OT Jamarco Jones High on Ohio State’s Wish List
By Michael Chung
After coming up a bit short in the 2013 class, Ohio State is in desperate need of offensive linemen for 2014. Even Urban Meyer said so during his National Signing Day press conference.
The Buckeyes already have verbal commitments from Lancaster Ohio’s Kyle Trout and Cleveland Glenville’s Marcelys Jones, but they lose the bulk of their starting offensive line after the 2013 season.
“We're going to have four starters walk out the doors next year this time,” Meyer said back in early February.
“And we're not prepared for that. So that's area number one. And 1A, 1B, 1C is offensive linemen for next year.”
Another prospect being recruited hard by Meyer and the Ohio State staff for 2014 is Jamarco Jones out of Chicago. Jones recently won the overall MVP for the Core 6 Athletes Showcase in Cincinnati, Ohio. Standing 6-5 and weighing in at 285 pounds, Jones can play either guard or tackle but projects as a tackle at the next level.
He is rated as one of the top players at his position around the country and already has offers from schools like Florida, Michigan, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Ohio State. He took some time to let Ozone in on his recruiting process.
Ozone: Tell us about your time visiting Ohio State? What did you do? Who did you meet with?
Jones: I had a great time on my visit. On Saturday evening I was able have dinner with Coach (Ed) Warinner, Coach (Mike) Vrabel and some of the players. Then I went with the players and I stayed the night on campus. I met with all the coaches and some of the other recruits.
Ozone: What did Urban Meyer say to you when you visited?
Jones: Coach Meyer just said how much they really liked me and they were emphasizing linemen this year. He said they're going to recruit me hard throughout the process.
Ozone: It is no secret Ohio State needs OL in this class, which position is your best and why? Did the coaches say you could have a chance to start immediately?
Jones: I believe I am best at offensive tackle because of my athleticism and length. Yes, they said as long as I come in and work hard I will have the chance to play early.
Ozone: Which coaching staffs in college football have you developed the best relationships with?
Jones: All of them pretty much I have got to know.
Ozone: When would you like to decide on your college choice?
Jones: I will pick my college before my senior season starts.
Ozone: What about Ohio State makes them attractive to you?
Jones: Ohio State has a great coaching staff that I have got to know pretty well. They are all great coaches and offer a great chance for me to become a better player and person. I can also receive a great education there as well.
Ozone: Ohio State is targeting a lot of players from the Chicago/Illinois area, are you friends with any of them? Which ones do you think have the most Ohio State interest?
Jones: I know some of them pretty well but I don’t know about their recruiting process.
Ozone: Congratulations on winning the overall MVP of the Core 6 Athletes Showcase. Tell us about the competition.
Jones: I had great outing in Cincinnati and went up against good competition. I won most of my one-on-ones. Malik McDowell (defensive end out of Detroit) gave me the most trouble. We went back and forth a couple of times and he beat me a few of those matches. We did agility drills but mainly one-on-ones was the main competition.
Ozone: Anyone else make an impression on you at the Core 6 Athletes Showcase?
Jones: J.B. Butler (out of Joliet Catholic HS) is an offensive lineman did really well and impressed me.
Quick Hitters With Jamarco Jones:
What is your favorite food? Fried fish and spaghetti
Favorite drink? Ice tea
Favorite restaurant? Wing Stop
Favorite Movie? Friday Night Lights
Hobby? Playing sports
Best subject in school? AP History
Worst subject in school? Chemistry
*Thank you Jamarco for your time and congratulations again on winning the competition in Cincinnati. Best of luck to you as you make your college choice.