Jamarco Jones, a rising offensive tackle prospect in the Class of 2014, has made his long-awaited decision on where he will play his college football. The star out of De La Salle Institute in Chicago is going to be the newest member of the Ohio State Buckeyes, per Steve Wiltfong of 247sports.com.
At 6’5”, 290 lbs., Jones has the frame and athleticism to handle some of the best pass rushers in the game, and he has already proven himself against top-flight competition.
According to Wiltfong, Jones earned MVP honors at the Core 6 Athletes event in Ohio this past February, largely by winning the battle in the trenches against great edge rushers such as Dylan Thompson and Chris Slayton.
The big tackle is adept at stopping the speedy defensive ends and linebackers on the edge and will certainly help to keep his quarterback upright when playing for the Buckeyes.
Jones could stand to put on a few more pounds and work on his strength, as that would bolster his ability to block power rushers and help clear running lanes.
Urban Meyer is fortunate to have garnered a commitment from this 4-star prospect, as he has been graded out as the No. 4 OT in the class and No. 50 overall recruit, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.
A number of other universities around the country were interested in Jones’ services, including the prominent programs like the Florida Gators, Michigan Wolverines, Michigan State Spartans, Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Vanderbilt Commodores.
It seems Jones has made the right choice by committing to the Buckeyes and will have a real chance to shine in Columbus. We doubt it will be long before we see Jones pancaking opponents in Ohio Stadium.
Ohio State has a rich tradition of winning and developing top-tier offensive lineman, meaning there’s a good chance we could see this young man playing on Sundays in the near future.