Sunday Recruiting Rundown Post Friday Night Lights 2013
By Michael Chung
Friday Night Lights was a huge success. The-Ozone’s own Patrick Murphy was in attendance and felt it was an awesome night, but was it awesome for recruiting?
Damon Webb went up against Eric Glover-Williams in one-on-one drills and both impressed with their athletic ability. Afterwards, Damon and his father were spotted talking to Eric and his. Did recruiting Glover-Williams commence between the two? Sources mentioned to me that Coach Meyer was very impressed with Webb’s performance and Glover-William’s performance. Meyer definitely wants to get Glover-Williams in the 2015 class. The two were like Spider-Man and Superman. Sources also said the fans were great and the players and former players all gave Damon Webb a lot of love and that Webb looks forward to playing in The Shoe.
The night was filled with highlight videos, coaches’ instructions, talks from football greats, and competition. A few people turned heads:
Braxton Berrios (5’10” 170, WR/RB, 2014, Raleigh, NC)
Probably the biggest overall winner of the night was Braxton Berrios, who travelled seven and a half hours and almost 480 miles to Columbus for Friday Night Lights. Was the trip worth it? Berrios dazzled and received plenty of attention from coaches including Urban Meyer, he so dazzled that he came away from the camp with an OSU offer, which is likely, committable. Berrios had a top 5 of Clemson, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia but was open to consider other schools. Now that OSU has offered, do not be surprised if the Buckeyes move firmly into the top 5 or even jump to #1. One does not travel that far just to receive a verbal offer and do not be surprised if Berrios bounces the other schools for the Buckeyes.
Many compare Berrios to Wes Welker and SBNation’s Bud Elliott writes, “Spread teams covet a receiver who can consistently get open on option routes, like Wes Welker did for Tom Brady. Berrios fits the bill. He's tiny, but he uses that to his advantage. His ability to quickly change direction is way too much for even the best coverage linebackers to handle. Almost all of his major offers come from spread teams.
Berrios has excellent quickness, but not great speed. His catch radius is small, and he's not winning many physical battles for the ball. Still, he has a place in a spread offense, and could be an asset in moving the chains. He does do a good job of catching balls thrown to him.”
With Urban Meyer having a close relationship with Bill Belichik of the New England Patriots and coached Wes Welker, do not be surprised that Meyer will call the hall of fame NFL coach for tips if Berrios becomes Buckeye.
Eric Glover-Williams (5’ 9” 160, ATH, 2015 Canton McKinley, OH)
Damon Webb had nothing but praise for his FNL’s foe. He called him a competitor who does not back down from anybody and even called out Webb during the evening, which impressed Damon. It is early in the process for Eric but a future rivalry in practice with Webb can only improve his football skills, as it will be hard for Glover-Williams to find anyone on the football field as talented as Damon Webb to go up against. Sources do say Eric really likes OSU but it is early.
Raekwon McMillan (6’3” 235, LB, GA)
Raekwon is always making a buzz in recruiting. He attended Georgia’s version of FNLs and came away impressed. He told Michael Carvell of the Atlanta Journal Constitution that he was inspired by a “Dream Team” speech given by Mark Richt. McMillan said “He was telling me that everything I was looking for out of state, I can find in-state at the University of Georgia,” McMillan said. “I know that what he said was true, but I don’t really know where I am going to go. I’m still just trying to figure it out. It really depends on how the season goes all of my top five schools.” Carvell goes on to write, “Does Raekwon feel like UGA is serious? ‘Yes, I definitely feel like UGA they are serious about me. I don’t have a problem with staying in state. After having that conversation with Coach Richt, it just makes more sense to stay home. He gave me some things to think about.’”
But sources at FNLs said McMillan hung out all night with the 2014 commits and came up with his family. McMillan has had OSU at or tied for the top for over a year now and there has not been anything that has moved them down. McMillan will announce Jan. 2 at the Under Armour All Star Game in FL and at this point, I would be surprised if he announced any school other than Ohio State.
Curtis Samuel (6’0” 190, ATH, 2014, NY)
Samuel made his first visit to Ohio State for FNLs with his coach. Many believe that Samuel is Ohio State’s to lose. Urban Meyer spent significant one-on-one time with Samuel and sources communicated to me that Samuel along with Raekwon McMillan hung out with the 2014 commits all evening. Steve Wiltfong of 24/7 Sports writes, “ ‘They have a great coach in Urban Meyer,’ Samuel said. ‘They run a spread type offense that’s similar to what we run at my high school. I think I would fit well in that offense. ‘I just look forward to meeting all the coaching staff and just seeing the facilities and talking to Coach Meyer and meeting some of the guys that are there.’
The Buckeyes have made an impression on his mother Nicole as well. She said she wants to see Columbus sometime in September. ‘I’ve only spoke with one coach, it was Ohio State,’ she said.”
Samuel already has a spot reserved for 2014 if he wants it and his offer will be accepted on the spot if he decides to verbal.
Jonathan Hilliman (6’1” 210, RB, 2014 Jersey City, NJ)
It looks like Jonathan Hilliman is this year’s Derrick Green. OSU offered Green last year but could not take another running back after Ezekiel Elliott committed. It looks like lightning has struck twice and the Buckeyes are unable to accept another running back due to scholarship restrictions. With Bri’onte Dunn and Warren Ball ahead of Hilliman, and Parris Campbell in the fold, it sounds like OSU just could not part with a spot for another RB. Hilliman tweeted: “they made the best choice for them . No hard feelings just business” Hilliman will decide in August and many believe Rutgers is the team to beat.
Jermaine Eluemunor (6’6” 300, OL, 2014 Juco, Scranton, PA)
The Jermaine Eluemunor saga is finally over. On Friday he selected the Arkansas Razorbacks as his school. He can now get revenge on Alabama for dissing him when he originally committed to UCLA. Eluemunor was primed to commit to OSU after his visit, even cancelling a trip to Arkansas. But for some reason, Eluemunor decided to postpone announcing in order to visit Arkansas. I had conflicting sources on Jermaine but it looks like OSU really wants Chad Mavety and may have asked Eluemunor to hold off, though I have other sources who conflict this. Either way, OSU will full court press Chad Mavety now and it looks like he was indeed their #1 guy all along. It is a long way until signing day so do not be surprised if Eluemunor makes news again in the coming months.