks, you will suffer no defeats, But if you take no risks, you will earn no victories."

SilverBullet-98's picture

Ohio State is a very young and talented team.

It's no suprise to me that you might see certain kids shying away from Ohio St.

Injuries, transfers, suspensions happen at all schools. Playing time can't be guaranteed by anybody, and there is a few schools scared to death to see a kid they want attend FNL.

It would be nice to see Eichenberg and Kraemer at FNL, I wonder if there school will have conflicting schedules for Notre Dame's big camp, "Irish Invasion"???

Sometimes I wonder if certain schools are run by the vatican and are considered "Papal Schools"

"The Past Builds the Future"

AlwayzABuckeye614's picture

Sweet, this will be my first FNL. 

+2 HS
shadybuck's picture

I think Urban and the gang should consider bringing in a big name DJ of some sort (e.g. skee, noodles, green lantern), I think something like that would really resonate with the kids

Scarlet_Buckeye's picture

Can we get this updated with Gibson?

Also, any word on Damien Harris?  Will he be visiting?

Jordan Wagner's picture

Gibson has been listed. 

CHUCKMEGA's picture

Is there any chance of signing Drew Richmond, he looks like a beast.

CTBuckeye's picture

Time to let the other 2015 commits continue their recruiting efforts in person.  Have done a great job so far and this is a perfect opportunity to meet next year's group and get them excited about Ohio State as well.

"Because we couldn't go for three"

runu5163's picture

Zach Sandwisch will be attending. He is a 4 star linebacker from Central Catholic in Toledo.

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BassDropper's picture

Thanks for the update, Zach


runu5163's picture

I work with Zach's father and we talk about how Zach's recruiting is going. Sometimes I think not enough talk is done about the Ohio players. I would like to get his name out there a little more. He was in 247 Sports first version of the Top 300 for 2016. This is after missing his sophomore year with a knee injury. He will be more talked about by the end of the season.

Findog5's picture

Can we bring in a camera or camcorder does anyone know?  Would love to take some pics and post here.  I am stoked for this!

Raleigh Buckeye

JasonR's picture

I would assume so, I've always taken lots of pics on my phone.

-1 HS
Jordan Wagner's picture

I believe you are allowed. Just can't sell the photos, etc. 

NorthwestOhioBuck's picture

Jordan Cronkite taken off? And the same Sam Bruce that committed elsewhere last week will be attending? Anything there?

In Urban we trust. That is all

kicks's picture

Who knows, early in his process but maybe a chance to see the school since Peete is coming as well.  A might as well make the trip.

Big Daddy Buck's picture

Can you get autograph's? And dose any one know what pass Buckeyes well be there to help coach?

Donald Kazee

Jordan Wagner's picture

It's probably going to be pretty tough to get any autographs. It's usually not former Buckeyes doing the coaching. Some will surely be in attendance though. 

Big Daddy Buck's picture

Thanks Mr. Wagner for your reply.

Donald Kazee

UrbzRenewal's picture

Looks like Eric Glover-Williams will be in attendance (and competing?).