With the top back in the nation, Kareem Walker, already committed to them, Ohio State certainly didn’t need to have another elite back in this recruiting class. Them adding North Ridgeville’s Demario McCall almost seems unfair.
McCall is great compliment to the power back they are getting in Walker and they should eventually make for a tremendous one-two punch in Columbus.
McCall isn’t the biggest back, but runs bigger than his size. He has great burst and can kick it into another gear with his speed. He has very good lateral agility.
Despite his size, McCall is a good inside runner that has a lot more power than you would think. His ability to get skinny through small creases and keep his balance after contact is very good. He also does nice job of reading off the iso block.
He has the ability to turn what should be three yard gains into first downs. He can make defenders miss and can cut and explode to gain maximum yardage. If he has space, he can be gone for six. He has the speed to outrun defenders who have the angle on him and has great vision at the second level.
He can line up all over the field and be effective whether it’s out of the I-formation, as a single back, or out of the slot on jet sweep type of plays. He is not a strong route runner right now, but has the physical traits that could make him an awesome weapon from there at the college level.
He has the skills to be an every down back and should be a great fit for the Buckeyes whether he is lined up in the backfield or out of the slot.
McCall has the potential to be a dynamic playmaker at the next level and should immediately be in contention for playing time on offense or on special teams returning kicks. He has the tools to develop into one of the top backs in the Big Ten for multiple seasons.
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