- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
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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.com.
The Under Armour All-American made three last visits to his finalists the weekend of June 14. He said Wednesday those visits ultimately shaped his final decision, although he has been considered an Ohio State lean for close to a year. Michigan State closed the gap with its final visit, but the Buckeyes’ lead was insurmountable by then.
“Coach [Urban] Meyer is a great coach and has a great track record,” Jones said Wednesday. “He’s won multiple national championships at Florida. [Ohio State] had an undefeated season last year, and I know [offensive line] coach Ed Warinner quite well, and he's a good coach and I know what he can do for linemen.”
The Buckeyes could take as many as six offensive linemen in the 2014 class, and Jones joins commitments Marcelys Jones and Kyle Trout at the position. Remaining targets include Alex Bookser, Demetrius Knox and Damian Prince, all ESPN 300 members.
Jones is the 14th commitment of the Buckeyes’ class, which is No. 17 nationally not including Jones’ commitment. He is the fifth ESPN 300 pledge for Ohio State.
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