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Thursday, February 21, 2013
2014 Ohio State commit adds Tide offer

By Greg Ostendorf

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban went back to the area where he first started coaching to offer a trio of 2014 prospects on Wednesday.

The group from Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville High School included Ohio State commitment Marcelys Jones, ESPN Watch List athlete Marshon Lattimore and safety Erick Smith.

“I was just real excited,” Jones said. “It made my day a lot better. It was just a great day.”

Jones committed to the Buckeyes on Christmas, but the offer from the Crimson Tide certainly caught his attention. As a 6-foot-4, 325-pound offensive lineman, Jones likes Alabama’s power running game, and he’s familiar with their recent success.

“They compete,” he said. “They run the ball a lot, so that’s a big plus. They win national championships. They have a great program down there. That’s what stands out to me.”

Although he’s listed as an offensive tackle, Jones projects better as an interior lineman at the next level. Most schools believe he’s also versatile enough to play defensive tackle because of his combination of size and quickness.

“I actually like offensive guard, but a lot of people see me as a defensive tackle,” Jones said.

The Alabama offer gives Jones close to a dozen offers at this point. He thinks USC could be the next school to pull the trigger.

Although he’s still committed to Ohio State, Jones said he and Lattimore want to possibly take an official visit to Alabama at some point before signing day. Jones also wants to take official visits to Florida State and UCLA.

However, Ohio State is still his top school.

“Ohio State’s a good school,” Jones said. “A lot of Glenville kids go through their program, and they come out successful. It’s close to home. They take care of the Glenville kids. I just wanted to go there, get my education and play ball. I can go in there and compete right away.”