Continuing with the Buckeye Empire Summer Series, we take a look at the Cornerback (CB) position this week. This position is becoming one of the premier defensive positions in football, since football is becoming a game of who can throw the most passes. This position is becoming more and more important; teams need a corner to match up with the size, speed and athleticism of receivers. Ohio State has had some great ones in the past but now we look to the future. It is my honor to introduce you to Freshman Cornerback #13 Eli Apple formally Eli Woodard. Eli chose to take his father’s last name to honor him.
Eli was an early enrollee at The Ohio State University and is a part of that stellar 2013 recruiting class that Coach Urban “The Legend” Meyer put together. ESPN150 had Eli rated as the #11 prospect in last year’s class. On February 16th 2012 He was the 4th member of the class to commit to The Ohio State University. Eli hails from Voorhees, New Jersey he played his high school football at Eastern High. He led Eastern High to a 7-4 record and a berth in the regional semifinals. Eli had 17 break-ups, 2 INTs, 3FF, a blocked kick in 2012 and was selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Eli was highly recruited all over the country but as a kid Eli would come to Ohio State football camps and always wanted to play for the Scarlet and Gray.
With Eli enrolling early he was able to get in and learn the system, and he got significant playing time in Ohio State’s spring game. In the game he recorded 2 tackles, 1 sack, 1 FF which he recovered it, and 1 break up. Pretty impressive stat line for a young guy; let us hope that he can continue that kind of production throughout the year. Eli may not start this year for the Buckeyes but he should get significant playing time, in Nickel and Dime formations. Especially with his 6’1” 188 pound frame, he should give receivers a difficult time. Talking about all this just gets me hyped for the start of the season, although I love summer the fall can’t get here soon enough.