BEAVERTON, Ore. – It was a big day one of The Opening, Nike’s premier recruiting event of the summer, for the 10 Ohio State commitments in attendance.
Let’s take a quick look at how the future Buckeyes fared in Oregon.
Quarterback Tate Martell
If there’s one thing we’ve mentioned about Martell all week leading up to The Opening, it’s that when the competition starts, he gets better, and Friday he definitely proved that to be the case. Martell was on fire in the afternoon session, connecting with 5-star wide receivers Trevon Grimes and Tyjon Lindsey and doing so without any problem. On Saturday, as 7-on-7 begins, expect more of the same from Martell. He may have had the best day of any quarterback at The Opening on Friday.
Running back JK Dobbins
The future Ohio State running back won the Nike+ Football Ratings Championship in the morning and backed it up with a solid afternoon during one-on-one drills. Dobbins is lightning quick and very hard to contain in space and was without question one of the top three or four running backs on Friday.
Offensive lineman Josh Myers
One of the interesting things to watch with Myers is how he handles pass-protection, because he doesn’t get to do that much at Miamisburg High School. He acquitted himself very well on Friday. Up to 310 pounds, Myers uses his hands exceptionally well and showed quick feet against many of the country’s best pass rushers.
Offensive lineman Wyatt Davis
Wyatt Davis is very soft-spoken kid off the field but he’s got a different gear on it, exhibiting a necessary anger and the physical tools to match it. Davis moves very well and keeps a solid base in pass-protection and was as advertised on Friday afternoon.
Defensive lineman Haskell Garrett
Two words come to mind when you watch Haskell Garrett live: quick and strong. He’s got a well-above average first step and gets himself free of blockers easily with his upper-body strength and hand work. There’s some who think Garrett may be “too small” to get much better than he is, but if he’s hit his ceiling, you’re still getting a pretty darn good player. I see a lot of former Buckeyes defensive tackle Michael Bennett in his game.
Linebacker Antjuan Simmons
Simmons took a little time to get his feet wet on Friday and has been taking it a little easy while he recovers from a nagging hamstring injury, but he was effective in the “cat and mouse” drills and showed off the lateral quickness that makes him a player the Buckeyes wanted and chased early in the recruiting cycle.
Defensive back Marcus Williamson
Williamson told Landof10.com following the event that he was hoping for a bit more “full-go” stuff on Friday and that he’s excited for the chance to really show off on Saturday during 7-on-7 games. On Friday, Williamson showed a nice ability to turn and run with a number of the country’s best wide receivers and he’ll get a chance to do more of that all weekend long.
Athlete Brendon White
While his position breakdown isn’t entirely decided, the Olentangy (Ohio) Liberty star ran at defensive back and linebacker on Friday and may very well take some reps at wide receiver this weekend as well. White’s athleticism will keep people talking about him all weekend, though he’ll probably be better off playing on offense if he wants to make “splash” plays.
Defensive back Isaiah Pryor
Pryor, the country’s third-ranked safety, did not participate in drills on Friday
Defensive back Shaun Wade
A 5-star cornerback, Wade is also a top basketball player and arrived in Oregon on Friday afternoon from Atlanta, where he was taking part in the EYBL Peach Jam National Tournament. He didn’t do much but do some walkthroughs on Friday and told me he’s really “tired” from the travel, but definitely anxious to line up with his future teammates on Saturday in 7-on-7 drills, where he thrives.