Big Names, Sleeper Dot Ohio State Camp

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Xenia’s James Sanford

The Buckeyes’ opened their summer football camps with the first of
two Senior Advanced camps. Several big-name prospects were in attendance
as well as a ‘sleeper’ who definitely has the Buckeyes’ interest.


The Buckeyes’ opened their summer football camps with the first of
two Senior Advanced camps. Several big-name prospects were in attendance
as well as a ‘sleeper’ who definitely has the Buckeyes’ interest.

Two
of the Bucks’ eight commitments worked out today at Ohio State, wide
receiver Frank
Epitropoulos
(Upper Arlington, Ohio/Upper Arlington) and offensive
lineman Jacoby
Boren
(Pickerington, Ohio/Central).

Epitropoulos was arguably better than advertised. He is long at
6-foot-3, and flashed outstanding speed, quickness and athleticism in
drills such as the shuttle. If anyone questioned the Buckeyes offering
Epitropoulos, they would have had their questions answered from watching
him at camp. He is a very good one with a bright future ahead of him at
Ohio State.

Boren stood out as well. He is quick and changes directions like
few linemen can. Boren was paired at times in the same drills as Adam Pankey
(Hamilton, Ohio/Hamilton) who recently received a scholarship offer from
Illinois. The 6-foot-5 and 315-pound Pankey looked every bit of his
listed size and performed well, but Boren was much faster and quicker.

A big-name the Bucks would love to add to their commitment list,
defensive end Se’Von Pittman (Canton, Ohio/McKinley), attended the camp
but did not work out. Pittman was at the camp to support a couple of his
teammates working out, but of course drew the attention of the OSU
coaching staff who were glad to welcome him in to the Woody Hayes
Facility.

Two defensive backs in particular also drew the attention of the
OSU coaches, James
Sanford
(Xenia, Ohio/Xenia) and Jeremy Clark (Madisonville,
Ky./North Hopkins) who is a bit of a ‘sleeper.’

Sanford has seven scholarship offers including Michigan State and
Cincinnati, his top two choices. But that could change if the Bucks
were to offer.

“I talked mostly to Taver Johnson,
but I talked a little to Paul Haynes too,”
Sanford said. “They said I’ll be hearing from them. I’m wanting to see
if they offer. I’m hoping they do. I don’t know if I’d take it, but I’d
like the option.”

The 6-foot-4 and 190-pound Clark, a two-year starter at safety,
has scholarship offers from Toledo, Ball State and Eastern Kentucky. The
OSU staff also let him know he is on their radar.

“I talked to the defensive back
coach,” Clark said. “He told me he liked me and said they will be
staying in touch.”

Clark will head to Western Kentucky’s camp on Monday and is also
planning to attend camps at Louisville, Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky and
Murray State. Clark was impressive at Ohio State today and additional
offers from other schools seem likely.

One other defensive back to keep in mind is Najee Murray
(Steubenville, Ohio/Steubenville). The 5-foot-11 and 180-pound Murray,
who has offers from Indiana and a host of MAC schools, was impressive
and seemed to catch the eye of the Ohio State coaching staff.

Among the top rising juniors in attendance at the Buckeyes’ camp
today were linebacker Rasheen Jones (Cincinnati, Ohio/Northwest),
quarterback Kyle
Stahl
(St. Henry, Ohio/St. Henry), defensive lineman Donovan Munger
(Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) and linebacker Ronnie Dawson
(Licking Heights, Ohio/Licking Heights).

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