Ohio State has received its first commitment for the class of 2014 in junior offensive lineman Marcelys Jones.
Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes are certainly starting off on the right foot in regards to the 2014 recruiting class, as Jones projects to be a very talented player at the college level.
Brad Bournival of ESPN.com reports on the commitment:
Urban Meyer’s 2012 Christmas got a whole lot nicer Tuesday morning when Marcelys Jones(Cleveland/Glenville) committed to Ohio State.
In doing so, the 6-foot-4, 325-pound offensive tackle became the first commitment in the class of 2014 for the Buckeyes.
Jones is 6'5'', 325 pounds (as a junior remember) and he's the No. 2 ranked guard in the class of 2014, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings. Both ESPN and Scout.com have Jones listed as an offensive tackle.
Should Jones play offense or defense for OSU?
He's obviously a big lineman, and the fact that he's ranked as both a tackle and a guard point to him being a very versatile lineman. Bournival also reports that Jones isn't sure if he'll stay on offense at the college level, which is yet another indication of the skill set that the 2014 recruit will be bringing to the Buckeyes.
Remember, he's only a junior, so there's reason to believe that he'll get even better with the experience gained from playing his senior year as well. Either way, the Buckeyes received the commitment of a very talented football player.
Jones is also going to be a recruit who helps out on the recruiting trail as well, according to his quotes via Bournival's report:
“I’m going to get some more 2014 guys to commit to Ohio State. I can’t wait to go to work at O-State. It’s one of the best schools. We’ll be contending in BCS bowls. I wanted to go where I knew I could win.”
That's quite a statement of confidence in the Buckeyes, and in general, it's a statement to the college football world. Jones is one of the better recruits in the 2014 class, so by saying that, he's letting other big-time recruits know that Ohio State is the place to be if they want to play for a contender.
Meyer proved as much by going 12-0 in his first season as Ohio State's head coach, but this is just another reminder of the potential his program has.
Finally, Jones' commitment helps maintain the pipeline Ohio State has established with Glenville High School. Bournival reports that Jones is now the 19th Glenville player to commit to Ohio State since 2002, so the fact that he's the Buckeyes first 2014 commitment becomes even more significant.
Overall, Jones will be bringing a lot to the Buckeyes.
He's the first, elite 2014 recruit to commit to Ohio State, but he won't be the last.