Sunday, November 25, 2012
Jamarco Jones likes family-oriented OSU
By Jared Shanker
One of the top players in the Midwest in the 2014 class, Jamarco Jones (Chicago/De La Salle) made another visit to Ohio State this weekend, but this one was his most extensive trip to Columbus yet.
The ESPN Watch List offensive tackle arrived in Columbus on Friday and stayed through Saturday evening. Following a campus and school tour and the experience of taking in "The Game," Jones has the Buckeyes near the top.
"They're pretty high right now," said Jones, who holds 14 offers, Ohio State among them. "I like them as a program. It just seems like a family-oriented program and I like that, and the coaching staff is great. Everyone on the coaching staff cares about each individual player, not just about what they can do on the field."
The 6-foot-5, 285-pound Jones talked with area recruiter Mike Vrabel, line coach Ed Warinner and Urban Meyer while visiting Saturday. Meyer was excited to see Jones, who last made it to Ohio State for Friday Night Lights on July 27.
"He was saying he was glad I was able to make it back down and to come back more," Jones said. "He really likes me as a player and said he's gonna be recruiting me hard."
It was the first visit Jones made to Ohio State for a game, and he was impressed with the passion of the fan base. He appreciated that support extended outside Ohio Stadium, too, as he saw fans all over town before and after the game.
During the game, Jones kept an eye on the coaches and raved about the energy from Meyer.
He also watched the offensive line, and Jones liked how Warriner worked with the offensive line, which helped Carlos Hyde to a 100-yard game.
"I was really impressed with how they played, were moving the ball well on the ground and pushing people over," he said. "I liked what I saw."
On Friday, Jones got a first-hand look at the campus and the university's academics. He liked the set up of the campus and how it is separate from the downtown area. Upon arriving Friday, Jones also met with Ohio State's academic advisers.
"I know they have great academics and I got to meet with a few of the counselors who help the football team and was really impressed with what they do for the athletes and make sure they're doing what they need to do in the classroom," Jones said.