2016 Nike Footbal The Opening Finals

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    Random Notes from Friday at The Opening
    • There’ a lot of positive vibes around Baron Browning and Ohio State. There are a few Buckeyes commitments who think he’s close to “done” and think Friday Night Lights could seal the deal.
    • Wyatt Davis is big, big kid. He told me he’s going to be looking at the guys he faces during the Linemen Challenge and then trying to determine who to recruit, but expect both he and Haskell Garrett to be all over Utah’s Jay Tufele and Maryland 5-star defensive end Chase Young.
    • There’s still some buzz around Oklahoma and Jeffrey Okudah but the Buckeyes are in good shape and certainly not going to be taking their positioning with him for granted.
    • Shaun Wade arrived this morning and did not participate in the Nike+ competition but will be on-hand for 7-on-7 events after arriving from the Peach Jam in Atlanta.
    • Texas linebacker Anthony Hines, the country’s top-ranked inside linebacker, was donning an Ohio State backpack all day and arrived at the event wearing a Buckeyes t-shirt. His father told me that after his most recent visit to Columbus he “can see why Ohio State gets the players they get” and that Hines talked to Urban Meyer, Luke Fickell and Tim Beck before embarking for Oregon.
    • Donovan Peoples-Jones and Najee Harris both sat out of the Nike+ competition, choosing to play it cautious with some nagging injuries.
     
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    Random notes from Day Two
    • Ohio State commitment Isaiah Pryor did not participate in drills on Saturday. His ankle injury will likely keep him sidelined on Sunday as well.
    • Grayson, Ga. 4-star defensive back Jamyest Williams will release his Top 5 schools on Sunday morning and the Buckeyes should be on the list. Williams told me he’s still hoping to get to Ohio State this summer.
    • J.K. Dobbins showed a very nice ability to catch the ball out of the backfield for Team Lunarbeast. He’s got the ability to do all kinds of things in an offense.
    • Before he headed to dinner on Saturday night, the aforementioned Thomas stopped and made a phone call to Urban Meyer. He was asked to do so by Ohio State commits in attendance, so the Buckeyes were definitely paying attention.
    • Josh Myers was really solid in pass-protection drills today. He was not allowed to do one-on-one drills because of Ohio rules that prohibit practicing/camping in pads because of the hitting.
    • Richard LeCounte, who will visit Ohio State officially in November, had four interceptions on the day and looked to me like the best defensive back in the country.
    • Tyjon Lindsey and Tate Martell are not shy about their chemistry. Martell looked for Lindsey as a safety net at pretty much every turn.
    • Antjuan Simmons was very capable in pass coverage from his linebacker position today. He’s got excellent awareness in space and quickly gets downhill when he knows where he needs to be.
    • Marcus Williamson started at nickel for Lunarbeast and had a good afternoon when he got more comfortable. Williamson doesn’t always have the “swag” that big-time cornerbacks seem to exude but don’t mistake that for not being confident. He just wants to play, not talk.
    • Shaun Wade was matched up all day with 5-star wide receivers and was as advertised. He’s got a little tendency to get grabby and that may turn into a few penalties down the road but 7-on-7 games aren’t exactly set up for the defense to succeed.
    • Dylan Moses is a monster.
    • Anthony Hines III had a good day, very active in the middle of the defense and was better in pass coverage than I would have anticipated.
     
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