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Big schools taking interest in Jones

The colleges turning their attention to Marcelys Jones (Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville) are starting to pile up and they all seem to have something in common: BCS bowl games.

Ohio State has interest. USC has interest. Florida has interest.

Add UCLA, Illinois, Wisconsin and West Virginia and the 2014 offensive tackle is starting to turn heads while registering one pancake after another.

“I’m just keeping my options open,” Jones said. “(Smiling) It’s nice just to be noticed. I’m still holding my options and seeing how things [play out].”

Jones did hint to liking the Buckeyes. Not because of the pipeline to Columbus from Glenville, but because of what they could do for the 6-foot-4, 325-pound Jones.

“It would mean a lot,” he said. “I’m looking for that offer. I would still hold off to see where the best options would be for me, but Ohio State is your hometown school. There’s nothing like it. They’re a great school.”

Not just because they’re coached by a two-time national champion in Urban Meyer, but because Meyer is very in tune with the big guys that let his speed specialists do what they do.

“If I went there, I would be at guard or tackle,” Jones said. “Offensive line is so underrated. They all look at the wide receivers and defensive lines that [Urban Meyer] has, but their offensive line is probably the best thing about those teams.”