Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Ohio State getting serious at juco level
By Brad Bournival
Urban Meyer freely spoke about missing on the offensive line in the 2013 recruiting class, and the coaching staff is making it a big priority this time around. With a possibility of four starters graduating from the squad, the line is in need of immediate depth.
The Buckeyes have offered scholarships to three junior college players already in the 2014 cycle. The fact that all three play offensive tackle isn’t a surprise, and the Buckeyes see great immediate potential in all three.
Twenty-four offers have gone out to linemen. Two -- tackles Marcelys Jones (Cleveland/Glenville) and Kyle Trout (Lancaster, Ohio/Lancaster) -- have already committed to the Buckeyes, but they are high school players, meaning they might need more time to mature into contributing roles.
Dontavius Blair (Anniston, Ala./Garden City Community College), Chad Mavety (Garden City, N.J./Nassau Community College) and Jermaine Eluemunor (Rockaway, N.J./Lackawanna College) are the three already offered, and all three are serious about the Buckeyes. Mavety is coming on an unofficial visit on April 6 and has planned an official visit on Nov. 22. Eluemunor has also scheduled a visit that weekend. Blair has talked about how exciting the offer from Ohio State has been, though no official or unofficial visits are planned just yet.
Speaking of offers, these three have a ton already.
Mavety counts 13 offers, including ones from Alabama, Arizona State, Kansas, Miami (Fla.), Oklahoma, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.
Eluemunor is being looked at by Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Texas Tech, UCLA and USC and has 16 offers.
Blair counts Arizona State, Florida State, Georgia, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Tennessee among his nine offers.
While offering junior college players isn’t the norm at Ohio State, the three offered this year are step-right-in players who can make an immediate impact. The Buckeyes signed one juco player in 2013, wide receiver Corey Smith.