Frankfort (Ky.) Franklin County athlete Ryan Timmons was not sure he would be able to make a return trip to Columbus for Ohio State's Friday Night Lights Camp last month. In the end, he decided he decided it was an opportunity he could not miss.
"I just thought recruit-wise and offer-wise I had to go down there," Timmons said. "I needed to go there and show Coach [Urban] Meyer a little more of what I can do."
Timmons camped with Ohio State earlier in the summer, and left knowing he was being considered for an offer. His first camp performance caught the Ohio State coaches by surprise, and he continued to surprise them by winning the overall Friday Night Lights 40-yard dash to close out the event.
"Coach Meyer was shocked because he didn't think I was that fast," Timmons said. "During the camp I worked with the running backs, and he liked my ability, said I was shifty."
The 5-10, 186-pound Timmons worked both at wide receiver and running back during the Friday Night Lights camp. He is being looked at to play both positions by Ohio State, and feels good about his chances to earn an offer from the Buckeyes.
"I talked with Coach Meyer and he told me how bad they want me," Timmons said. "Scholarship-wise, he was telling me they will have more scholarships open from players [leaving] the team. Once that happens, I will have a scholarship and that will happen this month or next month. He told me to stick around and I will have an offer from Ohio State."
The possibility of an offer from Ohio State is an exciting prospect for Timmons and he likes his fit in Meyer's offense.
"I'm excited I went back and showed them what I can do," Timmons said. "[Meyer] told me I fit well in their offense - slot receiver and coming back in motion to run the ball a few times. What he did at Florida he will be bringing to Ohio State."
Timmons is already closing in on double digit offers, and expects to hear on a potential offer from West Virginia in the coming weeks. He expects to take college game day visits this fall, and is planning stops at Ohio State and Arkansas for sure.
"Coach Meyer wanted me to come to all of their games if I can, but I will probably be at the home opener," Timmons said. "With Arkansas, I will probably attend the LSU or Alabama game."
Timmons holds offers from Arkansas, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana Tech, Purdue, Toledo and Western Kentucky.