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Gray matters: It's all Ohio State for Jones

4/17/2013

Calm down.

That’s what Marcelys Jones (Cleveland/Glenville) is doing and that’s what he wants Ohio State fans to do as well.

Jones, who visited the Buckeyes on April 6, made a few comments on Twitter a few months ago that didn’t exactly jibe with Ohio State followers.

A Buckeyes commit since Christmas Day, the comments weren’t about making a decommitment or anything like that. But they caused a stir.

His response set the record straight.

“I don’t really have too much to say on that,” he said. “I know where I’m going. Coach [Ted] Ginn knows where I’m going, and Coach [Urban] Meyer knows where I’m going, so people just need to chill out. I’m just a 17-year-old kid that was having fun on Twitter.

“That’s all that matters.”

In fact, since those comments, Jones has been all about the Buckeyes.

The 6-foot-4, 325-pound Jones spearheaded a group effort last week when he went to Twitter to gather all seven Ohio State commitments from the Class of 2014.

What followed was a group text where the septet talked about grabbing the wheel and being proactive in helping Meyer and the coaching staff in the recruiting process.

“We were just trying to get a better connection with each other,” Jones said. “We’ll all be playing on the field with each other next year, so we just wanted to see where everyone’s head was at. It went well.”

The makeup of the class is heavy in the Buckeye state right now as Jones, Parris Campbell Jr. (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary), Sam Hubbard (Cincinnati/Moeller), Kyle Berger (Cleveland/St. Ignatius) and Kyle Trout (Lancaster, Ohio/Lancaster) all have one thing in common: location.

With Jones as the leader, they’re teaching Damon Webb (Detroit/Cass Tech) and Dylan Thompson (Lombard, Ill./Montini Catholic) all things Buckeyes.

The Glenville junior talks to Ohio State regularly and when Meyer gets on the phone they talk about “what coaches talk about,” according to Jones. Some of that -- surprisingly -- has been about maybe playing defensive tackle for the Buckeyes, but that’s well down the road.

He is also in frequent contact with his cousin, 2013 Ohio State signee Donovan Munger (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights).

As for what the next step is with Jones, everything has turned to getting ready for the Tarblooders’ 2013 season.

After an eight-year run, Glenville hasn’t made the playoffs in the last two seasons. That’s not sitting well with Jones.

“I’m just taking advice from Coach Ginn,” Jones said. “He’s telling me what to do to be a better player. He’s been doing this a long time, so I’ve got one of the best coaches in Ohio helping me.

“He’s not just a coach, he’s a father figure. It’s great to have him back in the building. He’s on everybody’s tail. It’s a great thing.”

Ginn was hospitalized for more than 60 days last year last season with a benign tumor on his pancreas.