Bret Bielema may have left Wisconsin and the Big Ten to coach at Arkansas, but that doesn’t mean his days battling Ohio State are over. Bielema and Urban Meyer are locked in a recruiting fight for Jermaine Eluemunor, a 4-star JUCO offensive tackle out of Scranton, Pa. Eluemunor, who holds offers from schools such as Alabama, Florida State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas A&M, will be choosing between the Buckeyes and the Razorbacks on Friday, according to Scout’s Derek Young. With four offensive line starters set to graduate after the 2013 season, Ohio State has a huge need up front. That need is compounded even further by the fact that the Buckeyes’ depth isn’t where it needs to be now. Urban’s top 3 concerns entering the season: 1. Depth at OL 2. Depth at LB 3. Punter. — Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) July 25, 2013 Ohio State has already secured verbal commitments from three outstanding linemen in 4-star prospects Jamarco…
Jamarco Jones, a rising offensive tackle prospect in the Class of 2014, has made his long-awaited decision on where he will play his college football. The star out of De La Salle Institute in Chicago is going to be the newest member of the Ohio State Buckeyes, per Steve Wiltfong of 247sports.com. At 6’5”, 290 lbs., Jones has the frame and athleticism to handle some of the best pass rushers in the game, and he has already proven himself against top-flight competition. According to Wiltfong, Jones earned MVP honors at the Core 6 Athletes event in Ohio this past February, largely by winning the battle in the trenches against great edge rushers such as Dylan Thompson and Chris Slayton. The big tackle is adept at stopping the speedy defensive ends and linebackers on the edge and will certainly help to keep his quarterback upright when playing for the Buckeyes. Jones could
Thursday, four-star offensive tackle Jamarco Jones (Chicago/De La Salle) became Ohio State’s fifth ESPN 300 pledge for 2014. Here’s how our scouts believe he’ll fare in the Big Ten: What he brings: This is a talented and promising big man. Physically, he carries his weight well, and with some time in the Buckeyes weight program, he could add still more good size and further develop physically. Jones also shows good flexibility, moves well for his size and can develop into a strong run and pass blocker.
There was not a bigger need than offensive line for Ohio State in 2014, and the Buckeyes landed one of the best in the country. Jamarco Jones, the No. 8 offensive tackle nationally and No. 66 in the ESPN 300, chose Ohio State at a news conference Thursday afternoon at his Chicago De La Salle high school. He pledged to the Buckeyes over Michigan and Michigan State. Paul Szczesny, Jones’ trainer at Chicago-based Core 6, was in attendance and confirmed the commitment to ESPN.
Junior college offensive tackle Jermaine Eluemunor (Scranton, Pa./Lackawanna) counted UCLA as his top school before this past weekend’s official visit — and now he counts himself as a UCLA commit. Eluemunor pledged to the Bruins on Sunday night and became the fourth commit of the 2014 class. “I loved the campus, I loved the coaches, and I loved the players,” Eluemunor said. “It was just the vibe I got from UCLA. I liked it, it felt like home. It was the place for me.
FAIRFIELD, Ohio — Part of a tight-knit family, Fairfield (Ohio) High School lineman Danny Burns would like to play in front of his mom and grandparents in college. But that won’t be a major factor in his decision. So it is more coincidence, he says, that schools from bordering states Michigan and Kentucky lead for him. “I have two schools I really like right now and one of them is Michigan State and the other one is the University of Louisville,” Burns said.
Coming out of high school, offensive lineman Avery Gennesy (Southaven, Miss./East Mississippi C.C.) had offers from programs such as Arkansas State, UAB, Southern Miss, Memphis and FIU. But the 6-foot-4, 285 pound prospect ended up going the juco route, and Gennesy is making the most of his second chance. Now at 6-foot-5 and 310 pounds, Gennesy says he is bigger, faster and stronger, with a better grasp of reading defensive alignments. His development has caught the eye of college coaches at major programs across the country, and 14 schools have already offered Gennesy, including the Georgia Bulldogs.
A final six has emerged for one of the top juco players in the country, and his leaderboard has a national flavor to it. Junior college offensive tackle Jermaine Eluemunor (Scranton, Pa./Lackawanna) announced his final schools Monday, and Alabama, Arkansas, Ohio State, Ole Miss, UCLA and USC all made the cut for the 6-foot-5, 300-pound lineman. Originally, Eluemunor set up official visits back in the winter to Ohio State and Texas A&M, but the Aggies were dropped from his finalists.
It was a Thursday night in late April and Alex Bookser (Pittsburgh/Mount Lebanon) was watching the NFL draft. A 6-foot-6, 295-pound prospect, Bookser is being recruited as a lineman on both sides of the ball. Bookser was an offensive lineman by the end of the night Thursday. “Ever since I saw the draft I decided to go O-line,” said Bookser, referring to the run on tackles in the first round, including three among the first five picks.
Last year, Josh Fenn was walking home from General Johnnie Wilson Middle School when Lorain (Ohio) football coach Mark Solis drove by. The 15-year coach saw a budding talent just in passing and stopped the car. A few months later, Fenn was playing organized football for the first time with the Titans, and college coaches are now the ones looking twice. At 6-foot-4 and 285 pounds, Fenn is projected to grow to 6-7 as his body fills out. As far as filling out goes in terms of a resume, the Buckeyes and Wolverines are the way-too-early leaders for the freshman, who is being recruited to play tackle at the college level.