- Brad Bournival, RecruitingNation
The first commit in any recruiting class is always big.
Ohio State’s coaches want to build a strong relationship and hope that player will be the mouthpiece for an entire year or maybe more.
In the class of 2013 it was Cam Burrows (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison). What followed was an Ohio State secondary with the potential to be incredible.
The class of 2014 started on Tuesday with the commitment of Marcelys Jones (Cleveland/Glenville), who just might bring a megaphone with him to games in an effort to lure potential recruits to the Buckeyes.
A very down-to-earth junior with his head on straight, Jones kept saying ‘why not’ instead of looking for reasons why to commit to Ohio State. He also has called his commitment a blessing and stated he intends to put his status as the first pledge of 2014 to good use.
“I’m going to get some more 2014 guys to commit to Ohio State,” said Jones almost immediately after giving his commitment. “I can’t wait to go to work at O State. It’s one of the best schools.”
And Jones has had his eye on the Buckeyes for some time.
Back in August -- before he had an offer -- he talked about keeping his options open but said, “Ohio State is your hometown school. There’s nothing like it. They’re a great school.”
That’s something the Buckeyes will definitely use moving forward as they not only picked up a versatile offensive lineman -- Jones can play anywhere in the trenches -- but someone who will try and lure character individuals to the university as well.
February fervor: The weeks following national signing day will be busy for the Buckeyes and it’s not just about finding out when signed players will be enrolling at the school.
There’s no doubt Ohio State will have its nose to the ground on Feb. 16 as the Nike Football SPARQ combine rolls into the Paul L. David Indoor Facility in Massillon, Ohio on that weekend and will bring some of the top talent from Ohio and the surrounding states. There’s no doubt Urban Meyer and Co. will be prepped on what happened even though they aren’t allowed to attend.
In case you forgot: BuckeyeNation has had it up on its message board for some time, but just to refresh the memories of fans, the next big official visit weekend is Jan. 11.
Safety Vonn Bell (Rossville, Ga./Ridgeland), athlete Cornelius Elder (Nashville, Tenn./The Ensworth School), wide receiver Shelton Gibson (Cleveland Heights, Ohio/Cleveland Heights), linebacker James Hearns (Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln) and wide receiver Ryan Timmons (Frankfort, Ky./Franklin County) are planning on being there.
Zeke the freak: For those worried whether or not Carlos Hyde or Jordan Hall might bolt for the NFL, rest easy. Ezekiel Elliott (St. Louis/John Burroughs) has things covered.
Or at least he should, given the way his final numbers shook out for the Bombers, who finished as state runner-up this year.
In exiting John Burroughs with 100 career touchdowns, Elliott leaves a senior legacy that will be tough to beat.
His 2,533 total yards were outstanding as a senior, but the fact 2,153 of them came on the ground make things even more incredible. Add 3,022 all-purpose yards and 50 touchdowns -- he had 42 as a junior -- and those stats stick out even more.
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