Ohio State Football Recruiting: Jamarco Jones' Verbal Caps Great Week for OSU

Tim Bielik@bielik_timSenior Analyst IJune 28, 2013

Photo courtesy of 247Sports.com.
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Just when it seemed like Ohio State's recruiting had slowed down or hit a wall, Urban Meyer reeled off quite a strong week by landing four verbals in the span of a week, capped by the verbal commitment of Chicago OT Jamarco Jones on Thursday.

He joins DE Jalyn Holmes, QB Stephen Collier and WR Terry McLaurin as the latest members of the Ohio State class of 2014, which is now 14 members strong and No. 4 on Scout.com's team rankings as of Jones' verbal.

Jones gives OSU three OL prospects along with Marcelys Jones and Kyle Trout in a year where the Buckeyes need to heavily replenish their offensive line. They may need even more than those three, but Jamarco Jones along with Kyle Trout could be very good bookend tackles in the future.

OSU might not be done recruiting offensive linemen depending on what happens with Jermaine Eluemeuor, Damian Prince and Demetrius Knox.

It needs to bolster that depth because it has four seniors—Jack Mewhort, Andrew Norwell, Corey Linsley and Marcus Hall—starting on the offensive line with little depth behind them. Ideally, OSU would like to match those losses evenly and needs just one more to make that happen.

As for their other commitments earlier this week, the Buckeyes raised some eyebrows in getting verbals from both Holmes and Collier for different reasons.

Holmes was leaning toward Florida State before his visit to OSU, but fell in love with the campus and pulled the trigger on a verbal last Thursday.

Collier, an Elite 11 quarterback, seemed at first like a fallback option after missing out on Kyle Allen and others. But his film is more impressive than his 3-star rating from Scout suggests, and getting an invite to the Elite 11 says plenty on its own.

McLaurin joins Lonnie Johnson as speedy receivers from Indiana who are heading east to Ohio State.

Obviously, there aren't a lot of spots left in OSU's recruiting class due to the final year of scholarship sanctions.

But it's weeks like this that get recruiting juices flowing around Columbus—this has been one of those great recruiting weeks for Meyer and the Buckeyes.


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