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The Buckeyes are set to play one Michigan game and three night games at the Ohio Stadium. Ohio State football fans think of Friday Night Lights as the biggest recruitment drive of the year. But, how could anything better Ohio State Football? Let's look back on the last couple of Friday Night Lights and see how they affected the Buckeyes recruitment campaign.
The event was held in the summer of 2012, before Urban Meyer had coached the team. In excess of 1,000 football fans watched over 100 recruits playing in the massive stadium. The Buckeye coaches were given a chance to watch the recruits playing, but none of the quarterbacks earned an Ohio State Football offer. Buckeye fans saw Joey Bosa play and Bosa and Billy Price excelled themselves on the field, as did Braxton Berrios. Other players worth a mention include Jamarco Jones, Shelton Gibson and Donovan Munger.
The Ohio State FNL was a great success. Timothy Gardner got an offer and accepted on the spot and four other players eventually became members of the 2013 class.
The 2013 event was better than the previous years, the event showcased numerous up and coming juniors including Brandon Wimbush, Jerome Baker, Jamel Dean and Jordan Whitehead. Every player who took part in the drills were able to chat with Ohio State Football coaches Marshon Latmore, McMillan and Curtis Samuel.
Ohio State failed to recruit anyone on the night, however, Curtis Samuel and Eric Glover Williams committed to Ohio State Football a few weeks afterwards.
So, what can we expect from the 2014 Friday Night Lights?
One player will be offered a scholarship, potential candidates include Jake Pickard, Amir Ealey and Lawrence Cager. Other possible candidates for commitment include Luke Farrell, Demario McCall, Jordan Whitehead and Jake Haussmann.
The last two years have proven that the Friday Night Lights works well for Ohio State Football. Look online to find the Ohio State Friday Night Lights 2014 primer. As usual, there will be plenty of tweeting, video shooting and interviews to keep the Buckeyes fans interested.