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Grad Transfer Jonah Jackson Commits To Ohio State

Ohio State football transfer lineman Jonah Jackson

The 2019 Ohio State offensive line just picked up a huge addition.

Jonah Jackson, who was honorable mention all-Big Ten with Rutgers in 2018, will play for the Buckeyes this fall.

He announced his commitment to OSU via Twitter.

Jackson is a crucial addition to a unit that loses four starters this year.

He played both guard and center for the Scarlet Knights, but figures to be in contention for one of the starting guard spots with the Buckeyes this fall.

He should also provide some veteran leadership to what projects as a fairly young line. Jackson was a team captain for Rutgers last fall.

A native of Media, Penn., Jackson was a 3-star prospect coming out of high school.

He was also considering Oklahoma, Penn State, Virginia, Texas, Pitt, Iowa, and Maryland after announcing that he would transfer.

With the addition of Jackson, there is now strong competition for several spots along the line this fall.

Last year’s starting guards, Malcolm Pridgeon and Demetrius Knox, starting center Michael Jordan, and starting right guard Isaiah Prince all played their final seasons in 2018.

Junior Thayer Munford is the only returning starter in the unit, at left tackle.

Redshirt sophomore Josh Myers is the favorite to win the starting job at center.

Right tackle figures to be a battle between fifth-year senior Josh Alabi and highly-touted redshirt freshman Nicholas Petit-Frere. Alabi started the Rose Bowl after Munford suffered an injury.

Jackson will likely be in the battle for one of the guard positions. Redshirt sophomore Wyatt Davis and fifth-year senior Branden Bowen are the other two front-runners for those spots.

Davis started the 2018 Big Ten Championship Game and the Rose Bowl after senior Knox suffered a season-ending foot injury against Michigan.

Bowen was the Buckeyes’ starting right guard in 2017 before a broken leg cost him the second half of that season. He missed all of 2018  after suffering a setback during rehab.

With Jackson now in the picture, the Buckeyes have more veteran depth at those guard spots.

Jackson has only one year of eligibility remaining, so he’s not a long-term fix for the short-handed roster up front. But at least for this fall, he provides some critical depth at a position of significant need.

6 Responses

  1. Way to go, Buckeyes! Scarlet Knight becomes Scarlet and Gray Buckeye. Stays in the same color spectrum – and moves to a championship program where he can be a major contributor. Win-win!

  2. Great news!!! Really needed Jackson after Jordan left early.

  3. I think this is a HUGE get for Coach Day. Jonah comes in ready to compete for a starting spot. For sure the offensive line needs to be shaken up by guys who are eager and hungry to push the level of competition up.

    Welcome aboard Mr. Jackson.

    1. And as an added bonus he provides immediate depth at center as well. GREAT get!

  4. Good news. Adds much needed depth as reported. That Rutgers O-line only gave up 11 sacks for the year (8th best in the nation) – that’s impressive in the B1G and quite frankly in any league. Welcome aboard Mr. Jackson.

    1. Especially given how often Rutgers had to pass from being so far behind. Probably the best that could have been hoped-for in the grad transfer market.

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