Ohio State Buckeyes: Jermaine Eluemunor

Week in Review: Lights on, stars in 

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Friday Night Lights dominated headlines for most the week and then Demetrius Knox stole a little of the thunder. But there were plenty of other things going on in the recruiting world.

It was a week some Ohio State fans would like to forget -- or remember -- it all depended on where their heart was and what they wanted to focus on.

Here’s what happened in yet another busy week on the recruiting trail for Urban Meyer and Co.

Staff sways OT Eluemunor to Arkansas 

July, 26, 2013
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Junior college OT Jermaine Eluemunor (Rockaway, N.J./Lackawanna College) is now planning to be an Arkansas Razorback.


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Summer recruit wrap: Ohio State 

July, 23, 2013
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BuckeyeNation looks at 10 themes of Ohio State’s 2014 recruiting class to date:

Arms race is over

Ohio State missed out on ESPN 300 quarterbacks Kyle Allen (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) and Brandon Harris (Bossier City, La./Parkway) and came up empty on standout DeShaun Watson as well. That didn’t matter to Urban Meyer, who got his man in Stephen Collier (Leesburg, Ga./Leesburg). The Georgia high school standout had a private game of pitch and catch with the Buckeyes coach and it was enough to earn an offer and commitment. Consider the hunt for a quarterback finished.


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As the recruiting class rounds the halfway point in its cycle, Ohio State certainly has done its part in strengthening weaknesses and shoring up depth issues in the Class of 2014.

With four starters gone after this season on the offensive line, the trenches were a priority as were the linebackers. That became even more a factor after linebackers Luke Roberts and David Perkins transferred.

Under NCAA guidelines, the Buckeyes essentially have two remaining scholarships to fill, but they aren’t recruiting that way. Through transfers, medical scholarships and the like it appears Ohio State’s class will be a decent size once again and will far exceed the 16 spots it currently is allowed to have.

Remember, the Buckeyes will have until August of 2014 to get to the allotted 82 scholarships. With that in mind, here’s an idea of who might be left to grab:

Offensive line


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It’s time to dip into the BuckeyeNation recruiting mailbag and answer some of your questions. We’ll try to give everyone a chance to get their questions answered. We encourage you to send your questions by Twitter at @bbournival, by email at brad.bournival.espn@gmail.com or by posting a question in the Horseshoe Pit forum.

@buckeyefan686: Here’s the scenario: Ohio State takes 20 recruits. If Raekwon McMillan and Marshon Lattimore commit, do they take three more offensive linemen and if not, who grabs the last spots?


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A week after Ohio State increased its 2014 recruiting class by four the Buckeyes took a little time off from the commitment game. But that didn’t mean pledges and recruits didn’t have a lot to say in what -- as always -- was a busy week as Ohio State continues to mold itself into a solid team.

Jermaine Eluemunor
Josh Moyer/ESPNJermaine Eluemunor delayed his decision between Ohio State, UCLA and Arkansas, which was scheduled for this past Friday.
Just two days after the exit of Luke Roberts, who transferred to Harvard, Ohio State had to look into replacing yet another linebacker. Some of the names we looked at on Friday were familiar, while some were new. Some are incredible long shots. On another front, Jermaine Eluemunor, who was rumored in wanting to finalize a decision on Friday, decided to hold off. The UCLA pledge plans to make a trip later this month to Arkansas before making a final commitment.

On Wednesday, news turned to the hardwood as top 10 recruit Myles Turner gave Ohio State some good news. The ESPN 100 power forward/center broke down a top 10 and the Buckeyes are in it. Wednesday also saw big receiving target Austin Roberts find himself in the who’s who from The Opening after another strong performance.

ESPN 300 defensive end Solomon Thomas spoke about his recent Ohio State visit on Tuesday, while ESPN 300 offensive tackle Demetrius Knox heard about the Buckeyes from virtually every commit while he was in Oregon. Some great news in the wide receiving front came when ESPN 300 standout Johnnie Dixon put Ohio State in his top two along with Miami (Fla.) after a recent visit to Columbus, Ohio.

On Monday, wide receiver Christian Kirk said he’d probably schedule a visit to the Buckeyes in the next few weeks. Could that mean an appearance at the Friday Night Lights camp on July 26? Stay tuned. Star pledge Damon Webb looked to join fronts with other Buckeyes at The Opening, while ESPN 300 safety Jamal Adams broke down a top six that included Ohio State. Speaking of the Opening, big news came out on Monday when new pledge Terry McLaurin finished second in the SPARQ national championship. Nothing much has changed with ESPN 300 linebacker Raekwon McMillan. He’s still got Ohio State at the top and is coming to Friday Night Lights at the end of the month.

OSU recruiting: Positions of need 

July, 2, 2013
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Ohio State had several areas of need in the 2014 class, chief among them being the offensive line and linebacker. Here’s a look at their top five areas of need and what they’ve done to address them so far.


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Juco OT Eluemunor commits to UCLA 

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Junior college offensive tackle Jermaine Eluemunor (Scranton, Pa./Lackawanna) counted UCLA as his top school before this past weekend's official visit -- and now he counts himself as a UCLA commit.

Eluemunor pledged to the Bruins on Sunday night and became the fourth commit of the 2014 class.


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What to do with the extra scholarship ... what to do?

When middle linebacker David Perkins parted ways with Ohio State, it meant the Buckeyes’ Class of 2014 got a bump if Urban Meyer and the gang so choose to increase the recruiting class by one.

That will likely happen, as Ohio State’s class size was 14 prior to Perkins departure.

What does that mean for the Buckeyes? If they use it like many think, it could mean a lot.


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Sometimes the door opens, sometimes it closes.

While three Ohio State commitments earned golden tickets to The Opening, the Buckeyes lost another prospective pledge to Michigan and one to Clemson as well in a busy week full of recruiting.

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It’s time to dip into the BuckeyeNation recruiting mailbag and answer some of your questions. We’ll try to give everyone a chance to get their questions answered. We encourage you to send your questions by Twitter at @bbournival, by email at brad.bournival.espn@gmail.com or by posting a question in the Horseshoe Pit forum.

@buckeyefan686: Which of the offered quarterbacks do you think is most likely to land at Ohio State and how does he compare to J.T. Barrett early on?


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A final six has emerged for one of the top juco players in the country, and his leaderboard has a national flavor to it.


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Here’s a look at the next steps Ohio State needs to take in the recruiting Class of 2014 to make this class stronger. It in all likelihood will be a small class, so every commitment matters -- as it should. We’ll look at it in three parts. Where the Buckeyes have made strides, where they’re strong and where they need to make up some ground.

Where they’re strong


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It's time to dip into the BuckeyeNation recruiting mailbag and answer some of your questions.

We'll try to give everyone a chance to get their questions answered.

We encourage you to send your questions by Twitter at @bbournival, by e-mail at brad.bournival.espn@gmail.com or by posting a question in the Horseshoe Pit forum.

@Hay_breezy: Where do the Buckeyes stand with Brandon Harris and Kyle Allen?


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Don't like the air in the recruiting world today? Much like the weather in Ohio, wait two minutes, and things will change.

With news that offensive guard Demetrius Knox has set an official visit to Ohio State, and offensive Damian Prince is planning a one-day summer visit, things in the trenches took on a new look.

The top five targets of the Buckeyes looked to be taking shape after Sam Mustipher (Olney, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel) and Quenton Nelson (Red Bank, NJ/Red Bank Catholic) committed to Notre Dame, but that has changed.

With that in mind, here’s a redux of the top five offensive linemen -- regardless of position Ohio State might be looking at now:


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