De La Salle High School lineman Jamarco Jones announced on Twitter on June 24 that he would be making his decision on where to play college football Thursday, June 27. He explained that there are only three teams he's still considering suiting up for, tweeting:
Everybody come up to De La Salle this Thursday at 1pm! I will be making my college decision between Michigan Michigan State and Ohio State.— Jamarco Jones (@jjones_73) June 24, 2013
The Spartans, Wolverines and Buckeyes all boast top-tier football programs, but Ohio State is the smartest choice for Jones. The lineman ranks as Rivals.com's No. 97 recruit in the nation and would only improve his talents under coach Urban Meyer.
Meyer is one easily one of the top coaches in all of college football and instantly produced results after coming to Columbus. In his first season as the Buckeyes coach, the team went undefeated and capped the season off by defeating arch-rival Michigan 26-21. As for the Wolverines, head coach Brady Hoke brought the team to an 8-5 record and a loss in the Outback Bowl to South Carolina last year.
Michigan State's Mark Dantonio has accolades of his own, but he is simply not in the same coaching tier as Meyer.
The Spartans went 7-6 last year after going 12-3 in 2011. Michigan State also won the Big Ten title under Dantonio back in 2010, but his career head-coaching record sits at just 69-45. Hoke's career numbers are close to Dantonio's at 66-57 overall. Meyer boasts a 116-23 career record to pair with his two national titles.
Ohio State is only going to continue to get better with a two-time national champion head coach manning the sidelines.
Meyer is the superior head-coaching option for Jones to learn under and Braxton Miller is the best quarterback to protect.
Miller finished fifth in the Heisman voting last season and rushed for over 100 yards in six games. He threw for 15 touchdowns and ran for another 13.
Dantonio stated on June 4 that Andrew Maxwell will be the Spartans' starter next season but left the door open for competition.
"I think it's important to recognize that Maxwell is a senior and we need to get someone ready as we move forward, so you'll see another quarterback playing a little bit," Dantonio told Mike Griffith of Mlive.com.
In 2012, the projected Spartans starter threw 13 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He threw for over 250 yards in just three games last season.
The Wolverines will start Devin Gardner, who had just 33 attempts in his college career before 2012, mainly due to backing up Denard Robinson. He complete 75 of his 126 passes last year, throwing five interceptions and 11 touchdowns.
Paired with Hoke entering his second season as Wolverines coach, only time will tell how Michigan fares in 2013.
If Jones wants to have the best chance to ready himself for the NFL but still succeed on the college level, Ohio State is the program for him.
Blocking for a quarterback that likes to move his feet isn't easy for a lineman at times, but it would be another addition to Jones' repertoire. Learning to block for a mobile quarterback like Miller under the tutelage of one of the best coaches in the nation is too great an opportunity to pass up.