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Football Recruiting
Buckeyes Find Mutual Interest in Elite JUCO Lineman
By Michael Chung

It is no secret Ohio State needs offensive linemen in the class of 2014. Urban Meyer and his coaches were only able to recruit two pure offensive guys up front in this past recruiting class, and the Buckeyes will lose four starters after next season.

The need for offensive linemen is imperative, and Ohio State will likely recruit 4-5 guys for Ed Warinner in this class. That doesn’t mean those guys will be ready to contribute as freshmen for the 2014 season. With that in mind, Ohio State has offered Junior College star Jermaine Eluemunor out of Lackawanna Community College in Scranton, Pa.

There will be a need for experienced college-level linemen next year, as the 2014 Buckeyes will only return one starter up front. With Joey O’Connor transferring to Colorado State, the offensive line ranks have thinned and the need for player like Eluemunor has heightened.

Jermaine has a unique background. He did grow up with football but not the kind we play here in the States. Jermaine grew up in England, where they refer to soccer as football, or fútbol.

At 6-6 and 300 pounds, Eluemunor is much better suited for the American version of football, and he already has some big-time offers from schools like Alabama, Florida, Oklahoma, Penn State and Texas A&M. Jermaine recently took some time to talk to The-Ozone about his recruitment.

Ozone: What did OSU say to you when they offered?

Eluemunor: When OSU offered me I was talking to Coach Warriner, we were just having a normal talk and then he said that I have an offer from Ohio State. They said that they want a JUCO lineman to come in and play right away

Ozone: What has Urban Meyer said to you?

Eluemunor: I haven't spoken to coach Meyer yet.

Ozone: What is your top 5?

Eluemunor:  I don't have a top 5 yet because it’s too early to come up with one.

Ozone: When do you plan to commit?

Eluemunor:  I plan to commit sometime next fall.

Ozone: What is your best position?

Eluemunor: My best position is tackle.

Ozone: Which coaching staff are you closest with? Which coaches do you talk to the most?

Eluemunor: I've been speaking to coach (Mark) Pantoni a lot and coach Warinner.

Ozone: Who was your football idol growing up?

Elumunor: I didn't have an idol because I lived in England until I was 14 and just started playing football sophomore year of high school but didn't really learn the game until my senior year.

Ozone: How has wrestling helped you in football? Any chance you could have a match with Luke Fickell who was a championship wrestler?

Eluemunor: Wrestling has made me more aggressive and more disciplined and helped me become more flexible. I think the reason for all my success is because of wrestling; its one of the greatest sports in the world! And I would love to wrestle coach Fickell; I do not back down from anyone so I would wrestle him but he would probably beat me cause he is a tank!

Ozone Quick Hitters:

Major? undecided
Favorite food? Spaghetti Bolognese
Favorite book? Art of War
Best subject in school? Science
Worst subject in school? Math
Favorite movie? Remember the Titans, Pokémon movies and Madagascar 3
Favorite celebrities? Selena Gomez, Alexa Morgan, Shaquille O’Neal

*Thank you Jermaine for your time. What an eclectic background you have growing up in England and being a wrestler. If you have a chance to wrestle coach Fickell, we’ll be there to cover it.

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