Ohio State 2025 LB Commit Eli Lee Wins Linebacker MVP, 2025 LB Target Justin Hill Dominates in One-on-Ones at Under Armour Next Camp

By Garrick Hodge on April 28, 2024 at 8:14 pm
Eli Lee
Eli Lee

Sunday's Under Armour Next Camp in Canton was a productive day for Ohio State commits and targets alike.

While the camp didn't feature as many prospects with Ohio State connections as previous years have, there were still plenty of highlight-worthy performances from recruits that have at least some connection to the scarlet and gray.

Three-star linebacker Eli Lee, the lone Ohio State commit working out Sunday, made a name for himself as he was named the positional MVP for linebackers by the Under Armour camp staff. Lee was sharp in coverage and individual drills on Sunday and the Akron product was impressed with his showing.

"It feels good," Lee said after the camp. "I've been working for this for a long time within the past few years. I've done all types of stuff for linebackers and doing the seven-on-seven drills. It paid off." 

Four-star 2025 linebacker/edge rusher Justin Hill was one of the more impressive performers Sunday, especially with his first rep in one-on-one drills. Hill, a Winton Woods product, launched four-star 2025 Notre Dame offensive lineman commit Owen Strebig off the ground during his first rep, drawing an audible “damn” from the crowd. 

"Really I was just reading it, I had a two-yard split off the edge," Hill said of that impressive first rep. "I read that he was playing that back technique, watching for my speed. So I showed speed and tried to get up under his shoulder and it happened. He's a hell of a player and we were working at it all day." 

Hill was impressive on his other reps, too, winning nearly all of them. Though he wasn't named a positional MVP, his play certainly made an argument that he was the best player on the field in that group Sunday.

In the later session, Ohio State wide receiver target Talyn Taylor worked out and had moments of brilliance throughout the day. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound prospect confirmed he'll take an official visit to OSU this summer on June 21-23. 

"It helps to see coach Brian Hartline's track record with Garrett Wilson and a whole bunch of other receivers," Taylor said of OSU Sunday.

Priority 2025 Ohio State running back target Bo Jackson was also at the event Sunday, but only participated in select drills. He spoke to reporters after the camp to give his thoughts on new OSU running backs coach Carlos Locklyn.

A few other notes from Sunday: 

  • Ohio State head coach Ryan Day attended the camp and was allowed to because his son, RJ Day, was camping as a quarterback. While Ryan Day got a firsthand opportunity to scout players that were in attendance, the younger Day has become a solid quarterback prospect in his own right. Dan caught up with him at the Elite 11 last week in a fun interview. 
  • One Ohio guy I really like in the 2026 class is four-star cornerback Victor Singleton, who was probably the most impressive underclassman that I saw on Sunday. The Toledo product and top-100 prospect in the 2026 cycle earned a future 50 invitation from Under Armour and told me he'll camp at OSU sometime this summer. "I was out here to compete and went up against some upperclassmen trying to get some work in for the season," Singleton told Eleven Warriors. "I'd say I loved coming here and competing with everyone." 
  • Two other Ohio guys from the 2026 class who I think could be intriguing prospects are wide receiver Payton Cook and linebacker Storm Miller. If they camp at OSU this summer, I'll be interested to see what happens.
  • We'll have plenty more coverage throughout the week from the athletes we spoke to at the camp about where their recruitment stands, primarily with Hill, Jackson and Taylor.
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