Louis, Bell Absent from Camp
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — There were a handful of noticeable absences Sunday as Ohio State’s veterans reported to the team hotel for the start fall camp, which officially begins Monday morning.
In all, 103 players walked through the doors of the new plush team hotel in Grandview Heights, leaving the Buckeyes two players short of a full fall roster.
One of those absences was freshman linebacker Connor Crowell, who is back home in Maryland following another surgical procedure on the leg he injured last fall.
The other is believed to be wide receiver James Louis.
The redshirt freshman out of Delray Beach, Fla. did not report to camp Sunday with the rest of his teammates, fueling further speculation that he intends to transfer from Ohio State.
An OSU spokesperson would not confirm that Louis had left the program, but did say that he would not be staying in the team hotel during fall camp and would likely not participate in practice.
After taking a redshirt during his first season in Columbus, the 5-10 Louis seemed to have fallen behind classmates Corey Brown, Verlon Reed and T.Y. Williams during the spring. He is still listed on the team’s official roster, but it appears as though his days in Columbus are numbered.
Not the Only One Moving On
Photo by Jim Davidson
The same goes for linebackers Dorian Bell and Jonathan Newsome. Both were rumored to be on their way out and now it is all but official that neither of them will be on the practice field for the Buckeyes this fall.
A former 5-star prospect out of Monroeville, Pa., Bell is already suspended for the entire 2011 season. He withdrew from classes this summer and is rumored to be back home in Pittsburgh contemplating his next move.
Meanwhile Newsome is still enrolled at Ohio State, but the fact he did not report with the rest of the team Sunday is good sign that intends to follow through his plans to transfer.
The junior out of Cleveland Glenville recently Tweeted that he was leaving Ohio State and heading to Ball State, where a number of his former high school teammates are on the roster.
Fragel Looking Good
One other player who was in question for Sunday’s report date was tight end Reid Fragel. The 6-8 junior out of Grosse Pointe, Mich. was recently hospitalized for a staph infection (Staphylococcus aureus) in his knee, but showed no lingering effects when he arrived at the hotel.
The backup tight end to starter Jake Stoneburner was walking around fine and an OSU spokesperson said he expects Fragel to be ready for the start of fall camp in Monday. He was even displaying a new look Sunday with a Mohawk and beard.
The Buckeyes added a pair of preferred walk-ons to their fall camp roster, and it just so happens that both of them are on the offensive line.
Nick Humphries is a 6-2, 285-pound lineman from Canton’s Central Catholic High School and Tim Trummer is a guard from Kettering Fairmont. Both walked on to the OSU football team this fall.
So maybe it doesn’t just so happen that they are offensive linemen, considering that Ohio State couldn’t even find enough healthy guys on the line to field two full teams for the spring game.
They added three more scholarship linemen this fall with the arrival of freshmen Brian Bobek, Chris Carter and Antonio Underwood. The two preferred walk-ons takes them to a total of 15 offensive linemen on the roster.
That includes walk-on Eric Kramer, a redshirt freshman from Cincinnati St. Xavier who joined them in the spring, and Ivan Blackman, a transfer from Robert Morris.
* Check back with the-Ozone.net Monday afternoon for updates from Ohio State’s first practice of the 2011 fall camp.
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