Ezekiel Elliott shakes up The Opening and Cam Akers’ Ohio State hat
COLUMBUS, Ohio If Ohio State has 15 players remaining on its recruiting board to fill out the final spots in its 2017 recruiting class, they’re all at Nike’s The Opening camp in Oregon this week.
So maybe that’s why Ezekiel Elliott decided he should head up, too.
Though Elliott is only a few months removed by being selected at No. 4 in the NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys, the former Buckeyes running back and Opening alum shook up the camp and may have influenced some of Ohio State’s targets.
Elliott took pictures with five star linebacker Dylan Moses of Bradenton (Fla.) IMG, five star wide receiver Trevon Grimes of Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas and five star safety Jeffrey Okudah of Grand Prairie (Texas) South.
Imagine those three prospects in Ohio State’s class. Urban Meyer probably has dreamt about it.
What was Elliott’s sales pitch to these prospects before taking pictures? Probably something like this: "If you’re a five star prospect and you want to win a national championship, be a Heisman contender and get rich, go to Ohio State."
Five star prospects attract five star prospects.
Cam Akers repping Ohio State at The Opening: There weren’t any pictures of Elliott with Akers, a five star running back and top Ohio State target from Clinton, Miss. Akers is the person who probably could have benefited the most from hearing an Elliott sales pitch.
Don’t take too big of a leap when it comes to what prospects wear. They have gear from everywhere and wear different stuff all the time.
This is a little different, though, because it’s always interesting to see what a prospect wears when he knows he’s going to be photographed. Clearly Akers knew he was going to be around reporters at The Opening.
Rated the No. 2 running back in the 2017 class in the 247Sports composite rankings, Akers unofficially visited Ohio State in the spring and is expected back in Columbus for the Buckeyes’ Friday Night Lights camp on July 22.