June 24, 2011

Day lands a big offer

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After a two-day camp performance that could only be described as dominant, class of 2013 Hilliard Darby defensive back Caleb Day was rewarded by landing a verbal offer from Ohio State. Day received word of his offer shortly after camp on Friday and is ranked as one of the top 25 class of 2013 prospects in the state of Ohio by BuckeyeGrove.com.

"It's a good feeling but you just can't let it get to your head," said a humble Day. "You have to stay humble, keep moving forward, and keep working hard. It's a good accomplishment but you just have to keep working hard."

The offer to Day is his first of what will almost certainly be many. The 6-foot, 180-pound prospect had a huge day on Friday in the seven-on-seven portion of the camp, locking down receivers and using his long arms and outstanding leaping ability to deflect passes.

"My legs were in shape and everything felt good, I was just working hard," Day said of his camp performance. "I knew there were a bunch of great athletes here so I was just keeping my mind straight."

It is rare that a player's first offer comes from a program the caliber of Ohio State and while Day is confident in his abilities, even he was a little bit surprised that the Buckeyes were the first program to extend a verbal offer.

"Not really," Day replied, when asked if he expected Ohio State to be his first offer. "I thought some of the smaller schools might offer me first but it's a good accomplishment."

Day is one of the top run and jump athletes in Ohio's 2013 class as he was a state finalist just a few weeks ago in the 300-meter hurdles. Because of his run to the state finals, Day wasn't able to get many camps in but clearly that didn't matter this week as he took home the defensive backs MVP of the camp.

"I feel speed wise, I'm in football shape," he said. "With toughness I feel like I've got to get a little tougher (in terms of football shape) but I feel good."

Two weeks ago, Day did an update with BuckeyeGrove.com where he named Florida and Ohio State as two schools that he grew up following. Now that Ohio State has verbally offered, Day shared his thoughts on the program.

"It's a really nice program," he said. "It's a nice facility and they have great coaches. My mom actually went to Ohio State and she has always wanted me to go to Ohio State. It's a school that I'd really look forward to going to."

Ohio players that hold offers from Ohio State always have targets on their backs come the fall but Day says that's not something he's going to let bother him.

"Not too much," he said. "I'm not really a pressure guy. I just work hard and I know that great things will come from that."


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