Morning Huddle: Ohio State to host ‘recruitment camp’ Saturday


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• Former Bethel and Vandalia Butler star wins dunk contest

• Leading Maple Heights WR to announce commitment

• Kenton Ridge grad dominating minor league

• Ohio State holding one-day ‘recruitment camp’

A homecoming on the hardwood: Zach Jones, a former Bethel and Vandalia Butler High School player, took the title in the dunk contest at last weekend’s Gus Macker 3-on-3 basketball tournament at Fairmont’s (Dayton) Trent Arena. Jones is a member of the Team Flight Brothers, which performs at basketball exhibitions (most recently the group performed at the McDonald’s All-American high school game). Jones won the won the contest with a dunk that involved placing a friend with a basketball in his hands near the hoop. Jones jumped over him, grabbed the ball and dunked it.

Decisions, decisions: As part of the Raw Talent bus tour, Maple Heights wide receiver Shaq Washington’s been visiting schools from California to the Carolinas, picking up scholarships as he goes. In a recent blog post, he says he’ll be announcing his decision soon: “Next for me is my news conference that I will be having July 7 to announce my college decision. I feel I am sure of my future college and it is time to announce so I can move to my next step, which is making a run at a state championship.” Washington has offers from Bowling Green, Toledo, Ohio University, Duke, Boston College, Cincinnati and others.

Tearing up the minors: Kenton Ridge graduate Adam Eaton is hitting well in his first week in the minors. In fact, he’s batting .458, good enough for the eighth-best average in the Pioneer League. Eaton plays for the Missoula Osprey, a Single-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and he’s had a hit in all seven games he’s appeared in. He has three doubles, a triple, four RBIs and seven runs scored, and he leads the team with three stolen bases in four attempts. It could be a harbinger of great things to come.

Want some instruction from The Vest? Ohio State is holding a football ‘recruitment camp’ for high school seniors this Saturday. The cost? $75. If nothing else, it’s a great opportunity to get some exposure for players who may have flown under the radar. Rogers’ DerJuan “Peewee” Gambrell’s coach Rick Rios credits the camp with landing Gambrell a scholarship. “I don’t think they would have offered him one (without the camp),” Rios says. “When you go to the one-day camp, you know it’s kind of a meat market and you’re just going down there to be evaluated.”

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