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Ohio State Makes the Cut for Top OL Target Jamarco Jones

Photo courtesy of 247Sports.com.
Photo courtesy of 247Sports.com.
David RegimbalFeatured ColumnistMay 5, 2013

When Ohio State signed the country's No. 2 recruiting class on national signing day last February, there wasn't a whole lot head coach Urban Meyer could complain about.

The Buckeyes finished the 2013 recruiting cycle with a bang, nabbing prospects like 4-star, all-purpose back Dontre Wilson, 4-star receiver James Clark and 5-star safety Vonn Bell to secure the Big Ten's top recruiting class for the second consecutive year under Meyer.

Despite the strong finish, though, there was one thing Meyer wasn't happy about. 

The Buckeyes only managed to sign two true offensive linemen to their 25-member class last year, a number that was way too low for a team losing four of its five starting O-linemen to graduation in 2013.

Because of that, Meyer and the coaching staff are putting an emphasis on recruiting along the offensive line this year. On Sunday, the Buckeyes got some good news on that front.

One of Ohio State's top offensive line targets—Jamarco Jones out of Chicago—announced his top four schools via Twitter Sunday afternoon. The Buckeyes made the cut.

My final four schools are Michigan Michigan State, Notre Dame and Ohio State in no particular order

— Jamarco Jones (@jjones_73) May 5, 2013

Jones is a 4-star prospect with more than 25 offers from various schools around the country. Including the four listed in the above tweet, Jones also holds offers from Arkansas, Florida, Florida State, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Wisconsin and many others.

It's no surprise that Ohio State made the cut here. The Buckeyes have been very high on Jones' list for some time now, and many recruiting gurus expect him to wind up in Columbus when all is said and done.

Jones' commitment is pivotal for Meyer and the Buckeyes. Ohio State has missed out on a number of its offensive line targets in recent weeks with QuentonNelson and Orlando "Zeus" Brown committing elsewhere.

The 4-star offensive tackle will be making his decision on June 27.

Watch highlights from Jones' junior season here:

All recruit rankings per 247Sports.com.

 

David Regimbal is the lead Ohio State football writer for Bleacher Report.
Follow him on Twitter @davidreg412.

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