Buckeyes Try to Add a Fifth OL From Their Backyard
By Michael Chung
It is no secret that the 2014 recruiting season has emphasized the OL. Meyer was very clear about OL recruiting: “We're going to have four starters walk out the doors next year this time,” he 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.”
So far, Ohio State has had a blue chip recruiting season for offensive linemen. On Christmas Day 2012, Cleveland-Glenville’s Marcelys Jones became the first OL and the first member of the 2014 class to commit. The Buckeyes later added Kyle Trout, Jamarco Jones, and Demetrius Knox, filling four of their allotted five spots for OL.
But attaining OL #5 has proved to be quite elusive. Top Juco OL Jermaine Eluemunor told me he was going to commit to OSU upon his visit but certain unknown factors prevented him from being Buckeye and later lead him to commit to Arkansas (he later flipped to Texas A&M). Another top Juco OL—Avery Gennesy—visited Ohio State and had OSU #2 behind Texas A&M but he later pledged to the Aggies as well.
Ohio State was all in for top Juco OL Chad Mavety. Urban Meyer personally took over his recruitment but Mavety went with his heart and committed to FSU, despite having 4 starting OL returning.
The Juco route was a bust, and finding top high school OL to be #5 has also proved difficult. The Buckeyes have offered the likes of Damian Prince, Alex Bookser, Frank Ragnow, Brian Wallace, Roderick Johnson, and Damien Mama, to name a few, but all have either eliminated OSU or pledged to a different school. With three weeks left until National Signing Day, Ohio State’s last chance to add another OL could be in their very back yard.
Ohio State recently offered Columbus native and current Virginia Tech commit Brady Taylor. After weeks of speculation, the Buckeyes finally pulled the trigger with an offer.
Rivals, Scout, 24/7, and ESPN rate this 6’5” 265 OL three stars. He is currently a Virginia Tech verbal commit but also had offers from Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Eastern Michigan, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Indiana, Marshall, Miami (Ohio), Middle Tennessee, Minnesota, North Carolina State, Ohio, Pittsburgh, Purdue, South Florida, and West Virginia.
Time is ticking for the Buckeyes and Brady. Whom will he choose? He took time to update Ozone readers on his recruitment.
The-Ozone: How did you find out about your offer? Coach Warinner called me and reevaluated my film, showed it in an offensive staff meeting and told me that it was unanimous among the offensive staff to give me an offer.
The-Ozone: What were you thinking when OSU offered? I was definitely very excited because it was the offer I originally wanted. They had recruited me for a long time so I kind of knew it was coming.
The-Ozone: What have you and your parents discussed as far as an OSU offer? They just talk to me about the pros and cons and opportunities at both schools they will support me at either school.
The-Ozone: Have you talked to VA Tech coaches since your offer? If yes, what did the coaches say to you? What did you say to the coaches? Yes, I let them know what was going on and they were very understanding, knowing that I am from Columbus. They put aside the business of it and said to make the best decision for me. They did give me a lot of pros of going to VT.
The-Ozone: When will you visit OSU and VA Tech? OSU this weekend Tech next
The-Ozone: Do you have more friends at VA Tech or OSU? Who do you know that is in the 2014 OSU class? I am definitely closer with the commits at VT and we have built good relationships. I also know that OSU has a very good class this year that would also be special to be apart of.
The-Ozone: How is OSU’s Dietetics program? How does this factor into your decision? People have told me it is very good. I got the link the other day and it seems to fit everything I need.
The-Ozone: Would you say you are 50/50 OSU/VA Tech now or are you leaning more VA Tech? Can you offer a percentage to our readers? I don't know if I quite have a percentage but I will go on my heart and what feels best after my visits.