The buzz from Columbus NFTC
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Approximately 300 prospects were on hand for the Nike Football Training Camp at Ohio State on Saturday. The talent was deep and outstanding and, as expected, there was plenty of buzz.
• Wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett (Saginaw, Mich./Saginaw) may have arrived in Columbus with a chip on his shoulder. Arnett has approximately two dozen scholarship offers, including Michigan State, Michigan, USC, Oklahoma, Alabama and Notre Dame. However, the one school he has visited, but has yet to offer is Ohio State. Arnett walked into the Woody Hayes Athletic Center wearing Michigan garb. But the talk around the OSU indoor facility did not center on the Wolverines when it comes to Arnett's eventual destination. If Arnett ends up anywhere but Michigan State (his slight current leader), USC or Oklahoma, it will be a surprise.
• One of the coaches who travels on the NFTC circuit called the group of linebackers in Columbus one of the most physical groups he has seen on the tour. In particular, Lamar Dawson (Danville, Ky./Boyle County), Steven Daniels (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier), Trevon Pendleton (Portsmouth, Ohio/West) and Devonte Snyder (Madison Heights, Mich./Madison Heights) were singled out.
• Arguably the top two safety prospects in the Midwest -- Ron Tanner (Columbus, Ohio/Eastmoor) and Eilar Hardy (Pickerington, Ohio/Central) -- worked out on Saturday at Ohio State. While watching his son work out, Hardy's father, Bill, said Eilar has at this point narrowed his impressive list of scholarship offers down to Michigan State, Notre Dame, Kentucky, Cincinnati and Arizona. Hardy has visited the first four and plans to visit Arizona next month. He also plans to visit the other four at least once more each before selecting a college.
• Sophomore defensive end Adolphus Washington (Cincinnati, Ohio/Taft) had a very impressive performance. The 6-foot-4, 246-pound Washington is also a talented basketball player and plays on one of the country's top AAU hoops teams, All-Ohio Purple. Washington skipped playing on the AAU circuit this past weekend to attend the Ohio State Nike Camp, and said he will definitely go the football route in college. Speculation has Washington in line for potential scholarship offers from Cincinnati and perhaps Kentucky in the not too distant future. Washington showed on Saturday that he has the ability to play a SAM linebacker position in college. When asked to name his favorite school, Washington said "Ohio State."
• Defensive lineman Tony Davis (Cincinnati, Ohio/Wyoming) was a popular topic. He has scholarship offers from Minnesota and a host of MAC schools, but may be on the verge of "blowing up" and adding a number of other Big Ten offers to his list.
• Quarterback Kevin Sousa (Orlando, Fla./Lake Nona) has had a busy spring. Sousa was in Columbus for both the EA Sports Elite 11 Quarterback Camp on Friday and stayed for the Nike Football Training Camp on Saturday. Previously Sousa attended the Nike Football Training Camp in Gainesville, Fla., as well as the EA Sports Elite 11 Quarterback Camp in Orlando.
"I have written offers from FIU, Middle Tennessee and Central Florida," Sousa said. "I have verbal offers from Miami, Texas Tech, Tulane and Florida Atlantic. A lot of schools want to watch me throw. I'm keeping all the schools even right now."
• Quarterback Cardale Jones (Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville) had solid performances at Ohio State on both Friday and Saturday. The 6-5, 220-pound Jones has a big-time arm and runs well. He has scholarship offers from Iowa, Michigan State, Michigan, Illinois, West Virginia, Cincinnati, Miami (Ohio) and Bowling Green. After finishing his workout on Saturday, Jones met with Ohio State coach Jim Tressel. Tressel let Jones know the Buckeyes are interested, but did not offer him a scholarship.
• On Friday night, after participating in the EA Sports Elite 11 Quarterback Camp at Ohio State, Cole Stoudt (Dublin, Ohio/Coffman) found out he had landed a scholarship offer from South Florida. Stoudt also added an offer from Wyoming on Friday. His other offers are from Arizona State, Toledo, Cincinnati, Miami (Ohio) and Ohio University.
Bill Kurelic covers recruiting for ESPN affiliates Nittanynetwork.com, Bucknuts.com and Spartantailgate.com.
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