close
close

UA Ohio: Programs That Should Be Happy

CANTON, Ohio – The Under Armor Regional competition took place last weekend in Canton on the Pro Football Hall of Fame campus. Rivals.com Midwest analyst Greg Smith highlights the programs that should be pleased with what was seen and said in camp.

MORE FROM CANTON: Top performers | The rumor mill is churning as the Buckeye State's prospects dim

LOUISVILLE

There is good news and bad news for Louisville, which is on this list. The good news is that the program did a great job identifying offensive lineman Jake Cook. He was one of the best players in camp and did a good job improving his game.

The bad news is that how good Cook is is no longer a secret. During the camp he was dominant in the individual matches. Other programs will notice and come after Cook hard. Could that include the Buckeyes in-state? We'll see. But no matter what happens next, Louisville will hope the early relationship pays off.

SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS WITH LOUISVILLE FANS AT CARDINALSPORTS.COM

*****

NOTRE DAME

The Irish have received commitments from two senior players who attended camp and both play in the trenches.

Four-star defenseman Christopher Burgess impressed with his competitiveness during camp. He positioned himself inside several times, even though that wasn't his true position, and stood his ground. I also noticed that he was the most vocal leader, hyping up other players.

Four-star offensive lineman Owen Strebig is one of the most physically impressive prospects I've seen all offseason. He's a massive 6-foot-1, weighs 295 pounds and moves better than you'd expect at that size. Strebig will continue to work on firing the ball and improving the speed of elite pass rushers. But there's a lot to like about the future Irish player.

SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS WITH NOTRE DAME FANS AT INSIDENDSPORTS.COM

*****

OHIO STATE

Eli Lee

Since the camp was in Ohio, it was certain that the Buckeyes would be on this list. They made it for several reasons. First, they have a commitment starting in 2025 for inside linebacker Eli Lee. The Hoban standout from Akron, Ohio, has steadily improved his game. He's good in coverage and has stepped up to make an impact in the run game.

Ohio State is also the leading candidate for four-star outside linebacker Justin Hill in 2025. He will take official visits to Ohio State, USC, Oregon and Alabama, but in the end I believe the Buckeyes will prevail as a dynamic defensive weapon .

SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS WITH OHIO STATE FANS AT DOTTINGTHEEYES.COM

*****

VANDERBILT

Illinois quarterback Jack Elliott was named one of the top quarterbacks in camp on Sunday. The signal caller threw the ball all over the camp with good accuracy and anticipation.

He's been on my radar for a while and Vanderbilt may have gotten a bargain here. Elliott doesn't impress you with measurable numbers, but all he does is win and perform well.

SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS WITH VANDERBILT FANS AT VANDYSPORTS.COM

*****

WISCONSIN

If there was one prospect in camp who looked and played like a future star, it's Wisconsin defensive back Jaimier Scott. The Ohio native has an impressive wingspan and loose hips. Scott demonstrated good reporting skills during the one-on-one meeting at camp. He even sought out some of the camp's best receivers to test their skills against his own.

SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS WITH WISCONSIN FANS AT BADGERBLITZ.COM

Anna Harden

Learn More →

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *