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Friday, May 10, 2013
Offensive line: Slow and steady wins race

By Brad Bournival

Mason Cole (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake) will head off to Ann Arbor, Mich., next fall.

Quenton Nelson (Red Bank, N.J./Red Bank Catholic) and Sam Mustipher (Olney, Md./Our Lady Counsel) are going to play at Notre Dame.

Miami (Fla.) picked up its headlining offensive lineman in Kc McDermott (Wellington, Fla./Palm Beach), while Ole Miss has nabbed Andy Bauer (St. Louis, Mo./De Smet Jesuit).

Braden Smith (Olathe, Kan./Olathe) looks like he might stay in the Midwest and Orlando Brown Jr. (Duluth, Ga./Peachtree Ridge) is earmarked for Tennessee.

After admittedly missing on the offensive line in 2013, Urban Meyer is trying to make headway in this year’s recruiting class at a position of desperate need with four senior starters slated to leave in the fall.

Jermaine Eluemunor
Juco OL prospect Jermaine Eluemunor has Ohio State high on his list of suitors.
One ESPN 150 standout or budding star seems to be headed elsewhere and fans are starting to panic.

There won’t be a carbon copy of what happened last year. Take that to the bank.

It won’t happen for a number of reasons because the deck appears to be stacked in Ohio State’s favor.

Consider the plight of ESPN 150 tackle Jamarco Jones (Chicago/De La Salle). The ESPN 150 standout has Ohio State in the mix with Notre Dame, Michigan and Michigan State. A numbers game shows it could be just a race with the Spartans as the Fighting Irish and Wolverines have taken eight and six linemen, respectively, in the last two classes.

Michigan State has picked up just two in the last two classes, making the Spartans the team the Buckeyes will most likely butt heads with.

Then there’s offensive guard Demetrius Knox (Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints Episcopal), who decommitted from Texas and has Ohio State in the mix. Another big get would be ESPN 150 prospect Alex Bookser (Pittsburgh/Mount Lebanon), who was very impressed by the Buckeyes on his visit a month ago.

Meyer is very much involved in the recruiting of Jermaine Eluemunor (Rockaway, N.J./Lackawanna) and is heavily recruiting Chad Mavety (Garden City, N.Y./Nassau Community College).

While Ohio State is battling with the likes of Alabama and the SEC for the two, the Buckeyes hold a leg up. Junior college standouts have already burned two years of eligibility, so the depth chart is a major factor in their decision-making process.

Ohio State already has tackles Marcelys Jones (Cleveland/Glenville) and Kyle Trout (Lancaster, Ohio/Lancaster) in the fold.

It’s only May, but the one thing that is becoming abundantly clear this year is that the Buckeyes won’t be shut out in the quest for highly ranked offensive linemen in 2014.