By Matt McCoy
Urban Meyer has said he doesn't recruit kids to redshirt. From what we're hearing about Buckeye training camp, most of his highly touted recruiting class won't.
"Last year's class is good," Meyer said as he talked up the freshmen trying to crack the Buckeye two deep.
The player generating the most buzz in camp has been running back Dontre Wilson. The one time Oregon commit flipped to the Buckeyes after Chip Kelly left the Ducks to coach the Philadelphia Eagles.
"Who wouldn't like to get coached by (Meyer)?" Wilson said of why he ended up at Ohio State. "I didn't think Oregon would be the same without Chip Kelly. When he left I took my visit here and I enjoyed it. Coach Urban Meyer is a great coach and he puts a lot of players in the NFL so I chose to come here."
After two weeks of training camp, it's clear Meyer's thrilled that Wilson made that choice. The DeSoto, Texas product brings an element of speed Meyer has craved. He was also a high school track star and recorded best times of 10.5 in the 100 meters and 20.9 in the 200 meters and said he was clocked at a 4.33 in the 40 yard dash when he arrived at Ohio State.
"He has a unique skill set in which he's extremely dynamic and fast," Meyer said. "We all know what (speed) means in the game of football, especially in this offense when you try to create space."
While Wilson has been the headliner, he's not the only new weapon that has ignited during camp. So far five freshmen have had their black helmet stripe removed, a ritual of Meyer's to signify when a freshman is ready to contribute and has become a true Buckeye.
The first to lose the stripe was a surprise...walk on receiver Joe Ramstetter out of Cincinnati Elder. Wilson and linebacker Mike Mitchell, both products of Texas, were next followed by running back Ezekiel Elliott and defensive lineman Joey Bosa.
Other talented freshmen like receivers Jalin Marshall and James Clark, safety Vonn Bell, defensive backs Gareon Conley, Cam Burrows and Eli Apple and defensive tackle Mike Hill and offensive lineman Evan Lisle have all garnered praise as well.
"We all came here...all of us in the freshmen class...we came here to get on the field and compete," Elliott said. "We all want to play...no one is trying to redshirt this year so we have to get out here and put a show on for the coaches and get on the depth chart."
What They Had To Say
We talked to some of the freshmen about how camp was going, their expectations for the season and more. Check out those conversations below.
"They (the coaches) are just really talking to me about getting the ball in my hands and doing what I do best. My goal is to get on the field and play but really the ultimate goal is to win a national championship and be a part of it."
To listen to Dontre Wilson with reporters click HERE:
"Definitely this class, something that we have, is that we work hard. We're a group of guys that like to work hard. That first week when we got here and we were just working out with each other, we were just pushing each other to be the best. We want to make an impact in our first year."
To listen to Ezekiel Elliott's conversation with reporters click HERE:
"I don't really think ahead (about playing), I'm just going day by day. I think about this day and how to execute this day, in the weight room and in film study, writing notes down. I don't think about (playing) yet...that's down the road. I'm just trying to get through the camp."
To listen to Vonn Bell with reporters click HERE:
"You've got to just stop thinking (about what to do on offense), that's what (the coaches told me) and just play and play fast. That's what I wasn't doing at first. I wasn't playing fast. Once I started doing that, hopefully, I'm getting better."
To listen to Jalin Marshall with reporters click HERE:
Griffin's Career Likely Over
Ohio State announced Thursday that the career of fourth-year junior defensive back Adam Griffin is likely over. Griffin suffered a shoulder injury and had surgury Thursday morning.
Also injured and potentially finished with football is senior safety Jamie Wood out of Pickerington. Wood was trying to return from multiple shoulder injuries.
610 WTVN analyst and Sportsrappup.com's Jeff Rapp has more details on the impact of these injuries. Check out his story here.