The Ohio State Buckeyes picked up their fifth recruit for the 2012 season yesterday when Jacoby Boren from Pickerington (OH) Central officially committed to the Ohio State Buckeyes. For those wondering, Boren IS from that family of Borens.
Boren is a bit of an undersized offensive linemen/defensive end for the Buckeyes, coming in at 6'3" and 275 pounds. Don't let the size fool you though, since his style of play may help him overcome any size issues. Both of Jacoby's brothers describe him as having a bit of a "nasty streak," which would be a solid description for all of the Borens. According to the patriarch of the family, Mike, "Jacoby has got a chip on his shoulder. He's a really tough kid."
Boren was the starting center as a freshman at Pickering. He currently plays right guard on offense, and plays both tackle and end on the defensive line, as well as middle linebacker. He's the only lineman for Pickering that's a two-way starter.
It's unknown where Boren will play when he joins the Buckeyes, since we really can't be sure how big the kid is going to be. As a freshman, Boren was 6'1" and 250 pounds. He's already grown two inches and 25 pounds. His size could ultimately dictate his position, although he does seem destined to bring his mean streak to the offensive side of things.
Jacoby becomes the third Boren brother to join the Buckeyes over the past 2 1/2 seasons, and has to be one of the strangest legacies in the history of college sports. Oldest brother Justin Boren is currently the starting right guard, while middle brother Zach Boren is the starting fullback. Three brothers that play for the same major college isn't unheard of, but it's a rare occurrence. The Buckeyes haven't had three brothers since the Griffins: Archie ('72-'75), Ray ('74-'77) and Duncan ('75-'78). As strange as it sounds, that's about as normal as the legacy goes.
Father Mike Boren was born and bred in Columbus, OH, but as a highly sought after recruit in the late 1970's, he chose to play for Bo Schembechler and the Michigan Wolverines. Boren finished up his days as a Wolverine as the second all-time leader in tackles (currently sixth), and an infamous Michigan Man. So much so, that his family became rabid Wolverine fans, including his sons. Of course, he still moved back to Columbus when his playing days were over.
Eldest son Justin Boren chose Michigan in 2005, and started for two years for the Wolverines. One of Boren's biggest moments in his life was sitting in the locker room and listening to Bo Schembechler's speech the day before he passed away during Michigan week in 2006. Lloyd Carr retired in 2007 and the Wolverines hired Rich Rodriguez. In an unprecedented move, Justin Boren decided to transfer...to THE Ohio State. It had never happened before (a Michigan starter transferring to OSU) in the entire history of the rivalry. Boren's reasoning?
“Michigan football was a family, built on mutual respect and support for each other from (former) Coach (Lloyd) Carr on down. We knew it took the entire family, a team effort, and we all worked together. I have great trouble accepting that those family values have eroded in just a few months. That same helmet, that I was raised on and proudly claimed for the last two years, now brings a completely different emotion to me, one that interferes with practicing and playing my best and mentally preparing for what is required."
Zach Boren committed a week after brother Justin's transfer. Even thought the events will always show Zach coming to the Buckeyes second, it's believed that Zach was going to choose the Buckeyes from the get-go. Why so interesting? According to brother Justin,
“We all rooted for Michigan as kids because of our dad (Mike) playing there and all,” OSU senior left guard Justin Boren said. “But Zach took it to another level. He was a die-hard Michigan fan.”
Jacoby talked about Ohio State possibly not being a given over the past two seasons, but it's widely believed that it was a one-horse race from the start.
I mean, c'mon, where was he going to go, Michigan?