The first of two big questions for Ohio State recruiting is now settled – Jamarco Jones will be a Buckeye.
Jones, who originally committed to the program in June but took an official visit to Michigan State this past weekend, has told Scout.com's Beth Long that he is sticking with his Ohio State pledge.
He also posted a pro Ohio State message on his Twitter feed at 9:46 p.m.
Jones, the No. 6 offensive tackle in the nation and Scout’s 63rd-ranked player in the country, is a four-star prospect who checks in at 6-5, 285 pounds. As the highest ranked of five offensive linemen in the 2014 class for the Buckeyes, the Chicago De Le Salle prospect is a key attention for an Ohio State team that graduated four starters from its OL after this past season and is in need of more depth at the tackle spots.
An Under Armour All-American, Jones is also the third-ranked player in Illinois, and Scout.com’s Allen Trieu has the following evaluation of Jones:
“Jones is a good sized kid with long arms and already has good technique in pass protection. Once he gets into the Buckeyes' strength and conditioning program, we expect him to develop into a monster at the next level.”
He had seemed solidly committed to the Buckeyes until two weeks ago, when news broke that he planned to check out Michigan State, which finished second in his original recruiting decision, after the departure of OSU assistant coach Mike Vrabel – the program’s area recruiter for Chicago – to the NFL.
The recommitment of Jones keeps OSU ranked third in the nation going into National Signing Day tomorrow with five-star prospect Malik McDowell, who took an Ohio State visit this past weekend, still on the market.
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