Signing Day Impact: Jacoby Boren

Ohio recruiting analyst
Posted Feb 1, 2012
Bill Greene


To nobody's surprise, Pickerington Central offensive lineman Jacoby Boren will play his college football at Ohio State. The Boren name is well-known throughout Buckeye Nation, and Jacoby is ready to make his mark.

With two older brothers having starred at Ohio State, it was basically a foregone conclusion that Jacoby Boren would follow in their footsteps. Boren committed to Ohio State shortly after being offered, and is set to begin his career as a Buckeye.

Boren, 6-foot-1, 275-pounds, will probably begin his career at center, backing up sophomore Brian Bobek. He could also fill in at guard, and should be able to redshirt as a freshman, adding bulk and strength.

BREAKDOWN:

Jacoby Boren is simply a prospect that does not have the ideal measurables to succeed at a high level in college football. Which is exactly what the recruiting analysts said about both of his older brothers, Justin and Zach.

There are times as analysts you have to throw the measurables out the window, and if ever there was a time to do that it is with this kid. Boren was simply the meanest, nastiest, roughest player I saw last year in various combine settings. That might be the single most-important trait for an offensive lineman. Bet against Boren? That's fine with him, and it will just motivate him even more.

BOREN ON CHOOSING OHIO STATE:

But there is one thing Jacoby knows is an unmistakable common trait between both he and his older brothers — they’re all Buckeyes.

“I think Ohio State is more than just a school,” said Jacoby, who committed to the program early in the process out of Pickerington (Ohio) Central in Dec. of 2010.

“You look over at the tradition, the people, the coaches, and the players that played before you and everything else. That’s what got me hooked and that’s the real reason why I couldn’t imagine myself as anything other than a Buckeye.”



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