Tuesday, February 26, 2013
OT Eluemunor talks about newest offer
By Josh Moyer
Jermaine Eluemunor (Scranton, Pa./Lackawanna) awoke to a ringing phone around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, assuming it was a premature alarm. But when he rolled over to turn his cell off, he noticed it was actually someone calling.
About 10 minutes before sunrise, with crust still in his eyes, the juco offensive tackle ended up speaking with Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien. He expected a call from the Nittany Lions -- but he wasn't anticipating what came next.
O'Brien told the 6-foot-5, 300-pound junior college prospect that his staff liked him a lot. And they wanted to offer him a full scholarship.
"For them to call me that early and offer me, it shows a lot," Eluemunor said. "I really appreciate it. I was really excited about it."
Eluemunor has seen his stock rise considerably in the past few months. He received no offers -- not even from a Division II school -- after his senior season at Denville (N.J.) Morris Knolls. But after going the junior college route and spending one season with Lackawanna, a move his high school coaches recommended, he already has scholarship offers in the double digits, and from some of the biggest programs in the country.
He boasts 11 offers right now, including ones from Texas A&M, Ohio State, Florida State and Oklahoma. He admitted he was still pretty raw in high school because he was new to football after moving from London in 2008. But after an intense offseason workout and time with Lackawanna, Eluemunor believes he can play with the best.
"I dreamed I could do this," he said. "Many people have dreams, but I put in the work to be able to do this. I trained like crazy, and I'm an animal on the field."
Eluemunor plans to visit Happy Valley in two weeks. He's never before visited what he termed a "real college," a four-year school, or attended a major college game. So his trip to PSU will be his first.
He already has official visits scheduled next fall to see the Buckeyes and Aggies, but he has no other immediate plans. He'll graduate from Lackawanna in December and enroll in January, but he said it's still very early in his recruitment.
"Really, I can see myself playing anywhere right now," he said. "I can't really say if I'm interested more in Penn State or another school because I want to wait to see other schools. I want to do my research and, probably by the end of the spring, I'll have a top 10.
"If I have 20 offers, I'm just going to kind of stop my recruitment because 20 is more than enough. So when I get that, I'm going to start cutting my list down."
Eluemunor said the most important thing to him in a school right now is just the coaches. He wants an offensive line coach who's going to push him and a staff with which he has a strong relationship.
He's still getting acquainted with most staffs. Penn State just called his junior college coach Monday night, for example, and that coach passed along the message that they'd be calling Eluemunor. He just didn't realize it would be so early.
"I know if I get the right coach, then I'm going to be the best because I'm going to work more than anyone else in the whole country," he said.