4-Star OT Jermaine Eluemunor to Decide Between Ohio State and Arkansas

David Regimbal@davidreg412Featured ColumnistJuly 25, 2013

Photo courtesy of 247Sports.com.
Photo courtesy of 247Sports.com.

Bret Bielema may have left Wisconsin and the Big Ten to coach at Arkansas, but that hasn't signaled the end of his battles with Ohio State.

Bielema and Urban Meyer are locked in a recruiting fight for Jermaine Eluemunor, a 4-star JUCO offensive tackle out of Scranton, Pa. 

Eluemunor, who holds offers from schools such as Alabama, Florida State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas A&M, will be choosing between the Buckeyes and the Razorbacks on Friday, according to Scout's Derek Young.

With four offensive line starters set to graduate after the 2013 season, Ohio State has a huge need up front. That need is compounded by the Buckeyes' lack of depth.

Urban's top 3 concerns entering the season: 1. Depth at OL 2. Depth at LB 3. Punter.

— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) July 25, 2013

Ohio State has already secured verbal commitments from three outstanding linemen in 4-star tackles Jamarco Jones and Kyle Trout and guard Marcelys Jones. With the holes expected in the 2014 roster, Meyer would like to sign at least five linemen, but six isn't out of the question.

As the top JUCO lineman in the countryEluemunor has been one of Ohio State's biggest targets from the start. The Buckeyes thought they lost Eluemunor when he committed to UCLA on June 10, but the 6'6", 300-pound lineman visited Ohio State 11 days later, making it clear that his decision was not final.

Eluemunor officially de-committed from the Bruins on Wednesday, announcing that he's no longer considering UCLA.

That leaves Ohio State and Arkansas in a heated head-to-head battle.

Eluemunor is coming off a trip to Fayetteville where he reportedly had a great visit, according to Richard Davenport of The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Since visiting last weekend, Eluemunor has trended Arkansas' way in 247Sports.com's "Crystal Ball Projections."

Can Ohio State pull the upset and snag Eluemunor away from the Razorbacks? If not, the task of securing depth for the offensive line will become a bit tougher for Meyer and the Buckeyes.


All recruit rankings per 247Sports.com.

David Regimbal is the lead Ohio State football writer for Bleacher Report.
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