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First of OSU's 1-Day Camps Produces New Offers, Lessons on Ownership
By Tony Gerdeman
Urban Meyer speaks to campers about taking ownership in their team
Photo by Tony Gerdeman

COLUMBUS — The first of three 1-day camps is now in the books at Ohio State, and the Friday afternoon session saw some new offers handed out.

The most notable of these offers went to Murfreesboro, Tennessee running back Master Teague, who is rated the No. 8 running back in the nation per 247Sports. Teague worked out in the morning session and then spent time with Urban Meyer back in the football offices where the offer was extended.

Teague also holds offers from Tennessee, Georgia, and Auburn. Last season he rushed for 2,031 yards and 24 touchdowns. Teague has now had back-to-back impressive camp performances at Alabama and Ohio State, running in the 4.3s at both places. You can check him out in action as a junior below.

An offer also went out to 3-star St. Louis wide receiver Cameron Brown, who is a teammate of receiver target Kamryn Babb. Brown (6-1 175) is currently committed to Nebraska.

The Buckeyes also offered 2020 defensive end Bryan Bresee out of Damascus, Maryland. Bresee (6-4 260) is headed to Alabama next weekend. He currently holds offers from OSU, Michigan, Penn State, Michigan State, Tennessee, and others.

Patience, Discipline, Hunger

As the morning session ended, the campers were split into their respective grades -- freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors -- before being dismissed for lunch. Staffer Tim Hinton then put them through a test before each class would be allowed to leave.

Essentially, he would call cadences for a particular class and they would have to clap at the proper intervals. If one player messed up, they got passed up and he would then go on to the next class. A group wouldn't be dismissed until they stopped making errors.

After several mistakes by each class, Hinton stopped everything to talk to the campers about how a mistake by one teammate can cost the entire team, and players had to be accountable to each other. He then expanded that lesson to off the field as well, mentioning drugs and alcohol and holding teammates accountable if they are doing the wrong thing.

Finally, after many attempts, the seniors were released, followed by the juniors, then sophomores, and lastly the freshmen. Hinton also told them to pick up after themselves following lunch because their moms weren't there to do it for them. (Some of their mothers, however, were in fact in attendance.)

Just. Run.

I always learn something about playing cornerback when I watch Kerry Coombs coach. I then try to find ways to use it in my daily life. My football days are over, but I can still use this acquired knowledge in traffic or at Kroger or walking my dog.

Today's lesson from Coombs was simple -- run. During one-on-one drills between the receivers and the defensive backs, early defenders were turning and running with the receivers while trying to slap their hands down. Coombs put a stop to it pretty early on. He said that he knows the players see it on television or see other players doing it, but then he asked if they've ever seen track stars doing it when they ran. They all said no.

Coombs explained to them that you can't run fast if you're busy slapping at a receiver. He told them simply, "Just run."

Taking Ownership

As the final event of the day, all of the campers gathered at midfield on the practice field inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center and Urban Meyer spent nearly 10 minutes with them talking about how they need to take ownership of their team.

You can watch the video below, but he explained that when he walks into a high school, he can tell within five minutes if the players have ownership of that program. If they don't, then it is very unlikely that they will recruit players from that school because they don't want players in the program who won't take ownership.

Check it out.

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