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Monday, February 25, 2013
Assessing the 2014 offensive linemen

By Brad Bournival

Ohio State admittedly missed a bit on the offensive line in the recruiting class of 2013. In 2014, Urban Meyer is making sure it doesn’t happen again.

With a razor-thin unit already, the Buckeyes have wasted no time, picking up ESPN Watch List offensive tackles Marcelys Jones (Cleveland/Glenville) and Kyle Trout (Lancaster, Ohio/Lancaster).

Trout has been a big name all along, while Jones -- also a big name -- cemented his worth with a strong showing at the Best of the Midwest Combine last week.

But Ohio State is far from done.

The Buckeyes have already offered 22 offensive linemen and 20 offensive tackles. Of that number, 17 are ESPN Watch List juniors with junior college standouts Jermaine Eluemunor (Rockaway, N.J./Lackawanna College) and Chad Mavety (Garden City, N.Y./Nassau Community College) in the mix as well.

The biggest names on the list are ones every recruitnik knows about already. Juniors like Alex Bars (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell), Andy Bauer (St. Louis/De Smet Jesuit), Jamarco Jones (Chicago/De La Salle), Demetrius Knox (Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints Episcopal), K.C. McDermott (Wellington, Fla./Palm Beach Central), Quenton Nelson (Red Bank, N.J./Red Bank Catholic), Damian Prince (Forestville, Md./Bishop McNamara), Braden Smith (Olathe, Kan./Olathe) and Bentley Spain (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) come to mind immediately.

The Buckeyes might take as many as five or six linemen by the time signing day rolls around, and players like Sam Mustipher (Olney, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel) and Jamarco Jones might land in Columbus, Ohio next fall.