Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Bama only definite visit for top juco OT
By Jared Shanker
Being the champs has its benefits, especially when it comes to impressing recruits.
One of the country’s top junior college offensive tackles, Jermaine Eluemunor (Scranton, Pa./Lackawanna College) was planning several trips and set official visits to Ohio State and Texas A&M, but now the only trip for certain is a visit to Alabama in mid-July.
“I like their program a lot,” Eluemunor said. “I like [offensive line] Coach [Mario] Cristobal a lot. I talk to him every day. I have a really good relationship with them.”
The Aggies are tentatively scheduled to host the 6-foot-5, 300-pound lineman officially on the weekend of Oct. 25, and Eluemunor scheduled an official visit to Ohio State on Nov. 22. Set more than six months in advance, there was always a good chance the visits might never take place. But Eluemunor already is questioning which schools he wants to visit.
“I’m trying to figure out where I want to go,” he said. “I’ll make it official after spring ball.”
Born in England, Eluemunor came to the United States in part to continue a football career that was never going to take shape in Europe. Hardly recruited, Eluemunor has almost two dozen offers now as a juco prospect.
His first goal was to land a few offers, so now he already is on to his next set of goals.
“Now that I’ve got the offers, next is to be first to All-American,” he said. “My goals will be to be a first-round pick and win a championship.”
Which coach can turn him into an All-American tackle will weigh heavy on Eluemunor’s decision.
“Coaches and atmosphere,” Eluemunor said are the two factors that matter most in his recruitment. “I want to be at home. I want a coach who will develop me to be one of the best players in the country, if not the best.”
Nebraska is the latest program to offer Eluemunor, and the Huskers are coming off a 2013 class in which they signed two juco tackles.
“They have a good tradition of O-linemen from jucos,” Eluemunor said, “and think I can make a big impact.”
Florida, Florida State, Oklahoma, Penn State, USC and Wisconsin are among the schools to offer Eluemunor.