Prospects Turn Eyes to Ohio State's Summer Camp

By Jordan Wagner on April 14, 2014 at 6:05 pm
2015 WR Deric Phouthavong

Reggie Rogers Visit Update

Massillon athlete Reggie Rogers joined high school teammate and Ohio State commitment Danny Clark for a spring game visit to Ohio State. The 6-foot, 180-pound prospect stars at receiver and safety for the Tigers. He scored 10 touchdowns while hauling in 32 receptions for 691 yards during his junior season. 

Unsurprisingly, his visit to Columbus went well. The coaching staff explained what he needs to do to earn an offer. "I spoke with the wide receiver coach (Zach Smith)," Rogers told Eleven Warriors. "He told me to come to the Friday Night Lights and show out!"

Cincinnati, Kentucky and Toledo have offered the three-star prospect already, but Rogers is still keeping his options open. 

For Friday Night Lights, Rogers has high goals: "I just want Buckeye Nation to know this off-season I'm going to prove why I should be a top 10 receiver in the nation!" 

If he were to impress the coaching staff enough at camp to earn an Ohio State offer, the Buckeyes would be one of the clear favorites for his eventual commitment. 

"I definitely want that offer," he said speaking about Ohio State. "I would love to be a part of Buckeye Nation."

Ohio State's Friday Night Lights camp has yet to be officially scheduled, but July 25 appears to be the logical date. The event is typically free for fans. 


Sophomore Tight End Enjoys Visit

Lexington (Ky.) Catholic sophomore tight end Sam Letton recently made a visit to Ohio State with junior quarterback Reese Ryan. Letton came away impressed with everything about his visit. 

"It went real well," he told Eleven Warriors. "The facilities were unbelievable and the way the team and coaching staff was so upbeat during practice was a really cool thing to see."

The Buckeyes have already taken notice of the sophomore prospect. Tim Hinton had been in contact prior to the visit since he recruits the Kentucky region. On his visit, he had an opportunity to speak with Hinton and Urban Meyer. 

"I got to talk with coach Hinton and coach Meyer which was a really cool experience," he continued. "They told me that they were looking at the 2015 class right now and then looking into my class a little later."

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Kentucky native already holds an offer from the in-state Wildcats. Ohio State, Notre Dame, Louisville and Western Kentucky are a few other schools showing early interest.

It's still too early for the sophomore to narrow down his choices, though. "I'm open to any school that recruits me. I'm not too choosy as of this point in my recruitment," said Letton. 

As a freshman, he was named MVP of the NUC Midwest Five Star Camp. During his sophomore season, he hauled in 51 passes for 958 yards and 13 TDs. Letton will be a prospect to keep a close eye on moving forward. 


Chandler Cotterman To Camp At Ohio State

Junior offensive lineman Chandler Cotterman from Anna, Ohio recently visited Columbus for a spring practice. Because he comes from a small school, the 6-foot-5, 270-pound lineman has flown under the radar. The Buckeyes have taken notice and Cotterman liked what he saw at Ohio State. 

"I really enjoyed (my visit) a lot," he told Eleven Warriors. "I like the up-tempo feeling of the practices there. It was good."

Ohio State is expected to take at least four linemen in the 2015 class. They have already offered numerous prospects, but are hoping a few prospects come back for another evaluation at camp. Cotterman is one of them. 

"I talked to (Ed) Warinner and (Tim) Hinton quite a bit," he continued. "They really want me to come to camp. If I want to impress them that's what I'm going to have to do!"

Being from Ohio, Chandler grew up a huge fan. Toledo is another school that sticks out at this early stage, but he hasn't visited many schools. 

Most schools, including Ohio State, want to see more of the Ohio native. Marshall and Toledo are his lone offers to date, but that ought to change after this summer's camp circuit.


Deric Phouthavong a prospect to watch

Deric Phouthavong of Hamilton Township High School made his second visit to Ohio State for the spring game. The 6-foot-3, 187-pound junior has been flying under the radar, but Ohio State has taken notice of the speedy receiver. 

"It was great," he said speaking about his OSU visit. "Ohio State has a phenomenal program and I look forward to visiting again."

Phouthavong is one of many prospects the coaching staff would like to take a close look at during the summer. 

"I talked to Coach Smith and I have spoken with Coach Meyer and Mark Pantoni," he told Eleven Warriors. "They're very interested and want me to attend a one day camp this summer."

The Columbus native ran a 4.5 40-yard dash at Bowling Greens' camp, but he believes he could have it down to a 4.4 by now. During his junior season, he hauled in 19 catches for 510 yards and six TDs. A few schools have seen enough. 

"I have an offer from Toledo," he continued. "Michigan State and Illinois are wanting to offer but I have to go there for a visit and speak with their head coaches." 

Phouthavong could blow up on the summer circuit with his size and athleticism. He is a prospect to remember moving forward. 


More Recruiting Notes

  • Massillon junior athlete J.D. Crabtree was scheduled to attend Ohio State's spring game but a change of plans prevented him from attending. The linebacker has an offer from Toledo and has been hearing a lot from Akron and Iowa State, he told Eleven Warriors. Crabtree plans to attend a few camps this summer and hopes to attend Ohio State's Friday Night Lights camp in July. 
  • Louisville (Ky.) native Damon Lowe Jr. plans to attend Ohio State's camp this summer. The sophomore linebacker was recently named the top linebacker at a National Underclassmen Combine camp. As a sophomore, he had 58 tackles and five sacks. [HIGHLIGHTS]
  • Four-star defensive end Sterling Johnson told Eleven Warriors he hopes to visit Ohio State soon. The North Carolina native currently has seven crystal ball predictions for the Tar Heels and one for Alabama. The Buckeyes have offered, as has many of the nation's top programs. 
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