COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State hasn't handed out too many offers to Ohioans in the 2015 recruiting class, but they have extended one to defensive end Dre'Mont Jones out of Cleveland St. Ignatius.
Breaking Down 2015 Defensive End Dre'Mont Jones
By Tony Gerdeman
Jones, who played his first full season of varsity football this past year, is a 6-foot-5 250-pound defensive end who is still learning the game. Despite his inexperience, he was named second-team All-District following a year where he recorded 43 tackles and five sacks for St. Ignatius.
Jones has already earned offers from Big Ten schools Iowa and Indiana, as well as Cincinnati. He is rated a four-star prospect and the #10 strongside defensive end in the nation per 247Sports. Both Rivals (#34 SDE overall) and Scout (#29 DE) have him considerably lower in their rankings, however.
From the looks of things, Jones is just beginning to find out how good he can be. Clearly, the Ohio State coaches saw enough to know that they liked what they were seeing.
They aren't the only ones.
"Well, he's big," said McCallister Scouting Report's John McCallister. "He's big and he's long. I think he's just learning the game, if that makes sense. He just really came out of nowhere last year. He plays the rush end. He's got really good closing speed. He's just got a big frame."
It takes more than just a big frame to earn an offer from Ohio State, and Jones is certainly more than just his frame. He's also quite athletic.
"He also plays basketball and he runs the court," McCallister said of Jones. "He gets up and down the court in basketball really well. That's what I think is really impressive. He runs the court really well."
While some think Jones could also make a solid tight end, McCallister doesn't see that in the talented junior's future.
"I definitely think he's a defensive guy," he said. "You can go look out in the street and find tight ends, but you can't find big, quick, long defensive ends like him."
In recruiting, just as in scouting, there is an awful lot of projecting that goes on, and everybody involved sees a pretty bright future ahead of Jones.
"Like I said, he's just learning the game," McCallister explained.
"It sounds silly, but his best football is ahead of him, for sure. I think he got to the game late. He was just in the system at Ignatius, and then all of a sudden he got bigger and stronger. He did a really good job in the game that I saw of coming off of the edge. The thing that he has to do is keep guys off of his body and learn to change direction, but he's got much more positive than negative."
Jones grew up an Ohio State fan, which makes the Buckeyes the heavy favorite here. He might still be learning the game, but what he knows so far was apparently good enough to earn him interest from Ohio State.
What he could become, however, is what earned him an offer.
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