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Thursday, March 7, 2013
Ohio State 2014 snapshot: OT Jones

By Brad Bournival

Throughout the next few months, BuckeyeNation will look deeper into those juniors offered by Ohio State.

We’ll give as much detail as we can and go behind the scenes to see why these Class of 2014 standouts are so attractive to the Buckeyes.

First on the list among offensive linemen is Jamarco Jones, who was in Columbus, Ohio a few weeks ago.

Vitals: Jones (Chicago/De La Salle) is 6-foot-5 and 285 pounds.

Status: Uncommitted and in high demand among Big Ten teams, Jones was offered by the Buckeyes on June 10 after a senior advanced camp at Ohio State.

ESPN.com ranking: He’s an ESPN Watch List offensive tackle, who continues to blow up on the recruiting scene.

Numbers game: While his Meteors didn’t have a strong season, Jones was a key component in the rush game for De La Salle. The All-Illinois selection helped his squad rush for 2,054 yards -- 228.2 yards per game -- and score 22 touchdowns on the ground.

State of the position: Obviously, the offensive line is a need for the Buckeyes. In fact, it’s the biggest, though Ohio State already has tackles Marcelys Jones (Cleveland/Glenville) and Kyle Trout (Lancaster, Ohio/Lancaster) committed from the Class of 2014. The Buckeyes could lose as many as four starters to graduation this season, making the trenches a vital part of this recruiting year.

What has caught Ohio State’s eye: First and foremost, Jones is a gamer and doesn’t back down from competition. That point came to the forefront early when the Watch List tackle earned the aforementioned offer after a camp in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

He’s a combine warrior and has proved it time and again by going against the likes of Malik McDowell with great success. Jones is a natural at holding off speed-rushers and has great movement to help in the running scheme.

What he has said about the Buckeyes: “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. 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.”